Preston Brothers #2


Jay McLean

 ✮✮✮  5 STARS  ✮✮✮  ALL THE FEELS  ✮✮✮

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?

Did you hear that? That was Jay McLean shredding my heart.

There have been so many fantastic books this year and it’s impossible to name one favorite but LOGAN is definitely among the top five of 2017. This book is also one of the hardest I’ve read in recent years and because of the theme one of the most important ones.
It’s challenging to sort through my feelings for Logan and Aubrey and write a somewhat coherent and spoiler-free review.

Logan is the Preston brother who just seems to go with the flow, without direction in his life. His favorite pastime seems to be getting high on marijuana but that would be simplifying it. Nobody really knows what’s festering inside him.
When Aubrey, the girl with the scarlet hair and freckles, moves into town Logan doesn’t see her wounded soul. In fact, these two clash and are verbally at each other’s throat at every chance. But slowly, slowly, slowly they find that they have more in common than they thought.

“You look like a leprechaun.”
“You smell like a venereal disease.”
“You want to get out of here?”

Following Aubrey’s and Logan’s journey to You + Me is delightful and sprinkled with hilarious moments, and gut wrenching when everything escalates and the house of cards he built, held together with spit and baling wire, comes crashing down.

Logan’s one of the tortured heroes you can’t stay mad at. I tried when my heart was dragged over a cheese grater by the author but to no avail. I loved him, despite him playing unfair and lashing out. His smiles and laughter are an illusion and underneath his skin the wound never healed. But he is also sweet and affectionate. He was perfectly imperfect, he left me raw and hurting for him.

I am lost.
I am high, floating.
I am low, beneath the earth’s surface.
I am night. She is day.
I am darkness. She is light.

Aubrey was a wonderful heroine who had her own demons to battle and she often was her own worst enemy. Her need to protect herself by not showing how much Logan means to her is crushing and sad, but she is also forgiving if the person deserves it. She pulled my heartstrings with a deep-seated loneliness and fear of getting hurt again.

“One day…” Aubrey whispers. “I’ll be your Mary, Logan. I’ll be the one to take away your pain.”

We are re-united with the rest of the Preston family and while I love each and everyone of them Lachy and his dad have a special place in my heart. The way the youngest Preston brother connected with Aubrey was moving, touching, heart-warming. This little one is wise beyond his years yet allowed to be a kid because his whole family goes to great lengths to make it so. They are such a solid support system and safety net that you know, even if things seem hopeless, everything will be OK in the end. I also hope for a story for Tom – even though his wife was the love of his life…if somebody can do a story about him justice it’s Jay.

Ms. McLean impressed me with LUCAS last year. This year she upped the ante and I am so thankful that she gave me the chance to read and review this little masterpiece of New Adult romance. The author combines the dry humor I love so much with visceral storytelling and if you want to hop on an emotional roller coaster there is no better ride than this one.

“What if we try, Red? What if we try, and what if that was all I could promise you? Will that be enough?”

LOGAN is the second in the PRESTON BROTHERS series and can be read as a standalone.

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