What would happen if you lost everything? If the people who were supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how would your world change?
That’s exactly what happened to Madeleine Becker when her parents died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can't get hurt if she doesn't fall in love.
That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid Connely during her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He understands Maddy's pain all too well, but sharing his pain would mean breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Conflicted between loving Maddy and hiding his dark past, Reid starts to reevaluate his world. Maddy's inner strength, snarky personality and breath taking beauty help Reid to make peace with his past.
Together they find out what happens when they let love in.
"I would do anything for this girl and I know that she feels the same about me. We haven't actually said the words yet, but it's there in how she looks at me, in how I hold her close to my side in bed every night, in how her eyes crinkle in the corners when she's laughing at me, in how I know that I would do anything to make her happy and to keep her safe."
I rate Let Love In by Melissa Collins with 4.5 leaves! I received this title a few weeks ago, but due to those annoying end-of-the-semester finals, I wasn't able to read and review before its release on May 10th. In so many ways, I am glad I waited to read Let Love In, because I was able to become enthralled with the story and characters without having to stop and write grad papers (yuck!). I started Collins' story last night, and finished it this morning. I would have finished it last night, if I could have pried my eyes open for just a few more chapters.
Let Love In is the perfect read for those of you who enjoy love stories about a virgin and an alpha male. Reid is that gorgeous and delicious guy you watched from afar at college parties or in the gym, but you never thought you would have a chance with. He is the man whore with the mysterious side. He and Maddy have an instant connection during their first dance. The connection they share deals with their common pasts of losing loved ones. Maddy is not an annoying virgin either. She is not against sex before marriage; she just believes you should love the person you give yourself to. I think many of us can relate to this, or at least that was our best intention before we lost our virginity to a loser we met on Facebook who thought he was going to be a big-time actor in LA after watching Adventureland with cheating, slutty, whore Kristen Stewart... (I'm not bitter at all about the way I lost my virginity... or about Kristen cheating on my husband, Robert Pattinson. Can't you tell?)
My favorite scene is when Maddy does give her virginity to Reid. It is such a lengthy, descriptive, and romantic scene. It was like Melissa knew exactly how I would have wanted to lose my virginity. Granted, if Reid would have been the lucky guy, it wouldn't have mattered the time or place.
Maddy and Reid's story starts with the gooey angst that we all love so much, travels through the honeymoon phase, survives a few twists and turn of events, but ends leaving the reader in a dessert... thirsting for more.
Let Love Stay, the second book in The Love Series by Melissa Collins, will release in summer 2013.
Falling In Fall Book Blog was provided an ARC copy of this title
by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Links