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.
Molly McAdams has already established a pretty awesome fan base among New Adult and Contemporary Romance readers. She writes really beautiful character driven stories that never fail to take your breath away and shock you. Not to mention she writes some wonderfully swoony book boyfriends. Anyway, fans of Molly will be beyond pleased with her latest release. I hope that it attracts new fans as well, but I recommend reading the first book in this series even though it’s technically a standalone. I think you’ll connect to the characters better if you read the first book, but obviously, the plots alone are extremely different. Honestly, To the Stars is nothing like anything that McAdams has ever written before and I think you’ll love the intensity and emotions in this book.
Harlow just might be my favorite female character from Molly yet! I desperately wished that she was a real person so I could be her friend and give her a great big hug and solve all her problems. She was an extremely passionate and fiery girl back when she was a teen, and though she lost a lot of that due to her horrible abusive husband, there was still fire left in her in the end. Was her personality alone all that unique? Not really, but I still sympathized with her and wanted her to be safe.
Knox is naturally my absolute favorite thing about the book. I really liked Jagger from the first book in the Thatch series, but Knox might actually have him beat! He’s a sexy firefighter who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. Yes, it bothered me a little that he was such a manwhore but still continued to pine over Harlow. I get that she’s married so obviously it’s not even close to being cheating, it’s just always bothered me when the “alpha males” deal with their romance issues that way. Back to what I like though, Know has always been clear about how he feels about Harlow. Even years after everything between them ended, he still doesn’t even try to deny how he feels. He lets her know right away that he’s still waiting for her. In the end, he’s not exactly the perfect character, but his flaws are real and believable to me in every way.
So before I talk more about the really difficult part of the story, I wanted to talk a little more about the romance between Knox and Harlow. At the beginning of the book, there are tons of flashbacks that highlight the first time they met when she was 15 and he was (almost) 18 up until she finally turned 18 and everything between them changed. Basically, there’s a total case of insta-love between them. I’m never going to like insta-love honestly, and at times the romance moved way too quickly for me in general. I feel like they’d barely hungout at all before Knox was telling her that he loved her to the stars. I did think this scene (which later becomes many scenes since they say it to each other a lot) was somewhat sweet, but it also just felt so cheesy to me. I did like the relationship between them as a whole, it just wasn’t my favorite.
The rest of this book is painful to talk about and even more devastating when you read it. If reading about abusive relationships isn’t your thing or if it is a trigger for you, I recommend not reading this book. To the Stars doesn’t shy away from the topic in the slightest. It’s downright descriptive when it comes to the abuse from evil Collin. You’ll want to murder him literally everytime he appears on the page. You’ll also find yourself on the edge of your seat as you cheer for Harlow to find some way out of this without any of her family or Knox getting hurt. The reason why she has yet to leave Collin is because he threatened to kill her family if she did. That’s right, the asshole is definitely as crazy as he sounds. This is an emotional rollercoaster, but I truly enjoyed it and recommend it!
“Happy birthday, Low. I waited for you.”
The instant his voice filtered through the phone, my body stilled and warmed at the same time. My breath came out in a soft, audible huff, and my eyes shut as hundreds of welcome memories flooded my mind.
I didn’t have to look at the screen to know who was calling. I would know that voice anywhere, and I should have been expecting his call. Not just his call. This call. We’d been preparing for and talking about this call for two and a half years now.
My lips and fingers trembled, and I almost dropped the phone as I tried to make my throat work.
“I waited for you”, played over and over again like a broken record. A broken record with the most beautiful music still coming from it.
Turning my head just enough to look over my shoulder, I eyed the guy shrugging into his shirt, and my chest ached when I faced forward again.
No longer seeing the dorm room I was standing in, I let our memories consume me. “I—” I took in a shaky breath, and my voice came out as a strained whisper. “I didn’t wait for you.”
There was nothing. No sound, no response—only the most heartbreaking silence I’ve ever endured.
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Molly McAdam’s TO THE STARS Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
Southern Belle Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
A Sky Full of Stars Blog – Review & Excerpt
Books Unhinged – Review & Excerpt
Carver’s Book Cravings – Review & Excerpt
FMR Book Grind – Review & Excerpt
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Novel Grounds – Review & Excerpt
Perusing Princesses Review & Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Review & Excerpt
Bookaholic Confessions – Review & Excerpt
Extreme Bookaholic’s – Excerpt
Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review & Excerpt
Jen’s Reading Obsession – Review & Excerpt
Lustful Literature – Review & Excerpt
Maari Loves Her Indies – Excerpt
Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Brittany’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Excerpt
Author Groupies – Review & Excerpt
Best Book Boyfriends – Review & Excerpt
Lushbookreviews – Review & Excerpt
Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Morning Books and Coffee – Review
Musings and Ramblings – Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Cow – Excerpt
Crazy, Chaotic Book Babes – Review
Meli’s Book Blog – Excerpt
A brit & A Yank – Excerpt
Vera is Reading – Excerpt
Pop Fizz Clink Read – Excerpt
The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt
Beneath The Covers Blog – Excerpt
Once Upon A Twilight – Review & Excerpt
Renee Entress’s Blog – Review
2 Greek Girls Reading – Excerpt
Adventures in Writing – Review
Books Need TLC – Review
The Cover Contessa – Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher – Review & Excerpt
The Dirty Book Girls – Excerpt
What Is That Book About – Excerpt
Fictitious Delicious – Review & Excerpt
Brooke Blogs – Excerpt
A Bookish Escape – Review
Bound By Books Book Review – Review & Excerpt
Fangril Moments and My Two Cents – Excerpt
Stories and Swag – Review & Excerpt
A pair of okies – Excerpt
A girl and her books – Review
Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt
Reading Lark – Review & Excerpt
Smart & Savvy with Stephanie – Review & Excerpt
The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog – Review
Those Crazy Book Chicks – Excerpt
Have Words Will Scribble – Review & Excerpt
Movies, Shows & Books – Review & Except
My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt
Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt
Alpha Queen’s Book Obsession – Excerpt
Eye Candy Bookstore – Review & Excerpt
Go Read A Book – Review & Excerpt
In Between The Pages – Review & Excerpt
Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt
Three Chicks and Their Books – Review & Excerpt
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G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt
ScandalousBook Blog – Review & Excerpt
Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt
Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt
StuckInBooks – Review & Excerpt
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Excerpt
I’m A Book Shark – Review & Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Excerpt
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…?
And don’t miss the first book in the Thatch Series…
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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