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(Preston Brothers #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8,587 Ratings  ·  882 Reviews
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 bro
Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
5+ stars!

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There is this feeling I get when I read a Jay McLean book. I can’t explain it. It’s a magical, all consuming feeling. I feel like every time I have a ‘favorite book’ by her, I read her newest release and think- this is my new favorite! Lucas is tied with Kick Push as my favorite Jay McLean book. And that’s some really high praises from me, because I legit LOVE all her books.

Lucas can most definitely be read as a stand-alone, but if you’ve read the More Than series, you already know w
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳Cries, laughter, hatred, and angst... All the feelings and actions Jay McLean makes you feel when you read Lucas' and Laney's story...

➳After reading the synopsis you are instantly swoon over if you are a huge fan of Jay's or simply like dramatic, love at first sight type of stories. Jay found a way to mix those two together and bring an excitement out of me with tears and heartbreak. Lois, also known as Laney is new to town when she meets her dad's boss and the rest of the Preston family. She
Jennifer Kyle
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs


Lucas Preston is one of Lucy’s brothers from the author’s More Than series. He’s the oldest of the Preston boys and this is his story. The timeline takes us from eleven year old Lucas through his teen years. His love interest is Lois “Laney” Sanders whose father takes a job with Preston Construction and their friendship buds and grows through the years. I adored how they were dubbed Lois and Clark from the get go and how their bound survived their childhood. This is definitely a wonderfu
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-favorites
JAY FREAKING MCLEAN! OMG! I loved this book so freaking hard! I legit could barely even handle it. I wanted to jump into book world and leave it all behind for Lucas. I loved Lucas, I loved Lane and I freaking loved the Prestons!

This so much more than a friends to lovers story, because Lois and Lucas are so much more than friends. These two met when the were kids and experienced all of their lives' biggest and smallest moments together. When Lucas’s mom died Lois was there, she cried with him, h
Jay McLean wrote us another wonderful story. Beautiful, touching, funny and complex. If you have not read this author yet be sure to catch up. It will be for you a magnificent journey through all kinds of emotions.

Lucas and Lois met when they were eleven. That's when started their great friendship. They spent time together when could and over the years their bond was only stronger. They were for each other in the best and worst moments of their lives. Somewhere in the meantime they developed fee
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Jay McLean is a new to me author although I've had her previous stories on my TBR for a long time. When I saw that she was starting a new series I thought this would be a good starting point. And let me tell you - I couldn't be happier.

Eight seconds.
That's how long it took me to realize I'd been in love with her for four years.
Eight, life-changing seconds.
It's also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

The Pres
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Image and video hosting by TinyPicTITLE: Lucas
SERIES: (Preston Brothers, #1)
AUTHOR: Jay McLean
GENRE: Contemporary Romance.
CHAPTERS: Prologue | 41 | Epilogue
RELEASE DATE: 01st November, 2016

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LUCAS: Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives,' Past & Present combined.

This kicks starts us off in the 'Prologue' which doesn't make sense until you progress further into the book and the horror all unfolds.

This author has graduated from the feels college with a diploma, she always seems to de
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You impress people with your mind. With your kind heart and humble attitude. And while you’re a beautiful girl, your looks or the way you dress shouldn’t be the reason people are impressed by you.”

Words of wisdom right here people!

Lucas is the oldest brother in the Preston family, who we're introduced to in Jay McLeans 'More than this' series, but this book can be read as a stand alone (which is what it is for me since this is the first book by McLean I've picked up).
Lucas and Lois became be
Katy Loves Romance ❤️
5+++++ STUNNING Lois Lane and Clark Kent Stars

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I love Jay McLeans storytelling she just pulls you in and grips you from the beginning. Also there is no sugar coating the realness of her books, and this was just that. OMG I was laughing, crying, in pain then happy... a rollercoaster of emotions.

So what's it about?
This is a friends to lovers story, I just love these books and Jay has slow burn down to the T. Lucas is Lucy's younger brother from More than forever book which you don't have to read
Lisa Jayne
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it

"She’s too much. She’s everything."


