Monday, August 29, 2016

Show Me How by Molly McAdams (Review + Giveaway)

New Adult, Romance
Publication.Date  August 23rd 2016
Published By:  William Morrow Impulse
AuthorMolly McAdams

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My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams delivers another heart-wrenching, emotional novel in her Thatch series…

After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn't know how to let him in… until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.

Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding cities—something he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.

But when another girl falls into Deacon's life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he's never seen her?

     Show Me How is the third installment in Molly McAdams highly praised Thatch series, and this time we are following the adventures of Charlie and Deacon, who readers already know from their appearances in the earlier books. 

    Charlie is struggling to let go of the past and open her heart up. She's unable to trust anyone, she's guarded and she doesn't feel quite ready to fall in love again. Similarly, Deacon is not quite sure how to part with his "player" mask. He has a certain reputation in town, and well, let's say it's not a very good one. He, too, seems unable to get over his past - he's carrying the weight of his heartbreaker/player label. 

    Now, what you need to know is that I haven't read the previous two books in the series. When I first started reading Show Me How, I wasn't even aware of the fact that this was book three. Honestly, I still wouldn't know any better, if I hadn't looked it up, because Show Me How reads like a stand-alone. I know now that all or most of the characters appear in the earlier volumes, and I also know that Deacon and Charlie were both introduced to the fans of the series before.

    That being said, I breezed through this volume without stopping or ever wondering why something was happening. Molly wrote this book in a way, that doesn't make you feel like you're missing any details at all. I found myself completely immersed in the story and really intrigued by everything that was happening. Show Me How was a very emotional read to me, as I could relate to certain parts of the story. My heart was pounding fast during certain scenes, I was frustrated and ready to scream during others, but overall, I came out of reading this book feeling very satisfied and happy.

    Molly's writing pulls you in right from the beginning. She created characters that feel real and are easy to connect with (I especially loved Charlie's son, Keith). Neither Deacon nor Charlie are without flaws, but it's their flaws and struggles that make them so incredibly easy to relate to and care about. As I was reading about Charlie's past, I was really able to feel her pain and understand her reluctance to open up. She's a shy person to begin with, but after everything she's been through, even the most easy-going person would close-up and become guarded.

    I loved the tension in this book, the chemistry, the slow-burning romance and the great ending. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a heart-wrenching, harrowing romance story - it's one not to be missed!

About the author:

Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. 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 and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornadoes. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.


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