Stay a Little Longer (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Stay a Little Longer (Fate, Texas #1)
Author: Jess Bryant
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 19th 2018
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 187 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


Country music superstar, Trent Thorne is on the run. What he’s kept hidden from the world is no longer a secretl. 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.

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 aloud, not to his family, not to his friends, and certainly not to his secret celebrity crush when the guy stumbles awkwardly into his life.

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.

When I can read an insta-love/insta-lust book about a famous person and a cop and not be able to put it down, it’s gotta be killer writing. I mean, not many can get away with it.

This was done so well. There was ZERO cringe factor. Plenty of loving, plenty of sweet words whispered and pleaded and they were so perfect.

This story is about two men who’ve lived in the closet their entire lives and never once thought they’d be OUT, yet Trent is outed very publicly by someone he trusted. As he tries to escape the press and craziness that surrounds him, he meets small down Sheriff’s Deputy Lance. He’s got a cement door and seventeen dead bolts for his closet, yet he smashes it down in minutes for Trent. And then it’s ON.

Both Trent and Lance gripped me from the start, but so did Lemon and Shane. The little town of Fate, Texas was a wonderful backdrop to this romantic tale of trust and love and being honest with yourself.

Believe it when I say that this was absolutely worth the read. Jess Bryant delved into the genre of MM Romance in a big way and I’m excited to read more from her.

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Galley copy of Stay a Little Longer provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday