More than This by Jay Mclean

“I will not let bad people dictate what should be a good life.”

More than this


Blurb via Goodreads:

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.


Read pre-blog ~ This is one of the books I have read pre-blog that I simply have to share and JUST NEEDS TO BE ON HERE.


It is amazing how two people can meet at such inconvenient situations but still end up in each other’s lives. This is the story of Jake and Mikayla, two regular teenagers who crossed paths one night and saw that their bond is beyond what is ordinary. When tragedy arose, Mikayla found herself leaning into a stranger and his caring family. She was thrown into adulthood a little too early and must face reality with a brave heart and fighting soul.

“It feels so intimate, like we’re more than what we are. I know I want to be. I want to be more than this.”

More than This is a story of falling down to the point that it is hard to conceive how one can rise again. It’s a story of how a heart so broken can still be mended and fixed.

After two traumatic and overwhelming events and losing everyone dear to her in a night, Mikayla found herself leaning to Jake and his family for support; Jake whom she just met a little under 24 hours and whom she has never seen or met before. Jake, whose very presence made her feel a little bit better and gave her new reasons to smile. Jake, whose family was truly warm and welcoming that it just made her heart soar to know that she has these people caring for her and loving her. Every day, she found herself getting stronger, the pain still palpable but finding new reasons to cope. I loved seeing how their friendship grew to attraction and how Mikayla worked through her grief and acceptance.

“He’s not the hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he’s the heart and soul kind, and fuck if every girl would rather that then flowers.”

Mikayla thought she lost everything that fateful night. A weak person will succumb to depression, stop living and hate life. But Mikayla found love and friendship at the most tragic of times that the only thing left to do is pick up whatever pieces of her life is left and start over. Jake, on the other hand, was just on his way to prom when he met Mikayla. He was drawn to her and he couldn’t just let her walk away. Over the story, Jake seemed like a soft alpha male — warm and caring but equally possessive. It was hard not to love his character and I found myself tearing up in laughter and heartbreak all throughout.

“Death changes everyone.
It changes the way you think, the way you feel, and the way you live your life. Sometimes it makes you thankful for what you have, but more often than not, it makes you regret the things you’ve lost.”

This book has a bit of everything in it; there’s romance and friendship as well as swoon worthy moments and tear inducing scenes. The secondary characters are all lovable (you have to read the other books in this series to get to know them too!) and interesting. It has family dynamics and each character was given enough exposure for us to fall in love with them too. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time but it will MOST definitely be tugging at your heartstrings. This is too good to pass up. I instantly became Jay’s fan after this and I hope you will be too.

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