Jay McLean loves to take her readers on a nail biting adventure full of romance, angst and pure, undiluted coming of age drama. Whenever I start this authors books I always have huge expectations, mainly because I'm fully aware of the talent and time that gets thrown into the pages. 'Lucas' was one of those books that I couldn't wait to get my hands on, the anticipation was half of the enjoyment and although it didn't knock me off my perch co
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I’ve only read a few books by Jay McLean, but I loved those books. I love her writing and the emotions in those books. I do have yet to read a book of the author’s More Than series. I already own all of them and they’re waiting for me to finally read them. Lucas is the first novel of the spinoff series of the More Than series. Lucas Preston is a younger brother of Lucy from More Than Forever.

Lois – better known as Laney – moved to a new town when she was eleven years old. From the moment she me
Re-read 4/16/17

I have been (not so) patiently waiting for this book to be published. Why ?? Well, because it was written by one of my favorite authors and because it's a spinoff from one of my favorite series, which includes my all time favorite book.... "More than forever".

Not only is this a spinoff, but it's about Lucas... Lucy's brother !!! I was pretty sure this book was gonna be awesome and since I'm always was !!

I loved that it was similar to my favorite book (Lucy and Cam) i
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Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Not reviewing, just catching up on this series in preparation for the second book in the series!
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Sixteen clicks.
Eight seconds.
That’s how long it took me to realize I’d been in love with her for four years. I hated this book.
Eight, life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her. me as a potential fan of this author.

Yet I sat through the entirety of this novel and endured this piece of shit. What does that say about me?

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2.5 underwhelmed stars and I'm guessing by all the 5 star reviews it's a case of "it's me".

This one didn't really work for me, I felt uncomfortable reading about Cooper and Laney's loved up relationship for the first half of the book, a book that was supposed to be Lucas and Laney's.

The middle lagged with nothing much happening, which frustrated me.

The 2.5 stars are for Lucas and the Prestons (and of course CAM ♥). Laney was just "there" and a bit of a doormat too - she could have been any hero
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
A Million Love Hard, Love Fierce, but Love Right Stars

Jay McLean has written 11 books to date. She has shared her passion and her pains with her fans and most importantly she has given her readers something MORE. McLean has taught us that we are all born PHENOMENAL…that sometimes you have to KICK and PUSH before you can COAST. She has showed sadness and hardship and even let us embrace RED LETTER DAYS. Then there were those days she had us CHECKING the TIME. Now with her latest release she has s
Alexis *Reality Bites*

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McLean is vicious with a pen. Her writing just gets better and better. Look, I know this review might look long but trust me when I say I'm holding back to not give anything away. One would easily start this book thinking Lucas is going to be one of those sweet best friend to lover reads. And it is...well..kind of. The thing is, Lucas and Lois have a love story that sort of goes against the grain. Their path is waaaaay different than your average teen romance novel.
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Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am such a sucker for a well-written, heart-breaking story, with the perfect balance of laugh out loud banter and one-liners to offset the severity of the storyline. Jay nailed this for me, as she typically does. When I read her books, I feel what the characters feel. I experience every single emotion, good and bad, right along with them. To me, her writing always leads to a journey well-traveled, with all the ups and downs, random onsets of both laughter and tears, and an overwhelming sense of ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Wow, this book started with a BOOM!!!

We met Lucas Preston, bloody and all sitting at a hospital, remembering how he met Lois “Laney” Sanders. From there on the story enfolds in past and present segments, beautiful memories about him, Laney, and his family. They grew up together, spent more time together than he did with his siblings. But never crossed into the relationship zone. Apparently, he felt he wasn't good enough for her, and she thought he didn't want her as a girlfriend.

Many years wen
So, before I review this book I have to admit I was completely at fault. See, for some reason, maybe the First name being the title, I mistakenly thought this was by Jay Crownover...think RULE, which I absolutely loved. I realize it's by Jay McLean, but, for me the distinction is paramount. Why? I haven't had much luck with JM's More Than series. I loved the first book, liked the second a lot, and reluctantly liked the third. Then I just stopped, noticing common themes with this author that aggr ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's a certain magic to Jay McLean's story telling that leaves you little choice but to surrender and just lose yourself within the pages of whatever world she's created. And when you do, you'll likely be thinking about her books for days, months, or even years after you've finished one. Lucas is no different.

