Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Blog Tour Reviews ~ Kick, Push (The Road #2) by Jay McLean

Kick, Push

By Jay McLean

Release Day: August 4, 2015

There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you're good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.

The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.

Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.

You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug...
And you become her poison.

Amazon: US * UK * AU

5 – Exhausted and a Slightly Cheesed Off – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Do you have a safe place, Becca?”
I release a shaky breath, but I can't seem to look away. “Yes,” I whisper. And I hesitate, just for a moment, from telling him the truth. “You.”

Sixteen and pregnant.
That was the moment his life changed.
Seventeen and a single dad is the moment he became an adult and his world became all about his son.
Tommy's mother left him alone with a one month baby, his family turned their backs on him.
Skateboarding had to take a back seat. School was no longer possible.
But he did it all without letting it break him... for his son.
For Tommy, every sacrifice is worth it. And he manages to do it all without letting anyone see how much it is wearing him down.
Until she moves in next door.
From the moment he meets her he is trapped by her emerald eyes. For the first time he feels like he may have actually found someone who sees him beyond all his baggage, but she comes with some heavy demons herself, ghosts from her past that she hides from everyone.
She becomes his drug. He becomes her poison.
And in the end, no ones hearts is safe.

Hey Josh?”
Yeah Chloe?”
And I'll never forget what she says next; “There's a big difference between being happy and being selfish. Choose to be happy. Fire truck the rest.”

This is gonna be a tough review to write because my feelings are completely torn right now. I mean, I loved the book, it had a lot of the elements I enjoyed so much from the first book – amazing characters, a story that pulls you in right from the beginning, hilarious banter between the group, Tommy (I honestly can't get enough of that kid), angst, drama, and a sweet, if not troubled, budding romance – just be prepared, if you thought the first book was emotionally exhausting, that was a cake walk compared to this one. I think I spent most of the second half of the book with tears in my eyes. We often read books about single mothers, where the baby daddy left it all behind without a care for anyone involved – but in this one it's the opposite. Josh get's left holding the diaper bag, and instead of him letting it bury him or completely ruining his outlook on life when every single one of the adults in his life turn their backs on him, he pushes on for his son. He does whatever he has to to take care of his son and makes sure he's a genuinely happy kid. He really is an amazing father – forced to grow up at an early age, he loves his son with all that he is, never seeing anything he left behind as a sacrifice – for Tommy, it's all worth it. For me, that was the heart of this story. But that's not to say it has been easy for him, and Becca seems to complicate matters far more. Yes, she brings joy to his life and introduces love to his heart, but it comes at a heavy cost – to both him and Tommy. I felt for her, I really did, it's impossible not to – the girl has had a devastating amount of crap dealt her way her entire life, and as much as Becca and Josh cared for one another, in the end was it worth all the pain that came with it? It was a rough journey, and one that doesn't even leave us with any closure (**SPOILER-CLIFFHANGER**)!! I don't generally leave spoilers, but I know that one is a major concern for a lot of people, and it was one I never saw coming – didn't expect it – so I feel I should just mention it. Not that I think it should keep you from reading this, you SHOULD definitely read this, just be prepared for it. We got to spend some more time with Blake and Chloe (just a little) and they were amazing as ever – if fact, I have an all new love and respect for Chloe. That girl blew my mind in the best possible way. I don't really know what else to say without letting my emotions run wild all over again and saying to much, I don't want to give to much away – you really have to experience this as it come to feel the full effects of everything that goes on. I do know that I will be going crazy waiting for the next book, I don't know how much more my heart can take but I NEED to know what happens next. Jay McLean has completely stolen my heart and any sense of sanity I had left with this series so far and I am dying to see where she takes us from here.

Do you remember what I said?”
“You said that life's just like skating; I just need to kick forward and take a chance, push off the ground and follow through. And when everything works out, I'll coast.”
Kick. Push. Coast. Time to coast, son.”

