Review: More by Clare James

Posted 11 July, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: More by Clare JamesMore by Clare James
Series: Before You Go #2
Publisher: Self Published on June 20, 2013
Source: Author
Pages: 246
One summer.
One chance to forget the past.
One opportunity to make things right.

There’s no denying the heat between Jules Taylor and Foster Sutton. They are two wild souls with a fire burning inside. Together, they create a hot and dangerous mix of emotion and lust.

But after a terrible accident leaves one friend dead, Foster is bound by a secret that keeps him from getting closer to Jules. And he’s left with only one thing to offer her – friendship.

For Jules, her relationship with Foster is getting old. He falls down and she picks him up, but they never move forward. Their occasional hook-ups are no longer enough, and Jules vows that this is her summer to forget Foster and find love. If it were only that easy.

It seems fate is pushing Jules and Foster together at every turn. And it’s only a matter of time before they give up and give in.

MORE is the highly anticipated companion story to BEFORE YOU GO. It can also be read as a stand-alone book.
Here Are My ThoughtsCheck out my thoughts on Before You Go (Before You Go #1)
Favorite Quote(s):

“That’s the thing—your heart can be bleeding on the inside and nobody knows. You’re just expected to get on with it—even though it burns like a son of a b*tch.”

“I sigh at the cutest scene in my living room. Foster is curled up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn watching Ratatouille. The big, tough man.”

Favorite Character: Tabby.
First Line:

“I bite my lip when his tattoo peeks out from under his shirt.”

My Musings: Clare James seems to have a penchant for having beautiful covers. So after I finished Before You Go, which I absolutely loved, I just had to give her newest novel, More, a try. After reading about the novel, I saw that it followed Tabby’s best friend, Jules. I was ecstatic to read more about Jules as a person, as well as to have my Tabby and Noah fix.

More, as stated above, follows the life of Jules, Tabby’s best friend. Jules has been pining over her friend-with-benefits, Foster, ever since high school. So when an accident leaves Jules in Forster’s care for two weeks, things start heating up. Can they keep their feelings hidden for much longer? And what happens when Jules finds out Foster’s secret that just may ruin everything?

If I’m going to be completely honest, I was surprised by the characters in this novel. Clare James managed to create characters that were on the completely opposite end of the personality spectrum than the characters in Before You Go. Jules was entirely different than Tabby. Although I loved Tabby, Jules made her own home in my heart. Jules was a spit fire. She was spunky and always spoke her mind. She wasn’t afraid of what people thought of her. She loved hard, and although she had a slight potty mouth, it was hard not to love her. She grew as a character over the course of the novel, and came to terms with some things from the past.

“Foster runs the back of his hand along my cheek, and I swear I see the guy I fell in love with back in high school. The kind, funny, impossibly gorgeous—Foster.”

Foster…well, I’m not really sure how I feel about him. He was quite the sex oriented character. It was quite the turn off at various points during the novel. Things would start seeming serious then bam! Some sort of perverted though. He had some problems, but he eventually pulled it together. He definitely wasn’t perfect; in fact, he was far from it. He made some bad decisions, but the good thing is that he tried to make them right. He fought for what he wanted. And although he reminded me of a horny high schooler, he was an alright character.

“It’s that moment when I know. I love him. I love Foster. More than anything, and not because he saved me from my past or because he’s always been there or because he was my first crush. I love him right now, for everything that he is.”

Foster and Jules complemented each other well, with their passion and snarkiness. Although they didn’t have as many sweet moments, they showed their love in different ways; and to be honest, if they had a lot of sweet moments, I would have thought them to be out of character. They had a sort of dysfunctional romance that was perfect for the two of them.

I absolutely loved seeing more Tabby. I just love that girl so much. She was really a great supporting character in this novel. She always had Jules’ back, and it was nice to see her taking care of Jules like Jules did for her in Before You Go. It really gave more insight into the workings of their friendship. And we even saw some of Michael again!

I like the dual points of view in this novel. Although sometimes I felt myself dreading some of Foster’s chapters, I eventually grew used to it. His was just so much more…dirty than Jules’ chapters, and that took a while for me to get used to. But it was nice to see the inner workings of both of their minds. Especially because they could come off as a little crazy!

Overall, More was a fantastic sophomore novel for the amazing Clare James. A drama filled and passionate read, More left me completely satisfied.

4 Stars

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