Happy Re-release Week, Jay McLean! (#WCW)
July 10th, 2013 marked a very special day in literary history. A very brave woman, clicked the dreaded “publish” button on Amazon and shared her amazing story-telling talent with the world, evidently becoming a self-publishing indie author. I was privileged to have received a free copy of author Jay McLean’s debut novel More Than This in exchange for an honest review. Not only have I been a fan ever since, I’ve also become a Jaybird. That’s right folks, that’s the proper term to use when referring to Jay’s followers and fandom (She’s kind of a big deal). April of last year, while anxiously awaiting the release of her next title The Road, Jaybirds were treated to some bittersweet news (more sweet than bitter). Unfortunately for us, The Road wasn’t being released on that particular date, but the reason for the delay blew my mind away and made me feel like I was witnessing something great. It’s not everyday that you have the opportunity to get to know your favorite authors and interact with them on fairly regular basis. Mrs. McLean shared the wonderful news that she was offered a book deal with Skyscape, a division of Amazon Publishing. The beloved indie author would within a year become exposed to the masses with the potential to join the ranks of one of her favorites, Colleen Hoover. So yes, readers would have to wait just a bit longer for her lovely work, but it would be well worth it. Fast forward nine months and here we are celebrating the re-release of this amazing book. Keep reading for the blurb and my review.
When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.
Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.
*****Verdict: 5 Kind of a big deal Stars!*****
I more than a lot like it, so much more than a lot!
Forget emotional roller coasters, this book was more along the lines of an emotional freight train…and I loved it!
Where shall I begin?
Mikayla was about to embark on the magical evening that is senior prom. She had it all, great looks, amazingly loving (and hilarious) family, captain of the basketball team as her hot boyfriend and an inseparable best friend (who happens to be head cheerleader). Tonight was going to be an epic night, one to remember (not necessarily in a good way). Then it all went to hell over the course of one heart wrenching night. (view spoiler).
The unfortunate heartbreaking events Mikayla has to endure would have made me resort to fetal position (thumb sucking) while losing my fricken mind. You know that saying ‘behind every great man, there’s a great woman’? Well let’s modify that to ‘behind every strong woman (Mikayla), there’s a sweet, sexy, strong and amazingly hot Jake Mothereffin Andrews’. Oh Jake, you had me at Australian accent and baseball star. With a little help from her newly acquainted friends, Mikayla, gradually transitions into her new life. Jake’s friends are a riot, especially Logan and (drunk) Lucy. Jake’s best friend, Logan, is a hilarious asshole you can’t help but fall in love with. Lucy is every girl’s fantasy of the perfect book best friend…who under the influence of alcohol is always ready to throw down and cut a bitch if necessary.
Let’s address the elephant in the room, our very favorite…ANGST (there was tons of it)!
The sexual tension between Mikayla and Jake is excruciatingly maddening. I felt I was going to combust on their behalf with all the teasing that went on. The almost instant connection they have is beautiful because it’s not based on sex. Jake starts out as a shoulder to cry on, a pillar of strength and we see him grow into so much more than that for Mikayla. He’s her rock, companion and eventually her everything. Surrounded by Jake’s loving family who offer her unconditional support, our heroine pieces her life back together and dare I say…comes out better and stronger.
More Than This is an amazing coming of age story that will leave you wanting so much more! Jake ‘kind of a big deal’ Andrews, stole my heart and panties and has yet to return them. I am so looking forward to getting to know Logan’s story…especially after that jaw dropping revelation he gives us at the very end.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.
You can connect with Jay McLean and explore more of her work via GoodReads, Facebook, More Series Lovers!, Amazon and her Author Page. To purchase More Than This and the rest of the More Series on Amazon, click here.