Book Reviews

Don't Let Go by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 08-August-2018

Book Blurb

Avery Rivers is a country music sensation, selling records by the millions and playing to sold-out crowds. But behind that persona is Robert, a burned-out musician cracking under the pressure. He’s unable to write any new songs, and he wants out of the business—at least for a while. He changes his appearance and finds honest, hard work in Jackson, Wyoming. Maybe getting to be a regular guy for a while will get him past his block.


Hy Whitely was a championship bull rider until he watched his best friend thrown in the arena and decided the rodeo circuit was no longer the place for him. He wants to be plain old Zeke for a while, and when he returns to his family ranch, he bumps right into Robert—a one-night stand from his last rodeo appearance who is now working there as a ranch hand.


The heat between the men could sear the grass off the range, but each one is hiding a secret. Robert and Zeke, the men behind the public images, fall in love, but can they hold on when Avery and Hy are pulled back into the spotlight? 


Book Review

“Don't let go, no matter what, no matter how, just don't let go.” ~ Avery Rivers (Don't Let Go)

When doing what you do to have a job working at what you love becomes a burden, it's time to change direction. Both Avery Rivers (Robert), a popular country singer, and Hy Whitley (Zeke), a rodeo champion, of 'Don't Let Go' by Andrew Grey, are learning that the hard way; but changing directions sets them on a course toward each other with the promise of love and a happier life.

Robert has followed a demanding schedule of tours, recording, and press events for years and he's tired – tired of being tired, stressed, and pulled in so many different directions at once that he feels as if he will be split apart. He desperately needs some downtime, some time to himself to be able to rest, regroup, and write music. Robert hasn't been able to do that for quite a while; if he doesn't get some relief soon, he may give up on music altogether.

After the end of his last tour, Robert buys a truck and heads out west. The town he ends up in is preparing for a huge rodeo show the next day, but fortunately, Robert is able to get a room, one which most people would not be able to afford. While relaxing at the hotel bar, he meets a handsome young man, Zeke, who is here for the rodeo. Robert and Zeke hook up for the night and enjoy each other's company as well as the sex, knowing it will only be a one-night stand. Since both men want to be seen as the person, not the “personality” their occupations give them, neither tells the other about their star status. The next day, they leave with regret, wishing they could have had more time together.

Zeke does very well at the rodeo, but his high doesn't last long. When his best friend is mortally injured, it makes Zeke rethink ever participating again. He goes back home to his father's farm. While he was gone, his father has hired a new ranch hand; Zeke is surprised to find that the new man is none other than the one he wants to see again, Robert. Zeke and Robert get the “more time” they are wishing for. Their relationship becomes more serious and they are both happy, but, unfortunately, life doesn't always turn out the way we want it to. Robert's people find him and want him to come home. Even worse, Avery's fans and the press find Robert and chaos erupts on the farm. Robert has to explain to Zeke and his father why all these strangers and reporters are hanging around. He tells them that he is Avery Rivers. Zeke can't be too mad because he has been hiding who he is as well, but the “hordes” are disturbing his life as well as everyone there, including the animals! Robert realizes that in order for anyone to see any peace, he has to leave. With sadness, Robert goes back to his other life, one he knows will be filled with people who want to control, not care about him. He and Zeke haven't made promises to each other, but both know they are in love and want to stay in touch. The thing is, long distance relationships seldom end well.

This was an endearing story about two men who only want to be loved just for themselves. Robert and Zeke are good men who have gotten wrapped up in the glory and fame of their reputations and need to find themselves again, preferably, with someone else who understands. Andrew finds a way for them to balance it out and find their happy ending. Thanks, Andrew, for reminding me that love can find a way.





DISCLAIMER: Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. This book has been provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review.

Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200 pages/61252 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-August-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $13.97 audiobook
Buy Link