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More Than This

(More Than #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  34,528 ratings  ·  3,172 reviews
When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.

Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced
Paperback, 318 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Createspace (first published July 10th 2013)
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Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone!
Recommended to Christy by: Alexis *Reality Bites*
Shelves: 2017-audio

5- I more than a lot liked this book- stars!!!

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This book hooked me from the start and I couldn’t put it down. Loved every single page! I’m going to throw this out at the very beginning of my review- this one is going straight to the favorites shelf!

In one night my fairytale ended... or it may have begun.
It’s just one day. 24 hours. But for Mikayla, that one day alters her entire life. Kayla’s life was pretty great. She had fun and awesome parents, a sweet little sister, a best friend- Mega
Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
5 STARS out of 5
Genre:New Adult Romance

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That moment when you find a book you love..and can barely contain your excitement because you want to share it with EVERY ONE

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It can’t be just me… You have to read this book I cannot be alone in this love fest. I need my fellow book lovers to read this book! ASAP!

My Casting
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Because I need to know.
I need to know how she feels and what she wants from me, from this.
If she wa
Pearl Angeli
(SPOILERS ahead...)

It took every ounce of control I had not to DNF this book. It's one of the most unrealistic stories I've ever come across with!

Here are the reasons why I didn't like it:

UNREALISTIC PLOT - This is a work of fiction, I know. But why make the whole thing unbelievable to the extreme? Mikayla found out one day that her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. That same day, she also met the gorgeous guy with a sexy Aussie accent named Jake and well, instantly felt attract
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol [Goodreads Addict] by: Jacqueline and Hazel

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More Than This is book one in the More Than series by Jay McLean. This book was recommended to me by two different friends but I hadn’t really read many reviews so it took me by completely by surprise. I WAS NOT prepared for all the feels, and let me tell you, there are plenty. And the hotness factor, oh my gosh, was off the charts.

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Mikayla is eighteen years old, just two weeks away from graduation, and it’s prom night. She is going with her boyfriend of four years, James, and h
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
2.5 Stars

Maybe I've just read too many things similar to this and thus the blush is off the rose...but this pretty much sums it up for me:


Don't get me wrong, Jake was cute and I liked him and all...but Kayla and her cock teasing ways were really starting to make me want to slap a bitch.

Two words:

Blue. Balls.


Not nice, Kayla. Even I was getting sexually frustrated, and I don't even have balls.


Something else random that annoyed me? This quote:

"If I compare my feelings for Jake to my feelings f
Kristin (KC)
*3 Stars*

Great story, but left me slightly conflicted...

This book had such a powerful, gripping start that broke my heart and made me anxious for the complex story I presumed would follow. Instead, I found that the middle strayed considerably from the intensity and intrigue of its promising beginning. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy what this story offered, because I did. But I felt some major issues were never fully explored while certain trivial issues were intensified. Luckily, the endi
In the beginning I was having a fair amount of fun. I always enjoy contemporary reads and people had been recommending this series for a while now. Logan and Lucy's books in particular so those are the ones I'm anticipating the most.

I really tried to like this book and for a moment I thought I was going to but the characterization was so poor. There was no arc at all, either.

I was legit concerned about Mikayla's mental health because that girl did not mourn whatsoever. I'm not saying she had to
Kellie Maddox-Ward
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Seriously your words, this story, the characters, the emotions.. THE GODDAMN EMOTIONS!!… It just blew me away!
You blew me away. I can’t believe that this is a debut novel!
God I love Indie authors!

So seriously dude
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I know some people out there have been haters, due to a few grammatical errors etc, but seriously..
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If you’re that into the story you don’t worry about those things. But I saw that you said you’re fixing the errors.

Ok now onto this story…
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

I was going to call this one “Hey, I just met you . . . and this is crazy, but my family just croaked so I’m going to move in to your house and have a completely unhealthy relationship with you maybe,” but I decided to go with something a little classier instead . . .

“Nothing says awkward like coming in your pants while dry humping.”

If you’re only interested in the Cliff’s Notes version, here it is . . .

