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Monday, February 15, 2016

#Review #Giveaway To The Stars by @MollySMcAdams @InkSlingerPR

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We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Molly McAdams’ TO THE STARS! TO THE STARS is a contemporary romance novel being published on February 9th by HarperCollins’ William Morrow Impulse imprint and is the second novel in Molly’s Thatch Series.

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  About TO THE STARS: In the second standalone book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together.

He promised to wait for her. She told him he was wasting his time. Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life. When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else. Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

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Review - 4 Stars

This was a hard book to review. My rating is based on the fact that not only is it very well written, but for other people, this could easily be a 5 star book. However, it was not something I truly enjoyed or would read again, but that is absolutely a personal preference. Again, it was very well written.
The plot of this book is intense, but it is very well thought out. The mixture of past and present never seemed to mix and leave me confused. The main characters have amazing depth, they are full of layers you have to peel to get to know them,
Knox is everything you could want in a man. Honorable, sexy, loving, a little alpha, etc. Waiting for Harlow, being honest about how much he loves her, and yet keeping her at the right amount of distance so that they never do anything that would be considered wrong. It’s heart-melting, swoon-worthy, and pretty damn sexy. Although, the fact that he didn’t fight for her when she finally turned eighteen did have me very disappointed in him.
Harlow was a little tougher for me. I sympathized with her, tried to have empathy, but I also felt like she had no spine. She started seeing signs with Collin so early and yet chose to “make excuses because she loved him.” I suppose I can’t really judge, I’ve never been in that situation, but it was a slow buildup that sucked her in and never realized it happened. It was like boom, here it is. She should have used her head and her strength to not make such a stupid decision. At some point, she was hopeless and I the fact that she didn’t just end it all does speak to a level of strength, however.
Stop here if you don’t care about my issues with the book because if you can handle the heavy subject and other triggers, I think you’ll really enjoy the book.
This book deals with some really heavy issues and is graphically violent from time to time. The subjects and situations are ones I don’t mind in a book, however I didn’t like that it spent so much time in the worst of times. I needed a break and while the author uses flashbacks to give you a breather, as they are flashbacks and we learn in the prologue what happened, I knew how the backstory eventually ended. Instead of finding that moment where I could step out if the intense, heavy part of the story, I found myself melancholy about what was going to happen in the past. I couldn’t enjoy their love story knowing that she throws it away in the end.
The “misunderstanding” is a common trope for building conflict in a book and it can really drive me crazy if it isn’t done right. Unfortunately, this was one where it drove me crazy. Lack of communication is the killer for relationships. If she thought things were changing, just freaking ask. It’s that simple.
All in all, I was so happy when the book ended. I almost stopped a few times, but I really wanted to see how it worked out for these two, whether they got a happy ending or not. But, I definitely rushed through it after a while. I give it four stars for the level of writing and the depth of the plot and characters. But, it wasn’t my cup of tea. 

And don’t miss the first book in the Thatch Series…

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About Molly McAdams: Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.        

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