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Spinning

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  868 ratings  ·  143 reviews
Dylan Hunter has it made. At 29, he has great friends, a huge job, all the women he can handle, and no commitments. A public relations executive, Dylan has dashed up the ladder of success by mastering the art of the spin – bending the truth to his and his clients’ needs. But when a former lover steps back into his life with a three-year-old girl by her side (no, she’s not...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Story Plant, The (first published January 31st 2011)
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Spinning has some poignant scenes that take one’s breath away, humor that sparkles, and characters that stir up a wealth of emotions.

Driven, unfulfilled, and clueless about why he is restless, Dylan Hunter is convinced he is right on track with his ‘life plan’. He is materially successful, but seemingly has not matured past the hormone-driven adolescent stage in life, even though he is twenty-nine years old.

When three-and-a-half year-old Spring and her mother Diane come into Dylan’s life, he d...more
Romancing the Book
Review by Jenni

Spinning is the first book I’ve read by Michael Baron, and I assure you it will not be the last. A compelling work of contemporary fiction, this book shares equal parts humor, romance and drama creating a poignant story that is sure to stir your emotions.

A public relations executive by day and a playboy by night, Dylan Hunter balances work, martinis and women like a juggler trying to keep his plates continuously spinning and under control. But when Diane, a former lover, shows up...more
Liviu
Spinning fell by chance in my hands and the first person narrative engaged me enough to keep reading. The book is perfectly described by the blurb so there are no real surprises, but it is very charming and a great spirit lifter especially if you like the "kid that grows on you" story.

Short, fast, kept me turning the pages when i just planned to take a look at it and I found myself finishing it and having a cheerful time. Sure it is a little bit of a wish fulfillment novel, but that's kind of i...more
Kdooley
I'm in shock that this book is so well-reviewed. I thought it was horrible. The Kindle version had about 3 millions typos and grammatical errors. I would normally look beyond that, but the story itself was so terrible. It felt like by the time the author got to the last 30 pages or so, even he was sick of the book - it ended abruptly and poorly.

The characters themselves were all one note - the only one with any spark at all was little Spring, though she should have been written a year older tha...more
Janet
Spinning is a quickly ready, aptly titled book about a free-minded, successful twenty-something male who thinks he's got it all figured out. That is, of course, until he meets a few special women who make him reevaluate where his life is and where it's headed.

While I enjoyed reading this book, there were a few plot devices that left me, for lack of a better term, spinning when all was said and done. For instance, I feel like the writer opened a door with the character of Diane's mysterious suit...more
Beth Withers
This was a Nook freebie. It is ok if you are into Nicholas Sparks. I'm not. This did prove to be a nice diversion while I was sitting waiting on trick or treaters because I didn't have to concentrate on what I was reading. It's very predictable and sappy. Some of it drags. What is it about? A New York PR man who is all career-oriented and into bars and casual dating meets the girl of his dreams, who just happens to have a cute 3 year old. Happiness doesn't last forever, however. You get the drif...more
Ron
Love. A greatly overused, under-defined word these days. This book explores, on a practical level, what love really means to a twenty-something who has been looking for it in perhaps all the wrong places.

I have read several atypical books recently. This was one of the best. The characters start as stereotypes then grow. The plot unfolds gently and, perhaps, too easily, until it smashes into a wall--several times.

Not of the faint-hearted. A very good read.
Brooke
Really sweet story!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the importance of the family is so abundant throughout this book! Funny, sweet, sad, and hopeful story. I will look for more from this author!
Jenn
This is a pleasant book with some unexpected (and expected) twists and turns. It is nice to read a book that celebrates the important things in life.
Jody
29-year-old Dylan Hunter is at the top of his game. His life is going exactly the way he planned, and he couldn’t be happier. He’s got a great job, great friends, a great social life and the future looks bright! Until one day when he’s woken by a knock on his door in the middle of the night. Standing there is Diane, an old flame from out of town who has decided to give up everything and relocate to New York with her 3-year-old daughter Spring. Despite the fact that a woman and child will serious...more
Wendy Hines
Have you ever seen those clowns who are spinning many plates and then they let one fall so they can save the others? Dylan Hunter is constantly spinning but refuses to let any plates drop. He's a young executive director for a public relations firm who works hard and parties even harder. He has a great Manhatten apartment that has a revolving door where the women are concerned. He tells himself he may want to have kids later - much later, but marriage doesn't even enter into the equation.

