Series Review: More Than by Jay McLean

Posted March 5, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review: More Than by Jay McLeanMore Than This by Jay McLean
Series: More Than
Published by CreateSpace on 7/1/2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 311
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Combative, Redemptive (Combative, #2)

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 fell in love with this book.  The hardships the characters go through completely break my heart.  But I love the friendships Jake and Mikayla have.  And I think Jake’s friends are amazing in the way that they form a support for Mikayla.

 

I can’t even imagine going through what they go through.  Both try to be so strong for each other, and sometimes you have to take a step back to appreciate what’s right in front of you.

 

So much love for this book.


This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review: More Than by Jay McLeanMore Than Her (More, #2) by [book-author]
Series: [book-series]
Published by [book-publisher] on November 18th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 346
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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"For every action there is an equal or opposite reaction."
For every choice you make there are rewards, or there are consequences.It was my choice to walk away the first time.And my choice to chase her the second.But sometimes you don't get a choice, and all you get are the consequences.
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Unless that someone is Logan Matthews. Because loving him didn't give me the strength to walk away.It didn't give me the courage to fight for him.And when it was over, all it gave me was a broken heart.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review: More Than by Jay McLeanMore Than Him (More Than, #3) by [book-author]
Series: [book-series]
Published by [book-publisher] on January 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson
We live in a world of darkness and shadows,where monsters hide and aim to ruin.And they did.They ruined us and turned our dreams into nightmares.But now we're back.And we're fighting.Not just for us, or for each other, but for our light.

I’m combining More Than Her and More Than Him.  I had a hard time liking Logan at times.  He could be a pretty huge d-bag, but he has the best of intentions.  And he begins to grow on you.   And poor Amanda.  The things she’s suffered through are horrible.

 

One thing that these two books will drive home is that carrying guilt over things you can’t control will eat at you.  And running away from your problems doesn’t usually solve anything.


This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series Review: More Than by Jay McLeanMore Than Forever (More Than, #4) by [book-author]
Series: [book-series]
Published by [book-publisher] on July 11th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 348
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Combative, Redemptive (Combative, #2)

-LUCY-There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured. A heart so strong it will never slow. There is a promise so sure it can never lie.He promised me that love forever.Even when it wasn't enough. -CAMERON-Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.There is no measure of time. No sounds of the ticking of a clock. Just the rising and falling of the sun.And our own sense of forever.  But our forever isn't always.

I think this is the book I connected with most.  I absolutely love Lucy and Cameron.  I loved seeing them as teenagers, and how they grew up.  It’s not always that you know at that age, and it’s heartwarming how much Cam has always been there for Lucy.

 

They definitely have their struggles, and drunk Lucy is freaking hilarious.  I connected mostly because I’ve gone through some of the same things as Lucy. And I think if I had this book 8 years ago, I would have come to terms with the situation so much easier.

 

And as usual, the friends in this tight-knit group are amazing.  I love their devotion to each other, and when once is hurting they are all hurting.  And there were so many times when the ugly cry came out because I really felt for them. McLean has a way of bringing out all the emotions.  One minute you’re crying, and the next you’re laughing eleventy three times.

 

#TeamLuca forever!!!!


Series Review: More Than by Jay McLeanMore Than Enough by [book-author]
Series: [book-series]
on 11/5/2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 464
Format: eBook
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Combative, Redemptive (Combative, #2)

More Than Enough is book five in the More Than series and may be read as a standalone, though it is recommended to read in series order.

Series reading order:
More Than This (Book one)
More Than Her (Book two)
More Than Him (Book three)
More Than Forever (Book four)

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There’s no emotion greater than fear.
No ache greater than grief.
No sound greater than silence.
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I’m grateful he showed up on my doorstep,
pissed off and angry at the world.
If he hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here.
And I don’t just mean here on this journey with him.
I mean here, in this world.
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I wonder what events in all our lives—hers included—are The Turning Points? The points where we all determine that the fear of our pasts and the uncertainty of our futures are greater than our need for happiness.
Here.
Now.
While time and everything around us stands unmoving… who’s to say we can’t have it all?
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We wanted it all.
We wanted it with each other.
We thrived on the chaos we created.
And ignored the Mayhem that ensued.
Because falling in love was easy.
But sometimes, love isn’t enough.

This book broke me.  Luckily I was warned to have all the tissues. I can’t imagine going through anything that these characters have gone through.  Things can happen in life that makes existing so much harder than anyone could imagine.

 

I loved seeing Dylan actually talk.  Up until now, he’s been the broody silent one.  But he has a sense of humor, and actually talks quite a bit when he has something to say.

 

I don’t want to say too much or I feel like I would give everything away.  But I did enjoy the steady build up of the romance.  It may seem fast at times, but it’s weeks and months in the making.

 

We get more Operation Mayhems in this book than the others combined.  And the stunts are hilarious! Glitter definitely makes everything better!

 

What I took away from this book is that tragedy doesn’t have to define us.  Even though it can break us to our worst moments, how we move on from that and make our mark in the world is how we will be remembered.


Katrina

 

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I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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