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.
Title: Where The Road Takes Me
Author: Jay McLean
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
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Where the Road Takes Me is a coming of age story about Blake and Chloe. The two characters cross paths under distressful circumstances when Blake finds Chloe in an unfortunate and unwarranted position. Blake instantly sparks up an interest in Chloe after not noticing her and yet attending the same school and classes. Chloe is more hesitant to pursue a friendship with Blake for her own reasons but can’t help but feel drawn to him.
All Chloe wants to do once she finishes school is to hit the road alone and never look back. While Blake has to decide between his love for basketball and his fathers expectation of him serving his country. No matter what he chooses, Blake is determined to make Chloe apart of his plans. He’s not willing to lose her but Chloe knows what she wants and won’t let anything stand in the way – unless there’s something worth fighting for. Blake could be that change that she has needed.
Chloe and Blake may have been the main characters but it is really the secondary characters that really made the story for me. It’s hard to pinpoint which of these characters was a complete stand-out but it probably would come down to a tie between Josh and Blake’s mother. Josh was just utterly hilarious and I thought his character really complemented the friendship and relationship between Blake and Chloe. His personality brought out the laughter and the tears for me. He’s a struggling single father and yet he is an extremely strong human being that deserves so much praise and acknowledgement. This is slightly opposite case for Blake’s mother as she has been MIA in his life for some time but thanks to Chloe, Blake’s relationship with his mother soon starts to mend. I love the fact the she turned her life around and rebuilds her connection with her son. There is nothing she wouldn’t do for him and I commend her for being strong, fighting addiction and loving her son.
In all honestly, I really wasn’t a fan of the choices Chloe made before meeting Blake. Without giving away spoilers, she was blinded by her own grief to realise that she has a family that loves her and are worth fighting for at all costs. It was frustrating at times to see how stubborn she was and yet it’s also understandable under the circumstances. Personally I’d follow a completely different path where family and friends were the first people I would lean on. It all felt a little selfish on her behalf. Thankfully Blake is a persistent guy and Chloe can’t help but hold onto their spark indefinitely.
I love everything that Jay writes and this book was no exception. It was hard for me to venture out of her More series because I love it beyond repair; but it’s great to see her add more to her collection of published works. This book was very different yet still upholds the signature elements that we’ve all come to love in Jay’s writing. I may have had some reservations about Chloe in the beginning because of her choices but was extremely won over by the entire book in the end. I look forward to reading all of Jay’s future publications.
“Regardless of all the black-letter days you might have to endure, there’s always a red one waiting for you.”
About the Author:
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.
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