Release Blitz + 2019 Favorite with 6 Star Review: Now And Forever by Jay McLean – The Heartache Duet – Book 2

 

                            
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Heartache and Hope
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                Blurb:
Ava Diaz needs saving.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.
He thinks she’s a brat.
She thinks he’s entitled.
Maybe first impressions don’t always last…
Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.
He just doesn’t know why.

 

 

                                                             First and Forever
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6+star

Michel’s Review

Wow… Wow… Wow… The Heartache Duet is my 2019 Favorite!

The Heartache Duet by Jay McLean is one of those stories which stands out among other the releases in the romance and YA genres. It is more than an angsty mature YA romance, it’s a story of family, friendship, and the beauty of the human spirit. It’s a story about dealing with heartache and circumstances beyond our control without losing hope. A story where basic human compassion goes much further than grand gestures. A story that shows the magic in the little moments is just as important as the monumental steps that change our lives. After all … the magic appears when the world seems the darkest but it also appears when it’s least expected.

First and Forever by Jay McLean is the highly emotional, explosive conclusion in the Heartache and Hope Duet.

Heartache and Hope ended on a huge cliffhanger. Ava and Connor had broken up. Connor was conquering the basketball court and chasing his dream. He has became an All American Allstar athlete, gotten a full ride scholarship to Duke, and has scouts knocking on his doors. He’s pushed himself beyond his limits, not for himself but for Ava. He wants to be able to give her the help her family desperately needs. He wants to be able to provide a future for both of them. But first he needs to win Ava back and show her she isn’t alone.

Ava was trying to hold onto what was left of her family life. The responsibility of caring for her mother has become more difficult. Her mother’s mental health is affecting her physical health. The health care options have became more limited in an already sparse situation. Her step- brother Trevor has sacrificed his future to help hang onto their family. Things are spiraling downhill fast. They have exhausted every avenue available. Their situation is dire and her mother is disappearing into oblivion.

Ava and Connor have a love that’s worth fighting for. They have both suffered. They have both learned a little bit of magic in the darkest moments goes a long way. But is it enough to keep them together? Just when they think they have it figured out, Ava’s mom takes a turn for the worst and her world begins to fall apart. She’s afraid she will take Connor down with her. At the same time, Connor’s nightmares and past have resurfaced. rather than leaning on Ava or his family for support, he tries to handle the situation by himself.

They are both getting torn apart emotionally and don’t know how to cope with it. Their lives have spiraled out of control once again. This time they can’t fix it. Graduation is around the corner and Ava’s life has hit the dead end.

Can they find their way back to each other? Their family lives and secrets will never go away. They just need to learn how to manage their lives with what they have. They have to learn that love is what keeps hope alive.

Wow… the Heartache Duet by Jay McLean is one of the best stories I have read in quite awhile. Not only does Jay deliver an emotional, heart wrenching romance but she also focuses on important issues and how they affect people’s lives. She brought attention to ongoing problems in healthcare for seriously wounded VETs, the lack of support from the community, the limited long term medical benefits, and the inadequate care for mental health issues. She also showed how child abuse can scar a person for life even though they have had a stable home, supportive family love, and the right kind of counseling. She also showed how people make sacrifices for their families. Trevor and Connor’s father both put their families first over their own personal happiness. They were true heroes in my opinion. Not only did Jay show the emotional effects it had on the family but also their friends. The Heartache and Hope Duet displayed every kind of love a human being can experience and that is where the true MAGIC is.

I highly recommend The Heartache and Hope Duet.

 

 

 

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About the Author:

 

Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New
Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing
any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing
way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make

 

her hurt and make her feel.

 

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is

 

loud and laughter is louder.

 

For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film or television, please contact her

 

agent Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

 

 

Writer • Reader • Mom • Wife • Master of Awkward Sarcasm. 
Contact Jay:

 

 

Release Blitz …Excerpt… Giveaway … and 6+ Star Review …2019 Favorite: Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean – Book One in the Heartache Duet

 

Heartache and Hope, the first book in Jay McLean’s Heartache Duet is

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and available in Kindle Unlimited. 