In the...more
Elaine
If ever there was a book that brought you into the characters' lives, Spinning is that book. Baron's descriptions had me feeling as though I was right there with "D" and his friends, Jim, Hank, Billie, and his boss, Mason.

****SPOILER ALERT*** DON'T READ UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT ***

Dylan is a regular young playboy, picking up chicks at bars, never staying with one for any length of time. He drinks with his buddies and plans to wow the business world with his intelligence an...more
Samantha Janning
I usually veer to the chick lit/woman’s fiction genre, but every once in awhile I will take a chance and step outside the box. A few months back, I was asked to read The Journey Home by Michael Baron. I read it, and fell in love. When I was recently asked to read Baron’s latest novel, Spinning, I knew I had to accept. And again, I am glad I did.

The story follows Dylan Hunter, a playboy public relations executive that specializes in “spinning” or bending the truth to suit his or his client’s nee...more
Cheryl "Mash"
SPINNING by Michael Baron
Published by The Story Plant
The Aronica-Miller Publishing Project, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-1-61188-005-2
At the request of The Story Plant, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (borrowed from author's website): Dylan Hunter has it made. At 29, he has great friends, a huge job, all the women he can handle, and no commitments. A public relations executive, Dylan has dashed up the ladder of success by mastering the art of the spin – bending the trut...more
Laurie
This is an absolutely charming and remarkable book; mainstream fiction at its very best. At times, I would laugh out loud as I rapidly read the entire book at breakneck speed because with every page flip the story kept me engaged and wondering “what next?” Dylan is a likable single man; handsome and somewhat promiscuous, with a terrific job and a few staunch friends. He is foot-free and fancy-free with an aversion to, what he and his friends refer to as pre-fabs, a rather insulting and comical t...more
Julie
Dylan Hunter was living it up in New York City, with a great job in a public relations firm and a new, sexy woman in his bed just about every weekend. His only responsibility was making his clients and his boss happy. He was doing great keeping all his proverbial plates spinning around and around. Until Diane walked back into his life with her three-year-old daughter, Spring. Soon Dylan finds himself skipping the late nights at the bar to spend quiet time at home. His priorities begin to change...more
Julie Barrett
Spinning by Michael Baron
When I was first offered this book I jumped at the chance as I've read and enjoyed other books by the author and knew this would be a good story.
Dylan is single and has worked his way up the ladder to a lead position and now with the great job he had done getting an account from another company to handle, he has many choices-job wise.
Problem is Diane who he knew a long time ago has reappeared in his life with a 3 year old and the child is not his. She moves on and gets a...more
 Gigi Ann
This was an interesting tale about a 29 year old, Dylan Hunter. He was a man about town, no commitments...until early one morning an old girlfriend, Diane shows up on his doorstep, with her 3 year old daughter, Spring in tow. (No she is not Dylan's daughter) They stay with him for a few weeks, until Diane finds a job. They renew their friendship, and suddenly Diane is killed in a car accident, and in a blink of the eye, Dylan's life has changed completely.

There was alternately humorous and roman...more
Chuck
I am embarrassed to say that the reason that I read this book was because it was a free download and because it looked light and fluffy and an easy quick read. This book is the reason that I read a wide variety of books, because occasionally one takes you by surprise. What I found was a contemporary novel that takes place in the heart of corporate America with fast track young people and all the superficiality of that lifestyle. A tragic event occurs and all of the brass and glass and high end n...more
Iliana
I wish I could grant half stars in the rating. This is more of a 2.5 for me, not 2.

The story is nice, a bit predictable; but sweet enough that you don't mind it so much.

