BOTM September 2017

Burn bright like a Firefly...

September Book of the Month

 

Prologue

Lily

A crippling acceptance washed over me in the split second that seemed to last forever and pass within a beat of my heart.

Because I knew it would end this way, and I’d been foolish to think it wouldn’t.

But given the chance, I’d do it all over again.

 

Chapter One

Lily

I woke with a grave sense that something was wrong. My mind and ears were alert, but I kept my eyes closed and my body as relaxed as possible. I focused on each breath that filled and fled from my lungs, but as the seconds went on, my breaths turned shallow and started coming faster.

Someone was in my room.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

It was dark behind my eyelids, too dark for anyone to try to wake me.

Kieran.

The name floated through my mind for merely a second before it was shoved aside by that overwhelming sense of wrongness.

Kieran was silent as the night.

If I’d woken to him, I knew my heart would have been beating wildly in my chest, calling out to the guy who had stolen it at some point in my life. It wouldn’t have been slowing, as if even my heart knew it needed to be silent in those moments.

If it had been Kieran, his dark, complicated presence would’ve filled the room, pressing against me in a way I’d spent years recognizing. Instead, electricity danced across my skin in warning, as if I was standing in the path where lightning was about to strike.

Whoever was in the room with me was attempting to quiet their steps . . . and failing.

The warm summer air blew strands of hair across my face, tickling my lips and nose, but still I didn’t move. Fear flooded my veins as that ominous feeling grew stronger and stronger, my breaths halting when I realized I hadn’t opened the large windows in my room.

“One of the other rooms?” a harsh, masculine voice asked from across my room, the hushed whisper floating over to me on the breeze.

“No,” another deep voice responded. “He said it was in here somewhere.”

My body shook as I fought with myself over what to do. Before I could decide on screaming for someone or remaining silent, a third intruder made my decision for me . . .

Rough, thick fingers trailed from my cheek to jaw, and a raw scream burst from my lungs as my eyes flew open.

The same hand that had gently caressed a split second before promptly slammed down over my mouth, muffling my scream and allowing me to hear the curses and demands now flying from the strangers.

“Shut up!”

“You fucking idiot—”

“We need to go.”

“Goddamn it, I said shut up!”

“—what the fuck did you do?”

“Let’s go!”

Footsteps could be heard pounding down the hall seconds before my door was flung open. The light to my room was turned on, revealing Aric and the three men in my room.

They were in dark jeans and jackets. Their hoods were drawn over their heads and held in place by dark bandanas that covered their chins to just below their eyes. The two standing near the foot of my bed immediately began yelling what sounded like accusations at my brother, but Aric didn’t seem to be hearing them.

He didn’t seem to notice them at all.

A flurry of emotions passed over his face: shock, worry, hesitation, and fear . . . but as his eyes narrowed on the man standing above me, fury replaced all the rest.

I screamed for him against the large hand covering my mouth, but I didn’t know what I was screaming.

Screaming for him to run and get help.

 Screaming for him to save me.

 Just screaming.

“I said shut up,” the man repeated again, his growl splitting over the shouts in the room.

The hand covering my mouth left briefly, but then connected with my face hard. The force made me bite my cheek and stunned me for long seconds as the metallic taste of blood met my tongue.

My brother tore into the room, shouting for me and shouting at the men, not even stopping when the man closest to him calmly pulled out a gun from the back of his dark jeans.

But he didn’t point it at Aric or at me; it just remained at his side in warning.

My world tilted as a high-pitched ringing filled my ears.

A stain spread rapidly on Aric’s shirt as he finally stumbled to a stop. It was blood red. And it didn’t make sense, and someone was screaming, and they needed to stop.

They needed to help Aric.

Something was wrong with him, but there was so much screaming, confusing my already flooded senses as my world continued to tilt. And Aric was staring blankly at me as I was ripped off my bed by the man who had hit me—a gun in his free hand, raised in Aric’s direction.

Why wasn’t anyone helping him?

The screaming finally stopped, but someone was holding me back—pulling me away. Away from Aric and the safety of the house, toward the large windows. That rough hand was back over my mouth, the arm it was attached to completely oblivious to my clawing at it.

A wet choking noise sounded in the room, and I fought harder—except, I wasn’t sure my arms worked anymore.

Aric.

 I couldn’t move. I couldn’t get to him, and I needed to get to him.

