Book Review: More Than This

More Than This-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.

Oh hey, that tear in your eye? Yeah, might as well just grab the bigger box of kleenex for this book, you’re going to need it. One of my girlfriends asked how the book was. It had been a while and I decided to do a re-read with her to help warn her. I remember the premises of it but wasn’t prepared for how much I was going to cry right away! I’m a cryer, forgive me for caring. After the first few chapters and I had warned her, it was an ugly cry, and I wasn’t prepared. I did giggle to myself because I forgot how amazing this book was. 

More Than This by Jay McLean is an amazingly written story about heartbreak, betrayal, love, rejection, acceptance, and that ever-loving-misinterpret that is known in teen (high school) romance. This book is on Kindle Unlimited and is book 1 of 4, all standalone’s that can be read separately but will have cross-over characters. I feel like the high schoolers just never learn. There is going to be ONE book where the high schoolers are going to be like, “Oh hey, yeah I believe you, that was one giant mistake, let’s move on with our lives as we planned.” But then where would the drama be? You know you like the drama. 😉 This review will have SPOILERS, you have been warned. 

I’m not sure why readers didn’t rate this book better. The Amazon reviews are lacking, which makes me sad (most of them are from 2015…maybe that’s why). I thought this was such a unique book and a great story. It had the character development, different POV’s, and all the drama. AND it was a semi-ugly cry book. You want sappy, well then read this book! 

Mikayla is on her way, thinking she has just about everything. Great best friend, great boyfriend, great family. Going to prom should be a breeze. Funny how one event will just turn your entire world upside down. After finding her best friend and boyfriend together outside the bathroom at dinner before prom, Mikayla is saved by her very own knight in shining armor, Jake. Jake is the boy-next-door cutie that just wants to make the girl feel special after witnessing the heartache of high school romance. 

*Side note: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lucy! Lucy is this cute, little, punk of a character that just has one hell of a mouth on her. She also reads the romance books, a.k.a. smut. I love it when authors shout-out to other books, in their books. It makes you want to go read what the character is reading! 

After what is supposed to be an amazing night of dancing, forgetting yourself, and just being a teenager, Jake takes Mikayla home but only to find out a tragedy has struck her entire family. This part was hard to read. Losing your family in such a horrific way would make anyone spiral. Jake now takes Kayla into his home and takes it upon himself to piece back together this broken girl, but can he do it while also trying to obtain his own dreams? Of course he can, hes Jake Andrews! Who also happens to have a super sexy Australian accent. My brain tries to sound-out how he would be talking, but never really can. But it’s the thought that counts!

You won’t want to put this book down, in my opinion. Then you will just want to read all four books, and then move onto the rest of Jac McLeans books. It’s just a downward spiral, but in a good way! Hey, at least your tbr list won’t need any help! It will just keep growing, and growing, and growing! Ah….remember when your tbr list was just a few books? Yeah, me neither. 

More Than This is a tailwind teen romance book that you won’t want to put down. Just go read it, you know you want to. 

Sizzle Factor: 3 out of 5

*I would consider this a slow-medium burn book. 

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