Mi complaint is about the writing. I don't know who, or if there was an editor for this book. I don't know whether the problems exist only in the kindle version, though I don't think so. It appears there was never a proof read for the book. Punctuation signs are missing in every paragraph; sentences are run on with each other,...more
Cathy
Dylan Hunter had attained a measure of success at twenty-nine by exploiting those around him. A public relations executive, Dylan knew how to ensnare and satisfy clients, finesse women, and masterfully achieve his every goal. Spinning his life for his desired outcomes was his life and he was good at it.

An unexpected return of a former girlfriend attended by her three-year old daughter irreversibly changes Dylan's idyllic life. Dylan can not successfully spin or foresee the massive changes that...more
GW
Mar 24, 2012 GW rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
Got the Kindle Version for free, and I read it over the summer. It was pretty enjoyable, and it was a really touching story.

Dylan Hunter never expected to have a child. Is it even his? (view spoiler) His ex shows up at his door, and then (view spoiler) He comes to love the child, but can he take care of her? The whole story is so adorable. His ex's life has no clues about the child or whose it i...more
Karen Davis
I enjoyed this book...THOUGH...I felt that the character 'Dylan', could've mourned his 'would be' wife more. It was shortly after-it felt like-that he was realizing his love for a Co-Worker/Ex-Lover. My question is, What would've happened if Dylan had married this woman...what then?? Would he'd have realized later on that he loved another?? What then?? I think it's wonderful how he fought for the child-that was AWESOME and a single parents dream (especially if they died before the wedding)!!!......more
Dianne
This is an amazing and sensitive story of personal growth and love about a highly successful New York executive, Dylan Hunter, who seems to have everything, money, a PLAN, women, freedom. One night his world is turned upside down when an old girlfriend from Chicago, Diane and her 3 year-old daughter, Spring, show up on his doorstep looking for 'temporary' housing.

When a terrible accident makes Dylan the sole provider and caregiver for Spring, he realizes how his life has been truly empty and sup...more
Adrienne Campbell
An easy, pleasant read. I had actually read this book previously but forgot the title and the author. What does that say about the book? Absolutely nothing because I have major memory issues. However, even after realizing I'd already read it, I opted to finish it again.
Amie
Jan 15, 2013 Amie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: nook
This story is well out of my usual genres I prefer but it was free, short and looked like it might be something to kill time eith light reading. It is a story of a PR exec whose old fling blows into town with her toddler of a daughter. He's a bit of a womanizer and a scamp that completely changes his lifestyle and attitude within a few short weeks. Much about this story is difficult to believe when you consider how the main characters completely change so much that they might as well be new char...more
Karen M
This was a Nook Free Friday book. Honestly, it pulled me in right from the 1st page. The relationships that develop were very real to me. This book was a fast read.
Becky
I didn't really have any expectations going into this book. I haven't been reading as much as I usually do so I was just excited to be making the time to actually read. I am so glad that I chose this book to read!

What a great plot...and I don't even like romance or feel-good stories...maybe I am becoming a softie :)

I wasn't sure at the beginning if I would read the whole book or not with the way it was going. I am ever so glad I did! Loved how the narrator of the story was a single guy and how...more
Ashley
This a cute story of how a thirty-year-old, playboy of a New York PR exec named Dylan, came to be the sole care provider for a four-year-old daughter of a fling from years past. I know, the premise of the story sounds a bit far-fetched! But, I think the author made it work. The author did a believable job in exploring Dylan's growth from an ego-centric bachelor to a caring father figure. And he did great job of relaying the little girl's innocence, humor, and helplessness that left Dylan with no...more
Alisa
I'm not sure whether commas were at a premium, or something went wrong in the Kindle version, but dear editor/publisher, please add more commas, in appropriate places, in the next edition. I felt like I was reading a text message in some places due to the missing punctuation marks.

Otherwise, what a story. I have seen some compare Michael Baron to Nicholas Sparks, and I agree in some ways - in other ways, I much prefer Michael Baron, who doesn't have such a penchant for sad, melancholic endings a...more
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I grew up in the New York area and I’ve lived there my entire life. I worked in retail and taught high school English before I got my first book contract. I have gotten several additional book contracts since then, which is fortunate because I didn’t have the patience to work in retail and, while I quite enjoyed teaching, my approach was a bit too unconventional for most school systems. One school...more
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