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Title: Kick, Push

Author: Jay McLean

Release Day:  August 4, 2015




There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you’re good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.
The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.
Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.
You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug…
And you become her poison.
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 her agent, Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

Jay McLean
** ARC provided by the author for an honest review. **

Each book Jay McLean has written moved me. This one was no exception. After finishing reading it, consumed by all of it, tby his rush of emotions, I felt drained and speechless.

I have to wait a few days before writing my review because I didn’t know how to start … It was poignant, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, so emotionally charged. The author challenges the reader constantly, letting us experience Rebecca and Josh’s story.

Josh became a father at seventeen, from that moment, his hopes, future about skating, everything was crushed down, and it was just him and Tommy, his son. I was impressed to read about how this boy took his responsibilities, do everything in his power for the well-being of his son. When everybody turned him down, he met an old lady, who provided him a home, when he had nowhere to go.

One day, he met her granddaughter Rebecca, the mysterious, intriguing girl with mesmerizing green eyes. Behind her quiet and shy side, she was utterly broken.We can sense that she went through a lot, she was so quiet on the inside but also so tormented by her past … Damn Jay, this one was tough, you couldn’t even imagine how awful this girl had to grow up … So crushing.
The writing was intense and tearing. Jay McLean has definitely a way with words, and as usual, straight to the heart. Reading about Rebecca and Josh’s connection was mesmerizing. Their story melt and warmed my heart. The pull between the two of them was described with such sensibility and intensity. I don’t want to post some spoiler here, because this book is so worth the read.

Their relationship was full of ups and downs. It was sometimes so tender and then completely the opposite, almost destructive. They tried both to survive and fight their demons.

I really enjoyed the parts when Rebecca interacted with Tommy. They don’t need to speak much and seemed to understand each other just by one look. It was so swoony and cute.

I was overwhelmed and trust me, you won’t be remain unconcerned. How can you ache so much, even if it’s good or bad? I didn’t expect this storyline, with so much depth that it gave me chills and struggling with a range of emotions.Never the story fell into pathos, the author put the right words at the right moment, that’s all. I wanted more of Josh, Tommy and Rebecca and I’m so looking forward to get more of them in the next book.

Get ready to Kick.Get ready to Push.Get ready to Coast.

PS: I need a drink!


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