The Official Description: Travis Cherry’s record label disowned him in almost every way, shape, and form when he was outed in the media.
The thing that sucked?
He still owed them an entire album. But that didn’t mean he’d make it easy on them.
They were the reason he was there, in that nightclub—the gay nightclub— shaking his ass and making a complete fool of himself.
They were also the reason he met Bailey.
And this is their story.
*This is book one in a duet of the Heartbelt Records series. This is an M/M story containing mature content.
Just the facts: M/M romance, cliffhanger, musicians, outing.
Travis and Bay have a lot in common including their love of music. Their ambitions and commitments get in the way though. – Kinzie Things
My thoughts bit: Travis Cherry is a rock star… that is until he’s outed in the media. He’s managed to hide his sexual orientation for the better part of his career and now he’s dealing with photos of himself plastered all over the place. As if things can’t get any worse… it turns out that his label is homophobic and he’s tied into a contract with them for at least one more album. Not feeling as though he has a way out, Travis doubles down on his life of drinking and picking up men… until the label asks for a meeting to let him go completely.
What does a musician without a label and a bad reputation do? He flees to a very small town that represents something he still remembers. Travis can remember a small, intimate show he did in a small town in the middle of nowhere. He decides that he needs to center himself and get himself together so he heads to Holdengate: population 800.
Bay is the son of the owner of the quaint Inn that Travis stays at. They meet when Travis gets too drunk to realize what washroom he’s in. Travis rescues him… and takes him to the inn. This is the beginning of Travis and Bay getting to know one another.
These two characters are very different and that’s clear from the outset of the book. Travis is flailing a bit. He has more than enough money to take care of himself but he’s become disconnected from his music and isn’t sure what’s he’s going to be doing. On the other hand, Bay has always loved music but the death of his father when he was meant that he stepped up to heap with the Inn. The LGBTQIA music program is his one connection with music.
Both these men have a strong connection to music and ultimately that’s what brings them closer together. Things get complicated as they get closer together. There’s a surprise visit from an ex and a festival that leads to some possibilities. But it’s difficult to decide on the future when you are involved in a fledgling relationship.
I’m always down for an overwhelmed musician and Travis fits the bill for me. He was facing a lot but even though he was in over his head, he was still an interesting character. He wasn’t feeling sorry for himself, he was just a little lost. He was likable and that is important for me heading into a novel.
Be warned, this novel ends on a cliff hanger! There is not HFN or HEA in this, particularly book. The next book will be following quickly but that’s something to keep in mind if you don’t like to deal with cliffhangers even for a short time. I’m more than happy to wait for the sequel. I’m invested in these guys and I have the author to thank for that!
Things You May Want To Know: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: (SPOILERS) cliffhanger, invasive press, substance abuse, excessive drinking, depictions of a drunk character, MC is outed in the press.
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Logan resides in Tennessee, convinced her southern twang is part of her charm. With two cats and a dog, her hands are full, and not just of treats like her pets would like to believe. As a full time author, she dedicates all of her time bringing to life different characters and developing new worlds for her readers to lose themselves in. And more often than not, she loses herself in them, which is her favorite place to be: with a cat in her lap, a snack in hand, and voices in her head.
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I received an ARC of the Deeper You Go by Logan Grey from Gay Romance Reviewsin exchange for an unbiased review.