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The long version is Mi
Jacqueline's Reads
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jacqueline's Reads by: C-Money
JUST ADDED Author Interview - > HERE

SUPER ADORABLE character interview here - > Jacqueline's Reads


I more than a lot like you ... so much more than a lot

WHERE DO I BEGIN?! I'm just going to be upfront with you. I.LOVED.LOVED.LOVED.LOVED --- > MORE THAN THIS!

My Emotions:

At 1% - I had no idea what to expect, my girlfriend recommend it to me, so I said, oh what the heck.

At 1.1% - I KNEW this was going to be something special

At 8% I am grinning because of all the cuteness!

• Lisa •
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to • Lisa • by: Alexis *Reality Bites*

I think I'm in love with this beautifully broken girl.


Why, oh why, oh why, did I wait so long to start this series? It's been under my nose for so long, so many of my friends have read, devoured and adored this series and here I am only just starting this epic 'more than' marathon. I can only say that I'm an idiot, but at least right now I'm a happy idiot and blissfully enjoying the start of my Jay McLean type book binge. From prologue to epilogue this book had me wrappe
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves life
Recommended to Anna by: Alexis *Reality Bites*
5 stars of a more than a lot of epic greatness !!!

JAKE.Fucking.ANDREWS he's kind of a big deal.....Hmmmmmm Australian Accent.....hell yes mate!


MIKAYLA ~ this beautifully broken girl....her world collapsed


I pretty much was in tears for the better part of this book ! The tragedy that happened with Mikayla really ripped my heart out. Her PROM night.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beverly by: Christy
This is a read now on NetGalley - if you haven't fallen in love with this series, now is your chance!!

5 More than love this series Stars

This series was recommended to me a while back by two of my favorite friends, and every week I kept moving it on my calendar. Well this last week I decided to read some of the books that I have been meaning to read, but they kept getting pushed back. I knew I had to start with this one, and let me tell you I am so glad! I have joked I am the last person on GR to
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5++++
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 5
Angst: 5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5+++++
Jay McLean
Aug 05, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition


Logans POV of (view spoiler)

Make sure to add More Than Her to your tbr if you haven't already.


JAKE'S POV OF spoiler: (view spoiler)

Aestas Book Blog
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


"In one night my fairytale ended. Or it may have begun..."

More Than This  was a very sweet and sometimes heartbreaking book about love, loss, healing and friendship. It was laced with some sadness following a horrific tragedy but the feeling of the book was more focused on healing, rebuilding and finding happiness again.

I loved the hero and the core group of characters and will be looking forward to the next in the series. This one however reads a complete standal
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Farah by: *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
*****Warning this review contains spoilers******

I completely and utterly Loved this book!!!
What a beautiful story!!

This is a sad and oh so sweet story

"I feel sorry for all the girls in the world that never get to experience a Jake Andrews at least once in their lifetime."

This is a story of the end and the beginning of the life which Mikayla knew..

The night which was supposed to be her beautiful fairytale... Senior prom with her boyfriend and best friend.

Goodbye's said by her wonderful family..
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4 So Much More Stars

Mikayla has everything going for her. A loving family, a hot boyfriend and a best friend, it seems nothing could happen to ruin the life she's living. Until the night of her prom when everything falls apart, everything she's always held dear ripped from her life. Everything she has always believed in is proved to have been a lie.

The one thing that anchors her and prevents her from drifting away is Jake. A chance meeting but he becomes her saving grace, the one who pulls her o
Theresa Alan
This is the first new adult novel I’ve ever read (listened to on an audiobook). At first, I thought I was reading YA. I read probably one YA a year now that I’m no longer in junior high, which was one million years ago. Then when there was all this explicit sex and swearing, I thought, my my, YA has changed.

Duh. New adult. I’d heard the term, I’d just never stumbled on it before.

The premise of the novel starts out well. Mikayla goes to prom with high hopes, only to be betrayed not just by her l
Yeasmin Alo
"He is absolutely everything the books tell you that boys should be.
And if you were still here today, I would tell you, that in your future, do not settle for anything less than the Jake Andrews of the world.
Because they exist, and not just in fairytales"

After a Long time I've finished a book in one go because I couldn't put it down 🌻

Million dollar question
Will you go out with a guy whom you met just 15 minutes ago ? and not to mention one of his friends was a pure asshole to you ?

IT WAS JUST........

