Saturday, August 24, 2013

Blog Tour and Interview: More Than This (More #1) by Jay McLean

 More Than This by Jay McLean
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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.
The Deaths.
The Murders.
But it was also that feeling.
The feeling of falling.

SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
5 HEARTS out of 5
Genre:New Adult Romance

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That moment when you find a book you love..and can barely contain your excitement because you want to share it with EVERY ONE

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It can’t be just me… You have to read this book I cannot be alone in this love fest. I need my fellow book lovers to read this book! ASAP!

My Casting

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Because I need to know.
I need to know how she feels and what she wants from me, from this.
 If she wants to be MORE THAN THIS.

Prom night should be one of the best nights of your teen life right? Well, that is not the case for Mikayla. For her prom night becomes the night her life forever changed; in more ways than one.

‘I look over at the cute brunette and wait for a reaction.  I feel like I should leave, like what I’m witnessing is too intimate, too personal. But my feet are locked to the floor. I have no idea why, but I can’t look away.
I can’t walk away.’

Jake and Mikayla meet under horribly embarrassing circumstances, nevertheless they bond and by the end of the night whether they realize it or not they are tied to each other for life.

I spent the beginning of this book an emotional wreck. 
At 3% I was steaming mad.
At 14% I was happy and laughing my ass off.
At 17% I get hit right in the back of my head with a sledge hammer. It hurt…It hurt so damn bad.

As Mikayla tries to reassemble the pieces of her life that are left she becomes close to Jake and his family. A guy who barely knows her but now holds her fragile heart in his hands.  Moving on is not easy yet she slowly does and Jake is right by her side.  Mikayla quickly learns that Jake is, The Jake Andrews, an all star baseball pitcher and predicted to go pro.

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A very close friendship blooms between them; at times it is so intimate that I felt like I was intruding on all the moments they would share. Jake is careful not to push her in to something she is not ready for. But he wants her. B A D. Not just sex either. He wants her. All of her. And she wants him too. All of him.

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The intensely burning chemistry with these two makes for some very steamy angst filled moments!

‘Nothing like a mind blowing orgasm to keep a goofy smile on my face.

We’re looking so intently into each others eyes, trying to see into each others souls.
Talking without speaking. 
Feeling without touching.’

‘I’m two seconds away from exploding and I warn her but she won’t. fucking. stop.’  ~Jake

‘He kisses away the tears that have fallen all over my wet face. Then he looks at me, really looks at me. And then his lips are on mine, and my eyes close because the sensation is so overpowering.’
 ~ Mikayla

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Fave scenes(without any major details)

-After prom the bon fire...

-Every scene with Logan...

-The letters...

-The Prince in a Flashback of a young Mikayla being told a story by her mom...
My Thoughts
The story is told in dual pov so we get inside both Jake and Mikayla’s head which I must say is a true pleasure. READ THIS BOOK! You know you’ve struck gold when a book can make you
Happy, sad, laugh out loud, swoon, then cry all in the first 20% of reading.
The characters Jake is a total alpha. You best not look and you sure as hell better not touch his girl because he won’t hesitate to whoop that ass. He is also loving, tender, sweet, understanding and patient with Mikayla. It is as if he was exactly what she needed and vice versa. And yeah, he’s kind of a big deal! 
Mikayla this girl goes through so much yet she is still standing talk about recovering from a lost. After losing so much you can barely breathe. She is just..WOW. Smart, funny and no idea how beautiful she is, inside and out!
I gave these two a pass for not being able to communicate all of their feelings. Which can be frustrating for readers. They are both 18, so I feel as though characters under age 22 get passes because they most likely have not had the chance to be in more than 1 long term relationship yet. Even with my pass they fared well. Insecurity was the biggest issue with these two.
The secondary characters will not only catch your attention, they will leave you wanting more. Mainly Logan, the guy is freaking hilarious. I think for me the best part of the secondary character roles are played by the parents. The parents carry a strong presence in this book. Major thumbs up for that Jay McLean!

Dear Megan,

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The ending, no cliffhanger… BUT even though we get a sweet epilogue, readers will still get a nice little twist at the end. This twist will leave your jaw on the ground. Trust me. Because even though you could have predicted it… So much goes down in the book that you forget about it until its right in front of your face on the page. It is literally the last sentence of the book...

My Ratings
Characters- lovable, witty and charming
Writing Style- Fair, there was excessive usage of slang and a few editing issues
Plot/Storyline- Strong it will grab you from the first page
Steam Factor- High/VERY HOT
Overall- I LOVED IT! READ IT!!!

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it!
*Copy kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*


I am the 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 being completely awkward in
 most social situations.

Giving back:
Jay will be donating part of her sales from More Than This from 
19th Augusts to 19th September to 
The Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society.
 For more info follow link 

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Reality Bites thanks Jay McLean for taking the time out to chat with us! It is greatly appreciated!

1) I love the way you introduced Mikayla and Jake to your readers. I’m curious, what made you start the story on Prom night?
I tried to think of a way to get the two groups together in the one place at the one time. A place where a moment of happiness could be ruined by betrayal. I think it was a perfect setting, a great way to introduce Jake's friends in an atmosphere that was relaxed for them, so you could see them for who they really are.
2) What song do you think best describes Jake and Mikayla’s relationship?
Maroon 5 - She will be loved. It's perfect. Just perfect.
3) Are there any scenes that you wrote, then deleted but wished you’d kept in the final version of More Than This? If so can you briefly summarize what it was about and who was featured in the scene.
Yeah, I only had a few ideas set out, I hadn't completely written the scenes, but they were of Jake and Kayla's relationship post get together, and pre-one year anniversary of the tragedy. One of them was of Jake video skyping a friend in Australia and Kayla walking in almost naked, and then freaking out. There was a scene where Jake explained the whole Marissa thing to Kayla, but it just didn't seem important after the other events of that night...I'm trying not to spoil things. There were a couple more scenes with their friends but I'm saving them for Logan's book now. And originally I had anticipated more baseball, but the timeline for this book doesn't suit baseball season.
4) Are any of your characters in this series based off of or similar to someone you know?
I was waiting for a question like this. I'm based on almost all of them! Kayla's parents meeting is very similar to how I met my partner. Insta-love and everything. Not even joking. We were together 2 weeks before he moved in with me. Kayla and Lucy with the reading. I LOVE TSoT and Josh Bennett. Lucy with the reading at random places and sometimes dirty books. haha! Logan with his music, Cam with his bluntness and Heidi and Dylan with their loyalty. Wow, I put a lot of myself in this book.
5) Is there anything that you like to do hobby wise that is also something your characters enjoy doing in your book/s?
Apart from the reading and the music that's involved in the book, not really. I'm a mother, so all my free time is used up by that.
6) How much of Jake and Mikayla will we get in More Than Her?
They will be in the book, obviously not so in depth about their relationship, but more how the outside see them. However, even though they aren't in the book as far as quantity goes, they are definitely there in quality, if that makes sense. It means that the scenes they are in will have a big impact in the story.
7) I have to know…Will we see more of Megan in the future of this series? I felt like her story line was left open to possibly be explored.
Yes. And that's all you get :)
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