Book: More Than This
Author: Jay McLean
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
In one night my fairytale ended. Or it may have begun. This is my story of friendship and love, heartbreak and desire, and the strength to show weakness.
One night I met a girl. A sad and broken girl, but one more beautiful than any other. She laughed through her sadness, while I loved through her heartbreak.
*This is our story of a maybe ever after.*
He was right. It made no difference whether it was 6 months or 6 years.
I couldn’t undo what had been done. I couldn’t change the future.
I couldn’t even predict it.
It was one night.
One night when everything changed.
It was so much more than just the betrayal.
It was the Tragedy.
But it was also that feeling.
The feeling of falling.
I’m being a dick, and not concentrating on what I’m doing, and I think I end up putting the wrong weights on the bar because when I go to press them, I can’t, and I’m fucking struggling to get the bar off my chest.
“Woah.” I hear, as someone comes to spot me and get the bar back on the rack.
James. Of course it is.
“You all right, man?” he asks.
“I’m fine, asshole,” I spit out.
He’s taken aback for a second, before he removes his earphones and starts winding them around his iPod, like he’s ready to have a long conversation.
Great, just what I fucking need.
“I uh,” he clears his throat. This kid’s awkward as hell. “I heard you went to Emily’s grave on her birthday.”
I look at him sideways.
“Micky told me,” he states.
I don’t care.
He takes a deep breath in, and then sighs out loud.
I don’t say anything. Just sit on the bench and wait or him to fuck off.
“You know I asked Micky to marry me, right?”
Oh god, I can not have this conversation with him, not now.
I stay silent.
He continues, “I asked Kevin, her dad. I asked his permission before I did it.”
“So?” I bite out, because I don’t know where this conversation is going but I hate that we’re having it. “She said no, right?”
“Yeah, she did. That’s not the point I’m trying to make so quit being a jerk and let me finish.”
So I do.
“Kevin, he was a really good guy. He loved his girls more than anything. My dad, he’s kind of a prick. He’s one of those dads you’re always trying to impress, you know? Like nothing you do is ever good enough.”
I remember his dad from the funeral. I get it.
“Anyway, Kevin, he was different, always accepted you. His girls could have been or done anything, and he would always love and encourage them.”
I wait for him to go on.
“Shit, what I’m trying to say is that, when I asked him for permission, he kind of just looked at me strange for a few seconds, and I swear I thought he was going to say no. Then he clapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘James, she’s eighteen, and I can’t stop you. I think it’s a little young, but I was eighteen when I met Denise, so I can’t talk. I’m sure you will both make the right decision, and she’ll learn to love you as a husband.’”
He clears his throat.
“I was so fucking happy he was okay with it, I didn’t even think about what he said until later. That she would ‘learn’ to love me as a husband.” He pauses for a bit, thinking about his next words.
“I get it now, Jake, what he meant. She shouldn’t have to learn to love me like that, she just should. And, somehow, Kevin knew that she didn’t. And, now I see … I see it, the way she is with you, the way she looks at you, that’s how it should have been. Like you’re the only one. You’re it, Jake. You’re all of it. Her forever.”
Jay McLean’s Playlist for ‘More Than This’ is HIGHLY AWESOME! Even Napoleon Dynamite’s getting his grove on!
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*** 5 STARS ***
Before I make my unending praise and worship of this book, I want to confess something to Jay McLean and to all Netizens. I have heard a lot of buzz about ‘More Than This’ but shrugged them all off thinking that it’s one of those predictable endings with cliffhangers, so I ignored it. Not until I was approach personally and read the reviews that I gave it a chance. A risky one since I’m not a huge fan of cliffhangers. And you know what, it was WORTH it! Read it for 5 hours! And after three days, I’m still hang-up from Jake Andrews. I don’t know how I can move on.
‘More Than This’ started with Mikayla’s senior prom night going from bad to good to tragic. Everything happened all at once! Prom should be unforgettable and a happy moment, but it was different for Mikayla. Everything bad and unthinkable took place on this suppose-to-be special day in her young adult life. For Jake, knowing Mikayla is like finding a lost puppy that needs protecting and comfort. The more he cares for her, the deeper he falls, unknowingly.
There were a lot of emotions from both characters. I really feel bad for Mikayla’s loss, and I’m furious at the author for being so cruel!
But then again, tragedy in whatever occurrence happens to everybody and it’s just up to that individual how to cope with said loss. One thing I learned from this book though, there’s always a light at the end of a tunnel, and Mikayla found that light in the form of Jake Andrews. You’ll love the people in Jake’s life; his family is supportive and treats Mikayla as their own, and his friends are a mischievous bunch but fun to hang out especially Lucy. She’s one heck of a book nerd but transforms to a different person when alcohol consumes her. Funny as hell!
This book contains mild-sensual scenes (and when I say mild that involves heavy foreplay and a lot of cold showers for Jake Andrews), swoon-worthy scenes, and some foul words. Narrated in Mikayla and Jake’s POV with HEA! (Whoop! Whoop!) The ending was a shocker for me. I didn’t see that one coming! But it was a good ending to a sad part of Mikayla’s life.
Overall, I can’t seem to find any bad things about this book. I’m actually looking forward to ‘More Than Her’ (More, #2) which is about Logan’s story! You’ll hate Logan for being such a player but behind that facade is a guy who’s willing to give his heart to the right girl. I SERIOUSLY CAN’T WAIT!!!
Author of Mature YA / New Adult contemporary novels, MORE THAN THIS and a soon to be released sequel, MORE THAN HER. I enjoy reading and writing books that make people laugh, cry and swoon for dreamy book boyfriends. When not doing either of those, I can be found looking after my two little boys, and trying to avoid house work at all costs.