Author: Molly McAdams
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Rating: 4 Stars
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 seems 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?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Trusting Liam by Molly McAdams was a solid, contemporary romance. On the technical side of things, the writing was clear, easy to follow, paced well, and I didn’t notice more than a typo or two—neither of which were jarring to the story. The copy I read was an ARC, but even then, it was nearly flawlessly put together.
The characters were great. I loved that the main couple wasn’t your average clean cute couple. They had piercings, tattoos, complicated families and past histories. Kennedy was stubborn, a bit goofy, and confident. Liam was charming, sweet, and endearing. Together they made an adorable couple that I just couldn’t get enough of. Their romance was equal parts adorable and steamy, with just a hint of cheesiness thrown in to keep things light hearted.
The plot itself was interesting, but maybe a little more downplayed that I would have liked. When the story started and I realized that Kennedy and her sister Kira were basically getting death threats from the Juarez gang, I assumed that there was going to be a pretty solid foundation of suspense and thrills in the story—and that isn’t what I got. Sure, the suspense was mentioned, but it remained rather forgotten through most of the book and was solved rather anti-climactically.
Other than a few eye-roll-worthy cheesy moments, there’s not many negative things I can point out about the story. So why did I give this four stars instead of five? Because there wasn’t anything spectacular about it either. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good, solid romance… but it didn’t rock my socks. I had no problem putting the book down—it didn’t draw me in—but by the same token, I did enjoy the story. Would I read this again? Probably if I didn’t have anything else drawing my attention. Would I recommend it? Sure. It was a good book.