Thursday 12 February 2015

Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean Book Tour ~ #giveaway, #bookreview & #excerpt

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Meet Blake & Chloe in Where the Road Takes Me
in this new coming of age novel by
Jay McLean
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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.
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Excerpt #1
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?”

Teaser Quote
"Because over the years of building walls and living my life one day at a time, I’d learned to accept my fate and never hope for more than what I had. I’d never questioned the way I thought about my life. But Blake—he made me question it. He made me want to change it. To change my outlook. And to change myself. But I couldn’t. And I wouldn’t. Because one day, sooner rather than later, I’d be gone. And I’d leave them all behind.”

About the Author:
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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.

For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact my agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group. (less)

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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Author TRSOR Promotions and NetGalley
Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance

  My Where the Road Takes Me Review...

Sometimes the wrong path can lead us to the right road.  And toward the greatest thing that will ever happen to us.
Since I am a HUGE fan of the More Than series so, I jumped at the chance to read this book.  After reading it I found that I think I liked the idea of the story better than the actual story.  The story was good but if felt like something was missing from it though.  I can't put my finger on what was missing but there was just something lacking within it. 

The story was a bit predictable and very similar to a Walk to Remember, but it was still sweet and charming with a nice message within the story.  We have the invisible girl who doesn't want anyone to notice her but one fateful night she nearly gets plowed over by the star basketball player and the rest is history.  
"You are not allowed to love me.  No one can."
Said star is named Blake Hunter and he comes across as the stererotypical rich jock with perfect cheerleader girlfriend but underneath that layer is a so much more.  After almost running over this girl who is named Chloe he falls instantly and wants to know her better.  Luck is on their side when they end up working at the same place and get to know each other more, but only so far. 

Chloe has had a bit of a tragic past which has caused her to put huge walls up so no one can love her and for a decent reason but meeting Blake changes everything for her.  
"Because that's your goal in life, Chloe. To be forgettable." "That's not fair, Blake."  He sighed.  "Maybe not, but it's the truth."
Young couple, a road trip, sad reality but lots of young love and support to pull through so they can fight for their love and happiness.  It was a story about hope and second chances.  My favorite part of the book by far is the meaning behind the red-letter days. Again I liked it, but this book is not my fave, however that will never stop me from reading more from Jay McLean as she is one of my favorite YA/NA authors.

3 Red Letter Thumbs up!
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