Friday, August 2, 2013

REVIEW: Let Love In by Melissa Collins

Book #1 in The Love series


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.

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Nadine's Review

4 Big-Reid-Fangirl-Crush Stars

Melissa wrote such a sweet love story about two college students that fell head over heels for another; letting love in, allowing to feel for the first time for another person was the best decision they could do.

I've to admit while reading I had a serious fangirl crush on Reid; too bad he's too young though -only 21 *bummer*. If I would have met Reid when 18 like Maddy did, I swear I would be married by now with 2kids, a house and a dog LOL -yep he's a keeper. He's the most adorable boyfriend ever!!

Maddy, lost her parents in a tragic accident when she was only 10yrs old. After that she had to live with her aunt away from the home she once knew; a home and aunt that she barely knew and who was too old to raise a 10yr old properly. Maddy shut down, closed herself off and didn't let anyone come too close. She didn't allow herself to love someone because she was afraid of the loss she would encounter if this person got ripped out of her life (again). The walls she has built around herself were high, so high that she knew they wouldn't crumble that easy, so she could feel safe. Thankfully Maddy met Mel in in middle school and soon after they become best friends and family- a family she didn't have anymore. 

Reid also built in the last 5yrs sky high walls up around himself, he too lost someone he loved and he still blames himself for the tragedy that happened. Reid doesn't get attached, he learned from his mistakes. Girls are just for fun, no serious feelings attached. His motto is love'em and leave'em. His past is haunting him even in his dreams.

Maddy and Reid meet for the first time at a frat party where they end up dancing together; Maddy was mesmerized by him. She was basically pudding in his hands. His body, face, and oh his eyes - those eyes held so much pain and hope in it, she could look right through it.

"Reid is the epitome of tall, dark, and fucking amazingly handsome. And even that description doesn't seem to cut it." --> so you now get an idea how handsome Reid is ;)

Reid felt the same while they were dancing, the invisible pull Maddy had on him. He couldn't take his eyes off of her but when he realized she could see him, could see right through him he left her on the dancefloor and fled; he got scared. 

After that, Maddy didn't know what to think of  it all and both had the weirdest two weeks ever with Reid. After a bar incident, Maddy wakes up in Reid's bed and that's where their sweet love story begins.

I want to touch his skin, but somehow ripping off his shirt in the middle of the living room just doesn't sound appropriate.

Both started to open up, bit by bit; Maddy more than Reid. She could feel he's still guarding himself and is afraid to share his demons. For Maddy, it never felt better to open up, to love someone, to be happy - Reid was the first boy that brought those deep feelings and desires into surface. But their happiness should not live long. Even though his walls started to crumble, not everything was gone and when Reid receives strange phone calls, which he ignores all the time, Maddy can't help but feel suspicious. Something is wrong but he wouldn't talk to her and she takes matters in her own hand.

When things get too heated between the two, Maddy confronts him about the calls and what she did to find out the truth. Their fight escalated and Maddy left enraged, letting a furious Reid behind. After a night full of alcohol and no Maddy next to him, he got woken up by loud banging on the door.... police banging on his door... Then everything is just a blurr...Oh god Maddy, no no... was his first thought...

"I just hold her hand and cry. I cry for the pain I've caused her, for the pain I'm causing her now, for the pain I'm feeling deep in my soul that I've been carrying around for far too long. Drawing on her inner strength, I think over everything she told me."

With Let love In Melissa created more than just a page-turner, her love story was sweet, sad, and blissful to read. I was ruling nonstop for Reid and yeah sometimes I wanted to shake some sense into Maddy cause she acted unfair a bit too often. I couldn't even take her side when they had this huge fight, cause Reid was right to be pissed beyond repair, what she did was a no-go. But anyways I somehow could understand her cause I'm a woman ;) I really recommend Melissa's novel to everyone that enjoys a college love story between two young adults trying to let love in - it was bliss to read their journey finding and opening up to each other.

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. 

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