Why I love Jay McLean ~ This woman is brilliant. When I read all of these amazing stories she writes I’m just in awe, the beauty, the heartbreak, and the joy in her words undo me every time. She gives us these characters who could be your best friends, storylines that keep you engaged and captivates you from the first page to the last, and that stick with you long after you finish them. All of these reasons don’t even scratch the surface, because while there is no doubt she’s a phenomenal author she’s an equally as wonderful person. She always has time and kind words for her fans. She’s got a huge heart, wicked sense of humor, and the mouth of a sailor and I for one wouldn’t want her any other way.
I was first introduced to Jay’s work because of an Amazon email suggesting I try More Than This. At the time I was just easing back into reading, the book sounded good so I gave it a try. Thank the book Gods that I did. It was love from the first verse of “penis, penis, penis, oh.” and I never looked back.
•More Than This ~Makayla and Jake •More Than Her ~Amanda and Logan •More Than Him ~Amanda and Logan •More Than Forever ~Lucy and Cameron •More Than Enough ~Dylan and ………
While I’ve enjoyed every book in this series one book holds a special place in my heart and on my all time top 5 books ever list and the was More Than Forever. Lucy and Cameron were just perfection and made me a full fledged Jay McLean superfan!
More Than Forever~
“ Because it’s eternal-the rise and fall of the sun. It’s forever. Just like us.” ~ Cameron
This book is a slow burn, it builds you up and up. Taking you through those awkward teen years, into college, and then real life. While there is drunken fun, raging hormones, and lots of mayhem there is also real life issues. Loss, illness, neglect, and heartache.
Lucy and Cameron’s story is beauty and heartbreak. They experience so much and come out of each of situation stronger. There are life lessons taught and learned. Everyone can relate to something that these two experience.
“Quit moaning like a dick deprived whore and get out of my seat.” ~ Lucy
But it’s not all serious subject matter there is so many laugh out loud moments, raunchy teenage boy humor, mayhem, and friendship so much envy inducing friendship.
This book has it all and I guarantee once you finish it you’ll immediately want to pick up again!
Boy Toy Chronicles (BTC) ~
1. Boy Toy Chronicles, there are 5 major rules:
2. Don’t be an asshole.
3. BTC is Vegas. What happens in BTC stays in BTC.
4. No judging anyone for their choices to come and go. Pun intended.
5. No dibs on clients.
If any of the above doesn’t suit you, see rule #1 asshole.
Jay’s love of her fans was never more apparent than when she wrote a book dedicated specifically to them (well and Batman). It was this completely dirty, wet your pants funny, knock you on your ass book about a college fraternity and the lengths they’ll go to raise funds for their house. But don’t worry all you romance fans she threw a love story in there too.
I was seventeen when I walked into the kitchen and saw my mom and dad slow dancing in the middle of the room. There was no music. ~Tyler
The Combative series:
What the hell is going on? That is the main consensus when talking about any of the books from the Combative series.
•Destructive~not yet released
This series is a tangled web of interlocking stories and characters. Just when you think you’ve figured out what is going on Jay throws another curve ball into the mix and you’re completely lost all over again. After each book you’re left with more questions than answers and a burning need to know how it’s all going to play out! Jay took a step out of the contemporary genre and knocked it out of the park.
Me. Here trapped in the chaos of silence. ~ Redemptive
Where the Road Takes Me (WTRTM) ~
“Regardless of all the black-letter days you might have to endure, there’s always a red one waiting for you.”
Jay introduced her readers to the concept of Red Letter Days and it became bigger than I think Jay even anticipated. If you join her fan group (The Jaybirds) you can experience this phenomenon first hand. When someone is down, or something devastating has happened in the world these ladies come together to help make people’s day a”Red Letter” one. Inspirational posts are made, encouragement is given, and books are gifted to those who have yet to experience them. Anything that helps brighten someone’s day is done.
Kick Push the Road book 2 (also known as the best book of 2015) ~
Jay McLean has a talent not found in a lot of writers, she makes her character so real and so relatable that you just connect with them on another level. They aren’t fictional characters you’re reading about in the pages of a book they are people that you care about. Your heart bleeds for them and you want to wrap them in your arms in their moments of darkness. You share in their moments of triumph and your heart sings with joy as they experience the ups and downs of life. You are emotionally invested in their stories and eager to see them get what they deserve out of life.
Josh Warden is a single father excelling at raising his young son alone. His selflessness is inspiring, his loneliness is palpable, and his longing for more out of life for himself and Tommy is heartbreakingly beautiful.
Becca is a wounded soul looking for someone to see her, to love her. She is such a complex character and she’s written so beautifully and I find myself thinking about her long after I finish the book.
Kick Push is the story of two people struggling to find a foothold in the world. It had my heart racing with anticipation one minute and trepidation the next. It had me gasping in surprise and sobbing with sadness. It brought a smile to my face and a burst of laughter from my lungs.
A truly amazing book written perfectly who’s only flaw was that it ended.
Coast (the Road book 3)
Released last year Coast was the follow up to Kick Push and our chance to see Josh, Becca, and Tommy’s story come full circle.
One life-changing summer.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his
We filled our days with porch-step kisses,
filled our ears with laughter,
filled our hearts with love.
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.
But love is misleading.
It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,
turns to pain.
Love should heal you.
But it can also break you.
Believe me, I know…
Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…
…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.
This book started with me wanting to shakes Josh and Becca while yelling, “You’re perfect for each other, work your shit out I want to get to your happy ending!!”. But books, like real life don’t work that way. This book took us on a journey of growth and healing. We watch two people who love each other deeply figure out how to make the other a priority. We watch them become “real” adults and earn their happy ending.
“We filled our days with porch-step kisses, filled our ears with three-year-old laughter, and filled our hearts with love. Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.”
Jay surprised us all when she announced she was giving us A More series spinofff featuring Lucy’s brothers. When Lucas releases The Preston Boys series started.
“I think, ultimately, that’s what true love is, you know? To want to be someone’s hero when they’re faced with villains. To want to be to be the one that saves them. To be their Wonderwall.”
I think Lucas took a lot of people by surprise. It released and a lot of people who hadn’t read Jay’s work yet picked it up. What they found was perfection, made obvious by how many people included it on their top reading lists of 2016. In true Jay form this book wrings all the emotions from you. Leaving you dazed after reading it but, with a huge smile on your face. Lucas and Laney’s story wasn’t easy. It was a mess of emotions, love, friendship, betrayal, secrets, and family. You get a better idea of the inner workings of the Preston household and questions asked when reading Lucy’s story get some answers.
Darkness Matter’s is Jay’s newest release and though I haven’t read it yet (I’ve been in a slump and don’t want that to compromise how I feel about this book.) I have heard nothing but great things.
It’s the same old story, really.
Good versus evil.
Heroes versus villains.
Light versus dark.
For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:
Why, Noah, why?
The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.
Jay McLean easily became a one click author for me after reading just one of her books. But with each book released I find my respect for her talent increasing. She is immensely talented, easily approachable, and gives her readers her all. She’s an exceptional person and author.