Blog Tour & Review
Title: Lucas – A Preston Brothers Novel
Author: Jay McLean
Release Day: November 1, 2016
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2eMvcj5
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2eD0PxC
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.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Sixteen clicks. Eight seconds. That’s how long it took me to realize I ‘d been in love with her for four years. Eight, life-changing seconds. It’s also the exact length of time it took me to lose her.”
Many moons ago I was trawling Amazon for a book to read, there was this black cover with red, white and blue writing that had just been released and being patriotic I bought it. It was Jay McLean’s first book; it was when I fell in love with Jay McLean’s writing. Every book since Jay McLean has written a winner, this author has certainly found her groove and now she is punishing me with every single book because one thing I can guarantee with a Jay McLean book is that I’m gonna cry, and cry I did. Once again Jay McLean pressed every single emotional button in my body, she wrung them out like a pro and literally had my heart beating in the palm of her hand.
“Love doesn’t die just because one heart stops beating. When you love someone, you have the same heartbeat and it’s still there, just not as strong.”
This book was accomplished writing, perfectly balanced, fantastic dialogue, great chemistry and it makes you feel…from the hairs on your head to the tips of your toes. However, Jay McLean’s trademark wit is prevalent throughout as she masterfully brings her characters to life with some fantastic personalities and I cannot wait for more from this family.
Lucas can be read as a standalone but the Preston family have been introduced in the More Than series, Lucas is Lucy’s brother. Lucas Preston is the oldest of the Preston boys and he is literally the glue that holds them together. Lucas has a lot on his shoulders, he has college and track, he has siblings that just want to murder one and other but he also has his best friend, Laney and it is her that calms his storm, she is his anchor, his confidante.
“And so without meaning to, without wanting to, I started to fall in like with a girl that would become my best friend. My confidant. My courage…A girl who would later crush my heart and destroy me.”
Laney was deserted by her mother and raised by her father but when times were hard they had to move so that her dad could find gainful employment and support them. He upped sticks and began working for the Preston’s. The Preston’s are a family that everyone wants to be a part of, where family values ring true and no matter the squabbling their family were always there for one and other, supportive in every capacity and a house packed to the rafters with love. The Preston’s take Laney and her father under their wing and Laney soon becomes cemented as one of their own. From eleven years old Laney and Lucas were inseparable, the strongest of bonds was made and the family were taking bets as to when they would get married, but being best friends was first and foremost and both were afraid of blurring that line.
“But I’m not done with us…”
“Yeah, Lane. I think you are.”
Laney has been in love with Lucas since forever, but she has never been sure if the feelings were reciprocated. Lucas has been in love with Laney forever, but he has never been sure if the feelings were reciprocated…and no this is not just another miscommunication story, it was so much more.
I am not going to go into plot specifics, but this is a friends to lovers story and these two certainly put you through the mill before they get there. The story is intense at times, it does cover some tough subjects but this is a story with guts, grit and raw emotion, a Jay McLean special.
“And 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 the one who saves them. To be their Wonderwall.”
So…why not 5…this could have easily been a five-star book, in fact it was until a few little things began to niggle at me, and this is more my personal preference than anything wrong with the story itself. This book was unputdownable though, it was one of those reads where the world ceased to exist…much to my husband’s annoyance. Jay McLean once again captivated me with another fantastic family and once again has me chomping at the bit for the next book.
About the Author:
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.