Where The Road Takes Me
By Jay McLean
Release Date: February 10, 2015
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.
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?”
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.
Jay 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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