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Heartache and Hope
The Heartache Duet – Book One
By Jay McLean
Genre: Mature YA

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Blurb:
Ava Diaz needs saving.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.
He thinks she’s a brat.
She thinks he’s entitled.
Maybe first impressions don’t always last…
Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.
He just doesn’t know why.

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Excerpt:

 

They look like fireflies. The way the water falls from the sky, illuminated only by the streetlamps.

I stand in the middle of the road, barefoot and barely breathing, my arms out, face to the sky. 

I don’t know how I got here. 

When I climbed out of my window, the sun was just setting and now… now I’m surrounded by

dark skies and false hope. 

I know I should go home. 
That I should face my fears and tackle them head-on. 
My mind travels the right roads at the right time to get me there, but my heart…
My heart takes me to Connor. 

Outside his bedroom window, mud seeps between my toes, and the frigid air creates

goosebumps along my skin. I raise my fist and tap, tap, tap on the glass. 

A moment later, a light turns on. And then nothing. I tap again, my heart racing.

The blind lifts and Connor appears, his eyes squinting. It’s clear he’d been asleep, or close to it.

Hair a mess, he’s shirtless, the obvious beginnings of bruises mar parts of his torso, and I look down,

shame filling every part of me. I bite down on my lip as he slides the window up. “Jesus Christ, Ava.

What the hell are you doing?”

His warm palms meet my soaking wet elbows, and then his entire body is cocooning mine,

lifting me off my feet and into his bedroom. My feet land on his soft carpet, and I look down at the mess I’ve made.

“I’m dirty,” I tell him. 

Inside and out. 
Dirty, dazed and damaged. 
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Michel’s Review
*** 2019 Favorite ***
     It’s been a good long while since Jay McLean released a new book and her readers missed her. She’s back with an emotional mature YA novel that will leave the reader hungover and desperately wanting more. Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean takes the reader on an emotional journey that has them sobbing one moment and feeling pure joy the next. Two young people dealing with life the only way they know how. Appearances aren’t always what they seem. What lies beneath the surface is what matters the most.
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     Connor Ledger is the new superstar basketball player that just transferred to St. Lukes Academy on an athletic scholarship. His family moved so he would have a better opportunity of securing a basketball scholarship to a good college. A college that will help him get into the NBA.  His family is not exactly poor but they are financially strained. His single father has raised him and spent every extra penny on improving his natural gift in basketball. Not only does he have to perform well on the basketball court but also has to make good grades to build up his GPA.  His father has high expectations and expects him to make it to the “end game”.
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    Ava Diaz is the mysterious gorgeous girl that everyone avoids. She seems to have warning signs written all over her. And she does for very valid reasons. She doesn’t have the time or energy for high school social life. She doesn’t have time for friends much less a boyfriend. When the new boy in school tries to befriend her it’s very hard to resist until she can’t. It’s hard to keep the preverbial private door closed when it’s so lonely living behind those doors. Everyone needs someone outside their preverbial private door to make their world bearable. Someone to give them hope.
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     It appears Connor Ledger has the world in his hands but underneath it all he’s a scarred soul.
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     It appears Ava Diaz is a scarred soul who hates the world when in reality she’s just a teenage girl that needs to be a teenager rather than a prisoner in her life.
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     Connor’s father and his basketball commitments come first. His head is telling him one thing but his heart is screaming for something else.
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     Ava’s world behind closed doors is falling apart and she’s trying to hang onto what little bit is left. It’s taking all the broken pieces of her heart and shattering them into tiny bits that can never be repaired.
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     “When the world is at its darkest, thats when magic appears.”  Connor and Ava desperately need a little magic in their lives.
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     Magic doesn’t always appear where we expect it but it does appear when Jay McLean picks up pen and starts writing. She is a gifted storyteller with compelling characters that touch the deepest part of the soul. She challenges her readers with thought provoking situations and emotional dilemmas. She takes ordinary people and makes them larger in life by testing their souls and allowing them to grow. Her writing is pure MAGIC and keeps the readers under her spell !
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     Jay McLean created two unforgettable characters that need hope in their world. I loved the supportive secondary characters just as much. Ava’s stepbrother Trevor is such an honorable guy and made sacrifices most young men would not make. I would love to see Jay create a story for him after the Heartache Duet is finished because Ava and Connor are not the only people who had their hope stifled.
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     I loved every magical moment reading Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean. I can’t wait for the second book, First and Forever, to release on July 12, 2019!
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About Jay McLean
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader,
writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator.
When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after
her three little boys, investing way too much time on
True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh,
make her hurt and make her feel.
 