We meet Lucas in the More Than series as Lucy's brother. That series is a huge favourite of mine, so if you haven't read it then of course I highly recommend that you do. Lucas can be r
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
Overall I found the book to be ok. Both characters were likable I just wish they could have gotten their crap together sooner and that Laney would have opened up quicker. Granted, I understand her reasons and I can't say that I would do much different in her situation.

It was nice to finally read about a Hero who was celibate since being with the heroine even though they weren't together. I also don't blame Laney for moving on with Cooper. She waiting a long time for Lucas and just when she thoug
4 stars

"We've had several parents complain that Lachlan's the one teaching their kids swear words."

Lachlan stands, shoves his finger in his teacher's face. "That's bullshit, lady!"

I fucking love this kid!

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Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-school
4 Stars

Genre: YA Contemporary
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual


"Our eyes locked and I think, in a way, they've never left."

Laney moved to a different town with her dad after her mother basically destroyed the marriage. She was selfish and I don’t' even want to get here for now. When Laney comes to the new town she meets her father's new boss and his family. There she falls in love with her best friend who will be with her for a fun journey.

Lucas Preston has a big family one sister and hi

When was the last time you read a book that made you forget the time? Something that pulled you in so badly, you never noticed you've been reading the entire day?

It was last Sunday for me and that's when I read Jay Mclean's LUCAS. And just like those days I read Kick Push and Coast, starting a JMac was easy, letting her books go... that's hard. Very hard. And another problem is, I badly need to take a little break after reading this book, because I'm feeling like whatever I pick up would be sec
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5.0 " “Clark Kent and  Lois Lane" Stars!!!
Sixteen clicks.
Eight seconds.
That’s how long it took me to realize I’d been in love with her for four years.
Eight, life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

Gah! The feels of this book! Up until now I'm still in awe with Jay Mclean. I couldn't remember a time where  I got disappointed with her works because she really does not disappoint. Instead she'll give you a story so raw yet so real leaving you in a roller
Melanie (mells_view)
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Before reading any Jay McLean book I always try to emotionally prepare myself, because I KNOW what's coming. I KNOW I'm going to feel all the feelings while spinning round and round on a romantic, angsty, yet still somehow funny, merry-go-round. LUCAS wasn't any different.

From the prologue you are thrust into this serious situation. It makes you THINK you know where things will end up, but honestly you still have no flipping clue. Jay gives you a taste, but still keeps you guessing and anticipa
Kavita Kumar-Karthik
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abso-fav
Oh wow !! Swoon !! And not just any swoon !! It's the Preston Punks swoon.. And not 2 or 3 punks.. a whole bunch of 6 !! Well, most of them are under-age in this book, but I'm sure they will grow up to be fine specimens !!

Before we begin, the Preston Punks are Lucy (she's got a crass mouth on her too !),Lucas,Leo,Logan, Lincoln and Liam (Twins) and Lachlan. And they are all adorable !!

This story is about Preston Punk Number 2, Lucas and his childhood best friend cum crush cum love Lois aka Laney
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 - 4.5 ★'s
"To want to be someone's hero when they're faced with villains. To want to be the one who saves them. To be their Wonderwall."

This is a spin off series from one of the books in Jay McLean's More Than series (More Than Forever) and I was a little hesitant to read it since I hadn't read that series. However, I had heard it wouldn't be an issue and I'm happy to report it wasn't...thank goodness.

Lucas and Lois meet when they are eleven and she moves with her Dad to Lucas' town. Luca
“Love hard, love fierce, but love right”

5 stars!

Once again, Jay McLean has taken my heart, toyed with it, shattered it, put it back together again and left me with a massive book hangover, awestruck over the emotional intensity of all that I just read. Just... wow.

McLean writes wonderful YA/NA stories, getting us to the heart of her characters, making us relate to them and love them – even when they screw up - making us feel everything right alongside them, and completely sweeping the reader awa
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*****GIVEAWAY ALERT open internationally*****

Yes, the author had the courtesy of including THE WHOLE GLOBE!! It's very difficult to get New adult romance in print and even more difficult that authors include Australia so don't miss your chance.

