Stay a Little Longer (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)


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Title: Stay a Little Longer
Author: Jess Bryant
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 5, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 166 pages
Reviewed by: NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Where do you go when there’s no place to hide?

Country music superstar, Trent Thorne is on the run. The secret he’s kept hidden from the world is no longer a secret at all. He trusted the wrong person, a man he’d stupidly thought he was in love with, and instead of a happily ever after all he’d gotten was outted. Unwilling to sit around and watch his private life get plastered all over the news, Trent hits the road and somehow ends up in his best friend Lemon’s small hometown of Fate, Texas.

He only intends to crash there for one night but in Fate, one night can change everything.

Lance Nichols knows a thing or two about hiding. He’s so deep in the closet he can’t even see daylight. The former womanizer finally admitted the truth to himself a few years ago but he never thought he’d be able to say the words out loud, not to his family, not to his friends, and certainly not to his secret celebrity crush when the guy stumbles awkwardly into his life.

But the words come easily with Trent. Everything comes easily with him. Talking, touching and even opening up about all the things he’s never told a soul.

Fate brought these two together, but will it also tear them apart? One newly outed man refuses to go back in the closet. The other can’t imagine coming out of his.

The real world is closing in on their little bubble but before it does, can they figure out how to coexist and be a part of each other’s lives? Can Lance stop hiding and take a chance on love? And what happens if Trent decides to stay a little longer… maybe even forever?E


I Am Such A Sucker

Look, chances are this book was not as good as I feel it was. I mean, seriously, I’ve got it on par in my head with some of my all-time favorites. I can’t even really pinpoint why that is other than the fact that I found it to be extremely hot … like, magma-hot. Something about this one just did it for me.

incendiary

The chemistry between the MCs jumped off the page and straight into my panties. No lie. But it wasn’t all about the sex. Nope. There was intimacy there and a connection that I believed. Yeah, yeah, I know! Insta-love and contemporary romance do not credible bedfellows make. That is why I’m telling you this: I. Am. A. Sucker. For. This. Shit.

Books like this are like cougarnip for me, in spite of the fact that they are sometimes utterly, ridiculously rushed in the ‘getting to know you’ department. Call me gullible, I guess, because I loved it anyway. Apparently it doesn’t matter to my usually-rational brain that the way the relationship between the MCs developed in the book is 99.9% outside the scope of what is possible in a real-world scenario. Fuck rational.

sweet heat

Lance and Trent were sweetly incendiary. I was engrossed, swept up, up and away, and completely enchanted by this story. If anyone else fell off the turnip truck and killed a few brain cells trying to understand why they loved this story so much, please speak up! I need to know I’m not alone.

Even without much plot to speak of, these guys spoke to my heart. Lance’s struggles with coming out vs losing Trent felt very real. My gut clenched and my eyes stung and watered when he wrestled with his panic. I could feel Trent’s heart breaking. I could feel the angst and the passion and the love and everything in between. Even better? The angsty stuff never went beyond the point of bearable.

just right

Sometimes I reach a point where I’m tired of the push-pull or the back-and-forth; I get sick of the repeated emotional withdrawals, the tantrums, and/or needless miscommunications and misunderstandings. While there were a few of those types of things present in this title, the pacing of the story was such that it felt like a natural progression—after suspending disbelief on the insta-love aspect—through the character development, the relationship development, and with how the conflicts and crises arose and were resolved. I loved it.

I would read another book by this author any time. If I wasn’t up to my eyeballs in work crap and didn’t have a list of completed books that already need reviewing, I’d be browsing her other titles right now.

This review is cross-posted at Goodreads. Other reviews by NeRdyWYRM can be read here.


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Author

I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents’ full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates.

Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don’t have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it’s any device with a Kindle app.

I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I’ve surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital.

I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there’s not much out there I won’t read.

I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that ‘smut’ as she called it. I’d already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn’t be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom.

~~wink-wink~~

My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It’s served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there’s nothing at all I’m unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.

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