From the moment I finished the Under the Lights duet, I was hoping and praying for Molly’s story. Just like her, I need to see her her justice, whether that was through legal means or vigilante revenge. It just needed to happen, and Tia Louise delivered one wild ride of hate and vengeance as well as love and rebirth. I couldn’t have been happier with her journey.
Molly Dixon is my type of heroine. She is strong and resourceful, smart as a whip, and, although she tries to hide it, a heart that is big and filled with love. Molly’s story is a hard one, though, and while some readers might not like what happens to her, it is unfortunately a story that is real. Her fallout from it is sad and brews anger, making readers understand her need to make them pay , but it also makes them want a different life for her. Readers want her to be able to move on and find peace and love, and this is her journey, her evolution to become more than a victim. Her development as a character shows how much we need love and family and that true joy comes from being able to shed the past to live a joyful life filled with promise and love.
Joshua is a secondary character in this story, and if we are using romance labels, then the hero. But this is an inept name, because Molly saves herself. He along with someone else (who will remain a mystery until you read it) are the impetuses that make her reflect and evaluate the life she leads. They are the cause of her change and her choice to step out of the darkness. Josh, though, is an incredibly worthy hero for Molly. With him, readers see the struggle of loving someone who is legally doing something wrong but understanding their reason for doing it. Readers see that the world isn’t black and white but shades of grey, especially when it comes to justice and matters of the heart.
Hit Girl starts out with a bang, and Tia Louise immediately throws readers into the revenge plot. They see how vengeance has wrapped itself around Molly, but she also shows how love is battling to win. She juxtaposes her violence with her feelings for Josh, showing the internal fight going on inside of her head. While there is suspense that will have to readers biting their nails, this is a story about love, about healing, and finding a way out of the darkness and into the promise of a better future. Readers will be absolutely thrilled with where she leaves Molly and Josh.
Hit Girl is absolutely everything I ever could have asked for in Molly’s story. Tia Louise intertwines revenge and love and suspense and romance to give is another story I just couldn’t put down!
This book can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. The Under the Lights duet features Molly and the other characters we see in HG, but this is her story and her HEA. However, I will say that my love of this book and her journey is amplified by the fact that I did read the duet. Tia Louise gives you all the info you need to enjoy Molly’s story, but I was already emotionally invested in her character and her journey before I even read the first page
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
“A flawless work of art that speaks to every part of the human psyche.” -Amber, Goodreads
“Great writing. A great plot. Intriguing and well-developed characters. It was the whole package.” -Between the Bookends
“If you’re a lover of an awesome, suspenseful romance novel, HIT GIRL is absolutely for you!” -Becca’s reviews
“An action-packed, sexually fueled story of revenge, love and redemption.” -Beyond the Covers Blog