Blog Tour & Review
Title: Lucas – A Preston Brothers Novel
Author: Jay McLean
Release Day: November 1, 2016
In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.
High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.
It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.
Every time I sit down to read a Jay McLean story, I blown away by what her characters teach me about living…about loving…about dying. There hasn’t been a book that I haven’t learned a life lesson that puts things into perspective for me…that forces me to take a step back and look at my life and acknowledge what I’m blessed with, especially when my dark thoughts threaten to take me under.
I’m going to borrow a lesson or two from another Jay McLean couple because I believe it beautifully illustrates Lucas and Laney’s relationship as well as the trials and tribulations they face together as well as apart.
Nobody knows how to kick, push, and coast better than Josh and Becca, but with what Lucas and Laney have to deal with as best friends, lovers, strangers, and soulmates, they definitely need to understand what it takes to persevere and see themselves and each other through all the trials and tribulations young adults face and even those situations that they shouldn’t have to deal with but must cope with regardless of their age.
Since they met each other when they were eleven years old, Lucas and Laney have been inseparable, but through all of those years, they never truly saw one another for who they really were and what they wanted to mean to one another, and even when they finally opened their eyes, the timing was off and they ended up doing more harm than good to their relationship.
But Lucas is Clark Kent and Laney is his Lois Lane, which means that if fate, Lucas’ mother, and the Preston siblings have anything to say about it, what’s always been good between Lucas and Laney will turn into something great, which when I think about it, that’s the only way it can go because Laney is Lucas’ Ben Covington and nobody does fated love despite the torment faced like Felicity and Ben!
Jay McLean is one of my favorite authors when it comes to illustrating growth in her characters, and she does it so seamlessly that it doesn’t feel contrived or overdone; there’s growing pains for all teens, but when they have to face obstacles that are far harder than they ever thought possible, it takes a special kind of person to battle those odds and to continue to “love hard, love fierce, and love right!”
Lucas and Laney’s story is definitely an angsty read but that makes perfect sense given their age and the situations they face – ones that are both in and out of their control. I love how the Preston crew play such an important role in not only Lucas and Laney’s relationship but also in their development as remarkable people, and as readers get to know each one of the Preston siblings a bit more, we ready ourselves for their own stories and wonder exactly where Jay will take them and us as we experience not only their journey but their growth as well.
Jay McLean’s story are more than good…they are phenomenally great, so she doesn’t need to worry about having enemies because she’ll always be more than good!
4.5 Poison Apples
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
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 a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.