Friday, 23 January 2015

More Than Forever (More Series #4) by Jay McLean - Blog Tour & Review

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There is a love so fierce it cannot be measured.

A heart so strong it will never slow.

There is a promise so sure it can never lie.
He promised me that love forever.
Even when it wasn't enough.

Forever. Everlasting. Eternal.
There is no measure of time.

No sounds of the ticking of a clock.

Just the rising and falling of the sun.
And our own sense of forever.

But our forever isn't always.


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Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: July 2014.

In order to review More Than Forever I need to take a step back and tell you how I came to find the genius that is Jay McLean. Around New Years 2014, Jay posted a bonus scene from More Than This, with a spoiler alert to read after completing the first book in the series...I couldn't help myself, I read it anyway... I was spellbound, I 1clicked More Than This and More Than Her and finished them both that same day... I fell in love, with Jake and Micky, I swooned, I cried, I cheered - and I swore I could never love another book couple more than I did them, until I started More Than Her, I felt like I was cheating because Logan and Amanda dug their way into my heart, and took up residence. When More Than Him was released I was sure that it wasn't possible - the tortured douchebag Logan wasn't redeemable, not even McLean's writing could save him, but the more I read, the deeper I fell, I was right back to the beginning, swooning, crying, cheering for my new favourite couple.
So when I started in on More Than Forever, I had some high expectations. I wanted this book to stun me, to take my breath away, I wanted this book to change me... and as I sit here writing this weeks after reading MTF for the first time, I still can't find the words to do it justice.

We know from the other books in this series that Cameron and Lucy are the power couple, we know basics about their lives together before they became an item, they seem so perfect together, for each other... but that's the thing with perceptions... things aren't always what they appear.

Where I was already enamored with Jay McLeans writing, More Than Forever blew her previous work out of the water, I felt like I ran the gamut of emotions. I was crying, then swooning, then laughing, then screaming, and loving every single second of it, because MTF broke me, in ways I didn't think it was possible to be broken, because I got it, there were moments where I felt Lucy's pain, her anguish so acutely because I've been there, I've felt some of that soul crushing pain, that uncertainty, that guilt, that grief and it broke open wounds that I thought had healed.

More Than Forever isn't just about high school/college students, it's about love in it's purest form, it's about having that that unbreakable bond, that solid foundation of friendship, it's about growing up, growing apart, about finding your way back to one another, it's about creating a life with someone who knows your past, who can see the pain in your heart despite the smile on your face, it's about loving someone for their flaws and their faults not in spite of them. More Than Forever is about love and life, and as I sat there, reading the final pages with my battered and broken and bruised heart, I realised something... McLean hadn't just broken me, she'd healed me, of my reading induced anguish and tears, of my own past, of memories and feelings that I'd kept locked up inside of myself.

There's authors that are automatic 1clicks for me, authors like Colleen Hoover, who I pick up when I need to remind myself that this world is an amazing place when you just look for the beauty in it, that even in heartbreak and tragedy there's hope. For me, Jay McLean cemented her place along side the likes of Colleen Hoover as the author of stories that suck you in, hold you captive, taking a little piece of your heart with them as you turn the last page.



I see her wobble on her feet before she slowly tumbles

to the ground. Her knees give out first, then the rest of

her. It feels like I should've gotten to her earlier, but

seconds of panic took place before my mind kicked into

gear. And the rest is a blur.

Her friend's standing over us while I rest her head on

my lap. "Lucy," I say. And it's the first time I've said

her name out loud. It'd been over three weeks since I'd

learned it.

"What happened?" Logan asks her friend.

"I don't know." She's as panicked as I am, if not


"Is she dehydrated?" Logan picks up what looks like an

uneaten sandwich. "Is this hers? Has she eaten?" I don't

know why it annoys me that Logan is asking all the right

questions and all I can do is stare down at her. She's

breathing, so I guess that's something.

He drops down on his knees on the other side of her and

pours water from his bottle into his hand, and then he

runs it across her forehead and into her hairline.

"Is she alright, mate?" Jake asks. He's new and has a

weird accent but Logan seems to think he's cool so we

keep him around.

Logan does the water thing again, and this time her

eyes slowly flutter open.

And I release the breath I was holding.

"It's okay," Logan says to her, "you just passed out."

He's in her face now, and I want to punch him for being

the first thing she sees when she comes to. I was here

first; I was the one watching her when she fell. It

should have been me.

The More Series

More Than This, #1


In one night my fairytale ended. Or it may have begun. This is my story of friendship and love, heartbreak and desire, and the strength to show weakness.


One night I met a girl. A sad and broken girl, but one more beautiful than any other. She laughed through her sadness, while I loved through her heartbreak.

*This is our story of a maybe ever after.*

He was right. It made no difference whether it was 6 months or 6 years.

I couldn’t undo what had been done. I couldn’t change the future.

I couldn’t even predict it.

It was one night.

One night when everything changed.

It was so much more than just the betrayal.

It was the Tragedy.

The Deaths.

The Murders.

But it was also that feeling.

The feeling of falling.


More Than Her, #2

For every action there is an equal or opposite reaction." For every choice you make there are rewards, or there are consequences. It was my choice to walk away the first time. And my choice to chase her the second. But sometimes you don't get a choice, and all you get are the consequences.” "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Unless that someone is Logan Matthews. Because loving him didn't give me the strength to walk away. It didn't give me the courage to fight for him. And when it was over, all it gave me was a broken heart.


More Than Him, #3

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson

We live in a world of darkness and shadows,
where monsters hide and aim to ruin.
And they did.
They ruined us and turned our dreams into nightmares.
But now we're back.
And we're fighting.
Not just for us, or for each other, but for our light.



Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and soon to be released, More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled The Road, 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.


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