by Molly McAdams (Goodreads Author)
From the New York Times bestselling author of Taking Chances, From Ashes, and Stealing Harper, comes the new unforgettable adult romance Molly McAdams’ fans have been waiting for—the sizzling story of a young woman who must place her trust in the one man who can break through her defenses.
A night they will always remember…a connection neither can deny…a secret that could destroy it all…
When Kennedy Ryan moves to California, she never expects to come face-to-face with Liam Taylor—the intriguing man who has haunted her thoughts for a year. A man who led her to breaking every one of her rules for a single night of passion that ended up meaning more than it was ever supposed to. Accustomed to disastrous experiences with men, Kennedy shields herself before he can break down more of the carefully built control she’s clung to for the last four years. But every time she sees Liam, she feels her resolve weakening.
Liam Taylor has been asked to help socialize his boss’s nieces. But what he thinks sounds more like a babysitting job ends up leading him to the only girl who ever slipped away before morning—a girl he thought he’d never find again. And now that she’s within reach, Liam’s determined to never let her go.
But when a secret from her past tests their relationship, will they be able to cling to the trust Liam has worked so hard to build?
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of William Morrow via Edelweiss
Genre: NA Contemporary
Part 2 & 3 from two different series or standalone
My Trusting Liam Review ...
Gah! This book was so sweet. When I started to read again heavily Taking Chances was one of my favorite yet gutting books. It was one of those books that you loved it or hated it because of the ending. I thought it was brilliant so when I found out this book was a continuation from this and the Forgiving Lies series. I was all over that like, white on rice.
"Don't worry, LC. You'll figure it out when you're ready, just the same as she will. I've seen this before. If I hadn't, you wouldn't be here today."
This book can be read as a standalone but I strongly suggest you read Taking Chances and the Forgiving Lies series first, so you really get a understanding of these characters from their parent's hardships. Spoiler Liam is the son of Chase and Harper from Taking Chances where as Kennedy is one of a set of twins from Rachel and Kash from the Forgiving Lies series.
On a chance meeting these two hook up in Vegas but never exchange information. So when that night is done they only have yearnings and memories of it and for each other. Now a year later, Kash & Rachel's past is coming to the present causing Kennedy and Kira to have to move from Florida to California.
Lo and behold Liam is the one who is asked to make sure that Kennedy and Kira are fitting in. Liam begrudgingly agrees to this but is blindsided when he finds out one of the twins is from that night in Vegas he has never forgotten.
Kennedy and Liam are the byproducts of their parents, which means mistakes and all. Now these two have to learn their lessons on their own. But can they get away from their upbringing and their pasts? I have to admit that I totally adored Liam as he was the perfect combo of Brandon and Chase but I totally didn't dig the twins, either of them. Kira was a bit too whiny and flaky for me, whereas Kennedy was a bit too selfish, stubborn and a but clueless for my liking.
"I had that. I was sure I had what they had. I was positive I was in love. And then I found out how wrong I was one day. After that, I stopped looking at the world through love-clouded glasses, and started seeing relationships for what they were. They look perfect on the outside, and inside they're just a disaster."
(Oh! For fucks sake, she was with her supposed love for two freaking weeks before she married him at 18 then only with him for 3 months then got hurt. Ugh! This part super annoyed me because we all get hurt but its how we choose to react is what's in our control and how she did, did not wow me for sure) "People get hurt, Kennedy. That's life. If you were to go back with your husband, would I be hurt? Yes. I can't even begin to tell you what it would do to me. But I wouldn't spend the rest of my goddamn life shielding myself from loving someone again, or letting them love me." (Huh! What a novel idea Liam. Not a hard concept Kennedy. Ugh! So frustrated with how she dealt with this part of the book)
Not all things are easy and Liam's finally finding that out. He now gets to see a different side of his parent's story, as well as know that things that are worth having have to be worked for.
"No one was ever worth the chase. But you? You will be worth it every time. I will always chase you, Kennedy."
Besides with some minor frustrations I still really did like the story. At times I may have like the idea more than the reality but it still worked for me in the end. As with all Molly McAdams books you are waiting for a big twist to come and gut you or surprise you, but it didn't happen in this one. Instead the surprise was more of a sweetness as we get to see how Harper, Brandon, Kash and Rachel and all the others have fared out. I have to admit that my favorite character in this book was Brian hands down. He's the glue that puts this book together.
This book was super sweet and great to see everyone again. It was like a large epilogue from the other two series combined.