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.
“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!!!