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To the Stars
by Molly McAdams
Release date: February 9th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
In the second 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 three 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—whether she liked it or not—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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Just as she was leaning in for another kiss, she jolted and her eyes widened.
“What’s wrong?” I asked when she didn’t say anything or move.
“Did a bird just poop on my head?” she asked in a horrified voice.
I laughed loudly, and looked at her like she’d lost it. “In the middle of the night? I doubt it.” Still laughing, I rolled us over and pressed my body closer to hers. As I brought my mouth back down to hers, I felt the rain start falling against the back of my neck. I let out a sigh against her lips, and said, “And that would be your bird.”
“No, no!” Harlow scrambled out from under me and off the blanket, and tried to take off in the direction of my truck, but I was up and after her within seconds.
I hooked an arm around her waist before she could get far, and swung her body back against mine.
“Knox!” she screamed through her laughs as she tried to get away from me. “We need to get back to the truck!”
“What’s a little rain when you’re from Seattle?”
“Because I always look awful when I see you, and I actually tried to look nice this time!” She giggled and tried to pull away again, but stopped when I pressed her back to my chest.
“You wanted romantic,” I whispered into her ear, and wrapped an arm around her waist. I played with the sliver of skin exposed on her stomach, and smiled when she shivered against me. Taking the loose collar of her shirt in my other hand, I pulled until it fell down her arm, and moved my mouth in a line across her shoulder. “Dance with me.”
Harlow turned her head slowly toward mine, and our eyes locked for heated seconds as I swayed us back and forth. An audible exhale blew past her lips when I traced the bridge of my nose along her jaw and trailed the tips of my fingers up her stomach, across her chest, and down her arms. Grabbing her hands in mine, I turned her around so we were facing each other, and pulled her close again as I resumed the slow dance.
I’d played this out differently in my head when I’d stopped her from running back to my truck. I’d thought of having fun with the dance and making her laugh in that way that always got to me. But this … with our slow movements in the pouring rain with the girl I’d waited years for … I wouldn’t want it any other way.
If you’ve every read a Molly McAdams story, you know that you’re going on a roller coaster ride when you pick up one of her books. Her words will do to you what that one iceberg did to the Titanic a few years back. You’ll be ripped apart and then if you’re lucky, you’ll find a door to hang on to for a happily ever after full of horses and stuff. TO THE STARS is no exception. This story is so intense that you’ll find yourself having to put it down for a bit of a sanity break. This isn’t a quick, fluffy read, guys.
Now I’m not sure if what I’m about to say next is a spoiler or not. There is no mention of this huge plot point in the summary, but I think it’s very important that you understand what you’re getting into when you read Harlow’s story. This is a second chance romance and while the romance between Harlow and Knox is of the (mostly) healthy and sweet type, Harlow finds herself married to Collin, a physically and emotionally abusive man. And McAdams doesn’t hold back on the descriptions of how abusive this asshole is to her. Hence the aforementioned sanity reading breaks. My heart rate elevated (thanks, Fitbit!), my shoulders tensed up and I put the book down on a number of occasions because of the intensity of these scenes. They’re serious and long lasting. If this kind of story doesn’t appeal to you, you should pass on this one.
While I was certainly affected by the intensity of the abuse, it did not seem frivolous to me. It was necessary for the story and I appreciated it for that reason. I felt afraid and empathetic to Harlow and her horrible situation and it enhanced my reading experience. The contrast between Collin and Knox make the romance between Know and Harlow that much sweeter, too. Knox is a firm member in Team Good Guy!
TO THE STARS is the second book in the Thatch series. I did not read book one, and still thoroughly enjoyed this one. Knowing who the first book is about makes me want to go pick it up because I LOVED Grey in this installment of the series. I want to learn more about her and Jagger’s journey to the happily ever after!
This book would have been a solid 4 star read for me where it not for two pieces at the end that felt off for me. These two pieces are both very spoilery so I won’t mention the specifics, but I felt unsatisfied with the conclusion. There is a very big unanswered question for me that felt skipped. I really wish another six pages of wrap up would have been thrown in to make it a legit ending for me.
That being said, I’d still recommend this to new adult fans! Molly McAdams delivers.