Spin-off Saturdays: On Saturdays, I will review a series that is a spin-off series. It is recommended that you read the original series first in order to get the most out of the spin-off series. Here is this week’s offering:
The Preston Brothers Series is a spin-off of the More Than Series
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Series: Preston Brothers
This is a spinoff of the More Than Series.
Author: Jay McLean
# of Books: 3 (Full Reading Order)
Book Order: Connected but Chronological Events
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Coming of Age
Heat Rating: Toasty
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: November 2016 – ongoing
Source & Format: RIRI–eARC (#1); KU (#2); Author–eARC (#3)
WARNING: If you have not finished the original series, this review may have spoilers!
**This post was originally published as a Series Review of the first few of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
I was super excited to return to the world of the More Than Series. I loved all the characters in this world, but Lucy’s brothers always stole the show whenever they made an appearance. So to see what would happen to this rambunctious group of boys when they got older was a treat I never expected but was very happy to get.
How Does It Compare To The Original?
One of the things I loved the most about the original series was its ability to transform the story into something you never expected. You read the synopsis and see what the trope will be and you expect the typical generic features. But Jay McLean has this great ability to write new and refreshing romances. Her stories are never straightforward or expected. She isn’t afraid to challenge her characters or make them experience life-altering situations in their stories.
And every aspect benefits from that. The characters become stronger. The romance becomes so much deeper. The plot elicits every emotion from you. It’s just an addicting and rewarding experience for a reader.
Anything I Didn’t Like?
I thought Logan lagged a touch in the middle but I never got bored with it. It was just as addicting as the first book.
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
I really hope we get more sequels–I mean there are more brothers. Yet every book we get in this spin-off series is such a treat so I can be happy with what we’ve had so far.
–August 11, 2020– Book #3: Leo
I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for the announcement of Leo’s book ever since this series was announced. He’s such an enigma of a character yet he has been so vital to all the other brothers’ stories that I couldn’t wait to get inside his head. I had no idea what to expect but I knew it was going to be one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride!
Series Rating: 5/5
Lucas 5/5 | Logan 4.5/5 | Leo 4/5
Be prepared to feel all the feels! No one writes New Adult novels like Jay McLean!
Read if You Like: drama, emotional reads
Avoid if You: dislike high school based New Adult romances
- More Than This by Jay McLean (More Than Series #1)
- Keep Me Still by Casey Quinn (Keep Me Still Series #1)
- Rome by Jay Crownover (Marked Men Series #2)
Synopsis for Lucas (from Goodreads):
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.