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Songs to Make You Stay

(Playlist #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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 h
Kindle Edition, 165 pages
Published October 9th 2016
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
She is wind and thunder
Can’t keep rain in a bottle
I should stop trying

I've come to treasure these characters in a short amount of time. It's a series stitched with melodies and its soulful rhythm-like writing. I love the ensemble of cast, and romance.

My only moan is the lack of female characters and female friendship but overall I would recommend these books in a heartbeat. This is my cue to go back at studying. Hah. Full review to come.
Suraya (thesuraya)
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recs-romance
Jay excels in writing the most basic and truest problems & insecurities we feel over love and relationships and she delivers it perfectly ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Hi Jay! Thank you for this awesome book of yours! I love Shinta even more now. This third book is swoony enough and I can't wait to read more of your books! I promise I'll be patiently waiting *chuckles*

Songs To Make You Stay is the third book from the Playlist series, I was excited to read this since I am really curious as to what will happen to Shinta and Jill. I could personally relate on this book, long distance relationship, busy work schedule and dreams. Shinta being a Japanese a
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***This review was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels. Warning: Long rant and spoilers ahead.

I would very much like to say that today I’m just going to be all hearts and squiggles over book 3.

I would, but it’s not going to happen.

Which is not to say that it wasn’t an engaging read that was chock-full of feels. If you were following my live tweets (seen at the bottom of this post), then you know that it was exactly that. It was so engaging I almost completely forgot that I’d committed
It’s probably best to get this out of the way first: I am Team Miki. To this day, I still root for this underdog, hoping his unrequited love miraculously clicks in reverse. I even requested for an “I’ll Miki You Mine” shirt, and I would go as far as considering to be his groupie.

But Songs to Make You Stay is not
Songs to Get Over You . It is not about Miki, or Miki and Jill. It follows Shinta, the hot Japanese celebrity Jill chose (only because she had no idea Miki was waiting in the wings, h
April ~ The Reading Belles
ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I admit I was not very thrilled when I heard about Shinta and Jill having another book. They’re not my favorite people, to be honest. Haha! Because I was always Miki’s girl. But with a promise of Shinta’s POV (I’ve always wanted to get in to his head and am a sucker for male POV), heat level 3 (!!!) and that cover, you bet your a$$ I am going to read it. And read I did, and look at where it got me:

tears in my eyes…
chest clenched tig
Ana Tejano
* Also on It's Time Ana

Happily-ever-afters make the romance novel, among other swoon elements -- but let's admit, we read them because we know there's a happy ending for the main character and love interest. And we're happy to stay there, knowing they got what they wanted and deserved, and while sometimes we wish for something more, the happy ending is enough. That's why it's kind of tricky to write books after the HEA, because if we're going to be realistic about it, we know that relationships
C. Erani Kole
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shoutouts
*volunteered to review the ARC I was blessed with*

4.5 beautiful stars!

I've read the first two books and really enjoyed their stories through the author's writing. Her style, if I had to put it in some shape or form, is like those soft-dyed comforters made in every room of a vacation home high up in the mountains surrounded by fields of flowers and well-mannered baby goats. When Shinta was going to have his time in the spotlight, I was really excited. I liked him, the smooth Japanese actor with a
H. Bentham
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The third installment to the Playlist Series goes beyond Trainman’s musical members and now focuses on lead Jill’s significant other, the Japanese heartthrob, Shinta Mori. The end of book 1 seemed like the start of Jill & Shinta’s happily ever after, but do not, for even a second, think this book is its stretched epilogue. As with real life, one story ends, another one begins; and this is Shinta’s very own story. This is his very own struggle with finding love, and making it stay.

*cue dramatic c
Samantha Louise Borbe
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’d be lying if I say that I was never excited to read this book. This is the third in the Playlist series and this is in the POV of the hot Japanese actor, Shinta Mori (aka the guy who kidnapped Jill after a gig. LOL.) Despite being pro-Miki (not for Jill but for myself. Hahaha! #fictionalcrush) from the very beginning, I never hated Shinta. By the end of book 1, I was actually shipping them (Shinta and Jill) to be together forever. Because why not? They’re so good together.

I liked him because
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If I can sum up my feelings into one word, it would be this: SHINTA!!!!!!!!!!

He's literally the nicest, sweetest guy I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. Honestly this series is brimming with unrealistically nice guys, cos I haven't met a guy that nice in real life. Please be my boyfriend.

I was about to write a P.S. I need Kim's book, but I realised I've already done that before this. Whatever. I NEED KIM'S BOOK SO BAD PLEASE
Angela Marie
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you Jay E. Tria for the ARC.

