Princess Emma Reviews: Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan

Princess Emma Reviews: Spinning Out by Lexi RyanSpinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys, #1) by Lexi Ryan
on May 3rd 2016
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4.5 Stars

Once, 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 a semester at home to get my shit together. The cherry on 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.
SPINNING OUT is a sexy, emotional novel of 100,000 words. It is first in the Blackhawk Boys, a series of standalone novels.---THE BLACKHAWK BOYS. Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?Book 1 - SPINNING OUT - Coming May 3rd (Arrow's story)Book 2 - RUSHING IN - Coming Summer 2016 (Christopher's story)Book 3 - GOING UNDER - Coming late 2016 (Sebastian's story)

Series: The Blackhawk Boys #1

4.5 Crowns

Spinning Out is book 1 in The Blackhawk Boys series.

Mia Mendez isn’t living life, she is surviving it. Plagued by guilt, she struggles from one day to the next following the accident that killed her older brother Nic and which caused life altering injuries to her boyfriend Brogan. If anyone can understand her feelings it should be Arrow Woodison, Brogan’s best friend. But he has dealt with the repercussions of that fateful New Year’s Eve worse than even she has. Now employed by his family she is living under their roof; it gives her the money she needs to help her father and takes up her spare time so she doesn’t have to think… until. One day Arrow comes home, and things will either spiral out of control for the better or more than likely for the worse.

Arrow Woodison, star of the university football team, privileged kid and all round good guy. That is until he met Mia Mendez. What followed their first meeting changed the direction of so many lives; none more so than his best friends. The only way Arrow knew how to bury his problems was in drink and drugs, and that has certainly came back to haunt him. Now on house arrest and banned from playing his beloved football, his life couldn’t get any worse. Or could it? Forced to live with the only girl he has ever loved, her face and the numb world she lives in makes him hurt even more than he loves.

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How will Mia and Arrow move forward when so many question remain unanswered?

Wow! This was my first Lexi Ryan read, but it certainly won’t be my last. I have a bit of a soft spot for sports/college romance reads at the moment and on first glance this seems to tick all the boxes. But look a bit deeper and let me tell you it has more layers than a bloody onion. This book is so much more than I expected and I struggled to put it down.

Told in dual POV and with chapters in both the past and present, what starts with the potential to be an innocent boy meets girl book, turns into much more when best friends get involved. This book is full of lies, deception, hidden truths, suspense and so much more. Seriously I struggle to do this book justice because Lexi has created such an intricate web of a story that has a real darkness in its emotion and depth without being a typical “dark romance” storyline. I seriously had no clue how this book would end, and I always know that a book has gripped me when I want to look at the last few pages to see because the angst has overcome me (I didn’t, if you wondered)

I am not going to say too much more as you need to go into it as blindly as I did. What I will say is that you will be questioning the characters actions and motivations as much as they question themselves and that in itself is a sign of a great read. I now look forward to the books to follow.


If you haven’t read a Lexi Ryan book this would be a great place to start. A wonderful, suspenseful, unique and slightly darker emotional take on college/sports romance.


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