Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review and Excerpt Tour: To The Stars by Moly McAdams

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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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Molly McAdam’s TO THE STARS Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
February 10th
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
This Wacky Momma reads! – Review & Excerpt
Novel Grounds – Review & Excerpt
Perusing Princesses Review & Excerpt
February 11th
Book Bitches Blog – Review & Excerpt
Bookaholic Confessions – Review & Excerpt
Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review & Excerpt
Jen's Reading Obsession – Review & Excerpt
Lustful Literature – Review & Excerpt
Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt
February 12th
Brittany's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Author Groupies – Review & Excerpt
Best Book Boyfriends – Review & Excerpt
Lushbookreviews – Review & Excerpt
Smokin' Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
February 13th
Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Cow – Excerpt
Meli's Book Blog – Excerpt
February 14th
A brit & A Yank – Excerpt
Vera is Reading – Excerpt
Pop Fizz Clink Read – Excerpt
The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon A Twilight – Review & Excerpt
February 15th
Books Need TLC – Review
The Cover Contessa – Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher – Review & Excerpt
February 16th
Fictitious Delicious – Review & Excerpt
Brooke Blogs – Excerpt
A Bookish Escape – Review
Bound By Books Book Review – Review & Excerpt
Stories and Swag – Review & Excerpt
A pair of okies – Excerpt
February 17th
Reading Lark – Review & Excerpt
Smart & Savvy with Stephanie – Review & Excerpt
Have Words Will Scribble – Review & Excerpt
Movies, Shows & Books – Review & Except
February 18th
My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt
Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & 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
February 19th
Booklover4lifeblog – Review & Excerpt
ScandalousBook Blog – Review & Excerpt
Love Affair With Fiction – Review & Excerpt
Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt
StuckInBooks – Review & Excerpt
I'm A Book Shark – Review & Excerpt
      To The Stars - Tour Teaser 1     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…?

4.5  stars
Review by Lisa Kane

"Why would anyone waste their time only loving someone to the moon when they could love them to the stars?"

We first met Knox Alexander in Letting Go which was Jagger and Grey's story. He was the manwhore interested in having a good time. But he had heartache in his past. 

Harlow Evans was 15 when she met Knox at a concert. He was 18 and just about to start college. Both of them are more than aware that because of her age nothing physical can occur between them. Knox's friends, Deacon and Graham get on his case constantly about letting it go-he should focus on girls at school-girls who are legally of age to do the things guys want to do. But Knox lets Harlow know that he will settle for friendship with her but he is waiting, just waiting for the time they are able to be together. 

"Then I'll wait for you, Harlow," he promised, and the sincerity in the words stunned me for long seconds. "I'll wait until you're eighteen."

Harlow doesn't think Knox should wait around for her-she can't promise him forever and a lot of things can happen in the next few years. Knox has his share of girls but he makes sure they know the score-he isn't interested in having anything more than sex-he has someone else in his life already. 

Just when it seems that their time has finally come, some strong demands from a family member will affect their relationship. Harlow believes Knox is no longer in love with her and wants her to move on. She forces herself to be open to new opportunities, even though she doesn't want this. But then she meets Collin Doherty. He's a rich trust fund baby who sweeps her off her feet. Next thing she knows she's wearing a 5 carat ring and agreeing to marry him. But is this the right choice for her? She breaks Knox's heart. 


"I-" I took in a shaky breath, and my voice came out as a strained whisper. "I didn't wait for you."

Fast forward four years. Knox has a good job as a fire fighter, great friends and a never ending smorgasbord of women. His bedroom is a revolving door of gorgeous one night stands. But every once in a while he feels Low's (his pet name for Harlow) loss all over again. 

"I am happy, Grey," I told her honestly. "I have you and my best friends, I have my dream job, and I have more girls than I know what to do with them. I am happy. This was the life I was supposed to have. This was the plan with Deacon and Graham. Well, maybe not to go on this long, but this was it. It just took a long time to learn how to be happy without her, and sometimes it's still hard to remember how when something reminds me of her."


If he only knew how her life is these days.

Harlow had glimpses of the man who became her husband. Collin has a street face he shows to others but he is a monster. A living, breathing, monster. 

We'd been at a dinner party the first time I'd caught a glimpse of my monster-and it also should have been the last night I ever saw Collin. But I was in love, we'd just gotten engaged, and I kept making excuses for him in my head.

Harlow has no real choice to leave this man. She is bone thin because she can't keep anything down without getting sick. The slightest thing missing from the dinner table will earn her a punishment. Her body is never without bruises-the olds ones fade over but there is always a new set ready to take its place. Along with concussions and bruised ribs. But never where anyone can see them. 


"Don't show your pain, baby."

Why doesn't she leave? Well Collin has something on Harlow that ensures she will never leave. The few times she has tried to get out of town-he never had a problem doling out the punishment that he promised. Since he is involved in politics and is filthy rich, he has the cops in their town paid off. Harlow will not get any help there. She can't leave and she can't tell her family (yes, there is a reason for that) She knows one day he will end up killing her and she is almost at peace with that. She screwed up her life royally when she married Collin; she knows Knox was the man for her but she made her bed. 

No matter how much I wanted to believe that things could change, that I could have a future without living in fear of what would come next from Collin, I knew it would be stupid and dangerous to let myself believe that the past few minutes were signs of change for us. 

No one knows the real Collin but Harlow, not even his family.  

But Knox comes back and with him she can almost hope again. Knox knows something is wrong. Low is rail thin, nervous. But once he has seen her again, there is no way that he can let her get away again.


"Harlow Evans," he said softly, and I let out a shuddering breath as everything came filtering back in. "The last person I thought I'd see when I woke up this morning was the girl I've been waiting seven years for." 

Knox's friends do all they can to keep them apart. They have no reason to trust Harlow. How can anything come of Knox and Harlow's relationship? With a monster like Collin for a husband, Harlow can never escape. Can Knox have any chance of a life with her? 

I'd thought of her as the broken one, but I'd forgotten how much losing Harlow had broken me.


There are times that the abuse in this story is heartbreaking. Often I will ask why does the woman stay, why not tell someone, seek some way out? But in this story, I'm aware why she stays and I can understand her logic. She is trapped. This is a girl who can not get out of this mess on her own, and yet she can't risk anyone finding out the truth. This is so much more than a second chance at a romance. It is a romance filled with suspense and drama. It's one of those multi layered plots that keeps you flipping the pages to find out how this will all turn out. This is one of the best stories I've read from Molly McAdams. Well worth reading! 


"I'm still waiting for you. Low."
A soft laugh followed by a sigh filled the phone. "And you're wasting your time."
"Never."

To The Stars - Tour Teaser 2    

EXCERPT


“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.

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

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LETTING GO

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    Author PhotoAbout 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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