Title: Where the Road Takes Me
Author: Jay McLean
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
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.
This is the first book I’ve read by Jay McLean (definitely going to be checking out the More Than series) and overall it was a pretty good story. In the beginning I had a difficult time getting into it. I thought that the way the two main characters met was a little too cliché… like there could have been a more creative way to start the story between Chloe and Blake off. The more I read the more I started too connect with the characters.
Blake is this sweet, caring and protective guy and a man I easily fell in love with as the story progressed. Chloe could be frustratingly stubborn when it came to opening up about what she was dealing with, but Blake was always so patient with her. The relationship between Blake’s mom Celia, and Chloe transformed this story from your typical cliché love tale to a story with many diverse emotional levels. I like the connection Jay McLean made between Celia and Chloe’s Mom and Aunt. The story did not simply profess love between the male protagonists but was further evolved and strengthen by the platonic female relationships that gave the story depth and a more intimate love affair.
Overall this book was a pretty good read. Chloe was a difficult character at times but she had her shining moments. I really loved the secondary characters in this book. Chloe’s family was amazing and extremely loveable characters. I also really enjoyed Josh. I would love to see McLean take Josh’s story further to see what happens with him and little Tommy! McLean’s writing, the anecdotes and the funny moments of the book really stuck with me.