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

shintaSongs to Make You Stay
(Playlist Book 3)
by Jay E. Tria

coffeesynopsisdLove 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?


Shinta Mori may be Japanese,  but he sure had captured the heart of this one Filipina.  And I’m not talking about Jill.  But me.

Songs to Make You Stay is the third book in the Playlist series. I’ve loved the first two books, (Songs of our Breakup and Songs to Get Over You).  And the stories just keep getting better and better. (And here I thought Miki already got  my attention after reading his book).  I was wrong. I think Shinta just stole my heart.

Jill got the surprise of her life when her boyfriend arrived at her band’s gig unannounced.  Shinta Mori,  a famous Japanese moviestar finally fulfilled his promise to his girlfriend. Only problem was, he was one month and two days late. After broken promises in the past, Jill knew she couldn’t expect much from her superstar boyfriend because he’d been hard at work. But when her paramour told her he’d be staying for six weeks and four days with her in the Philippines, she thought, there was hope after all… Or was there really?

Shinta, Shinta, Shinta.. This guy easily wormed his way to my heart. He was the type of hero who’s easy to fall in love with. Not only was he gifted in the looks department, but he was a loyal, loving and compassionate boyfriend every girl would swoon at, over and over again. And this is the guy I want to get stuck with in the rain. No kidding.

Shinta and Jill had a romance that was breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time. Balancing career and love life is never easy, especially when both of them belong to the limelight. Not that I know anything about being a celebrity. But one thing I know is this. Love conquers all, love moves mountains, love can make the toughest man fall on its knees, and love can make Shakespeare believe in happy endings.

There are only a few authors who are able to make me stay awake up to 3 am. Colleen Hoover, Elle Kennedy, Nora Roberts, Mina Esguerra, Nicholas Sparks, to name a few. And now, Jay Tria. When she announced that Shinta Mori will have his own book in her Playlist series, I prepared myself. I made sure I’d keep my eyes, ears and heart open while devouring each page of my Kindle.

And I was not disappointed.

Because seriously, Tria leaves me no option, but to read her stories continuously until the last page. Her words, her songs, her haikus, her characters –  they’re like my drugs. So alluring, so hypnotic,  so tempting, so addicting. The writing was brilliant as always, the pacing nice and slow, the feels intense and thrilling. I don’t know how Jay Tria does it, but I am always held captivated and entranced by her words. This is a must-read book, whether you’re a music lover, a singer, an actor, a spoken word poet,  a player, a fan or simply a reader. Seriously, this is a must-read! Period.




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