It’s time for our Monday Guest Review from the fabulous Donna! Today she tells us what she thought about Let Love In by Melissa Collins . . .
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?
Madeleine Becker lost everything 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.
Let Love In is the debut novel by self published author Melissa Collins. It is the first book in a series. I was looking for a light happy read but got that and so much more.
Madeline Becker a/k/a Maddy is a young girl who has experienced more than her share of heartache before turning 18. At the age of 10 she loses her parents in a car accident and is forced to leave all that is familiar to go and live with her elderly Aunt whom she had never met. A few years later tragedy strikes again and having no family left Maddy moves in with her best friend Melanie and her mom, Momma C.
College a place for a new start. Maddy makes herself some promises:
“Choose Happy” “Appreciate Beauty” “Let Love In”
Reid Connely is an engima even to his college roommates. Sure he’s good looking but no one seems to know anything about his home life. He’s known as the loose cannon of the group and bounces from girl to girl…No Attachment No Commitment.
Tragedy and guilt have formed walls…will their attraction to one another be enough to Let Love In?
Reid and Maddy had me pulling for them from the start. The story is told through both Maddy and Reid’s POV so their inner voices and battles with themselves had me laughing and smiling.
“Jack didn’t tell me this was a family reunion. I’m so not in the mood for this tonight.” (I am in the mood for ripping Maddy’s clothes off and hearing her scream my name. Now, that doesn’t sound like a horrible plan.) ~Reid
“I am a big girl. I can take it if you really don’t like me.” (I’d be crushed and eat my way through a few pints of ice cream to get over it. But I would eventually. Like when I am sixty.) ~Maddy
As the story unfolds it pulls you in and makes you fall in love with them. You see them slowly open themselves up to the possibility that things can be different, they can be different.
I read the book within a few hours. I needed to see where their journey would take them. As with any relationship, there are ups and downs but I was truly pulling for them to come through the otherside together. So if you are looking for a new read with hope for young love, Let Love In and enjoy.