Friday, May 8, 2020

The Deeper You Go by Logan Grey Blog Tour

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 meant 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.

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Deeper You Go is the first book in the Heartbelt Records duet.

Travis Cherry has it all, until someone leaks a picture of the rocker in a compromising position with another man. His agent and record label want to make excuses and sweep it under the rug. Travis is tired of hiding who he is. He fires his agent and gets the record label to release him. But what now? What does he do with his life now?

Bailey had dreams of moving to LA to do music but his father dying changed all that. He needed to stay and help his mom with the inn, putting his dreams on hold. When Travis books a stay at the small-town inn, Bailey is overjoyed the rocker is staying there. What Bailey doesn't expect is the big-time rocker to have a sweet side nobody really knew.

I was instantly invested in Travis and Bailey. The small-town boy with a spiteful ex falls for the recently outed, alcohol abusing rock star. I loved seeing how their story played out and can't wait for the conclusion to this duet.

This is a new-to-me author that I will definitely be checking out and adding past releases to my To-Be-Read list.

This is the first book in a new series, and we are promised a number of loosely connected tales, except this one, which is the first in a duet. In good news, I can assure that the ending is unfinished, but not a worrying cliffhanger – so do go ahead and read this, and the next one will just be a big bonus. (I hope!)

For some reason, the very successful Travis signed with a non-inclusive label, so when he is outed, they are incredibly unhappy, but will not release him... until he makes it in their best interest. Now he is free, he also needs to escape from the fallout of his behaviour. So he leaves the limelight and hides out in a lovely, small town in a much chillier northern state.

Here, in the B&B he is staying in, Travis makes the acquaintance of Bailey, a talented musician in his own right, but also stubbornly stuck helping out his recently widowed mother running the inn. As they fall for each other, but insist on being temporary, they both enjoy and suffer from the strength of their feelings and needing to keep it to themselves.

I enjoyed both men enjoying making music together, and their joint efforts to making a successful local festival a reality. Bailey's mum is a great side character and I look forward to the hints that we get that she may have a happy future playing out in the sequel, as much as Travis and Bailey finding a way to combine their dreams and realities.

This is the sweet and sexy story of the romance that builds between a bad boy rock star and a small town innkeeper. The book starts in Los Angeles, but Travis and Bay’s story takes place in Bay’s sleepy hometown. It’s a gentle read.

For the most part, it’s a classic, family friendly, white picket fence romance. And then there are the lengthy explicit sex scenes. The combination is a little bit jarring and I feel like the writing is weaker in the steamy scenes than it is during the rest of the story.

Honestly, the writing isn’t always solid. The two main characters, Travis and Bailey, are interesting enough and well developed enough to carry the story despite the writing, but far too much of the story is overwritten and in need of a good edit. The superfluous description is distracting, and it makes the gentle small-town story feel even slower.

Despite the writing, the characters are addictive. Travis is more complicated than he first seems, and it was easy to fall hard for him. Bailey is the more stable of the two men, even if he is much younger. I love the way these two share their music and I love the way they make each other stronger. Like all good small-town romances, the other characters are also entertaining. Bailey’s mum is fabulous and the kids in his music group are engaging.

This is a really good read and I was so caught up in this book that the cliffhanger ending caught me by surprise. I really don’t want to wait for the second book!

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Deeper You Go (Heartbelt Records #1) by Logan Grey to read and review for this tour.

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