Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Where the Road Takes Me blog tour!

Meet Blake & Chloe in Where the Road Takes Me 
in this new coming of age novel 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.

Christy's Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 stars!

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Where the Road Takes Me is a story about two teenagers named Blake and Chloe. One night, they ‘meet’. Blake is jogging and sees a distressed Chloe. He’s the type of guy that needs to help her and make sure she’s okay. Blake is taken with Chloe from the very start. You can tell Chloe has some sort of feeling for Blake, but she won’t let herself feel. Won’t let her self get too close to anyone.

I knew my future. I knew my fate. And I knew that I had absolutely no control of any of it.

Chloe and Blake end up working together, getting thrown into a lot of situations together. Chloe tries to fight the feelings she’s developing for Blake, but there are moments she knows. Blake Hunter is her change.

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Blake and Chloe’s journey isn’t easy or simple. Both have big things going on in there life. Chloe is about to go on a trip she’s been planning for the longest time. After she graduates high school, it’s just her and the road. And Blake has a huge choice to make. Does he play basketball, something he’s great at and he loves, or does he follow his fathers footsteps and go into the service?

No matter what Blake decides to do with his future, he knows he wants Chloe to be a part of it. But Chloe knows her future and she doesn’t want anyone to be involved with it. She knows what it’s leading to, and she isn’t willing to risk it with Blake. Blake knows this, but he is a tenacious man.

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So lets talk about the characters. This is one of those books where there was a character that wasn’t the leading man or woman but really stuck out to me. This guy’s name was Josh. Every scene with Josh in it I looked forward to. I loved his dynamic with Blake, with Chloe, I just loved him period. I know this is a stand alone, but I would be very happy if a Josh book would come out. Some of my favorite scenes were with Josh and a few with Blake’s mom really stood out. And the family Chloe lived with- her family. They were fabulous too. I loved the secondary characters in this book!

On to Chloe and Blake- Although I could understand why the heroine did some of the things she did, it didn’t make me any less frustrated with her. Chloe would make some headway with me then do something to infuriate me all over again. Blake on the other hand was pretty great. He saw something in Chloe that made him want to be different. Make different choices and not be the guy he’s been. I did have an issues with the fact (view spoiler)

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Jay McLean is an amazing writer. She has such a way with words and there were many beautiful quotes and moments that stuck with me. I loved the road trip aspect (I’m a sucker for those types of stories) and although there were parts in the middle that lagged for me, the last 20% or so really picked up the pace. This wasn’t anything like Jay’s ‘More’ series, but I can appreciate that she wanted to write something different. Although it didn’t hit all my love buttons like the More books, and I personally had a few issues with the heroine and aspects of the story, it was still overall an enjoyable and entertaining book for me.

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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.

For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film, or television, please contact my agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group. 

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