Songs to Make You Stay is the sequel to Songs of Our Breakup that everyone has been waiting for. It continues to tell the story of indie band Trainman's lead singer Jillian Marie (Jill for short) and Japanese actor Mori Shinta (or Shinta Mori, I like the surname first okay?) as they try to overcome their heartbreaks in the past and find a happy compromise to their situation.

I read this book in anticipation of more Shinta, more Jill, more Trainman, more kisses an
Brain Tabs
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Things I loved from the other books in this series are still present in this story, but that's not to say there's nothing more that Jay E. Tria offers here. How do I love this? Let me count the ways:

1. Tokyo scenes!!! I recently went on a trip to Tokyo and so some scenes played vividly in my mind. I laughed out loud when Shinta was reminded that "a 10-minute walk in Japan translated to double at an average Filipino's pace." Super naka-relate ako. It's always a delight to read books featuring new
Erleen Alvarez
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Books for YA!

Songs to Make You Stay definitelymade mestay glued to the story till the wee hours of midnight,wishing for my own dreamy Japanese actor. As expected, Jay E. Tria gave us another swoon-worthy sequel to her Playlist series. To know more about the Jay E. Tria’s books, you can read my review of Songs of Our Breakup and Songs to Get Over You here or go to Jay’s website here.

The story revolved around the ups and downs ofShinta and Jill’s relationship
Nicole Andrea
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC graciously provided in exchange for an honest review*

I have to say that Shinta is more lovable here in this book. He's funny, sweet, and charming. #TeamShinta all the way. To have a guy who loves you so much and doesn't hesitate to let you know you are loved, who wouldn't want that?

And he's not just a guy in love. He's a Japanese actor. That being said he have hectic schedules yet he always find time for Jill. I envy Jill (SERIOUSLY). He does what he can do his full extent. There are conf
Ok it's settled. Shinta Mori you are my fave!!

Shinta and Jill together are so sweet and funny and i loved that the events if this one intertwines with those of Songs To Get Over You. Definitely added more depth to the story getting to see events from Shinta's POV. We get to see him buying Julio! lol

And again, not only do we get to see the central couples' relationship unfold, the highs, the lows, we see Trainman's relationship as well. How the get on with each other, how they get on with Shint
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 intr
Claire Du
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read Jay's first book, Songs of Our Breakup, and I instantly fell inlove with her writing that's why I also bought her second book, Songs to Get Over You because I'm #TeamMiki.

When I read the blurb for Songs to Make You Stay, and the author was offering ARCs for review I wasn't able to keep myself from signing up right away! And boy, was I blown away by Shinta. I know,I know, I should be rooting for my boy Miki, "the bestfriend" , the one who is always there but I can't help wanting to ke
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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MaryAnne Clare
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book is about Jill's relatively complicated love life, with a closer look into Shinta's own struggles as a movie star, person and long-distance boyfriend.

I love how it answers questions left by the first two books, and that the stories overlap in certain places -- the overlapping makes a good refresher. Not to mention it really shows how Jill's, Miki's and Shinta's stories are all relevant to each other. It's not like other series that go from one adventure to another without looking back. A
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhhh! This is me fangirling over this book, in case you can't tell. ;) Wow. I don't know where to start. The author's writing style and voice are so creative and smart, and the scenes she painted just jump off the page. In many instances I could clearly see the places she described in my mind and smell, feel, and taste them. And OMG, I so wish the song lyrics she included were actually real songs that I could listen to! They were the perfect touch to the story. Overall, I really appreciated h ...more
Agay Llanera
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I used to be #TeamMiki, but I shifted to #TeamShinta even before Tria wrote this book. Why? Because life is short, dear friends. We can all use a man who doesn't beat around the bush, makes us feel gorgeous and loved, and flies across the ocean just to see us. I've been waiting for Shinta to hog the limelight in Tria's Playlist series, and I have to say that his secret thoughts don't disappoint. A chill guy infused with a healthy dose of passion? Shinta is my kind of Fil-Jap guy. Thanks, Jay Tri ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love that I read more of Shinta and Jill's story. I never knew that Shinta had these kinds of struggles. He's always that endearing, funny and nakaka-kilig guy and I always thought he had it all figured out.

To see the depth of his feelings for Jill and what he is willing to do makes my heart so happy for Jill. I feel she deserves this happy ending 💜
Aira Irish
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I appreciate Shinta more after reading his side of story. I hope I'll find someone like him. He's totally a keeper.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars*
I love that Shinta got to actually figure out what he wants
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shinta <3!! so far i think miki is my favorite! but i hope we get kim or nino's stories next ...more
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Hi! I'm a writer of contemporary Young Adult and New Adult romance. These days I'm writing paranormal/fantasy too, and it's a fun exercise. I'm often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to go places.

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