Book Reviews

The Longer You'll Stay (Heartbelt Records 2) by Logan Grey

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 24-June-2020

Book Blurb

Trading small town diners and familiar faces for skyscrapers and sold out venues, Travis Cherry took the risk of a lifetime by leaving Holdengate. Alone. 


Or so he thought.


When the tour kicks off, he finds he’ll be sharing his bus, and the stage, with the one he left behind to pursue music.
Bailey McAlister finally has a second chance at following his dream, but can he convince Travis to give him a second chance too? 


The life of a rock star is not all bright lights and a sea of cheering fans, and personal demons aren’t the only thing Travis and Bailey have to conquer to survive the cut-throat world.


Book Review

“There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.” ~  Rachel Griffiths

Travis, of ‘The Longer You’ll Stay’ by Logan Grey, may have gone back to his old life as a rock star, but he left his heart back in Holdengate. Travis can’t put Bailey out of his mind. He tries to call Bailey, but Bailey doesn’t reply. Travis is hurt and angry. Just as he resigns himself to accepting his situation and move on, Bailey breezes back into his life.

When Bailey’s mother finds out that he has let Travis walk out of his life, she is furious. Also, she knows about the record deal that Bailey has received and wants to know why he hasn’t accepted it. When he explains that he can’t accept it because he has to stay there and help her with the inn, she really loses it. She tells Bailey that even though she appreciates his help, she does not want him to give up his dream, that any obstacle he thinks is in the way of him living his own life can be overcome. She makes it crystal clear that she will not let him use her as an excuse because he is afraid to try to succeed in a music career. Bailey is shocked, but realizes that she is right; he is afraid. He calls and accepts the studio’s offer and goes to work doing what needs to be done, recording and producing an album, in order for him to go on tour.

It has been two months since Travis left Holdengate behind. He finished his album and plans are being made to go on tour. Travis wished he were more excited about it, but the truth is, his heart just isn’t into it. Travis is still upset that Bailey seems to have left him behind so easily when he was still such a wreck about it. In a discussion with the record producer, Travis asks who is opening for him. He learns that it’s a new artist called Sundial and they will be sharing the tour bus. He has never heard of them, but decides it doesn’t matter. In the back of his mind, Travis is still thinking about how it would be if Bailey had come with him, but quickly tries to dismiss the thought. When the time comes to leave, he climbs onto the bus, waiting to meet Sundial. When someone slams the door he turns to meet them and goes through a myriad of emotions when he realizes that Sundial is none other than Bailey McAllister.

Travis is so hurt and confused that he is totally unreasonable. He doesn’t even give Bailey a chance to explain why he has been out of contact and makes it clear that, if Bailey thinks they can just pick up where they left off, he is sorely mistaken. As the reality of the situation settles in, Travis has a lot of trouble handling his emotions. Yes, he is angry at Bailey for ignoring him for two months, and the ache caused by that radio silence runs deep, but there is another annoying part of him that wants to give in and pick up from where they left off. Travis fights the feeling tooth and nail, avoiding Bailey as much as he can, considering they live practically on top of each other. Bailey does the best he can considering Travis’s attitude. He keeps trying to apologize, but Travis will have none of it. All Bailey can do is hope that their love wins over whatever heartbreak their separation caused and they will be alright in the end.

This is the second book in the ‘Heartbelt Records’ series. Travis and Bailey’s relationship is contentious at first but later calms back down into what it was before. Although there were small hints, the climax felt like it came out of left field, but was intense and the story’s resolution was satisfying. Thanks, Logan, for giving Bailey and Travis their happily ever after.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 238 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-May-2020
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Longer-Youll-Stay-Heartbelt-Records-ebook/dp/B087DRW9GZ