ARC Review: Logan by Jay McLean

Series: Preston Brothers Book Two
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: 5 / 5

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.

As a kid, Logan Preston was a brat.
Through his teens, he became the bad boy.
Now, at nineteen, no one knows what the hell to expect.

High school dropout, Logan Preston is a
good-for-nothing stoner.
A black sheep.
A disappointment.
The worst Preston Punk of the lot.
At least that’s how everyone in his small town
makes him feel.
But Logan Preston has secrets.
Secrets so dark and so deep below the surface that the only way he can fight them is to stay high, high, high.
He wears cockiness as a mask.
Arrogance as his armor.
Until one girl, one night, asks one life-changing question:
What’s beneath the bravado, Logan Preston?

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The one and only, Jay McLean, has done it again. Logan was one of my highly anticipated books this year and it’s no surprise that I was yet again left speechless with this breathtaking second installment to the Preston Brothers series.

Kudos to Jay McLean for not putting Logan and Aubrey in a box. They were complex, ironic even, that got me quickly enraptured. Although they’re experiencing insecurities and pain, I found them playful, relatable, free and uninhabited. I can’t believe it that as early as chapter five I was getting all the feels from their palpable and easy chemistry already. And even if their actions were a bit fast, I never felt that something was skipped when it came down to the development of their relationship. Whether they were breaking each other’s hearts or making love they exuded passion. I can’t even fathom to compare their strengths because they were both brave individuals and just thinking about them gives me goosebumps.

I live for twists and conflicts and this book exceeded my expectations. The plot just got better and deeper with all the revelations the second half of the book. And if there’s more that got me hooked was its tone that was a harmonious mix of gloom and mystery and light-heartedness. If that’s even possible? The author also told Logan’s past in such a unique and creative way making it even more of a page turner.

I’ve read books that dealt with addiction and I’d be honest I struggled with how some characters enabled or didn’t intervene earlier. But as I went along, and thankfully I had that realization that there’s more to tell. In a realistic setting, addicts go through never ending cycles, some are wiser but most reach that peak before they wake up. To me this new adult communicated it in a way that’s relatable and more understandable, especially to the younger ones.

The Prestons were so alive and significant in this story, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The bond and the unity even through grief are all qualities we should all strive for. And let’s not forget that they’re the most amusing family I have ever come across with.

My highlights consisted of those moments when I laughed, when my heart skipped a beat, when I hurt and fell in love. Let me tell you they were not few. But I think the most exceptional element of this story was the intermingling of Logan’s and Aubrey’s pasts. The little things yet meaningful components were well thought out and were beautifully connected. In this book, Jay McLean was like a cross between Colleen Hoover and Katja Millay. She of course had her own distinctive uplifting flair, but if that doesn’t lure you to read this, then I don’t know what will.

Being back inside the Preston’s world is always a pleasure, but Logan was one journey I will constantly remember. The highs were entertaining and the lows were so raw and emotional.  I don’t know how the next boys will top the wild and the cocky Logan, Leo better prepare his guns. But I have faith in Jay McLean because she makes things happen. Take a bow girl, Logan was incredible!

“Look how lucky you are, Logan…”

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