New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams delivers the first captivating, stand-alone novel in her REDEMPTION series spin-off—the REBEL series, and Lyric is NOW AVAILABLE!
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I’ve been drawn to Molly McAdams ever since she released her Redemption Series with Blackbird eons ago, but for whatever reason, I still haven’t dived into her books yet. So, when I heard that she was writing a new spin-off series of standalones, the Rebel Series, I thought Lyric would be a great start for me. Seriously, what more could you ask for than both a mafia and rockstar romance in one? With its very intriguing and mysterious storyline, Lyric was a great combination of sweet and sexy and really had everything that I love in a suspenseful romance!
I would like to start off by saying that the title completely captured the essence of Libby and Maxon’s sweet romance, and the badass cover is a perfect depiction of what I would imagine Libby to look like. McAdams totally hit the nail on the head with both of these!
Ok, onto the story…
Maxon James always knew that Libby Borello was his. As bassist for the band Henley, he’d been touring for years, but she had never left the place he held for her in his heart. Libby had been running from any type of commitment to Maxon, afraid to bring him into her world and share the truth about her family’s connection to the mafia. Although Libby kept her secrets close, Maxon was the one person she was able to let down her tough façade with and felt truly happy while in his arms. Their relationship was on and off again over the years, but no matter the time nor distance apart, somehow, Maxon and Libby always knew they were meant to be.
‘She tasted like rebellions and freedom and sorrow. It was perfect. It was pain. It was the last piece of her I would ever claim.’
When Maxon finally gets Libby right where he’s always wanted her, she’s going to have to trade her freedom for commitment. If Libby gives in to Maxon, is she really doing it for the right reasons? At the same time, there might not even be a choice for Libby at all, because someone is making it very clear that a blood oath is bigger than love, which not only puts their hearts on the line but their lives as well.
Maxon’s character was sweet, sweet, sweet! It took awhile for Libby’s character to grow on me, but once she did, I was impressed by how strong and fiercely protective she was. After learning more about her family, I also understood Libby’s reasoning and fear in opening up and keeping Maxon at a distance. They were very passionate together, and even though Libby didn’t share everything, there really was a strong foundation to their relationship. I loved how they knew each other so well and were so understanding of each other!
What a world Molly McAdams has introduced me to here! I really enjoyed the intriguing and complex mafia storyline with the Borello family, their enemies, and their secrets. The story was told in dual point of views, which definitely helped to gain a better understanding of Libby and Maxon’s past. There were also a few chapters mixed in and told by the mysterious ‘Him’ which was pretty creepy. The story was very suspenseful and at several points actually gave me chills!
I’m torn on my feelings of this being considered a standalone or not, but I do feel that reading it as one influenced the overall impact of it for me. On one hand, I liked that I went in blind, because I had no expectations of the intriguing and mysterious story. McAdams did a great job in conveying all of the details, which really brought me into the intense and scary mafia world.
On the other hand though, there were so many secondary characters with a lot of depth and history between them, and where I normally would enjoy this, I was confused with how all of their relationships intertwined. I’m sure many of these insights were revealed in the previous series, but I was trying so hard to fit the pieces of their complex puzzle together and felt very distracted at times. Even though it took away from the story a bit for me, I still really enjoyed it, and if you’ve read the Redemption Series then you’ll probably love it!
I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to read Molly McAdams’ writing, and Lyric was such a tease for leaving me wanting to know more about all of the other characters in this story as well! I can’t wait to read the Redemption Series now and already have Blackbird on hand to start soon. I also look forward to the next two books in this Rebel Series, with Einstein’s story in Lock and then Limit, and both are coming soon!
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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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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