Review: More Than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLean

More Than ThisTitle: More Than This
Author: Jay McLean
Series: More Than #1
Rating: 3 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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.

My Review:
More Than This contains a lot of the ingredients I love in mature YA contemp romance – lots of teen angst and drama, lies and betrayal, tragedy, strong friendships, and romance to root for.

The first third of this book was great, the middle started to get a little repetitive and the ending became very frustrating as they refused to really talk to one another. Now, I love that in a book but I just felt it was taken to extremes here and it became frustrating to the point of irritation.

Character development was great and I’m totally invested in all the characters. I loved Jake – he was great from the very outset and so patient with Kayla. His reactions toward the end showed a different side of his personality but it was believable. Everyone can only take so much.

I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Kayla. I felt for her but she made some silly choices.

I didn’t like Megan or James and was happy they were cut out of Kayla’s life. Loved all the other couples and happy that they all have their own books. I’m in the mood for getting stuck into a series.

Logan is hands down my fav character so I’m really happy that the next two books are about him.

Plot development could be meatier and the dialogue was a little cringey in places but overall it’s a good start to a promising series.

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