Spinning Out – 5 Stars

Spinning Out Cover

Lexi Ryan

The Blackhawk Boys (Book 1)

Release Date: May 2, 2016

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book blurbOnce, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend six months at home to get my shit together. The cherry on top of my fuckup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.

I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.

Until I break my own rules and touch her.

Until she saves me from my nightmares by climbing into my bed.

Until the only thing I want more than having Mia for myself is to protect her from the truth.

I can’t rewrite the past, but I refuse to leave her heart in the hands of fate. For this girl, I’d climb into the sky and rearrange the stars.


THE BLACKHAWK BOYS, an edgy, sexy sports romance series from New York Times bestseller Lexi Ryan. Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?

Book 1 – SPINNING OUT (Arrow’s story)
Book 2 – RUSHING IN – Coming August 30th      (Christopher’s story)
Book 3 – GOING UNDER – Coming December 6th (Sebastian’s story)

excerpt

Mia

I wake to a thump and sit up in bed. It’s three in the morning and my room is dark, but there’s more thumping. Someone’s kicking the wall between my room and Arrow’s.

My heart clenches as I picture him on the other side having wild sex with some girl. Maybe some old fuck buddy came over after I went to bed. Hell, for all I know it’s Gwen visiting her stepson’s bed.

I dismiss the idea as quickly as it comes. Arrow can’t tolerate Gwen, and he may have changed, but he’s never been one to fuck girls he can’t tolerate.

There’s another thump, then I hear Arrow’s voice. “No. Don’t.” Rough, choked words. And more thrashing. “Why?”

I throw off the covers and run to his room, opening the door without a thought.

I don’t know what I expected to find. Arrow is sleeping alone, tangled in his covers.

Frozen, I stare at him. Moonlight spills in through the open curtains and casts shadows across his face. Sweat glistens on his forehead, and his face twists in a grimace.

I step closer. I could touch him, but I shouldn’t. “Arrow?”

He kicks. His arm flies out and hits the wall.

“Arrow,” I repeat, louder this time.

He grabs my hand at the wrist and flies upright in bed as his eyes pop open. He’s breathing hard, and anguish is all over his face. For a minute, I feel like I can see inside him—all the terrified, vulnerable parts he hides from the world. I can see inside him and I know exactly what I’m looking at, because my dreams make me feel the same way.

“What are you doing here?” he asks in a low whisper. The anger from earlier is gone from his voice.

“You were having a nightmare.”

His eyes rake over me—greedy, hungry, desperate. “What? No red lace nightie? Or do you save that for my dad? Like mother, like daughter?”

I gasp before I can stop myself. Why doesn’t he just punch me? His fist to my face would hurt less than those words.

I yank my hand away, spin on my heel, and walk toward the hall. As I reach for the knob, he’s behind me. He slams his palm against the door, and it closes with a violent thunk. “I’m sorry,” he whispers behind me, his breath on my neck. “I’m sorry I said that.”

I keep my gaze on his hand. Arrow has the best hands. Big, strong, beautiful. And the first time they touched me . . .

I squeeze my eyes shut at the unwelcome memory, and shrug. “I need this job,” I say slowly. “Your stepmother has made it clear that she’ll fire me if we can’t get along, and we both know your dad will fire me if you ask him to. But please don’t. Please don’t screw it up for me.”

“Mia,” he says softly, and I feel him step closer, the heat of his body against my back. The rough pads of his fingertips brush the hair from my neck, then his breath, hot and sweet, tickles against that tender skin.

I’m frozen, divided between the wish for his kiss and the fear of it. “I’m sorry,” I whisper. Hot tears roll down my cheeks, and I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. For taking this job? For going with Brogan that night when Arrow asked me not to? For entering his life to begin with?

Yes. All of that. More. “I’m so sorry.”

He drops one hand from the door and the other from my neck. My body grows cool as he steps away.

“Stop apologizing,” he says.

I turn the knob and head to my room. I don’t look back.


about the author

Lexi Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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my review5 Stars

Seriously – stop what you’re doing right now and buy this book, Spinning Out. Everything about Arrow and Mia had my heart racing.  I loved their romance and cannot wait to get my hands on the next two books in this series.

Sweet Jesus.  These characters have certainly gotten themselves involved in one complicated freaking mess. Normally, I’m not a fan of romances that include love triangle – the deception and sneaking around doesn’t do it for me. But I didn’t think Spinning Out was a love story where one heart felt torn for two – it more the story of two hearts finally getting it right and the journey they took to get there.

At the beginning of the book, Arrow is moving back into his childhood home both as a punishment and to heal but nothing there feels familiar or comforting. It’s probably because been a really, really long year emotionally for Arrow.  Basically, his world is in shambles and even though he should want to pick up the pieces of his life, all he feels is desolate and heartbroken.

Adding to the challenge of surviving his days, Arrow finds himself trying to overcome his guilt.  His mind and heart are consumed by an attraction and lust he feels for Mia. She is the women who stole is heart and fills his dreams but she also technically belongs to his very best friend.

Mia would leave the situation and Arrow’s home if she could but she’s run out of options.  She needs the money from watching his younger sister to take care of herself and her father – no matter what it costs her personally.  But it doesn’t matter really, she might as well have died the night of the accident.  Her world shattered that night and she can’t seem to find all the pieces to become whole again.

Arrow and Mia have a lot to overcome but the push/pull dynamic between these two is intoxicating.  You cannot help but devour their story.  The combination of their sexual chemistry with the mystery surrounding the Brogan’s accident – it’s all just freaking fabulous.  I wasn’t completely surprised with how it all unfolded but it all worked in a manner that left me feeling empathy for all the various characters and psyched to be involved in their chaos.

After meeting Arrow and Mia as well as all of the various other characters, I hooked on the Blackhawk Boys series.  Spinning Out gave me everything I could ask for in reading experience, romance, passion and a little suspense – thus making it a top recommendation from.  Add it to your must read pile today!

 

 

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