More Than Forever

 More Than Forever (More Than #4) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: July 11, 2014

Synopsis:

Lucy and Cameron have been it for each other since they were fourteen. Their love  has never wavered. It’s always been about forever for them. But, sometimes, forever isn’t enough.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

More Than Forever started out as a cute coming of age romance. It was more along the lines of a sweet YA contemporary romance. Cameron was the perfect friend and boyfriend that would do anything for Lucy. I loved the interactions between the young lovebirds and their parents. They were so funny and adorable.

Then, slowly, Lucy and Cameron’s relationship matured along with them and More Than Forever  became a beautiful New Adult romance. While it was still sweet and incredibly funny, there was now the angst and a sexual relationship as well.

Lucy and Cam’s sexual relationship was one of my favorite parts of the story. In the beginning, it felt honest and true to real life. As time went by, it was sexy and funny — just like it was reading about them in previous books.

As for the angst, at times I wanted to yell at Cam for being so blind and at Lucy for not truly seeing Cam. I ached for them as they dealt with the problems they faced. I wanted them to make it. The love they shared was so special.

Obviously, I loved More Than Forever. I thought More Than This was my favorite in the series, but More Than Forever stole its place in my heart. It was sweet, funny, steamy and most of all emotionally loaded.

I would highly suggest reading More Than Forever and the entire More Than series. I loved the way all of the books tied together and that I got to see not just the romances bloom but the friendships as well. I can’t wait for the next book More Than Enough to come out. I hope it’s Heidi and Dylan’s story!

Other books in this series:

More Than Him

More Than Him (More Than #3) by Jay McLean

Published: January 27, 2014

Synopsis: 

Logan Matthews’ deepest fears have come true. His past has ruined his future. It’s taken away his happiness. It’s taken her away.

Once again, he knows he’s going to have to fight to get her back. It’s going to take everything he’s got to show her that he’s worthy.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a harder review to write. I don’t want to give too much away for people that haven’t read the first two books in the series yet. So here’s my limited review:

Holy moly. If I liked Logan in More Than Her, I freakin’ loved him in More Than Him. I felt like I finally truly got to know him.

I absolutely loved More Than Him. It was so emotional. I couldn’t put it down. There were just so many ups and downs. I had to devote myself to reading in one sitting simply because I had to know that everything was going end up.

Once again, the end of this story ties into the next book. No worries, though. It’s not a cliffhanger for Logan again. It’s a completely new story. I can’t wait to start it!

Other books in this series:

Blonde Date

Blonde Date (The Ivy Years #2.5) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: July 6, 2014

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Synopsis:

Freshman Katie Vickery does not want to go to her sorority’s party. She knows she’s in for the most humiliating experience of her life. Her football player ex-boyfriend and his friends are going to be there. Katie knows they will be laughing behind her back.

Katie can’t miss the party, though. There are unwritten rules. She has to go. She has to bring an upperclassman. He has to be an athlete. Luckily, her roommate set her up with a blinde date.

Andrew Baschnagel isn’t the typical jock. The basketball player is tall and lanky. He’s also a nice guy. He’s watched Katie in his art history class all semester, hoping for a chance to win her heart. Now, he’s got one date with her, one chance to show her what she’s missing.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I love The Ivy Years seriesBlonde Date was the perfect addition to it. It was cute and funny. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Andrew. I knew he was a good guy after meeting him in The Year We Hid Away, but I didn’t expect to love him this much.

My only complaint about Blonde Date is that it was a novella. I wanted more Andrew and Katie! They were just too cute! I can’t wait to read more of this amazing series.

Other books in The Ivy Years series:

   

Sincerely, Arizona

Sincerely, Arizona (Sincerely, Carter #1.5) by Whitney Gracia Williams

Publication Date: September 10, 2015

Publisher: WGW Books

Synopsis:

Sincerely, Arizona is an epilogue to Sincerely, Carter. It is FREE, but you must read Sincerely, Carter first.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Sincerely, Carter when I read it a few months ago. It’s another one of those best friends to lovers stories that I adore. Sincerely, Arizona is a continuation of Carter and Arizona’s story and picks up where the first book left off. It was the perfect ending to Carter and Arizona’s story. It was short, but had all the things fans of the first book loved. It’s definitely worth reading if you liked the first book.

Other books in this series:

More Than Her

More Than Her (More Than #2) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: November 18, 2013

Synopsis: 

Logan Matthews thought he made the right decision walking away from her. Turns out he was wrong. Now, he’s stuck chasing her and trying to prove he’s worthy of her love.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My summary and review are both going to be a little sparse on this one. I don’t want to give too much away in case anyone is thinking about reading this series but hasn’t read More Than This yet.

More Than Her begins where More Than This left off. This time, the story revolves around Logan. It alternates between the present and the summer before they all started college at UNC.  We get to learn more about Logan’s past and his relationships with both Jake and Mikayla.

While I really enjoyed More Than Her, it wasn’t quite as good as More Than This. I think it was the execution of the time jumps. They just weren’t as smooth as I would have liked them to be. At times, I felt a little lost in the past stories.

I did love the twists and turns the story took, though. It wasn’t what I expected at all. And rude, playboy Logan from More Than This wasn’t who I thought he would be either. I didn’t love him quite as much as Jake, but it was close!

More Than Her ended with more of a cliffhanger than More Than This did. Instead of book 3 being about a different couple, it will continue Logan’s story from More Than Her. I’m excited to continue the series and see where it goes!

