Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trusting Liam by Molly McAdams (Review)

New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication.Date  June 9th, 2015
Published By:  William Morrow Paperbacks
WebsiteMolly McAdams

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My review copy:Bought

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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?

Folding my arms across my chest, I raised one eyebrow and studied her. "And who you are made you want to run from me...again? I think you proved you can't do anything to make me want to give up on you."
"No. But somehow it makes sense. Eli said that your dad was the last person I wanted to piss off. I couldn't imagine how your dad would be worse than Mason when he looks the way he does. But if they're both detectives, I get it."
I smiled wryly and asked, "Would it make it even better for you to know they used to do undercover work? Like, they lived with, and were part of, gangs."
Liam's face went blank before he started getting up. "Well, great knowing you."
"What am I?"
Liam watched me for a few seconds before saying, "A woman?" I shook my head and started to clarify, but he spoke again. "Not a woman? Uh...a unicorn?"
"Even though there are so many things I hate about California, moving here was the best thing that could have happened because it brought me back to you."
"Aw," I drawled sarcastically. "You must like me or something."

Trusting Liam is the merge of two series--Taking Chances and Forgiving Lies. Both of which I absolutely adore. As can be expected, considering they're by Molly McAdams and I have my ever-present addiction to her stories. Honestly, you don't HAVE to read the Taking Chances and Forgiving Lies books before this one if you don't want to. But I STRONGLY suggest it. This book will make you so incredibly happy if you do.

And heads up: If you haven't read Taking Chances and Stealing Harper, there is going to be a HUGE spoiler for those books mentioned in this review. So BEWARE, my friends.

When an author you love writes a book that brings the children of two of your favorite couples together for one beautiful romance, that is something to get excited for. So needless to say, I've been SO EXCITED for this book for a good long while. Like a year. Of flailing excitement. Finally getting this book in my hands was out of this world fantastic. But you know what was better?

READING THIS BOOK. Because it was so great. I spent a great deal of this story smiling. The writing, the characters, the references to the past books (and CHASE)...it all filled me with all kinds of happiness.

In Trusting Liam we have, of course, Liam. He's the son of Harper and Brandon (well, Chase biologically, but Brandon is Liam's dad in all ways that count due to the fact that, ya know...). He's strong and lovable and you can totally tell his parents have raised him right. We also have Kennedy--one of the twin daughters of Kash and Rachel. She's the wilder twin, and so stubborn. You can definitely see her parents in her. 

Liam and Kennedy together was the most amazing thing. This entire story was pretty much worlds colliding, but Liam and Kennedy together was PERFECTION. They complimented each other so well. Their banter was funny, their sweet moments heartwarming, and their smexy moments obviously revealing heaps of chemistry. They had bumps in the road, but I loved their story.

Molly McAdams' writing is as addicting as ever. I think the most prominent thing about Trusting Liam, however, is how great she did merging the series and doing all the characters justice. Specifically Chase. Liam knows about Chase. Liam knows about Chase well enough that he can tell stories about him as if he were there himself, even though Chase died before Liam was born. The entire family holds Chase with a beautiful reverence that made me tear up a time or two. And Brandon clearly has so much respect for Chase. Honestly, even though Brandon and Chase were always described as being close like brothers before Harper came along, I'd never really SEEN it. Because both Taking Chances and Stealing Harper are with Harper there. But in Trusting Liam, I finally get it. Kash and Rachel have their own sentimental addition, too--can't forget the Sour Patch Kids and pancakes ;)

The plot is largely driven by Liam and Kennedy figuring each other and their relationship out. But there's also a twist or two thrown in that mix things up and keep us on our toes. The story doesn't drag, and my interest was never lost. As I said--Molly McAdams' addicting writing was totally in play here.

Overall, Trusting Liam is a sweet, addicting story full of characters--both new and old--and relationships that left my heart feeling so happy. I loved it!

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