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where
music is loud and laughter is louder.
 
For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film or television,
please contact her agent Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

 

Connect with Jay:
Newsletter:  http://www.jaymcleanauthor.com

 

 

 

Live… Early Release …. Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean

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***Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean is now LIVE***
The first book in the Heartache Duet is now available exclusive to Amazon and FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Book two, First and Forever, releases July 12, only two weeks from now.

“Pivotal. Painfully Raw. Fierce writing. Thought provoking. Emotionally charged.  Sentimental. Intimate and soooo sultry. A. MUST. DAMN. READ!! POWERFUL. POWERFUL. POWERFUL!!”- Chelé, 4 The Love Of Books

Blurb:

Ava Diaz needs saving.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.

He thinks she’s a brat.

She thinks he’s entitled.

Maybe first impressions don’t always last… 

Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.

He just doesn’t know why.

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Download your copy of this Mature Young Adult Sports Romance today!

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2NhQ5Yr

Amazon Global: mybook.to/JMacHH

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Heartache Duet by Jay McLean… Heartache and Hope (Book One) & First and Forever (Book Two)

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The Heartache Duet

By Jay McLean

Release Dates: June 28, 2019 and July 12, 2019

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DUET SYNOPSIS:

Ava Diaz needs saving.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy

she sits next to on the first day of senior year.

He thinks she’s a brat.

She thinks he’s entitled.

Maybe first impressions don’t always last…

Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.

He just doesn’t know why.

 

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Heartache and Hope KDP [Final]

Heartache and Hope – Book One

Release Date: June, 2019

First and Forever KDP [final]

First and Forever – Book Two

Release Date: July 12, 2019

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Giveaway

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$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway http://bit.ly/2Qx3OZq

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Author Bio:

4724550Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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New Release + 5 STAR Review : Coast by Jay McLean – Kick Push Series -Book 2

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Coast

Kick Push – Book 2

By Jay McLean

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Synopsis

***Please note: Coast is the sequel to Kick Push and must be read in order***

One life-changing summer.
One boy.
The boy.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.
We filled our days with porch-step kisses,
filled our ears with laughter,
filled our hearts with love.
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.

But love is misleading.
It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,
turns to pain.

Love should heal you.
But it can also break you.
Believe me, I know…
Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…
…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.

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5Star

Michel’s Review

Spoiler Free Review

COAST is NOT A STAND ALONE NOVEL

Last summer I read Kick Push by Jay McLean.  The moment I finished this phenomenal book I was dying for the conclusion to Joshua and Becca’s story.  It about killed me to wait almost a full year before Coast released.  I can honestly say that it was worth the wait and gave Joshua and Becca the happily ever after they truly deserved.  It wasn’t an easy journey filled with flowers and sunshine.  It also wasn’t a gut wrenching journey filled with hurtful angst.  It was a journey of growth, self discovery, and forgiveness.  Over a three year period Joshua, Becca, and little Tommy are going to learn the true meaning of life, love, and acceptance.  They are going to learn that no matter what happens in the incredible journey known as life, as long as they have each other they can coast.

I don’t want to say too much more because I don’t want to give away spoilers.  It took Becca three long years to find herself, to heal enough to move on in life, and accept happiness.  Joshua also had to find his place in life.  His professional career and family commitments are colliding.  He has to make choices, shuffle his schedule, and bring Becca home.  The glue that holds all of them together is Chazarae.  She gave each of them the push they needed to learn how to coast.

