Meet Blake & Chloe in Where the Road Takes Me
in this new coming of age novel by
Publication Date: February 10th 2015 by Skyscape
Plot: 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.
☆✮ My Review ✮☆
☆ I received an ARC via TRSOR PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆
Where the Road Takes Me was my first EVER Jay McLean read. I had incredibly high expectations for this author, seeing that many of my friends are total fangirls and have raved over and over about her books, and while I did in general like it—it kind of fell in the “okay-likable” zone for me.
WTRTM dwindles between the YA- New Adult border and was more “teen-bobberish” among the reads that I’m accustomed to.
It tells the story of a girl, looked but never really seen and a boy, always in the spotlight but never truly heard and how their worlds turn upside down upon meeting each other.
What I liked about this story--
I loved the balance and eclectic themes and values that this plot’s characters and story line really emphasizes on. It took me back to my high school days and was touching on how the author was able to expand on such delicate subject matter and bring it to light in a realistic and vulnerable approach.
What I thought it could work on--
That said, while it did hold a fresh and intriguing premise filled with a lot of potential, I kind of felt that it was a bit flat compared to what it could have been. The protagonists' characterizations and actions were at times nerve wrecking and bit un-fleshed out to where I think they could have been.
While I do comprehend where the author was going with their motives, the execution of how things were led faltered and therefore lacked essential punch.
So, my verdict?- An admirable story line to try to take on! It was a little rough and choppy in some areas but as a whole I found it enjoyable!
Great job Ms. McLean and I wish you the best of luck on your book ventures!!
☆✮ Excerpt ✮☆
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?”
☆✮ About the Author ✮☆
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.
You can follow Jay on Instagram and twitter @jaymcleanauthor. You can also find her on her blog at www.jaymcleanauthor.com where you can subscribe to her newsletter and get teasers and updates first hand, her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jaymcleanauthor or her fan group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mores..., or you can contact Jay directly at firstname.lastname@example.org