Reading Libby and Maxon’s story took me through a myriad of emotions, not only because Molly McAdams did an amazing job of creating such multidimensional characters who I couldn’t help but understand on almost every level but also because the story line captured all of the dangerous and devastating situations that Libby and Maxon must make it through in order for Maxon to make good on his promise to love Libby forever.
I confess that I probably all of Molly McAdams back releases on my Kindle just waiting to be absorbed, but I’ve been chicken to delve into them for fear of the emotional torture that I was sure to feel. But, when the sign-up for Lyric came through, the synopsis intrigued me along with the idea that a young love affair could endure Maxon’s rock star fame and Libby’s mafia ties.
So, with my interest piqued, I dove into the story when I received my ARC, and I didn’t come up for air until I felt a bit strung out from the shitstorm that these characters struggled through and the fierce devotion Maxon and Libby showed to one another even with the risks that came along with become people of interest.
Rebel is a great term to describe Libby, but it’s also a trait that threatened to put her in harm’s way on more than one occasion. Libby acts like it’s her against the world, which means that she doesn’t allow Macon to protect her like he wants to, preferring to shield him from her dark mafia ties. This is probably the one thing that drove me nuts about Libby. I get that she walks a delicate line when it comes to her family and those who see them as a threat, but the way she kept Macon at arm’s length when he returned home after the tour was so frustrating. I know she thought it was for his safety, but I wanted her to just stop and realize what she’s doing to him and for that matter to herself.
Macon captured my heart from the start; it says a lot about someone who remains devoted and honors his promise, especially with the kind of world Macon finds himself in when his band hits the big league. And, no matter what Libby does to push him away, he stands strong, even when the reality of Libby’s family is revealed and the potential harm he could suffer becomes probable instead of hypothetical.
I can’t get over how spellbinding this story is; it seriously tied me in knots, anticipating worse case scenarios. I don’t think I ever truly felt at ease until I read the last word on the last page, and still, after that, I couldn’t calm my heart or my emotions.
Lyric is definitely a story that will stick with me, not only because of how amazing it’s written but also because it illustrates just what people are capable of when they believe in themselves and in the promises they made.
4.5 Poison Apples
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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 tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.
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