Other books in this series:

More Than This

More Than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: July 10, 2013

Synopsis:

Mikayla’s prom night should have been the best night of her life. Instead, it turned into a nightmare she never could have imagined. Her entire world was turned upside down in one night.

The one bright light in it all is Jake. She may have just met him but he immediately becomes her everything. Jake is her safe place, her home. As their feelings for each other and physical chemistry grow, Mikayla must choose between keeping her heart safe or accepting the love she desperately wants.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A week or so ago, I read Jay McLean’s Kick Push. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t overly impressed. There was just a little something missing to make it amazing. So when one of my Goodreads groups suggested a buddy read of More Than This, I hesitated a little. I decided to see if I could borrow it from the Amazon Prime Lending Library before joining in. It was available, so I decided to go ahead and download it.

I am sooooo glad I did. More Than This was incredible! It brought out so many emotions! It was heartbreaking at times, yet it made me laugh, too. There was also amazing chemistry between Mikayla and Jake.

Mikayla was a little annoying at times, though. I get what she was going through, so I tried not to let her decisions get to me. Her emotions added some great angst to the story. I just hated some of the stuff she was putting Jake through.

Because Jake. Jake. That guy was all sorts of awesome. I have decided to declare him my new book boyfriend. I loved him that much!

I have to admit I went ahead and downloaded the rest of the More Than series as soon as I finished More Than This. I couldn’t help myself. The ending left me needing to know what was going to happen next! It wasn’t quite a cliffhanger, but it was close.

I would tell anyone that likes a good, angsty New Adult romance to read More Than This. It brings out all of the “feels.”

Just a warning: I’m probably going to be reviewing the books in this series one right after another. I’ve chucked my TBR list to the side for now and am plunging into the series. I’m that wrapped up in the story. 😉

Other books in this series:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish. I am also including series that are still in progress but I haven’t read all of the books. Here it goes!


1. The Selection by Kiera Cass

I thought The Selection was good. I enjoyed it. Then, I tried to read book two. The Elite drove me crazy. I got to page 43 and just couldn’t go on. America had turned into a girl that thought of nothing but which of the two boys to pick. I gave up reading the series after that.

2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone and loved it until I got to the big reveal. Then, I didn’t like it so much. I still haven’t picked up the second book. I’m not sure it’s my thing.

3. Rosemary Beach by Abbi Glines

I really enjoy this series. I didn’t start at the beginning, though. I’ve read books from the middle to the end. I need to go back and read some of the first books.

4. Tangled by Emma Chase

I loved Tamed, but I haven’t had a chance to read the first couple of books in the series yet. They’re on my TBR list.

5. The Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen

This is yet another series I’ve only read a couple of books from but want to finish. I will at some point. I just need time!

6. Falling by Jasinda Wilder

I loved book 1 of the Falling series and liked book 2. I haven’t read book 3 yet. Not sure if and when I will. Maybe someday.

7. In Death by J.D. Robb

I used to read every new In Death book that came out. I loved Eve Dallas and Roark. I still do, I just stopped reading them awhile ago and haven’t picked one up again. I’m sure I will at some point.

8. The McCarthys of Gansett Island by Marie Force

So, I’ve read all of The McCarthys of Gansett Island except the latest book. I’ve held off because after the first 12 books I started to get a little bored. It’s not that I don’t like the characters or stories, it’s just that much of book 12 was catching up with old storylines. I liked to know what’s new with old characters, but I’d rather have a fresh and new story. I’m sure I’ll read book 13 at some point.

9. Thunder Point by Robyn Carr

When I first started reading contemporary romance, I read the entire Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. There was something I loved about that series. Maybe it goes with what I said above. I liked that each book was new and fresh but that I caught glimpses of old characters. Thunder Point is pretty similar in that aspect. I read the first 7 books. I enjoyed them, but the last couple were just missing something for me. I wasn’t falling in love with the characters the way I used to. I haven’t read the newest book yet.

10. Sex, Love and Stiletto by Lauren Layne

I love Lauren Layne. I’m not quite sure why I haven’t finished this series yet. It’s one I keep going back to when I’m looking for something to read.


What series haven’t you finished yet? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With. Below is my list.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

1. Madrigal

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

 The story lost me at Madrigal. I loved it until her.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)2. America

The Elite by Kiera Cass

America’s debate between boys took over the story and turned me off of her and the book.

The Girl on the Train3. Rachel

The GIrl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel was just ugh. I hope people wouldn’t click with her.

Scarred (Scarred, #1)4. Lexi Jones

Scarred by J.S. Cooper

Lexi’s decisions were so horrible.

Ever After (Nantucket Brides Trilogy, #3)5. Hallie Hartley

Ever After by Jude Deveraux

Hallie was a such a creeper at the beginning. Luckily, she was better by the end, but I couldn’t believe the stuff she was doing. If a guy did the same things, everyone would be enraged.

Surrender (Surrender, #1)6. Arianna

Surrender by Melody Anne

I just didn’t like her.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl7. Greg Gaines

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Greg Gaines was so consumed with himself that it was hard to like him at times.

Confessions of a Heartbreaker8. Parker Montgomery

Confessions of a Heartbreaker by Jennifer Sucevic

Parker’s narration drove me crazy.

Zali Luna: Movie Star9. Zali Luna

Zali Luna: Movie Star by Emma Jamvold

I guess Zali was a little too immature for my tastes.

Valorous (Quantum Trilogy, #2)10. Flynn Godfrey

Valorous (Quantum Trilogy #2) by M.S. Force

In this book, Flynn lost his appeal. He became weak and over emotional.

What book characters have you had trouble connecting with?