Book Report: Songs to Make You Stay by Jay E. Tria

First of all, let me remind you that when I did the review for Songs to Get Over You, I made it clear that I liked Songs of Our BreakUp more because of Shinta. Not that I am taking my words back, but gosh! Songs to Make You Stay made Shinta alive more than ever! #TeamShinta here! 

What Is It About?

This book is the third in Jay E. Tria’s Playlist series. After crying with Jill over her broken heart and sympathizing with Miki over his unrequited love, we’re going to witness Shinta’s world in his own point of view. This hot Japanese actor, who seems to be living a perfect life struggles to keep his heart unbroken by keeping Jill by his side. It might look easy to do, since he’s an image of perfection, both inside and out. But then, it is not…

What I Think About It? 

When I saw that Ms. Tria was giving out ARCs for this book, I immediately signed up for it. I thought it would really be cool to keep myself up to date with what’s new in the Trainman’s world and the Playlist series, plus the fact that this is Shinta’s book. After reading this, I think I’ve fallen in love with him again. 

The LDR Problem

At first, I guess it’s not really going to be a problem if Shinta’s just a local actor. But then when I thought of it again, maybe it wasn’t really the space between Jill and Shinta that presents a challenge in their relationship, because each of them has obviously the means to fly in to the other’s arms right when one of them feels like it. It was Shinta’s job that required him all of his time. Well, let’s face it. Most girls like attention. And by attention we mean the physical presence of the boyfriend (I am a girl and I am kinda like that). 

The way Shinta handled the situation was superb, though. I loved the fact that he was supportive of Jill as she does things she liked to do, and for a moment I thought he was going to expect Jill to do just the same. The little things he did for Jill counted the most, and they were the things that stayed with me (who does manga reading in front of a crowd that expects a rock band performance anyway?). It’s fun to imagine that an almost perfect young man like Shinta Mori has insecurities, too. And the rain scene! Oooh the rain scene. I could easily imagine the abs beneath a white, soaking wet, long-sleeved buttoned up shirt. Well, that’s what my mind conjured up, so… 😂 

There is something about the way Jay E. Tria writes that I like a lot. Her choice of words and the way the words are played will make you feel like you’re reading a poem but then again you’re not, and this is what I’ve come to expect from this book. The love scenes were also romantically written that made the smut level seem not too high, but the feels is still present, if you know what I mean. 

In Conclusion

Songs to Make You Stay is my new favorite among the Playlist series. I enjoyed it the most not only because of Shinta, but it actually teaches an important thing about being in love and in a relationship that most of us tend to forget sometimes – making the right decision, for yourself and for both you and your partner. 

Songs to Make You Stay is already available in Amazon  for $2.99 or you can buy the printed copy during the #FeelsFest event on Oct. 22 at the Glorietta 5 Atrium, 2-6 pm. 

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Beth G. ❤


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