Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan
Description: 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.
For a sports book, there’s actually no sports played within it. Arrow, the hero, is a football player who ends up under house arrest after a semester of drugs and alcohol. He lost control after his best friend was injured and left in coma. Adding to that, his best friend’s girl, Mia, has moved in to be a nanny to his younger sister. Both characters have faced a great deal of trauma throughout the book. Mia has been in a fog since the accident which killed her brother and injured her ex-boyfriend. Arrow is trying to deal of the guilt of his friend’s injury and attempting to resist his attraction to Mia at the same time. This book jumps between the present and the time before the accident. The time jumps allow the reader to more completely understand the relationship between Arrow and Mia. The attraction between them is burning but yet the past restricts their ability to be together. This was the first time I read a book by Lexi Ryan and it won’t be the last. I really enjoy books that make me cry and the emotional distress both characters experience certainly provoked tears.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.