Songs To Make You Stay by Jay E. Tria : Review


Songs To Make You Stay by Jay E. Tria : Review

The author generously gave me a copy for an honest review. This doesn’t influence any opinion whatsoever of yours truly. ^^

This book is the third in the series and it follows the first book Songs Of Our Breakup. In this book, our focus is Shinta Mori. The gorgeous Japanese actor who’s crazy about Jill, the lead singer and guitarist of the band Trainman.

We meet Shinta in the first book in Jill’s point of view but this time, we learn about events through Shinta’s eyes.

The story picks up right after the end of the first book. We see how Shinta and Jill start with their new relationship as a couple and we get to be introduced to Shinta’s world the same way we got immersed in Jill’s musical world in the first book.

Everything seems fine if not for Shinta’s worries. He worries about not always being by Jill’s side because he has to be at work. He worries that some other guy might take advantage of that fact and he might end up losing Jill. So he does things that he thinks would count so Jill would think he’s always there.

It’s adorable how Shinta’s view of how relationships should work is portrayed. It’s understandable because he has never been in a serious relationship. He’s clearly trying and he’s pretty much wearing his heart on his sleeve.

But this fragile love story is tested by his career. Now Shinta has to choose between the girl he loves and the career that he has always wanted.

I like how the author put Shinta’s view about love, career and ultimately life in simple haikus. For me everything that he was thinking about was encapsulated in those haikus. They weren’t just mere poems but answers to his – everyone’s- questions at some point of his or our lives. Like how do you choose between a love that you thought you couldn’t have and a career that promises new adventures? How do you show an important person you love him or her unconditionally? Shinta knows he has to decide or he’ll lose Jill.

Shinta of course, was overcome by these questions. His decision to stay with Jill was actually a very bold move on his part. Both love and career are fleeting. He could lose his career at any moment and he could lose Jill because he’s thinking their relationship is relatively new and he might screw things one way or another. But since he realized that he couldn’t live without love, the choice became clear.

The book didn’t really tackle a new subject. Choosing between two important things in our lives is always happening and it’s always difficult to choose. But I like the writer’s attitude about choices is underlined. We choose something not because we are sure of the outcome. We choose something because we know that we won’t be the same without it.

Life is unsure. But we become brave. We are willing to try to choose a path because someone is willing to do the same with us.
And that is how Shinta chose to live his life with Jill.

Thank you Ms. Jay for giving me the opportunity to review your work. I very much appreciate it. Thank you for writing Shinta. ~


Love isn’t supposed to be this hard.

Now that he’s finally won Jill, the girl who’s always rocked his world, you’d think life would be heaven on earth for Shinta Mori. In a way, it is. But maybe he’s underestimated the fact that he’s a hunky movie star in Japan while his girl is ruling the indie music scene all the way in Manila.

When he spends a long-awaited vacation with her–through impromptu performances, frenzied flyer distribution, and unhinged radio guestings–he realizes how imperfect his seemingly perfect life is. And he begins to wonder if what they have is strong enough to survive years of being apart.

Can Shinta prove he’s worthy of the spotlight the universe shines on him? And more importantly, deserving of the devotion of a young girl in love?

You can contact Jay E. Tria on

Twitter: @jayetria. Buy her books on Amazon here:


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