Jay McLean did a phenomenal job writing this story.  She touched upon every emotion and created a story that any reader can relate to.  I highly recommend these two books.

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Kick Push Series

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Kick Push

Kick Push Series – Book 1

By Jay McLean

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Synopsis

There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere
beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the
greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being
airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.

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Author Bio:

4724550Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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New Release: Coast by Jay McLean – Sequel to Kick Push

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Coast

Kick Push – Book 2

By Jay McLean

Buy: Amazon / B & N / ITunes / Kobo

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Synopsis

***Please note: Coast is the sequel to Kick Push and must be read in order***

One life-changing summer.
One boy.
The boy.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.
We filled our days with porch-step kisses,
filled our ears with laughter,
filled our hearts with love.
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.

But love is misleading.
It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,
turns to pain.

Love should heal you.
But it can also break you.
Believe me, I know…
Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…
…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.

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Kick Push Series

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Kick Push

Kick Push Series – Book 1

By Jay McLean

Buy : Amazon  / B & N / ITunes / Kobo

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Synopsis

There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere
beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the
greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being
airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.

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Author Bio:

4724550Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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6 Star Review + 2015 Favorite : Kick Push by Jay McLean – Kick Push Series – Book 1

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Kick Push

Kick Push Series – Book 1

By Jay McLean

Synopsis

There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere
beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the
greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being
airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.

Buy: Amazon / B & N / ITunes / Kobo

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Michel’s Review

Six Fire Trucks of Awesomeness!  Kick Push by Jay McLean is a book you don’t want to miss.  This book touched my heart in so many ways.  This book was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time.  It showcased the very best of life and allowed the very worst.  It was very realistic and will hit home with every reader.

Readers briefly met Joshua Warden in Where The Road Takes Me.  He was Blake Hunter’s best friend.  His unusual circumstances, being a single father, added to his wisdom when he became friends with Chloe, Hunter’s love interest.  Now the readers are going to get Josh Warden’s story.  Get ready to kick and push.

When Joshua was sixteen he got his girlfriend Natalie pregnant.  Rather than taking the easy way out ; both Josh and Natalie chose to have their baby.  Joshua’s parents were livid and kicked him out of the house.  Natalie’s parents were indifferent.  As long as the baby didn’t affect their lives they were okay with it.  Neither Josh or Natalie had a clue what having a baby would do to their lives.  They had no comprehension of the sleepless nights, the responsibilities of taking care of an infant, or the financial burdens that come along with a baby.  Natalie couldn’t make the cut, she left one month after their son Tommy was born.   She left Joshua to care for their infant son alone.  Since Natalie had fled, her parents kicked Josh and baby Tommy to the curb.  Joshua is broke and homeless.  When his final resources and reserves have finally run out he is at his breaking point.  He has lost all hope and fears he will never be able to care for his son the way he should.  Then a ray of sunshine beamed in his darkest moments.  An old lady named Chazarae showed Joshua and baby Tommy more compassion than anyone had since baby Tommy was born.  She gave him a home and she gave him hope.  Destiny also set other people in his path to help him with his future.  Joshua is finally going to be able to take care of his son and be the father he was meant to be.

Three years later Joshua and Tommy have their lives in order.  Josh has a good job, a support network, and a healthy happy son.  He may have gave up his dreams of competitive skateboarding.  He may not have any social life.  What he does have makes all the sacrifices worth it. He has Tommy.

When Chazarae’s troubled granddaughter, Becca, comes to live with her; both Josh and Tommy are going to find something they never knew they were missing.  Josh will find a friend, a lover, and a soulmate.  Tommy will find a special friend and someone that loves him fiercely.  These three people will come together and form a beautiful relationship that could lead to becoming a real family.  Life is looking like rainbows and sunshine.  But before you can have those, you have to weather the storm first.  Both Joshua and Becca have not completely weathered their storms.  They both have demons.  They both have to come to terms with their past.  They both have to heal from former relationships and a lifetime of hurts.

