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- Print Length: 303 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533171807
- Publisher: Aly Martinez (May 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FPZJPJQ
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I absolutely loved this book for several reasons. First one: Aly does an amazing job! (are you sure you have never written M/M before?) She has humor, heat and the HEA.
Second one: we get to have more Sam and Levee!
Third One: the supporting characters Carter and Robin.
I did not want this book to end, I fell for Henry and Evan and I did not want them to go and leave me. I wanted to stay with them forever. But alas all good things must come to an end. Even though I was sad to see them go, they left me with a smile and warm fuzzies all over.
“And then to find that my broken pieces actually made him whole? Well, that was nothing short of perfection.”
It is no secret, I love my M/M, the only trouble being is once I read one, I binge read a few, one is never enough and I don’t have time this week to binge, it is torture! There is something about a well written M/M that touches my soul and pulls at every heart string. That deep emotional connection, fighting the fears, the prejudices and all that goes on in between. Bearing in mind this was Aly Martinez’s first foray into M/M she really hit the spot, she nailed it. With alternating POV’s we are treated to the thoughts and feelings of both these extremely lovable men and it is this that really hammers home that intense character connection that I crave.
I adored these characters, like truly, madly, deeply adored them and while their journey is fraught with insecurities and issues in the first instance, from their first meeting and that first flicker of lust and interest I was completely sold and my championing for Henry and Evan never waned.
Henry Alexander first appeared in The Fall Up, he was Levee’s gay BBF and also a music superstar too. While on the outside he had his superstar façade, underneath that cocky, arrogant persona was a man that had a heart of gold, an intense fear of flying and a man that just wanted to be loved. Henry did little to enable himself to find true love, it was as if he was misguidedly protecting himself by going into relationships that never had the potential to stand the test of time, it was like he knew he was going to fail so found someone he knew would fail him…he thought he had found that again with Evan, but little did Henry know, Evan would be way more than that, would his brain overrule his heart?
“Those forbidden encounters were a drug. And I was a junkie. The hunt of finding that perfect blend of brute masculinity and subtle curiosity…that was the high. But it was always followed by the crash.”
Evan was a man who had his own issues too, his heart had been broken once before and so he had sworn off men, instead diverting his attention to the female of the species. Evan was a pilot, flying was in his blood and for his age he was extremely accomplished. His father was a pilot and so he had been in the air and at the controls since a young age, a stint as a military pilot honed his skills even further and now having left the service he was a part time pilot at an airfield. It is here that he is first thrust into Henry Alexanders life…little did he know his life would never be the same again.
“Evan Roth had just become my favorite drug of all and I hadn’t even tasted him yet.”
Aly Martinez had me in hysterics throughout this book as well as in tears. The banter in this book is some of the best I have read in a long time and Henry was totally endearing when he wasn’t spouting crap to maintain his superstar persona. His fear of flying was hilarious…while in real life it is nothing to laugh at, the way that Aly Martinez wrote those scenes was perfection. You couldn’t help but laugh as this huge mountain of a man becomes a bumbling idiot with panic attacks, a few gin and tonics and his head between his legs. Classic!
I loved these two characters together, that push and pull, those conflicted emotions, the chemistry…whoa THE CHEMISTRY!!! Seriously, Aly Martinez nailed it and when these two weren’t rucking they were…errr rucking in more ways than one. Henry was the light to Evan’s dark. While Henry was the lovable clown, always making a joke out of everything, Evan was more the deep thinker, the dark brooder and it was this that made these two complement the other in the best possible way. Evan was calm and confident and could talk Henry down from any ledge and it is this calm, soothing demeanour that really catches Henry’s attention in the first instance. Gah, I absolutely adored these two. Sometimes when you start reading about two characters you just know that they are so well suited, you champion them along like a raving lunatic and when they hurt, you hurt, when they love, you love and that was exactly what Aly Martinez delivered.
“Slowly, my head and my body returned to me as I came down, but there was a piece of me that would never re-emerge. Because, no matter how hard I’d tried to fight, that piece now belonged to Henry.”
This was not a smooth journey for these two, they both have a 747 full of issues they need to sort out, but once these two sort their heads out, the sparks fly and it was truly beautiful to read. Aly Martinez never fails to capture my attention with her characters, she always manages to embed them into my heart and soul and I never want them to leave. I loved catching up with Sam and Levee and their appearances in this book only made me want to go back and read their story. Henry’s bond with Levee is fantastic and just gets stronger and stronger and his relationship with Sam has me in hysterics too. Who knew fanny pics could be so entertaining…send them to a gay guy!
“Henry,” he whispered.
“Henry,” he groaned.
“Henry,” he cursed.
“Henry,” he cried.
My name filled his every emotion. And that filled me in places I hadn’t known were empty.
I loved everything about this book, totally and utterly loved it.
There are a couple plot points I had issues with, namely that Henry enjoys straight males, the thrill of the hunt, pushing at their limits, and at times, it feels very predatory. However, his behavior is thoroughly explained and he is held accountable by multiple people who call him out. Evan, on the other hand, had his heart ripped apart in a really excruciating manner and is convinced he's not cut out for relationships. So both are deeply flawed, so it was much angstier than I expected.
It is the author's first venture into m/m, so I hope she continues despite some of the bumps with Henry. She can certainly write, has a very good mix of sweetness, charm, humor, romance, and drama. She can also write some very scintillating sex scenes - the chemistry is explosive, excellent banter, and quality smut. Extra star for bonus Levee and Sam scenes (The Fall Up) - I love them and Henry's friendship with them. I would absolutely add these to my paperback collection and need to get started on her other books.
Henry was a successful musician. He had the world at his feet. He was charming and persuasive and also very much gay. Yet he chased the unattainable....straight men. Henry needed a type of love that wasn't easily given. Henry was also deathly afraid to fly. Like full blown panic attacks and Carter having to drag him onto planes. This is how he meets Evan. Evan is a pilot. Loves to spend his time in the sky than on the ground. Fresh off a breakup he decides to become Henrys personal pilot after getting him through a rather rough flight. Evan has been burned before by both men and woman. What Henry and Evan didn't expect was to find each other.
This book tore my heart to pieces then carefully put it back. I loved the message of this book. Love is love plain and simple. It doesn't matter who you love rather its two boys or two girls or a boy and a girl its all the same....love. I loved that Evan didn't want labels on things and fought hard for that. I felt bad for Henry that he thought he only deserved the unattainable. I can't fathom why I've waited this long to read this book but I think it came to me at the right time. All you need is love love is all you need!!!