Review: More than This by Jay McLean

Review: More than This by Jay McLeanMore Than This by Jay McLean
Series: More #1
Published by Skyscape Publication Date: January 13th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance, Young Adult
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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.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


More than This is a moving and emotional story.  It is feels, feels, and more feels.  When we enter the story, we meet Mikayla and her family.  She is getting ready for her last high school prom, joking with her family, and preparing for the arrival of her longtime best friend and boyfriend.  They are all so excited about this evening. However, Mikayla doesn’t know that walking out that door will be the beginning of unmeasurable changes in her life.  Entering this night, Mikayla is care-free, laughing with her friends, then deception leads to her to Jake.

“Holy sh**, accent boy!  How much of that did you see?”

Jake enters at a moment in which she is devastated and broken.  He is kind and charming.  We see that he has an immediate attraction to Mikayla.  He opens the door to what will be life-changing for them both. This sets in motion the chain of events that take place for this evening, and become the compass of direction for the future.  Prom was contagious, laugh-out-loud humor!  Whispered sweet nothings of appreciation.  And then… the world stops turning, time stands still, and everything disintegrates into nothing.

“Jake makes things hurt a little less.  He’s home for me now. If being around him takes the pain away just a tiny bit, then it doesn’t matter how or why he’s here with me.”

Mikayla is, once again, dealt a critical blow.  Her entire life has changed in the span of less than 24 hours. The next days, weeks, and months are a testament to that change.  But, there is one constant that does not change, her attraction and need for Jake. He is like the glue that is holding the fragments of her life together.

“Your very first kiss with your prince will change your life.”

Mikayla tries to deny the attracation and love she feels for Jake. Their story is a roller coaster rides of ups and downs, but always with a thread that ties them together.  Jake has infused his life into hers, and refuses to let her go.

I fell head-over-heels in love with this book! What hooked me in this book …”Mikayla…boys have a penis.” This would seem like an odd hook for a story, but given the gravity of Mikayla’s thoughts during this time, it was comic relief and allowed me to breathe.  **PHEW**  And, the other hook….okay, so I am a sucker for a man with an accent….enter Jake, accent, humor, protective, sweet, sexy…yep…total package!  The snarky humor of Jake’s friends came just at the right time to even out the the rough spots that the main characters went through.  I was enraptured by the building of a great love story.  Though ups and downs, misunderstandings, and miscommunication, our main characters endured.  Some may say that this story was too unrealistic and could never happen. But, I find that I love that in a book –one that will take me to another place with unknown characters and make me feel–that’s what More than This did for me.

A quote from “More than This” that echoes my feelings for this novel…

“I more-than-a-lot like it, so much more-than-a-lot.

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