Review: Notch in Your Belt by Kayla Bain-Vrba
Note: This ARC was provided by Less Than Three Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Wyatt Brave is enjoying success as a country singer and songwriter, having just finished a sold-out tour that began with the release of a bestselling album. Now, he's back in the studio trying to put together his follow-up album and failing miserably. Yes, he's got good songs written down, but they're all about heartache. Now he needs inspiration and his manager sends it to him in the form of keyboardist--and the very guy who Wyatt is hung up on and has been in love with for months--Bryce Masterson. He has no clue that Bryce has feelings for him as well but will an inspiring night together be just another notch in his belt?
Notch in Your Belt is a very quick read from Kayla Bain-Vrba and is about Wyatt Brave, a country artist experiencing a lack of inspiration to write the kind of songs that will have people swooning instead of swearing, and Bryce Masterson, the keyboard player who brings him the inspiration he needs. It takes one blurted out confession from Wyatt to kick Bryce into action, something Wyatt never expects but certainly welcomes. However, after spending the night together, Bryce wakes up without Wyatt by his side and what began as the promising start to possibly something more has left Bryce feeling very hurt and abandoned.
There's a saying that goes "Don't assume. It makes and 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me'," and that's exactly the case in this short novella. Both Wyatt and Bryce make assumptions that lead to a heck of unneeded heartache and feelings of abandonment, either of which the two could have been spared had they simply spoken up and talked about their doubts and reservations. The story was a pretty good one, though the whole part about the supernatural stories felt strange and not entirely necessary. I certainly didn't expect the story to go where it did, but I do appreciate that it was able to surprise me a bit. Notch in Your Belt gets 3.5 stars. ♥
Release Date: 19 August 2015
Date Read: 13 August 2015
Learn more about Kayla Bain-Vrba here.