REVIEW: LOCK by Molly McAdams


A stand-alone romance novel in the Rebel series – a Redemption series spin-off

Coming October 1st

Photo: Regina Wamba

Cover: RBA Designs


The next thrilling installment in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’s REBEL series.

I’ve waited for him for over a decade.

Loyalties kept us apart. A death set us free.

Our passion unleashed, nothing could stop us.

Until my world was rocked—my greatest failure leaving me with my greatest heartbreak.

Now Maverick is baring his soul to me, begging me to let him in. God knows I want to, but I love him, and that means I’ll do anything to keep him from the pain haunting me. Even if it destroys us both.

Someone has been waiting for this perfect moment to strike.

Watching me.

Studying me.

Waiting for me to be too consumed with hurt to notice he was there.

Someone who knows me.

I’m Einstein . . . like the genius, only smarter and with better hair.

There’s nothing I can’t hack into, crack open, or figure out. Well, almost nothing.

And if I can’t beat his sinister game, it won’t just be my heart that stops beating.

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My Review

Holy Hell, Lock is one hell of a crazy ride!

Einstein and Maverick – how cool are those two names?! And, the fact that their cool factor describes the kind of people they are as well only adds to how intriguing this hero and heroine are.

I haven’t met a heroine like Einstein in quite some time; her intelligence, her perseverance, her courage cannot be matched, and my heart felt her anguish and her suffering when nothing seemed to go as planned. I truly don’t know how someone is supposed to carry the load that she had to and the fact that she didn’t break until she did, speaks to exactly the type of person she is. Einstein’s personality is complex and what I loved most about her was that, just when a character or even me as a reader felt like we had her all figured out, Einstein would expose another layer and we’d need to analyze what that one said about her and her life, which was not an easy challenge.

It’s expected that if the heroine is multifaceted than her hero would be as well, and that is so the case with Maverick. Outwardly, his mobster persona reigns and he owns that part of who he is masterfully, but Maverick is so much more than a kingpin, and much of what he is, is illustrated through his love and devotion to Einstein – the woman he has loved from afar for so long…the same one who tried everything she could to push him away, but still, he persisted and broke down her walls. The complexity of Maverick’s character is what will allow readers to see beyond his powerful and deadly position, and his love for Einstein and what he does for her will endear him to readers regardless of how they feel about his other activities.

There is so much to unravel in Lock, but the key to all of that information is not in the readers’ hand, which means that keeper of the key, Molly McAdams herself, is in total control of what pertinent insights she’ll reveal and when, and while I should be used to that process, for some reason, it drove me beyond nuts and put me on the brink a time or two. My mind is one that requires inferences; it just the way my brain is wired, so the fact that I felt in the dark for much of the first half of the story line and

I couldn’t get enough of Einstein and Maverick; I couldn’t get enough of Molly McAdams’ storytelling and character development; I couldn’t get enough of the romance, the suspense, the desire, and the love that resonates from the pages, and the fact that McAdams didn’t make anything easy or simple for her main characters speaks to how strong Einstein and Maverick are and how much faith the author had that her hero and heroine could endure…could overcome…could be victorious with the cards that they were dealt and what they were up against from the very beginning. 

This is what romantic suspense is supposed to be – I was literally on the edge of my seat as I dove deeper into the story line; it gripped me in such a way that I wanted to read faster, but I knew if I tried to push forward too quickly that I wouldn’t savor when the secrets were revealed or when the darkness was no longer so overpowering. I needed to be patient and absorb all of the words and sentences that tell a story unlike one I’ve read in a long time.

Lock is a story and Einstein and Maverick are characters that will stay with me for some time – that’s how addictive and consuming it was!

5 Poison Apples

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 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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