Princess Emma Reviews: Lucas by Jay McLean

Princess Emma Reviews: Lucas by Jay McLeanLucas (Preston Brothers, #1) by Jay McLean
on November 1st 2016
Pages: 354
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4.5 Stars

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.

Series: A Preston Brothers Novel #1
Also by this author: Kick, Push, Kick, Push (Kick Push #1)

4.5 Crowns

Book 1 in A Preston Brothers Novel series. This book is a spin-off from the brilliant More Than series, however you do not need to have read that series to enjoy Lucas.

Lucas Preston is the typical all American High Schooler. Star of the track team and super popular with the girls, he is also the oldest of 5 Brothers who look up to him. Following the death of his mother and the departure of his older sister Lucy to College, Lucas really had to step up to the plate to support his Dad and of course his younger brothers. Always by his side though is Lois Sanders; or as she is known to the Preston’s, Laney. They have been best friends since they were 11, and whilst Lucas has become Mr Popular, Lois has always been happy to sit in the background harbouring a secret crush that she has had on Lucas since the first minute she laid eyes on him.

As they mature feelings between them grow and shift. The friendship that has been so important to them both becomes something so much more. Will they be able to grow with the changes? Or will the friendship that has been everything to them be ruined forever?

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So I, along with many others, first met Lucas in the More Than series, which features his sister Lucy. But actually we got to know the whole Preston family and their story in More than Forever. I seriously loved the Preston’s. They were this huge family of 6 kids who had to deal with the death of the mother they adored and a father who grieved so deeply. This left Lucy and her boyfriend Cameron, alongside Lucas having to step in to the void to care for the younger kids. So when I found out that each of the brothers would be getting their stories I was super excited. I really enjoyed the original series, and couldn’t wait for what Jay had in store for 5 very different brothers. Lucas as the oldest gets to kick it off and it is a brilliant start to what looks to be an equally brilliant and addictive series.

One thing I have come to learn about Jay McLean is that she loves messing with our emotions. But that is what makes her books such a joy to read. I was laughing one minute, swooning the next, onto wanting to throw my kindle, before wiping the tears from my eyes. This story has everything. It is a love story that deals with the pressures of family, friendship as well as some tougher issues that sadly effect many people daily.

You will adore Lucas. He has a heart of gold, but as with everyone he isn’t perfect. He makes mistakes along the way and the person most effected by his mistakes is Lois. Lois adores Lucas and has watched from his side as he goes form girl to girl never fully confidant in herself to let her true feelings for him show. When eventually their feelings are out in the open they both make mistakes and the communication that has never been a problem for them suddenly becomes their biggest obstacle; but not the only one. I loved their connection and rooted for them even if the odds were stacked against them. Of course though, this isn’t a book just about them, it incorporates the whole family, and we get a glimpse at each brothers’ character and it just left me wanting more.

 

So as I said right at the start, reading the More Than series isn’t essential. But if you want to be immersed in this world as much as I was, I recommend you do. It was like falling in with old friends that you haven’t seen for ages. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next 5 brothers stories.

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