Where The Road Takes Me
The Road #1
by Jay McLean
Release Date: February 10th 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.

Amazon: US * UK * AU - B&N

5 – White Paper, Red Ink – Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Dude, you're like superman.”
“Does that make you my kryptonite?”
And that was when it happened.
Something changed.
A switch.
It felt like someone had taken away the gray dullness behind my eyes and splashed color into them. Like I was seeing things in a different light, from a different life.

She was the girl who wanted to be invisible...
He was the basketball star with the seemingly perfect life...
One dark night sets them on a collision course that changes everything...

Chloe Thompson has a plan. It may not be the kind of plan anyone wants or expects of her, but that is the choice she makes – for her. All she wants is to be as invisible as possible, never let anyone close, never let anyone love her, and hit the road the minute she graduates. She does all this to keep anyone from getting hurt, but as she soon finds out, plans don't always work out the way one might hope. You can't stop people from loving you no matter how hard you try, and she is starting to see first hand the pain this is causing. But nothing will keep her from the road, it's the only future she has to look forward to and this was never a problem before him...

Blake Hunter may seem like he has it all – the high school basketball star, money, friends, head cheerleader girlfriend – but no one knows what he is hiding beneath the surface, or the broken boy within. When he literally runs into Chloe he knows she is about to change everything for him. For the first time, he actually finds himself thinking about HIS future and what HE wants, and he knows he wants her in it. The trouble is, nothing changes her plans – the road is all she sees and he doesn't know if he will ever be enough to make her wanna stay, he just knows he isn't ready to let her go...

Chloe kept everyone at arm's length, even the people she calls family. But you, Hunter, you're there with her. She let you in. And you – you haven't cared about anything the past couple of years. You existed, but you didn't live...yet somehow, there you are, with a girl that you may be in love with, and you finally care. Whatever happens, if you stay or if you leave, you need to decide whether it's worth giving all of that up.”

I gotta say, I read a fair amount of bad reviews for this book and I just don't get it ~ I fire trucking LOVED it!! Everything I love about great romances was packed in here – so much angst, drama and emotion you would choke on it if not for the sprinklings of laugh out loud dialogue, a ton of characters you can't help but fall in love with, the banter between Blake, Josh and Chloe was a friggin riot, Tommy was cute as hell, the romance was sweet, sexy and unrushed, there was just so much to love. Now, that's not to say that I didn't have moments where I wanted to choke Chloe just a little, okay A LOT. The girl was just so ridiculously stubborn and her actions came across as a little selfish at times, but more often than not, just plain hurtful to those around her. But I understood her to a point. I mean the girl was dealt a shitty hand at life and having never been in her situation I honestly couldn't say if I would react any differently. No one knows how they would react to what she's been through, unless they've actually BEEN through it. So I didn't hate her, even if she frustrated the hell outta me. Now Blake... well, he was pretty damn perfect. That boy knew what he wanted and he wasn't gonna let anything stand in his way. He had the patience of a saint, caring, supportive, giving, funny, sweet, sexy, flirty, dirty when the time is right and he loves with no limits. His loyalty to his best friend Josh and son Tommy was amazing, his ability to forgive and his need to protect those he loved matured him beyond his years. I just loved that boy. I do have to admit though that the last few chapters seemed a bit rushed. We spend so much time drowning in Chloe's fears, and when the worst comes to pass it get's wrapped up a little too quickly – but I guess the point was getting her to let people in. I think the conclusion to her story would have played out a whole lot differently if Blake hadn't come in to her life, and that was probably the goal all along, which may be why the story played out the way it did. Either way, I still loved it – even if the epilogue almost gave me a friggin heart attack for a second there. I was torn between relief that it wasn't what I thought it was, and guilt for feeling any relief at all, because, well, you just have to read it to understand where I'm coming from. In the end, I still thought it was an amazing journey and a beautiful coming of age romance.

it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years. And I sure as hell was going to make my life count.

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 her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

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