Review: Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean

Title: Lucas
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #1
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Young Adult Romance
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Blurb:
In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

My Review:
Another superb read from an author who is easily a one-click fav at this stage. Having recently devoured the More Than series, and suffering from the worst book hangover after it ended (still grieving) I was delighted to discover this new spin-off series. While you can most definitely read this as a standalone I would highly recommend reading the More Than series first.

This story is light and dark, humorous, romantic, and heartbreaking all at the same time. Jay got the balance bang on and it was lighthearted while being serious in the places where it needed to be serious.

I felt for Lucas. I really did. He nearly left it too late to salvage the relationship with the love of his life. He was a total jackass to Laney (Lois) until he woke up and realized what he had done. I ADORED how he waited patiently for her. It would’ve been easy to slip back into old habits, but he didn’t, showing how much he had matured. I do think he had blinkers on as I figured out what was going on but it added to the drama and the tension.

Laney is a great character and my heart bled for her. I knew what was happening and I prayed that she would have the strength to walk away. She did.

The scenes toward the end were stupendous. Edge of the seat heartbreak but so powerful. I’m also glad that therapy was involved because I always feel it’s important to include it in books that explore such sensitive subjects, even if books are only meant to be fictional and entertaining.

Extremely well written and evenly paced. Jay can do no wrong in my book.

All in all, this was a great read and a superb start to his new series. I love all the Preston boys especially Leo and Logan and I can’t wait to read their books. I hope I don’t have to wait too long.

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