by Molly McAdams (Goodreads Author)
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…?
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Williams Morrow via Edelweiss
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Part 2 in an ongoing series
My To the Stars Review . . .
Damn you, Molly McAdams. :) At around 12am I just wanted to read a chapter or two before bed but then I couldn't put the book down and poof! 5am rolled around pretty quick with no sleep. It has been forever since I read a Molly McAdams book and I was hook, lined and sunk with this book, as I was trying to figure out what had went so horribly wrong for these two.
The moment Knox Alexander and Harlow Evan met it was love at first site. The only problem was that Knox wax eighteen while Harlow was only 15. This made them not be together physically but it didn't stop them from being best friends and falling more and more in love with each other.
"The moon isn't that far, Harlow."
"No. Not far enough." There were a few beats of silence before he confessed, "I want to love you to the stars."
For Knox, he knew that Harlow was the one so he was willing to wait forever, but for the mind of now almost 18 year old Harlow, she was quickly convinced of other things when others had motives to keep them apart. Even though, Knox has been showing for YEARS what he felt but being young we tend to think emotionally instead of logically.
For Harlow it was also always Knox but with a few poor decisions she ends up hurting both of them. This choice now has dire consequences but she has no one to turn to, as she has to protect all that are close to her.
But fate wants these two together, with a chance meeting Knox realizes that it's always been Harlow and it always will. Unfortunately he's got a very bumpy road to get what he wants.
"You're still beautiful, Harlow. And seeing you today, right now, I know I'm still as in love with you as I was four and a half years ago."
I was pulled in trying to figure out how Harlow was in such a mess. I was then kept in with wondering how Harlow was going to get out of said mess. I was frustrated with all the elements that kept them apart when I only wanted them to have their HEA. I was rooting for these two, especially when they found one another again. But again they were making some poor decisions that was hard to watch but were completely understandable.
" . . . You two made it fell for Harlow and me before, I'm letting you know now, that if you do it again, or if you keep pulling the shit you just did, I will walk away from thirteen years of friendship with both of you, and I won't look back."
This book is technically book 2 in a series but could be read as a standalone. As it was quite awhile since I read Letting Go (Thatch #1) which made me forget a lot of the details. These details were later filled in how these two books were related but if you hadn't read book one you wouldn't be lost.
Did I like this book? Yes, very much. Did Graham and Deacon redeem themselves? Eventually, yes and if there were books about these two I would definitely read them. I get why they made the decisions they made, but it still made me not like them for quite awhile. Did I like Knox and Harlow together? Yes, very much. Especially Knox, as he was so sure of himself with his feelings present and past. Did I understand some of Harlow's decision making? Yes, even though I was shouting at my book for her to make different decisions but it wouldn't be a Molly McAdams without that kind of angst.
4.25 To the stars and back thumbs up!