This was a book I could not put down... it consumed me. This story.. this amazing story... is honestly unlike any other I've ever read. Most books follow the same formula as far as true love goes.. and this one did have a few predictable elements.. but what happens in the beginning to Kayla ( aka Mickey).. is like nothing I've ever read before.. well--- nothing put together like that before. Chick had some way serious things to ov
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 tender and loving "more than a lot" stars***

What a lovely and tender story!!!

Yeah, i know it was heartbroken in the most part, but i like ever single moment inside that book!!!
First of all, it was a book about kindness, strength and courage...
About family and real friendship...
And finally it was about love... The kind of love that never ends!!!
The kind of love that from the first moment stand by you and become more that everything!!!

Yeah, it was a messy situation but it was as α res
TJ ☾
dnf @50 %
warning// spoilers

It's been a while since I've read something this stupid.... and I read stupid shit all the time 😭 Maybe I feel extra disappointed bc I usually love Jay McLean, but this one did not work for me. You know which two tropes I never knew how much I didn't need in one book until now? Insta-love and slow burn. Like


With a Jay McLean book you have to be prepared for characters with tragic backstories, but this was just so over the top I found it ridiculous. Basically this book
Wendys Wycked Words
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It's no secret that Jay Mclean is one of my all time favorite mf authors. I have read all the books in this series and the spin off and I keep re-reading them, because they are like comfort-food to me. Some I love more than others, but I really enjoyed each and every one.

This first book is Jake and Kayla's story and though it's not my favorite in this series (those rights go to Cam and Lucy), it's still very good. I would also recommend reading this series in order and coming from me (who reads
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: more-than
I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked this book out. It was on KU, so I thought... why not?

I more than really really liked this book. More than really liked Kayla and I for sure really really more than liked Jake.

More Than This was absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking. It is about high school/ college kids but the story is amazing.

Now I'm on to Logan's story!
Duchess Nicole
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NA readers, lovers of angst and drama
Recommended to Duchess Nicole by: Alexis *Reality Bites*
"Talking without speaking. Feeling without touching."

I shouldn't like this book, but I really did. I've had all these issues with this genre lately, but I keep getting sucked into reading them. And sure, yeah...this story contained some of my pet peeves. It's pretty darn angsty. The setup is a bit off the charts, and so is the melodrama. But I was glued to these pages.

I don't want to even say what happens within the first few chapters because I think it would spoil the story. I went into it
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
UPDATE: Jay has released an EXTRA bonus scene 10/10/2013! It'll be spoiler-y if you haven't read the book. Here's the link: click here

5 stars!!!

I loved this book so, so much I am going to do an interview as a review!!! First time so bear with me! All answers are from the book and not made up! I promise there are NO SPOILERS! Okay here we go!

Me: Hi Ms. Jones! Thanks for agreeing to meet with me! (Technically, I had to drag her here…prying her away from Jake was nearly impossible)

Mikayla: Micky.
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~

I adored this book. I loved every single second (even the frustrating ones).

At its heart, this was a modern day fairytale about a “regular” girl. And, as all good fairytales do, it starts with a tragedy. Well, actually two tragedies. The first is the catalyst for Mikayla and Jake’s chance meeting. The second is what both keeps them together, and threatens to tear them apart.

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The thing that makes this story different, and sets it apart from the hundreds of other NA books I’ve read with simil
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5--SWEET and HEART-WARMING--Stars!!!

That was the sweetest story ever! *sigh*

Mikayla's life changes forever the night of her prom. And it all started with a spilled beer....

More Than This is the story of Kayla and Jake. And I don't want to tell you too much about how they met and how they fell in love because I think that will spoil so much of their story.

It was a chance encounter that led to a tragedy. It started as a friendship and grew in to so much more. A heart-breaking tale that warmed
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - There is only so much shit I can take before all the fucked-up things in my life consume me. Stars!

More Than this is the first book I have read by Jay McLean, it is what I affectionately class as a ‘kitchen sinker’, in that it feels like the author has literally thrown as many tropes as she possibly can at it. This is the type of book I need to be in a certain mood for, otherwise I just get frustrated and annoyed.

Luckily, I was in the right mood, although I did get a little frustrated, bu
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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her lau

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