Review: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

Where the Road Takes MeTitle: Where the Road Takes Me
Author: Jay McLean
Series: standalone
Rating: 5 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
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.

My Review:
I’ve read nearly everything that Jay has published by now and she is hands-down one of my auto one-click authors for sure. I think I’ve rated every one of her books five stars except for the first More Than book which I thought was lacking a little in parts.

What I have come to expect from this author is fantastic complex characterization and emotions that bleed off the page. This author sure knows how to delve deep into the human psyche and use that understanding to create amazing characters that I can’t help rooting for despite all their flaws.

Where The Road Takes me was no exception and I loved Chloe and Blake, and I ached for her predicament and her heartache and could understand why she was shutting him out at the start but was so so glad when she gave him a chance.

The premise of this book sucked me in because I loved the idea of the road trip, although it has to be said that was probably a little bit of a let down because they didn’t venture very far, lol.

Blake was awesome, never more so than when he ditched that horrible cow he was first going out with. I swooned over him and Josh. Josh! I actually didn’t realize this book preceded Kick Push and Coast so I read this one last but I loved seeing Josh pre-Becca and little baby Tommy and it gave me all the feels. Actually, all the secondary characters were great in this book – loved Blake’s mom (she was a writer too!) and Chloe’s foster family were amazing.

The romance was perfectly plotted and executed and really well written. The banter was great. Pacing, writing, and editing were spot-on.

Having read all three books in this series I can highly recommend it. If you enjoy angsty romance with great characterization and you love books that make you feel all the feels then you need to check out this series and this author.

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