Monday, February 2, 2015

Review | More Than This by Jay McLean

Review | More Than This by Jay McLean" class="ubb-image alignleft">More Than This by Jay McLean
on July 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Netgalley

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.

I received a copy of this title via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 


First of all, let me start by saying that I devoured this book in about a day. I couldn’t put it down! I became so invested in this story and in the lives of the characters, that I wanted to do nothing but read. The More Than This series is one that I will be sticking with and I cannot wait to read book #2.

In one night, Mikayla’s entire world is flipped upside down. She is betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend and comes home to find that tragedy has struck her family. However, among all of the devastation, she meets the one person that will help her through it all.

The circumstance in which Jake meets Mikayla is less than ideal, but it’s the start of a beautifully written romance that leaps off the page and captures the reader heart and soul.

Through all of the ups and downs, More Than This is about a boy and a girl who despite all of the ups and downs, seem to find one another drawn to each other and needing one another in a way that any hopeless romantic will love. Not only do they develop a strong romantic relationship, but the friendship they share is one that even their families can’t deny them. The way in which Jake looks at Mikayla covers my skin in goosebumps and filled my stomach with butterflies. Perhaps it’s the hopeless romantic, but I couldn’t help but swoon from start to finish of this book.

Jay McLean has certainly gained a new fan and I certainly cannot wait to read the next installment so that I can learn more about these fabulous characters she has created. The way in which she writes makes the story come to life and I feel as if I am part of the friendships that are formed on the page.

If you are also a hopeless romantic, like myself, I encourage you to add More Than This to your reading list and to prepare yourself to fall in love with Jake. Err….the story I mean. 🙂

Five stars.


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