Book: More Than This by Jay McLean
Series: More Than Series, book 1
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Date Published: July 10th, 2013
Date Started: February 9th, 2015
Date Finished: February 9th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: More Than Her, Where The Road Takes Me
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.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not sway my opinion in any way!*
So let me say this right off the bat. I am so ecstatic that I finally found a book that features a Half Filipino character. I’ve been searching for a character like this for a long time and here it finally is! I’ve always wanted to find a book with a half filipino character because I’m half Filipino. This book didn’t really touch on anything Filipino other than the fact that the character has some lineage of it, but its enough for me.
With that being said, I was conflicted about this book. This is a story about a girl named Mikayla who loses everything in one night. She discovers on prom night that her boyfriend and her best friend have been screwing behind her back. She runs into a guy named Jake who is determined to make sure that Mikayla still enjoys her prom. But on the way back to her house, Mikayla discovers that her family has been murdered and her house partially burnt down. With no family left, Mikayla is forced to depend on Jake, a complete stranger. Jake’s family takes her in, and Mikayla finds herself falling in love with Jake. But the problem is, she doesn’t know if she’s ready to be with Jake after everything thats happened.
This is a book that I would classify as New Adult solely because of its steamy scenes and use of language. I haven’t ventured much into the New Adult genre because its somewhat newer. Of the New Adult books I have read, I think I’m interested enough to keep on venturing through this genre.
There were times when I found some aspects of the book to be unbelievable, but not so unbelievable that its just not possible for certain things to happen. One thing that I found to be a bit strange was how fast she latched onto Jake. They barely knew each other. But it does happen this way. You just find yourself so attached to someone that its hard to stay away, especially when they’re the best thing thats happened to you. I was proud of Mikayla not returning to her exboyfriend. I feel like it would have been so easy for her to just forget it all and because she needed something familiar. The one issue I did have was the way that Mikayla handled her family’s deaths. When I’ve had people taken from me unexpectedly, I was a mess for months. I couldn’t really think of anything else, nor did I really want to. Mikayla seemed to move through the grieving process way too fast for my liking. It seemed like she was, at times, more involved in her relationship with Jake than she should have been.
As for their relationship, it was definitely a rocky road. They seemed to be fighting their true desires all the time. I was annoyed with Mikayla at times. She wanted to have independence on her own, and I get that, I really do. But the entire time, she would just latch onto Jake, and get super jealous whenever another female was around. I wanted to shake her sometimes and be like “JUST PICK ALREADY!!” Jake was a super sweet guy, and he basically gave Mikayla everything she needed. I think she was super lucky (if not a little too convenient for me) that she had this amazing support system come out of nowhere. I felt bad for Jake at times because he was willing to give his all to her, but he didn’t want to push into a corner and end up driving her away.
Also, her bestfriend is the worst. I’m going to leave it at that because of spoilers.
If you’d like to venture into the New Adult genre, like stories that take place between high school and college, or would like a sweet romance, this might be the book for you!