Meet Blake & Chloe in Where the Road Takes Me
in this new coming of age novel by
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.
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?”
“Because over the years of building walls and living my life one day at a time, I’d learned to accept my fate and never hope for more than what I had. I’d never questioned the way I thought about my life. But Blake—he made me question it. He made me want to change it. To change my outlook. And to change myself. But I couldn’t. And I wouldn’t. Because one day, sooner rather than later, I’d be gone. And I’d leave them all behind.”
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 +++ Red-Letter Day Stars ~
OMG!!!! I can’t tell you how much I LOVED this book. This is one of the BEST books I’ve read in 2015 so far. This book had everything I love in a book. It was a fun but emotional read and had relatable characters. A great love story, with some sadness, a road trip, and a great overall meaning behind the story. I think the author was able to pull out every emotion I had while reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I blushed, I yelled and in the end I fell in love 🙂
“Sometimes the wrong path can lead us to the right road. And toward the greatest thing that will ever happen to us.”….Chloe
This is the first book by Jay McLean that I have read and I can say without a doubt it won’t be my last. She captured my attention and heart right from the start of this book. Her writing style, to me, was flawless, smooth and effortless. She told the story of Blake and Chloe in dual POV (my personal favorite) and captured the true feelings of both of these characters as well as the others in the story.
” Love me when I least deserve it, because that is when I need it the most.”….Chloe
What surprised me the most was that I had to remind myself that these two characters were still high school age (18). They didn’t act like it at all. Yes they made some foolish mistakes and sometimes acted on impulse, but their behavior wasn’t immature-ish. I don’t think I rolled my eyes once while reading this book. I loved that we got to see the real and raw emotions of both Chloe and Blake while they were on this journey together. I don’t want to give anything away about this book. You really need to read it and feel all the emotions for yourself.
” You can run, you can hide, you can choose not to see, but where the road takes you will always lead to me.”…..Blake
Chloe and Blake were perfect for each other. I loved watching them grow and flourish as the story went on. They truly did bring out the best in each other and were each others saviors.
Chloe was a person who had seen some emotional stuff as she was growing up. She lost her mom and aunt (mom’s twin sister) at a young age to cancer. Chloe was put into the foster system. What I really enjoyed was that this wasn’t another story about a foster kid who turned to drugs, alcohol and sex to help cope….Chloe was in a great home with loving foster parents and other foster kids who were like true family to her. Chloe still had some emotional baggage to overcome and chose to keep herself closed up and invisible to others….she didn’t want to form any emotional attachments because it was her life mission to go on the road after graduation. That was until she ran into Blake (Literally).
” In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”…..Chloe
Blake was AMAZING. He was such an patient and understanding guy, but he also had some baggage attached to him. His mom was an alcoholic and his dad was an Army man who was just mean (and having an affair) His dad has always wanted him to enlist in the Army after graduation, but Blake has always wanted to go to college and play basketball. So when he received some amazing news from Duke University, Blake was torn as to what to do. That was until he met Chloe and she opened his eyes to what he really wanted….HER!!!!
” Be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious.”…..Blake
I could probably go on and on about this book and the characters, because there were so many others I loved (Josh, Tommy, Mary, Celia, Harry, Dean, and Sammy) I felt the author did a fantastic job making the secondary characters just as important to this story as Blake and Chloe were. This book wasn’t filled with all the over the top high school drama that we see in other books, but there was just enough to keep you intrigued in the story and rooting for Blake and Chloe.
” Red-Letter days are a positive experience or when something unexpectedly phenomenal happens.”…..Chloe and Blake’s Moms
I will definitely recommend this book to EVERYONE!!! Even if you aren’t a fan of high school aged characters, this book was so much more and I think everyone should give it a try. To me this book was so much more than the love story between Blake and Chloe…it had a great overall message for people in general and left a HUGE smile on my face in the end. This is a MUST READ!!!
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.