He was going to fall! Aric’s lips moved one last time, but I couldn’t decipher his words as my world darkened.

His knees hit my floor, and suddenly a pair of familiar green eyes were directly in front of my own. Rage and something so terrifying filling them as they locked on the man dragging me away.

Kieran.

Relief slammed into me as darkness wrapped its arms around me like an old friend and pulled me close . . .

I jolted awake, my arms reaching to catch someone who wasn’t there. A sound between a sob and a scream tore through the room before I could choke it back.

My hands slammed down onto the mattress, barely keeping my torso up as my arms shook. My head fell between my shoulders like a dead weight as my breaths rushed from me mercilessly. Each strained breath sounded like an inverted scream as I tried to force the memories from my mind.

Within seconds the door to the bedroom burst open, slamming against the wall. The sound followed Beck’s frantic voice. “Lily!”

I opened my mouth to respond as my best friend rushed around, looking for a threat, but I only managed another pained cry as everything crashed into me again and again.

Hooded figures that used the dark to their advantage.

Red stains on his shirt and my carpet.

Lifeless eyes.

Lines and circles. Always lines and circles.

“I’m fine,” I finally forced out, my words shaky and directed at the bed. “I’m . . . I’m fine.”

“Jesus, Lil.” Exhaustion crept through his tone. “You scared the living hell out of me.” He sat near me on the bed and placed a hand on one of my arms, but I jerked away from his touch.

“Don’t,” I pled. “Don’t . . . just don’t.”

“Lil,” he began softly but didn’t try to reach for me again. “Do you need me to get in touch with Kiera—?”

“No, don’t.” It felt like I’d shouted my plea, but I wasn’t sure if Beck had even heard my whispered words. “He’s working. He can’t—just don’t contact him.”

“You think work would keep him from you if you needed him?” Beck asked with a hint of amusement, but worry was still in his tone.

Kieran had been saving me for as long as I could remember. Whether from spiders and other crawling insects, or from men who tried to steal me in the night . . . saving me had been his life’s mission. It was in his blood.

It was one of the many reasons I’d fallen in love with him.

But my favorite trait of his had become his biggest flaw over the last few years, and I hated that it had come to this. Hated that I now resented him for being who he was.

Because he loved me, and my heart ached for the love we’d had, but he was a warrior through and through. And ever since that night Aric died, those instincts had slowly enveloped Kieran’s love for me, until they were all he knew.

Save Lily.

Protect Lily.

Hide Lily.

Cage Lily

 

Don’t miss FIREFLY, the latest stunning standalone in Molly McAdam’s Redemption series, out now in ebook and in paperback on 19 September!

Headline Eternal

Firefly

By Molly McAdams

Firefly is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author, Molly McAdams, a dark, twisting story of redemption and true love against the odds, perfect for fans of J. B. Salsbury, Jamie McGuire, Sophie Jackson and Lisa Renee Jones.

As the Princess of the Irish-American Mob, there's no shortage of men ready to help guard and protect me. Kieran Hayes has been saving me for as long as I can remember. It's in his blood, and one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. Until my favourite trait became his biggest flaw, making me resent the man I love.

What I wasn't prepared for was Dare - the man who set my world on fire with just one touch. He saw straight through to my soul and silently demanded my heart from the beginning.

And I didn't expect Dare to be Demitri Borello - the reason for so many deaths in my family. A man who will take my life the moment he finds out who I am.

Despite it all, I'll love him until that moment comes.

Don't miss Blackbird, another powerful romance of love in the darkness from Molly McAdams.

A spellbindingly powerful romance of love in the darkness from New York Times bestselling author, Molly McAdams.

Molly McAdams 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.

Visit her website: www.mollysmcadams.com, find her on Facebook: /MollyMcAdams and follow her on Twitter: @mollysmcadams.

WIDE APPEAL IN THE CURRENT MARKET: For fans of authors like J. B. Salsbury, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Sophie Jackson, who can't get enough of intense, screwed-up but irresistible and multifaceted heroes.AN EXCITING SUPERSTAR TALENT: Molly McAdams is a multi-time New York Times bestselling author with 43,000 likes on Facebook and 18,000 Twitter followers.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense, emotionally powerful new adult, you'll find your heart's desuare on our list of exceptional romance for every mood.
Headline Eternal

Blackbird

By Molly McAdams

Blackbird is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author, Molly McAdams, a dark, twisting story of redemption and true love against the odds, perfect for fans of J. B. Salsbury, Jamie McGuire, Sophie Jackson and Lisa Renee Jones, which A. L. Jackson calls, 'Consuming. Enthralling. Sexy. MIND-BLOWING.'

Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don't care. I'll take every day until that death comes, and I'll welcome it when it does.

On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instils fear.

But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he's finally found the only person who can make it all go away.

We're in a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night - and I want to lie in the wake of our war.

Look for the next Redemption novel from Molly McAdams, Firefly.

Molly takes her writing game to a whole different level-one that most authors rarely seeMcAdams hits Blackbird out of the park with a spellbinding tale of unexpected love and unfathomable redemption. Her ability to draw you in begs you to turn the page to see what happens next while wanting to take your time and savor the words of the storyWow!!! What a rollercoaster. This book was dark, raw and gritty, and so different from anything else Molly has ever written. But it was an amazing storyLucas and Briar are beautifully written characters that Molly brings to life so effortlessly. I lived every little detail with them both throughout this book, regardless of how horrible. It was a rollercoaster I was only too happy to jump on. I can't recommend this book highly enoughI'm not quite sure how it happened so fast. One word can describe this novel for me. Turmoil. Complete Turmoil. The. Entire. Time. One minute my heart was in my throat the next it was in my stomach. I didn't know if I wanted it to stop beating or continue. CrazyThere were quite a few twists and turns along the way. If you enjoy a bit of danger and action, this book delivers it in spades. In fact, Blackbird was every bit as much of an organized crime romance as it was a captivity-themed romanceThis book was definitely an emotional experience in itself and I think this book will stay with me for awhile. All I can say is go out and one-click this book, what are you waiting for?! One click this bad boy and I promise you won't regret it! Molly McAdams has one heck of a brilliant talent and I can't wait till her next book![Molly] is just an amazing author that has the ability to bring us thrilling stories that twist and turn and you think they will go one way and only to end up going a completely different way. She continually brings us tragic love stories that seem hopeless only to have your heart filled with love when you finish. Blackbird is no exception. I just fell in love with this story and was consumed by the story. I could not put it down! This is one I HIGHLY recommend!!This is a book that deserves more than simple words can say. Molly McAdams, you have created a novel that is beyond incredible. You have created a book that left this fan (and hopefully new fans too!) speechless. You did a magnificent job on this one and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the next book in the series!Blackbird was a wild, racy ride on the dark side and it was handled with the best of intentions for these characters. It's one that will surprise you to the very endThis storyline was so different and unique that it kept me wanting more. Bottom line this is a must read story. I loved every minute of itThis was the first book I've read by McAdams, and bloody hell am I a fan! I knew! I kind of knew right from the beginning of the prologue that I was either going to end up loving the shit out of it, or freaking hating it...because experience. And god did I want to love itI really enjoyed this story and I loved the fact that it had just the right amount of suspense to keep my interest and it wasn't overdone. Briar and Lucas had an extremely complicated and I was extremely nervous but excited at the same time. Yes I'm sick in the head but you guys already knew that. This author kept me on the edge of my seat just waiting with bated breaths because I didn't know what was going to happen and I freakin LOVED thatThis book did what every other Molly McAdams book has done to me. It made me start down the rabbit hole of re-reading all her books and that is the best feeling. This book will be out of your comfort zone, but it will certainly be worth itA spellbindingly powerful romance of love in the darkness from New York Times bestselling author, Molly McAdams.

Molly McAdams 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.

Visit her website: www.mollysmcadams.com, find her on Facebook: /MollyMcAdams and follow her on Twitter: @mollysmcadams.

WIDE APPEAL IN THE CURRENT MARKET: For fans of authors like J. B. Salsbury, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans and Sophie Jackson, who can't get enough of intense, screwed-up but irresistible and multifaceted heroes.AN EXCITING SUPERSTAR TALENT: Molly McAdams is a multi-time New York Times bestselling author with 43,000 likes on Facebook and 18,000 Twitter followers.HEADLINE ETERNAL: Whether your taste runs to passionate, romantic historicals, sizzling, exciting suspense, edgy, provocative paranormals, heart-warming and sexy contemporaries or intense, emotionally powerful new adult, you'll find your heart's desuare on our list of exceptional romance for every mood.