More Than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLeanMore Than This by Jay McLean
Published July 2013
Series: More Than #1
Genres: New Adult
five-stars
Format: eBook
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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.

On her prom night, Mikayla Jones looses everything. The people she thought she loved, and those she did. Yet, on that same night, she also finds Jake Andrews, who helps her through her heartbreak and sadness. Is it the weakness he sees in her or the strength she finds in him that brought them together, or is it More Than This?

More Than This was definitely not your average read, and definitely not what I expected. Well, from the review, I gathered this was going to be a great read, but for the life of me, I couldn’t imagine what this story would be like only from the blurb. It just sounded too mysterious, so I gave it a try. And I soon understood that the blurb couldn’t give away too much info.

It does however give away to a heart wrenching, absolutely adorable story between a sad and broken girl and the perfect book-boyfriend that’s patiently biding his time. If you like Colleen Hoover novels, you will most certainly like More Than This. Well, I absolutely loved this story. And the characters. And the writing. And all the feelings they released in me.

More Than This is written in a fabulously mastered Dual POV – which I love – yet at the same time I found it so frustrating because of knowing what was going on in both their heads and finally finding out that they don’t act on it for fear of hurting each other or moving too fast. Yes, sometimes you just wanted to shake them for not seeing the obvious and making room for misunderstandings leading to tears and sadness…

And there is one thing I would like to get out of the way. There is very little to no intercourse at all in More Than This. Yet it is one of THE hottest and steamiest reads I’ve come across. Ever. In the “no-intercourse category”, of course. And why is that? Well there is just sooo much tension between Jake and Mikayla – my god, what a tension (!) – so much that you actually feel desperate and are expecting things to blow up any minute. Yes. Yes. Yesss. It’s an “epic, ovary explosive, sexual tension”.

And really, in the end, I thought I was going to snap. Mikayla – still insecure about Jake’s real motives – keeps on turning Jake on, just to turn him down once things get too heated. A real tease. I really felt bad for poor Jake.

While there was a lot of tension and things building up between Kayla and Jake, the atmosphere was very much lightened by Jake and Kayla’s hilarious and loyal friends (Cam, Heidi, Lucy and Logan), who will make perfect sequel material.

As he sappy romance reader I am, I would have expected a more accomplished HEA for Jake and Kayla, or perhaps an epilogue that reaches more into the future, but that probably would have been to much or even ruined the book – so I am very fine with it.

More Than This is definitely more… A wonderful prince charming love story that makes you believe in happy endings after all.