Let Love In & Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins

let love in

 

synopsis

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.

myreview

“My parents are dead.”

Those four words make up the first sentence of Let Love In by Melissa Collins and I was immediately drawn in. This is Maddy’s reality that she lost both her parents when she was ten and now she is eighteen still trying to cope. Maddy has no siblings, no grandparents, and no friends until she meets Melanie in middle school. The two girls become like sisters and Melanie’s mother allows Maddy to come live with them.

Reid is known basically as a playboy. He is known for only giving girls one-night stands unless the sex is exceptional and then the object of his affection might stick around for the weekend. To put it mildly, Reid does not allow anyone near his heart and/or to truly to know him including his roommates and he has absolutely no desire to allow anyone in. This all changes once he meets Maddy at a house party. He doesn’t understand why he feels compelled and drawn to her.

“You’re a smart-ass, and I love that you keep me on my toes. You are most definitely not like the other girls, and I love that, but it also scares me like nothing else. I haven’t let anyone in for years and, well, with you I feel like I want to give it a chance.”

From this point forward the story is emotional, heartbreaking, romantic, and very beautiful. I will admit that I did shed a tear or two throughout the story because the friendships (platonic and romantic) are truly from the heart. An added bonus is that, Reid is definitely crush-worthy! Melissa Collins knocked it out of the park!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Let Love In in exchange for an honest review.

myrating

fourpointfive

let love stay

 

synopsis

If you’re lucky, you’ll fall in love – truly, madly and deeply in love.  But what happens when that honest and pure love isn’t enough to erase your fears?  What happens when your past rears its ugly head and threatens your future?

 

Maddy and Reid had that kind of love – the all-encompassing, Earth shattering, once in a lifetime kind of love.  Then life happened.  Old wounds that were thought to be long healed and scabbed over are ripped opened and they are forced to face the possibility that, maybe, they are not strong enough to fight their demons and embrace the light.

 

Together, they found out what love is, but now they will each need to heal on their own before they can ever be together again.  They must face their fears and beat down their pasts in order to find their way through this crazy uphill battle called love.

 

They’ve let love in, but now, they need to find out how to Let Love Stay.

myreview

Sequels (in both movies and books) are a gamble and sometimes could make you really upset that you even read/watched the first in the series but let me tell you this…Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins does not make you feel that way. As soon as I finished Let Love In, I began this book and I am so glad. It picked up right where the first book ended and it did not disappoint.

Maddy and Reid face new challenges and their love and dedication to one another is tested with a whole new set of circumstances. The old insecurities of believing they are not deserving of love rear its old head and it is something that if we are all honest, that we have experienced at some point in our lives as well. And, once again, on top of this the friendships between all characters truly have love as their foundation.

I really can’t believe that Love Let In and Let Love Stay are the first two books written by Melissa Collins. The style of writing, the imagery, and the emotions conveyed are all what I look for in a book. You have a new fan in me and I can’t wait to see what comes next in what I expect to be a very long career!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Let Love Stay in exchange for an honest review.

myrating

fourpointfive

links

Amazon:

 

US: http://www.amazon.com/Let-Love-Stay-Series-ebook/dp/B00E5TQ0CY/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374834126&sr=1-2&keywords=let+love+stay

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-Love-Stay-Series-ebook/dp/B00E5TQ0CY/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374834919&sr=1-9&keywords=let+love+stay

Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/let-love-stay-melissa-collins/1116225393?ean=2940148456940

meettheauthor

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.

authorinterview1.     Tell us about your book. How did you come up with the title?

Originally, my plan that was Let Love In was going to be entirely from Maddy’s point of view and then Let Love Stay was going to be from Reid’s point of view.  So at first, I was toying around with the idea of something along the lines of Finding me (for book #1) and then Finding you (for book #2).  When my cousin was reading the first few chapters, she came across the part where Maddy makes a list of promises to herself – one of which is to let love in.  So actually the title was not something I came up with originally.  After I realized I wanted to do a book for each character, I knew that I would keep the words “Let Love” and just switch out the third word.  So the third book, Melanie’s book, will be called Let Love Heal.

2.     If Let Love Stay were made into a movie, who would you have as your dream cast?

I could definitely see Lindsey Ellington playing Maddy. She’s got beautiful green eyes and long, wavy blond hair.  As far as Reid goes, Liam Hemsworth would work perfectly – blue eyes, chiseled face.

3.     Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…

It’s going to sound weird, but a lot of my writing takes place as my kids are watching a bedtime show, or running around me playing cars.  I’ve always needed music or noise in the background – even all through college, all of my papers were written with some kind of music blasting in the background.  I usually sit in the corner of my couch with a pillow on my lap – on top of which sits my laptop, which is as old as they come.  There’s usually some kind of wine involved too.

4.     What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?

The most surprising part has been the overwhelming support from my family and friends.  I’ve also be quite shocked, in a very positive way, by the huge outpouring of support from bloggers and other indie authors.  This is a fantastic community –one of which I am so proud to be a part.  The most upsetting part is the meanness and negativity.  I appreciate any kind of feedback, but when a person feels the need to be mean and bash your book, then that kind of sucks.  My work is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and I don’t need everyone to love it, but if you’re going to be critical, then be constructive – not mean – but that may be the teacher in me shining through.

5.     When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

I love anything romance or new adult.  I just finished On the Island and Uncharted by Tracey Garvis Graves and I LOVED them.  Anna and T.J. will forever be in my top 5 book couples.  I also just finished Rock My World by Michele Valentine.  I love her Black Falcon series and I can’t wait to read Trip’s book.

6.     If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?

Currently, my book would be titled A Whole Lotta Crazy!  I have three small kids – twin four year old boys, an 18 mos old (another boy); I teach full time (high school juniors); I coordinate the English department; I run my household; oh, and I wrote two books within 6 months.  Yeah, so crazy would definitely have to be in the title somehow, but I love every minute of it (mostly).

7.     What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?

a.     I actually went to the college where Maddy and Reid go.

b.    The part about Reid being Maddy’s lobster (where she quotes an episode of Friends) is something my husband and I say to each other.  It’s actually what I had inscribed on his wedding band.

c.     Most of the names in my books come from my family.  They are names that belong to the people I love or names that I would have loved to have used for my children.

8.     Why do you think what you do matters?

Have I mentioned that my life is crazy and hectic?  Well, I know there are so many other women out there whose lives are the same.  We all need a break – we need a world that we can visit and find some solace, a few laughs and some steam.  What I do is important because as I’m writing that, I can go to that place and when my readers are reading it, they go there too.

9.     What can your fans look forward to next?

 Hopefully, a lot.  Let Love Heal, book three which is Melanie’s book, should be out this fall.  I’d also like to have a special novella out around Christmas.

10.  Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?

I just need to say thank you to everyone out there who has given me a chance.  One day back in February 2013, I said to my husband “I think I want to write a book.”  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would sell this many and that I would have people who would send me messages of thanks and encouragement.  I can’t wait to get more books out to you so those messages can keep coming in.

links

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 thegiveaway

1 winner gets a signed paper back of each book Let Love in and Let Love Stay (Domestic US only) and another gets a $10 gift card and swag (Open Internationally).

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Comments

  1. you did such a great job with this!! Love this book! Thank you for taking the time to do this:)

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