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Review: To The Stars by Molly McAdams

to the stars

Read February 11-13 on Nook.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Description:

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…?

The Feels:

“I do love you, Knox,” “I love you to the moon and back.”
“To the moon?” “The moon isn’t that far, Harlow.”
“Isn’t it?”
“No. Not far enough.” “I want to love you to the stars.”
“Then to the stars.”

I mean, what is there NOT to love about Knox? How many 18 year old boys do you know that are willing to wait over 2 years for a girl? He’s patient and kind and adorable and you will fall in love with him right away.

You first meet Knox briefly in Letting Go. He seems like a regular twenty-something just out for a good time. My first thoughts as this book first starts is, “who is this adorable boy and what happened to him?” because he’s so different from the Knox you meet in Letting Go.

Knox and Harlow always meet at the wrong time. The first time they meet Harlow is 15 and Knox is 18. Their love can’t happen and Knox decides he can wait for her. However, life doesn’t always turn out how we planned it and Harlow ends up married. Years later Knox and Harlow meet when she’s married but this time Knox refuses to let her go.

At first it’s sad to see how alone Knox is in this. His friends love him and have good intentions but they don’t understand his love for Harlow. At times it was heartbreaking for me to see the rifts in his friendships.

At first I truly wondered how Harlow could ever let Knox go, but the flashbacks do an amazing job showing you were Harlow’s mind was at all times. Your heart breaks for her. She’s trapped in a situation she doesn’t know how to get out of and she dreams of the boy she let go all those years ago.

When you read a Molly McAdams you kind of prepare for heart wrenching pain. But, this book… I really wasn’t ready for this book. I was constantly trying to figure out a way out for them as I was reading and I couldn’t. I spent over three quarters of this book legitimately worried for them. My heart was breaking for Harlow and Knox knowing the fight to happiness was out of their control.

And Collin… I was at times legitimately scared of Collin.  I was reading the book holding my breath, waiting for what would happen next. Every time Harlow called him “my monster” my heart would break for her. Even though she no longer wanted to be with him, she was so ready to accept her fate and stay with him just for the fear of what he would do.

Knox has waited for Harlow for seven years and I promise you, the ending does not disappoint. Knox and Harlow have to go through so much pain to get to their Happy Ever After and you definitely feel like you’re going on this ride with them. There are a lot of downs, but the highs are so high, it’s all worth it. I think it’ll be hard for me to love another hero as much as I love Knox.

About Molly McAdams:

Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. 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, 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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