Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: "More Than This" by Jay McLean

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.
Thanks to Amazon Publishing for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Did I like this book?

I'm a bit conflicted as to how I feel about this book.  On the one hand, I read it very quickly and had a hard time putting it down, so obviously I was pulled into the story.  I felt emotionally connected to the characters and wanted them to be together and have their HEA.  But, on the other hand, there were some things that just seemed way over the top, and I couldn't buy into them.  Those things, combined with the constant back and forth between the main characters and the extreme (and immature) jealousy being displayed by them both on numerous occasions really put a damper on my overall enjoyment of this book.

Will you like this book?  

I think most fans of the more mainstream New Adult titles will probably enjoy "More Than This".  It is different enough to stand out from some of the others, but similar enough to appeal to the masses.  The writing reminded me a bit of Jessica Sorensen and J.A. Redmerski, if that gives you a better indication of whether this is a good choice for you.

Will I read more by this author?

I am interested in continuing this series only because I loved some of the supporting characters.  Reading about Jake's group of friends was one of the highlights for me.  I guess it will depend on whether I can purchase the next book through Kobo, because last I checked, they didn't have it.

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