*****GIVEAWAY ALERT and I need safety info*****


My friends of the safety gang, I need info on safety. Thanks.

Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

There is a reason why this book has become one of my favourite books of all time!
I have honestly lost count on the number of times I have read this book since it was published.
This book gives me all the love and all the heartache I could ask for... if it's possible to rate this more than 5 stars,I'd give it wholeheartedly!
Lucas IS a page turner, it's addictive and emotional. The side characters are amazing (which is rare), and the plot line is indescribable.
Lucas and Laney's story will make y
5 "Best Friends to Lovers" Stars!

“You stepped out of your dad’s car in your denim shorts and bright red flip-flops and t-shirt with a picture of a cat that said Look at meow. I’m getting pay purr...I thought it was hilarious, but I didn’t want to laugh because I didn’t want you to think I was laughing at you. When Mom introduced us all, you stood there and looked around and I could see you counting the kids in your head. I was counting, too. Counting down the seconds until Mom said my name an
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6 'Clark Kent' stars!

"Sixteen clicks.
Eight seconds.
That’s how long it took me to realize I’d been in love with her for four years.
Eight, life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her."

Can Jay please do something wrong with her books?? Please? I mean seriously, her books are just breathtaking. For me personally, they get better and better. I always get this unexplainable feeling early on that it'll be a new favorite, until a new book comes along and I say
Moras Paz
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a big fan of the jump from the present, to the past and then back again to the present but I’d still give this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ because it gave me seriously a whole lot of feels. ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean
4 stars!!!

“Sixteen clicks. Eight seconds. That’s how long it took me to realize I ‘d been in love with her for four years. Eight, life-changing seconds. It’s also the exact length of time it took me to lose her.”

Many moons ago I was trawling Amazon for a book to read, there was this black cover with red, white and blue writing that had just been released and being patriotic I bought it. It was Jay McLean’s first book; it was when I fell in love with J
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5 STARS!!!


Goodness, I loved this book so damn hard! This book was perfection to me. It was everything I wanted and more. Honestly, every book I have read by Jay Mclean I have absolutely loved, and if you have never read any of her books, rectify that situation!

This book was just... gosh everything. I loved Lucas, I loved Lane, I just freaking loved it!!
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars- This may have a been 5 stars for me if I had read it all the way through instead of listening to the first 30%. Once I started actually reading it I couldn't put it down until 4am. Just about as good as the More Than Series.
Now why did I give this rating 4.85 STARS its cause I've had it with the emotional and the length of how their POVs were, don't get me wrong it's worth a read.

I'm not sure where or how to start with this book cause I cannot remember if I've ever read a book written by this author, and for me this one really played with my emotional state lol I sound like I'm loony lol, but yes this book did all that.

Lucas and Laney are two 11 year olds who meet for the first time, they become each other's bffs
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
So I've finally read this book!!! I read this author's More than Series around 2 years ago and I loved them.

This story was truly beautiful and heartbreaking. It's about family, love and second chances and ultimately a good friendship.

What I do want to say, is that I truly am extremely happy with a huge part of this book, but very confused with another.

(Mild spoilers ahead)

So Lucas has been inlove with Laney since he was 15 years old. And he's known this fact but he believes Laney only views h
Another piece of shit hero that claims to have been in love with the heroine for years and yet continues to fuck other girls. He goes on dates and even has a girlfriend he cheats on to finally have sex with the heroine. Instead of dumping the girlfriend, he stays with her because her dad died. He doesn't even bother explaining or talking to the heroine about this either? Ugh, good God what the fuck is this shit?
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
How do you write that this book deserves all the stars. Every Jay book I read I'm struck stupid can I put into words what her words mean to me? I don't know if there is a way to convey that this woman can write a simple sentence, and that sentence burns it's way into your soul. You feel every word, you become every character and you love, hurt, and want for them like you are there. Another person can write the same words and it doesn't work, but this girl...this girl writes in a way ...more
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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 subur

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“I think, ultimately, that’s what true love is, you know? To want to be someone’s hero when they’re faced with villains. To want to be to be the one that saves them. To be their Wonderwall.” 11 likes
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