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


Kick Push

Kick Push Series – Book 1

By Jay McLean


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
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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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.


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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