Thursday, February 12, 2015

REVIEW: Where The Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

Where The Road Takes Me by Jay McLean
Released on February 10th

 Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

This book is rated ‘W’ for Well Done
5 HEARTS out of 5
Genre: New Adult Romance

She was invisible, unknown and waiting on her chance to be on the road…
He is visible, well known and he must make a choice… a life changing choice.
One night the visible collides with the unknown removing her cloak of invisibility. So whether she likes it or not… she just became visible, because knowing her changes everything.

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She wanted to know about school; I told her about sports. She asked me about home; I told her more about sports. And then it struck me; why we were both so comfortable. Here; in this one night, as complete strangers.’

There is beauty in a story such as this one; it’s held within its characters when the author puts her heart in to her work. Told in dual points of view Where The Road Takes Me brings these two unlikely people together.
Chloe- closed off reluctant to form any bonds or connections
Blake- the very well known-rich-jock who put's on a facade in public.
After a chance meeting in the middle of the night puts her on Blake’s radar. A radar I should add she had managed to go undetected on for quite some time. As he naturally reaches out Chloe just as naturally closes herself off to him. You see, Chloe knows that once she graduates she’ll be gone…on the road.

When they are once again thrown together he runs with it. Knowing the road is ahead for Chloe does NOT deter Blake at all. Matter of fact he has a big decision to make regarding his own future.
Still, the more time he spends with Chloe the more he sees her in his future.

Always conscious of how much of herself she gives to people Chloe does continue to shut Blake down. He finds a way in. She tries to keep him at a distance but uh that’s not happening. Let’s just saaay he is not going for it.


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In the first 20% to 30% an intimacy and acceptance level is built between these two characters that only seemed to strengthen throughout the book. I think at one point Blake even threatens to leave her but in his mind he's like 'I'm lying I could never leave her' or something to that effect and it sent a flutter in my stomach it was so swoon worthy.

Their love is SWOON WORTHY!

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The Characters
Chloe is a tough nut to crack. Most readers will most likely spend some time trying to figure her out, connecting with Blake before they do with her. But I’m telling you stick with her she’ll win your heart of this I am sure.

Blake will easily steal your heart. He is sweet, charming and in love with a girl named Chloe.
' Chloe—she was worth it. She was worth everything. '
That line is EVERYTHING!!!! Oh help me my heart just sped up!!

And then there is Josh, the best way to describe him is…is…you know as a kid when you get your favorite box of cereal and you’re already hype cause your mom remembered to get it for you right, and then you dig in and find the prize. Josh plus1 is the PRIZE! His character will easily get in to your heart. You can’t help but to love him, feel for him and want to know more about him.

My Thoughts
This book definitely has a different tone and flow than McLean’s More Series. Whereas the more series has a high impact 1,2 punch. Where The Road Takes Me moves to the beat of it's own drum. It delves deeper in to the characters and what they are facing at various points offering us more of who they are each time. Helping us the reader gain a better understanding of what has made them the way we now see them.
There are beautiful themes strewn throughout the book that appear at just the right moments. What I loved was how the themes took on a role all their own. GAH, you really have to read it to understand it sorry no spoilers here.

It's simple.. She writes. I read.

My Ratings
Characters- Lovable, Sweet and Witty
Writing Style- Strong, pulled at my heart in more ways than one
Plot/Storyline- Two teens meet one night and afterwards their lives change in ways they could not imagine
Steam Factor- Lo-Med-Hi I say Medium on a scale of 1-0 I say 7
Entertainment Level- High, the book held me captive from start to finish
Overall- I loved it! I recommend it to all NA lovers!

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