Wednesday, February 17, 2016

BLOG TOUR: To The Stars by Molly McAdams


Welcome to my tour stop for this exciting Blog Tour for Molly McAdam's To The Stars, the second book in the Thatch series! This second novel in the series can be read as a standalone! Today, we will be sharing an excerpt AND my review! We are also celebrating with a tour-wide giveaway (found at the end of this post)!

Genre:
New Adult
Contemporary Romance
Series:
Thatch, #2
Publish Date:
November 17, 2015
Publisher:
William Morrow

Synopsis:
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 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--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...?


     
  

*Excerpt*
“I just had to see her.”
Both of them sat there staring at me like they didn’t know what to do with me anymore. “Why?” Graham finally asked. “Why, Knox? This can only go bad for you. You have to be able to see that, you’re not blind, man.”
“I love—”
“Don’t!” He cut me off. “Just stop. The way you talk to her, how often you talk to her, the fact that you went to see her tonight … all of those things are marks against you. Knox, you can go to jail. We can’t let you do that over some girl.”
Deacon didn’t add anything, but he was nodding.
“Dude, you need to stop talking to her, and you need to move on to someone who is at least eighteen.”
I huffed. “To who? Someone like Madison? Someone I can’t stand to be around, but informed me we were dating because she thinks we’re perfect together? I only let it go on because it shut you two up about Harlow!” I ran my hands over my face and groaned. “Look, I know you two hate the thought of Harlow, but I love her. That’s it; I love her.”
“But you can’t,” Deacon reminded me.
I kept talking like he hadn’t. “Throughout everything since middle school we have all been there for each other, and it is such bullshit that my best friends have turned on me now. Okay, yeah, I thought we were going to come to Seattle and party all the time and hook up with as many girls as possible. I know that was the plan. I know the plan wasn’t to get serious until after college, but screw the fucking plans! I met Harlow and I knew immediately that she was it. It wasn’t that I just wanted her; I needed her. I get that it isn’t the best situation, trust me, no one gets that more than I do; but I don’t need both of you making this that much harder for both of us! Harlow knows you both hate her. How do you think that makes her feel? How do you think that makes me feel? What would it be like for you, Graham, if Deacon and I hated the girl you were in love with?”

Graham looked like he was about to yell, but took a calming breath and said, “You aren’t understanding that you can’t be in love with her. Jesus Christ, Knox, Harlow is a child!”

My eyes narrowed. “That’s disgusting, don’t do that.”
“She is! You think of Grey as a little kid, and they’re the same age.”
“Grey isn’t as mature as Harlow. Harlow has spent her entire life with people our age; she doesn’t fit in with people her age. She doesn’t think or act like a sixteen-year-old. And no one has thought of Grey as a little kid since she got tits when she was twelve, Graham, get over it.”
“That’s true,” Deacon murmured.



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Sequel to:
Genre:
New Adult
Contemporary Romance
Series:
Thatch, #1
Publish Date:
November 4, 2014
Publisher:
William Morrow

Synopsis:
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they'd be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride's world. If it hadn't been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He's the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it's like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he'll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He's not the kind of guy to settle down.

It's true that no one has ever been able to keep Jaggerbecause he's only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey's fragility, he's the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can't deny the heat that is growing between thema passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they've got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted...or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?


       


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**About the Author**
Molly McAdams 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 driving 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 tornadoes. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Hmmm...where do I begin!?! Although this is the second book in the Thatch series, To The Stars can be read as a standalone. Molly McAdams has this incredible knack in writing stories involving real and disturbing situations that is happening in today's society. She tells it as it is. It's not glamorized or sugar-coated...the story is told in its cold, hard truth. To The Stars doesn't just deal with domestic violence, Harlow and Knox's story also tackles the issue of their relationship since Harlow was still a minor when their "relationship" began.

To The Stars is an intensely heart-wrenching story of love and perseverance. Molly's characters have so many layers of depth that got me emotional for Harlow and Knox. This story did not just tell their story, it made me feel it. The intensity of their struggle and journey to overcome such a difficult situation left me reeling with a lot of feels at the end of the book. Told in both their point of view, I was able to "see" through their eyes. 

I also enjoyed reading up on characters from the first book, Letting Go. That's one of the things I enjoy about book series, especially the ones that can be read as standalone books, characters do crossover to other books in the series.

To The Stars is a gut-wrenching love story of strength and perseverance that is timeless.

My rating:

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***The Giveaway***


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