Release Day Review: Lucas by Jay McLean


Title: Lucas – A Preston Brothers Novel
Author: Jay McLean
Release Day: November 1, 2016






In a sprint, every millisecond counts.

When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.

His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.

A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.

Eight life-changing seconds.

It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.




Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Jay McLean is one of my favorite new adult authors. She has a way of crafting stories that bring out all sorts of emotions for me. I feel so much when I read her books. I knew Lucas would be no different. Reading it was pure emotional torture. I was on edge the entire time. I blame it on Jay McLean’s brilliant writing skills.

In case you’re unaware, Lucas and the Preston Brothers series is a spin-off of the More Than series. You don’t have to read the More Than series to enjoy this book, but I would recommend it because it’s an amazing series and you’ll get a different glimpse of the Preston family. Lucas is Lucy Preston’s oldest younger brother. The entire Preston Brothers series will revolve around Lucy’s many younger brothers.

Lucas had a killer prologue that set the tone for the entire book. The dual points of view and the way time alternated between past and present allows the reader to get a feel for Lucas and Laney’s entire friendship. There were many ups and downs and each one had me feeling a different emotion. I was stressed out, happy, sad, hopeful — my mood was constantly changing with the characters’. I loved being so emotionally vested in the characters and their story.

I adored Lucas and Laney. There was a realness to their characters. Both were so self-involved and clueless at times — the way teenagers truly are. I didn’t immediately fall for Lucas. It took some time for him to get me on his side. I had a love-hate relationship with him in the beginning. His love and dedication for Laney was so amazing and beyond his years, but he made some dumb choices. Laney was so adorable! She was that quiet girl who one day everyone notices, but she still thinks she’s invisible. Her struggle was easy to identify with. I loved the way Lucas and Laney grew throughout the story and where they ended up.

I won’t say much more because I don’t want to ruin anyone’s reading experience, but will say that I absolutely loved Lucas! It was a truly touching and amazing best friends to more high school romance. Lucas was such a great book and I am so excited for the rest of the Preston Brothers series.




Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.


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