Joshua’s ex will come back with a vengeance.  She will destroy Josh and Becca’s relationship.  Josh will also have to face the past hurts from his family and friends that turned their backs on him.  He will have to get over his trust issues.  He will also have to learn to accept that his needs are just as important as his son’s.

Becca will have to learn how to become a whole person.  She will have to learn about life one baby step at a time.  Her future may not be with Joshua and Tommy.  Becca will have to learn to love herself before she can love others completely.

Kick Push was beautifully written.  It touched upon many emotions.  I absolutely adored Joshua.  He is a one in a million man.  He is a dedicated and loving father that always puts his son’s needs first.  He sacrificed a lot and gave it his all.

This book ended on an emotional cliffhanger.  I am hoping that Josh and Becca will find their true happiness in the next book.

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Author Bio:

4724550Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

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Happy Release + Review + Giveaway : Where The Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

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Where The Road Takes Me

By Jay McLean

Release Date: February 10, 2015

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Synopsis

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.

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Excerpt

Chloe lifted her gaze and locked it with mine. She shook her head again and groaned, “Fine.” Then she took off her shirt.

My jaw dropped.

My hands had touched her bare skin, the curve of her hips, and her tiny waist, but I’d seen her body only once, when she was in a bikini, and that had been for only a minute. But that was nothing compared to seeing her like this. Up close. So close her sports bra–covered breasts were just under my nose.

“Blake?” she whispered.

I struggled to take my eyes off her chest, but I finally made it to her face. She had her hair tied up in a messy knot on top of her head, like she often did. But a few strands were stuck on her neck and on her face . . . and a little sheen of sweat covered her arms and her stomach, her chest, her breasts . . .

“Blake,” she repeated, and I trailed my eyes back to hers again.

She pouted before she said, “Give me the ball?”

I shook my head and hid the ball behind my back.

She pouted again. “Please?” she whispered. Then a hint of a smile broke through.

“Are you trying to seduce me into giving you my ball?”

3 Star

Michel’s Review

Where The Road Takes Me  is the first book I have read by Jay McLean.  I have heard wonderful things about Jay McLean and have seen her huge fan base on Facebook. I was thrilled to get an ARC copy for review.

I have to be honest with my review.  I cannot say I liked the book but I also cannot say I say I disliked the book.  I had a hard time deciphering whether this book was in the YA Genre and New Adult Genre.  It had more of a YA feel to it.

The overall plot and story idea were good.  I liked the concept of the direction this story was taking.  The problem was the execution of the plot.  The passages did not flow smoothly and tended to be too lengthy in some areas and too short in others.  There was also a problem with the characters connections and dialogues.  I felt that as a reader I had to assume what was going in their heads, assume their attraction, and assume their miscommunications.

That leads me to the characters.  I really liked Blake’s character but had a hard time understanding some of his actions.  He seemed decisive, attentive, compassionate, loyal, and steadfast.  It was clear he had some issues that revolved around his home life and future.  What I struggled with was his indecisiveness where his girlfriend Hannah was concerned.  I couldn’t understand how he could be consumed with Chloe but still keeping Hannah around.  It was clear he could of cared less about her.  His character portrayed him as an honest  honorable person and this action contradicted it.

I had a hard time understanding Chloe.  I could understand why she was chasing the road as her future.  I could understand her need to be under the radar.  I could even understand her fears.  What I had a hard time understanding was her pushing so many people away.  She had a remarkable network of support.  These people loved her and she loved them. There was no reason for her to be so adamant on living the rest of her life on her own.

The last part of the book picked up pace and was much more gripping.  I felt like I could finally get on board with Blake and Chloe’s relationship.  The final chapters had me crying and rejoicing for them.

Overall the story was good.  I think a younger audience that is just starting to delve into more mature reading material is going to love this book.  It has the right amount of heat and the right amount of romance.  It portrays the high school world with perfection. It portrays two young people on the cusp of the rest of their lives.

I am looking forward to reading more from Jay McLean.

Author Bio:

4724550Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.

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Where The Road Takes Me

By Jay McLean

Release Date: February 10, 2015

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Synopsis

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.

Author Bio:

4724550Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads