More Than This (More, #1) - Jay McLean More Than This was more than a book, a story, words strung into sentences, paragraphs, pages. More Than This was a heart, a feeling, an experience. An experience of a girl who loses everything everything and the man who shows her the way back to herself. No, scratch that. The man who shows her that she already knew the way back. Prom should have been everything that little girls dream of. A handsome Prince, a beautiful dress, friends who accentuate the experience with laughter and risky behavior. Instead, for Mikayla Jones it was the worst night of her life. At the same time, it may have led her to find the best thing that ever happened to her. Is that possible? To have everything ripped from you, only to find something that is like a balm for your soul?Instead of the fairy tale prom night Mikayla was expecting, she finds out something that dashes that hope. Devastated, she turns to Jake Andrews, who is a little bit of a big deal. He sees something in Mikayla that he is drawn to, something that he cannot walk away from. He invites her to spend that night at his prom, with his friends. Having no desire to spend the night with hers, she agrees. After an amazing night, she returns home only to have the previous tragedy rocked by one so dark, so heartbreaking, that it destroys her. And the only thing that's left for Jake to do is pick up the pieces and glue them together. One. By. One.As Mikayla and Jake navigate the wake of the tragedy together, Mikayla grows more and more dependent on Jake, who doesn't mind being there for her. Having lost everything, she agrees to stay with his family until she can make other plans. The more time they spend together, the more their feelings deepen from friends to something else. Mikayla doesn't want to be a broken person, she believes Jake deserves more that that. The best. So she attempts to make herself into that person so she can be with him, one day. Maybe forever.Jake wants to let Mikayla have the chance to repair what what she thinks is broken. He knows that she needs her space to try and figure everything out (my hero) while all the while supporting her decisions and being a sexy motherfucker.And I look at him. Really, truly, look at him. And I fall in love all over again. Can she come to terms with two major, heartbreaking losses in order to be the whole person that Jake deserves?You know, I've seen a lot of mess written about the grammar and mistakes in the early copies of this book (even though it's being corrected as I type, because authors are the shit and want to do what's best for the readers) and normally, I would wholeheartedly agree! Usually when I read stories with mistakes, spelling, word choice, etc it annoys me because the bones of the story aren't even present. Nothing is commanding about the prose at all. This wasn't the case for me with More Than This. I was riveted the entire. time. Jake had me at the accent. The writing, actual voice/storyline, was so strong to me that I didn't even care. And that never happens to me!The overall tone of the story actually kind of reminded me of Kristen Ashley, except in High School. The dramatic stakes, intrigue, alpha male protecting his girl, girl who doesn't think she deserves alpha male's attention and pulls away, alpha male who doesn't give a shit and fights for the woman he loves while being incredibly sexy and sweet. A distinct language style specific to the author (much like KA's rambling dialogue) that's rough but somehow gives the book another layer of authenticity. Raw, real, intimate scenes with a no-holds-barred flare for description. I mean, c'mon:"Because if I kiss you, then I'll want to taste you, and if I taste you, then I'll need to fuck you. And if I fuck you, that means your mine. And when I make you mine, I want it to be in our bed. Not in a hotel room. Is that okay?"Aside from the tightly knit plot, intriguing, layered characters, and thoroughly satisfying emotional journey, More Than This also made me laugh. It made me laugh a lot. I love it when authors have the ability to turn up the heat, throw in a little mystery and drama! and then make me laugh. It's my favorite author trick and doing it well will guarantee that I enjoy at least part of the book, even if the rest is crap. Although I'm learning that if you can make me laugh, generally you aren't all that bad at the rest.I should lick him. Just his chest. NO! I'm not that wasted. Is he? Maybe he won't remember if I have just one lick. Nothing says awkward like coming in your pants while dry humping. Told from alternating POV's the first book in the More Than This series is an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and swooning from start to end. It's new cover is due out in the beginning of August over at Reality Bites. 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