Release Day Review: Not Made to Last by Jay McLean

April 05, 2024


Two simple words hold the truth of our love: wait and hope.


Rhys Garrett—recent high school graduate, ex-captain of the basketball team, and my brother’s rival both on and off the court.
Oh, and he’s also the guy I just hit with my truck.
To be fair, he had it coming.
Why else was he dressed in all black, in the middle of the night, if not to hide out amongst the darkness?

I wasn’t looking where I was going or what was around me. I didn’t even see the headlights. Just felt the impact. And I thought, as strange as it was, that getting hit by a car may be the best thing that could’ve happened to me.
Until I opened my eyes…
…and she told me her name.


Some might call it fate, destiny, kismet…
A collision of souls.
One night.
One chance encounter.
The problem?
One night wasn’t enough.
But the more time we spent together, the more truths came to light.
And soon, we’d discover that what we once thought was meant to be…
…is not made to last.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

Not Made to Last by Jay McLean is a captivating exploration of new adult romance that feels refreshingly authentic. The story unfolds with a chance encounter between Olivia and Rhys, two individuals whose lives intersect in unexpected ways, setting the stage for a journey of love, growth, and self-discovery.

"Olivia just became my new sport. My new discipline. My new obsession. And she has no fucking clue what she’s in for."

From the outset, I was immediately drawn to the characters. Olivia and Rhys are portrayed with depth and complexity, each grappling with their own set of challenges and insecurities. Their relationship develops organically, and I found myself rooting for them every step of the way.

What sets this book apart is its ability to capture the essence of the new adult experience. McLean deftly navigates themes of identity, ambition, and resilience, grounding the story in a relatable and emotionally resonant narrative. Additionally, the supporting cast adds depth and dimension to the story, enriching the overall reading experience.

“Kissing Rhys Garrett is like breathing in sunshine, warming me from the inside, thawing my heart, my soul, until cracks appear in my ice-cold armor.”

Not Made to Last is yet another testament to Jay McLean's talent as a storyteller. Her ability to craft engaging narratives with authentic characters shines through, making this book a compelling and immersive read. Not Made to Last is an absolute must-read if you're a fan of heartfelt romance.


Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.



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