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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,208 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Heartfelt praise for "When You Went Away"
"Michael Baron writes with deep sensitivity of the power of love to transform and heal in the face of overwhelming tragedy." - #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Susan Wiggs
"It is rare that a talent like this comes along. This will be a classic." - "Book Reviews R Us"
And for "Crossing the Bridge"
"Mr. Baron touches my heart a
Nook, 304 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Story Plantlimited (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
Oct 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a struggle. I don't believe I have ever read anything more sappy or predictable in my entire life. Think Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" but with a G rating.

I had to force myself to finish and the only reason I was able to was because it was an ebook. I could sip on my phone, desktop or Nook whenever I had a free moment. If I had needed to carry an actual book around and exert the effort of opening it I would not have done so.
Romancing the Book
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Janet | purrfectpages
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
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
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book, fiction
Story of an up and coming ad executive who is living the good life, and suddenly becomes involved with a woman and her 3 year old child. Tracks his development out of his self absorbed lifestyle to caring for the woman and child. The ending is unrealistic. But I like the young girl and the interaction they had, that part seemed real.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best novel I have read this year. It contained many plot twists. Yes some of them were predictable, but I enjoyed the story of how a child can transform lives. How those searching need only to stop and look around.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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.
Karla Goforth Abreu
The story was interesting enough. Dylan becomes the caretaker/father for Spring, unexpectedly.
The book is a bit silly in that Dylan, at 30, falls in and out of love as frequently as a 15 year old. Also, the gratuitous sex attitude and lack of responsibility that his circle of friends have is pathetic. Further, the story is predictable.
The idea behind the story is what kept me reading: a little girl is lost and alone and she finds love.
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I didn't care for this book. The biggest problem was the kid. She was supposed to be 3, but her character was better fitted with a 6 year old. Even if she was 6, she still wasn't portrayed right. I'm glad this jerk of a man found meaning in life, but it wasn't written very well.
I liked other books by this author, but wouldn't recommend this one.
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, 2019
I downloaded this ebook to my Nook library when it was free in 2012. It is a human interest story with interesting characters. It lost a star for me because I kept wondering why D didn't consult a lawyer before the second crisis.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely poor proof reading.

This is the 4th book I’ve read by this author and all of them have been spell-binding. However, the punctuation in all of them has been totally frustrating. It’s a shame because this is one author that has great potential.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this thread! I am always so worried about spoiling the book that my reviews are usually just a few sentences and basically pointless
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.


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
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
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
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
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
Samantha March
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
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
Julie Barrett
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-books
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
 Gigi Ann
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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,
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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