Princess Emma Reviews: To The Stars by Molly McAdams

Princess Emma Reviews: To The Stars by Molly McAdamsTo the Stars (Thatch #2) by Molly McAdams
on February 9th 2016
Pages: 384
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4 Stars

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…?

Series: Thatch #2
Also by this author: To the Stars (Thatch #2)

4 Crowns

Book 2 in the Thatch series. You do not need to have read book 1 to enjoy this read, however if you have you will find some characters interlink the books.

Harlow Evans never expected to fall in love at 15. Meeting Knox Alexander seemed like fate, but at 18 the age gap was one that they couldn’t ignore. He was off to college, how could she expect him to wait for her to reach the magical 18 that meant they could at last be together? But the relationship had a connection so deep that he was willing to do just that, even when she told him he was wasting his time. Every birthday, he would tell her that they were one year closer and each year she would wish the time away until the next. And then she reached the milestone and everything she had wished for with Knox vanished.

Knox Alexander gave his heart away 7 years ago. When he met Harlow, he had no idea she was 15. He was willing to wait and wait he did, until one day she didn’t just break his heart, she tore it from his chest. Since then his love life has become a carousel of nameless faces and empty, meaningless sex. He is happy with the status quo, how could he not be; he has no intentions of ever giving away his heart when it still belongs to someone else.

Life has changed for both Harlow and Knox. They are apart and in a place in their lives that they never dreamt of when they met all that time ago. But one chance meeting becomes a pivotal point in their futures. Can Harlow escape the live she is forced to endure? And can Knox finally win back the girl and love the woman she’s now become?

Reader alert. This is a serious book, tackling a serious subject matter. Domestic abuse goes on behind far too many homes across the world. I felt Harlow’s fear and the pain and regret she has in the choices she has made. Molly has created a character in Harlow that reached out to me not only as a woman, but also as a human being that believes that no-one should ever be controlled and in fear for their safety from a person that claims to love them. I luckily haven’t ever experienced any of this, but I have known someone who has and who has also moved on with their life with a protector and a man that treats her as his queen. In Knox Alexander we have that character. Yes, he loves her and has loved her for many years, but what I liked about Knox was that he wasn’t about to use the relationship and love they once had to influence her. He wanted her safe and no matter where that led them, he would do his upmost to give her that. But it would always be her choice.

I honestly do feel that Molly is super brave taking on a subject that will have effected so many of her readers. In the story she has created, she has tackled a sensitive subject with honesty, reality and of course compassion. It really is a good book. Not a five for me, but that isn’t because it’s not a great and well written book. It was just heavy going at times for my personal taste. I like a little more romance in my reads, but I suppose sensibly given the nature of the subject matter it wasn’t a book that warranted the hearts and flowers I often like. But hey this is Molly McAdams, she likes to make are hearts hurt just a little.

 

A slow burn second chance romance that will break your heart as much as the ending will mend it. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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