Review: Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean

28369891

Summary:

In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

Review:

If you love Jay McLean’s books you’ll most definitely love Lucas. If you haven’t read her books, you should. This one can be read as a standalone; there are some emotional cameos from the characters from the More Series, but you’ll be way too consumed with Lucas and Laney’s story.

I think, ultimately, that’s what true love is, you know? To want to be someone’s hero when they’re faced with villains. To want to be the one who saves them. To be their wonderwall.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Review: Coast (Kick Push #2) by Jay McLean

30192405

Summary:

One life-changing summer.
One boy.
The boy.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.
We filled our days with porch-step kisses,
filled our ears with laughter,
filled our hearts with love.
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.
But love is misleading.
It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,
turns to pain.
Love should heal you.
But it can also break you.
Believe me, I know…
Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…
…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.

Review:

By now, everyone knows I love Jay McLean’s books, whenever a new one is announced I automatically pre-order it, but Coast has been on my mind since I read Kick, Push (review here). I’ve been waiting to read this for almost a year, I haven’t been able to get Becca, Josh and Tommy out of my head, so you can imagine my happiness when I was given an ARC by Jay McLean herself *dies* My expectations were extremely high, and, as always, McLean delivered! I couldn’t be happier with this ending.

and I felt the same thing I felt the moment I fell in love with skating. The moment I fell in love with her. She made me feel weightless, feel free, feel airborne. So I kicked, and I pushed, and for the past year, that’s all I’ve been doing because it didn’t feel the same and I knew in my heart that without her, I’d never be able to coast.

Continue reading

Review: Redemptive (Combative #2) by Jay McLean

28231416

BLURB

It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die.

It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.

Clearly, mine was not.

The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.

The blast of the gun as it went off.

The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.

And then darkness.

This replayed over and over.

When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,

hear, were those few seconds.

Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.

Gunshot, breath, darkness.

REVIEW

I was kindly provided an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review; I was so freaking excited to read this because Jay McLean is among my favorite authors, and BAM! she delivered a great story again.

It was her. And it was two words I’d never expected that left me ruined. “Thank you.”

Continue reading

Review: More Than Enough (More Than #5) by Jay McLean

22723768

Summary:

There’s no emotion greater than fear.
No ache greater than grief.
No sound greater than silence.

I’m grateful he showed up on my doorstep,
pissed off and angry at the world.
If he hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here.
And I don’t just mean here on this journey with him.
I mean here, in this world.

I wonder what events in all our lives—hers included—are The Turning Points? The points where we all determine that the fear of our pasts and the uncertainty of our futures are greater than our need for happiness.
Here.
Now.
While time and everything around us stands unmoving… who’s to say we can’t have it all?

We wanted it all.
We wanted it with each other.
We thrived on the chaos we created.
And ignored the Mayhem that ensued.
Because falling in love was easy.
But sometimes, love isn’t enough.

Review:

I finished reading More Than Enough yesterday and I’m still emotionally unstable. Jay McLean’s done it again. This book is so full of emotion, I’m still overwhelmed, with tears at the ready, and that’s definitely the best thing a book can do.

His smile is instant. It’s also hot. I’m pretty sure I hate his smile. And I’m definitely sure I hate him – or, at least, how he makes me feel.

Continue reading

Book releases in November

New month, new books! Do you also have trouble keeping up with when which book comes out? We know the feeling.. That’s why we will post an overview every month of the books that come out in that month. Which book are you most excited for this month? 

Nov 1st

23204215The Game Plan (Game On #3) by Kristen Callihan

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.
NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now. (more)

Nov 3rd

23430483 Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart. Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything. (more)

 Untamed (Thoughtless #4) by S.C. Stephens
The spotlight doesn’t only shine. Sometimes it burns.

Being the bad-boy bassist for the world’s hottest band has earned Griffin Hancock some perks: a big house, a fast car, and most importantly his incredible wife, Anna. The one thing it hasn’t brought him is the spotlight(more)
Nov 10th Continue reading

Review: Kick Push by Jay McLean

25834515

Summary:

There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.

Review:

JAY THAT WAS SO RUDE! WHAT A CLIFFHANGER! I’M A MESS!

I couldn’t understand how anyone could turn their backs on their family… and yet here I was, facing nothing but backs.

Continue reading

Review: Combative (Combative #1) by Jay McLean

20894361

Summary:

We all play victims to our pasts; to the choices we make and the lives we create.
They define who we are.
And sometimes if we’re lucky enough, the past stays where it belongs: in the past.
I’m not one of the lucky ones.
I never have been.
Because now the past is knocking on my door, offering deals I have no choice but to take… deals that will help bring justice—not just for me, but for my brothers.

The problem?
The deal is a ticking time bomb.
One I didn’t know existed.

Tick.
Tock.

Review:

What an exlosive start for this new series by one of my favorite authors! If you don’t know her you can check out her first series, which is adorably cute and heartbreaking, here; also my review of Where the Road Takes Me, a beautiful standalone, here. This has a completely different vibe, though, and I really enjoyed that.

Dad – the epitome of someone who’s supposed to love and protect you. But he wasn’t any of those things. He was the devil. In the flesh. His red-rimmed eyes held so much rage.

Continue reading

Review: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

23379428

Summary:

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

Review:

Hey book lovers, it’s Manu! I just finished reading Where the Road Takes Me, and woah! What a roller coaster! One moment I was laughing so hard my cheeks hurt and then next I was curled up in my bed sobbing! But that’s what Jay McLean always does to me, so that’s exactly what I wanted. Continue reading