Thursday, February 12, 2015

Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean {Blog Tour & Giveaway}

Where the Road Takes Me
by Jay McLean

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.

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?”

Jay McLean is a new to me author (shocking, I know!) so I went into this book with zero expectations. I read a few of the early reviews and there were so many mixed opinions that I honestly had no clue what I was in for, but let me tell you, Where the Road Takes Me took me on a journey that I would happily go on again and again. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and in the end I'm so happy that I took a chance on this one.

Chloe's mom passed away when she was a little girl, and her aunt, who took her in when her mom passed, died a few years later so she's been in foster care ever since. She made a promise to herself when she was little that she wouldn't let anyone in and she's had her future mapped out for herself ever since.

Blake has the seemingly perfect life. He's the popular high school jock with the hot cheerleader girlfriend, ya know, same ole same ole... But is it really as perfect as it seems?

When Blake and Chloe meet he knows instantly that there's something different about her, and while she tries to remain invisible, he can't stop thinking about her. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that they go to the same high school and that she's even in one of his classes. 

Thanks to Blake's persistence they become friends that eventually turn into something more even though Chloe doesn't really want that. You see, Chloe's hiding something pretty big which is the reason why she doesn't want to get close to anyone. It's not because she doesn't want to, it's because she's trying to save them from being hurt in the end.

I don't want to go into too much detail and ruin a great story so let me just say this... While Chloe might come off as a bit of a bitch from time to time, once I learned her reasoning I could totally understand why she acted the way she did. And Blake? Total book boyfriend material. I don't think there was anyone more perfect for Chloe than him and the way he stayed by her side? Sigh! Talk about swoon worthy. 

So if you're up in the air about this one? Give it a try... It's heartwarming and heartbreaking and definitely worth the emotional roller coaster it'll take you on. Just make sure you keep the tissues handy!

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.

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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Where the Road Takes Me in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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