Friday 26 July 2013

Review & Giveaway: More Than This by Jay McLean @jaymcleanauthor

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 beautiful, emotional, Jake Andrews stars!!

“Because I need to know. I need to know how she feels and what she wants from me. From this. If she wants me more than this.”

I love it when you stumble across an unknown author, take a chance, start a book, can’t put it down, devour it, finish it and with a big fat happy smiley face, think WOW, what have I just read and that is exactly how I felt after reading More Than This!!!

Jay McLean where have you been hiding, this book was awesome!! A great mix of humour, heart ache, romance, love but most of an amazing relationship between Mikayla and Jake. It was ugly and beautiful all at the same time. The circumstances under which these two meet is a high school girls biggest fear..finding out your boyfriend of more than four years has been cheating on you on prom night…and to make matters worse…with your best friend since you were 5 years old, not only that, they have been doing it behind your back for 2 years!! WTF!! Megan, god I hated her..she was one selfish b***h. It was fate that Jake and Mikayla met, if it wasn’t for Logan, Jake’s best friend spilling beer over Mikayla, she would never have found out and Jake wouldn’t have been there to pick up the pieces, Jake has a lot to thank Logan for!

Jake is Mikayla’s knight in shining armour, he comes to her rescue, witnessing her meltdown after her showdown with James and Megan. What a total douche James is!! He takes her to his prom, introduces her to his friends and the rest is history…new friendships are born and so is some sizzling chemistry between Jake and Mikayla. Although you feel the sexual tension radiating off the page, it is made all the more believable as they become friends before lovers..there is a slow build up in their relationship. Mikayla’s night goes from bad to horrific and Jake is still there, comforting and holding her, everything she needs and wants he is there, so bloody perfect…swoooon.

Mikayla slowly but surely has to try and put her life back together again, Jake’s family are totally amazing and welcome her with open arms. Jake, as it turns out is a star baseball pitcher, everyone has high expectations for him, everyone knows him and it takes a while for Mikayla to connect the dots when she realises this is THE Jake Andrews that her dad has been freaking out about for years…more than FATE!

Their relationship is truly beautiful, it is a like watching a butterfly escape from its cocoon for the first time and slowly but surely unfurls it wings, flaps them a bit to dry up and get its strength and then you get to nearly the end when finally it is strong enough to fly. It was a truly beautiful story. Yes it had its ups and downs and misunderstandings, but what new relationship doesn’t. They did need to be a more open with each other about their feelings but they got there eventually. It takes some wise words from Logan for Mikayla to really see….

“Jake, he saw you at your worst. He was there when your life changed and your heart shattered. He was there to help you piece some of it back together. He’s seen it all Micky. He’s seen you at your worst and he still fell in love with you. Like, truly, the forever kind of love with you. And I’m sorry, because I think you are wrong. Maybe you don’t need to be a complete person, or maybe you do. But maybe, he’s it. Maybe he’s the other half of you.”

Jake knew that he couldn’t rush Mikayla, no matter how hard it was for both of them.

“Because if I kiss you, then I’ll want to taste you, and if I taste you, then I’ll need to f**k you. And when I f**k you, it means your mine. And when I make you mine, I want it to be in our bed. Not a hotel room… Is that Okay?” Holy. F***king. Shit

This book made me cry, a lot, both with sorrow and joy and it is hard for an author to convey so many emotions and not all can carry it off, but this one can. I was an emotional wreck throughout this book, it was like being on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but I was like an addict, I could not put the book down, it was like my kindle was glued to my hand and it would not let me let go until I had read the last sentence….and what a last sentence it was…OMG…I had to re-read it as I didn’t get it at first, but when I realised my school girl error it was WTF!! And then my heart broke all over again!!

This book is not a cliff hanger..but there are going to be more books to the series, Logan’s story is up next and I cannot wait for that one!

My favourite bits, Mikayla’s bedtime story from her mum. So poignant and so emotional!

“The very first kiss with your Prince will change your life. When your lips touch for the first time, the earth will feel like it stops moving, but in the same moment, the world around you spins. It’ll feel like fireworks in the night sky. Like a bright light in the darkness. You’ll feel your heart beat fast in your ears but silence will surround you. And when you open your eyes and look at each other, and really see each other. You’ll know in that moment, through that kiss, that you’ve just let someone own a piece of your heart, and you’ll live happily ever after.”

The letter boxes and the letters that both Mikayla and Jake write, awwwwwww.

I would say this is a Mature YA/NA book, there are some sexy scenes in here, all done extremely tastefully. Jake is a bit of an alpha male, he can be hot headed if anyone even so much as looks at Mikayla the wrong way, whilst for some it can irritating for me it made him all the more loveable. The side characters in this book are truly amazeballs and make for a fantastic series to follow, I really cannot wait!!

I can’t even convey how much I loved this book, just give it a go, it is well worth the money and as I have said an amazing read. What are you waiting for…go 1click….you won’t be disappointed!

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