5 stars · Angsty/Emotional · Friends to Lovers · Kick-ass Heroine · New Adult · Tear Jerkers

Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean

Lucas Book Cover Lucas
Preston Brothers Series #1
Jay McLean
Fiction, New Adult Romance
November 1st 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.

Jay McLean always amazes me with her effortless storytelling, amazing writing and vivid, well portrayed characters. Her stories are always so well written, making me feel so much every single time. ‘Lucas’, the first installment in this author’s newest series entitled “Preston Brothers” was everything I had expected from this author – compelling, fantastically written, gripping and a wonderful blend I personally want in every single book I pick. Needless to say, I loved this book tremendously!

“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.”

Lucas is a high school senior and the oldest son in The Preston family. He has seven siblings and since his mother passed away he became the rock to his family in more ways than one. His best friend is Lois “Laney” Sanders, girl he met when he was eleven years old. Laney means everything to him, being the one who holds Lucas together, supporting him and being there for him no matter what like a true friend. But Laney feels more, wants more, hopes for more, waiting…hoping one day, Lucas will see her more than just a friend.

“And 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.”

This was such a wonderful story! I loved every minute of it, I devoured it from start to finish and last, but not least, I lived with these fantastic characters. Lucas and Laney’s story will make you smile and cry and swoon…it will simply make you feel. ‘Lucas’ was without a doubt an addictive read. I honestly couldn’t put it down! Everything was perfectly balanced, the angst and drama not being OTT which I really liked.

“My own home doesn’t feel like home unless you’re there.”

If you are a fan of friends to lovers story, then you will absolutely love this one. The friendship between the characters, the romantic aspect, everything was done to perfection. Personally, I loved the two main characters’ friendship as much as I loved their romantic relationship. I loved the transition from friends to more and how natural and real it felt. Their relationship had many ups and downs and kept me at the edge of me seat for many reasons more times than I want to admit, but I loved every single minute of it. The romantic aspect here was one of my favorite aspects of this story. These two characters’ love was pure and simple epic, consuming and so wonderfully written.

“I need you. I need to love you. And I need to love you right.”

The two main characters were well developed, engaging and felt so real to me from the begging until the end. Lucas’s character development was wonderful, his character’s growth being fantastic as the story unfolded. I absolutely loved his loyalty and devotion. The way he cared for his family simply warmed my heart. Even if he wasn’t perfect, being at times frustrating and annoying, his character was likeable and honest until the end. Laney was an endearing character from the moment she was introduced. I totally loved her portrayal! She was such a genuinely good person and I found her strength and loyalty to be so admirable.

I really have to mention the Preston siblings. All of them were wonderful, supportive characters and all of them were so well portrayed. I really loved the dynamic between them and I cannot wait to read their own stories. I loved the fact this first installment wasn’t utterly dramatic, the humor playing an important role the entire time.

All in all, ‘Lucas’ was a captivating, gripping, unique read from beginning until the end. If you are looking for a friends to lovers story or simply for an emotional read, look no further and try Jay’s newest release.

“Love hard, love fierce, but love right”


About the Author:

Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, as well as skilled 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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