Thursday, September 26, 2013

Let Love In & Let Love Stay - Spotlight

Let Love In Let Love Stay Book Spotlight

 Let Love In: 

 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.

Review—Let Love In by Melissa Collins

“Life has a funny way of going on. You don’t have a choice, really.  You wake up, force yourself into some clothes, drag your ass to school, smile and nod as if on cue, do enough work to keep your head above water so as not to raise concern – in short, you deal.”

Madeline Becker has found a way to move forward with her life after the death of her parents; as empty as it may seem she is still living.  Meeting her best friend in seventh grade, shortly after moving to live with her aunt, Maddy slowly begins to open up.  Melanie Crane is bubbly and open and just happy, it’s infectious really, allowing Maddy to find just a tad-bit of happiness in her grief-stricken life. 

Getting close to people is nearly impossible for Madeline and besides Mel (along with her second mom), Maddy keeps a pretty high wall around her heart.  If she doesn’t let anyone in, she can’t get hurt.  She has friends, even a boyfriend who loves her, but never has Maddy had feelings where she can open herself completely up and truly be free to love and be loved by another…it just hurts too much to feel those things, when the number one feeling she carries is pain. 

“You deserve love.  You are not broken and empty like you think you are…I know losing your parents was difficult and that, in a lot of ways, you’re still reeling from it, but it will never get better until you let it get better. You have to let them go and move on with your life.  I know that you deserve to be loved…I just hope that one day you realize you deserve it – that one day you’ll be able to let love in.”

Deciding that with life taking her to new places, namely college (with Mel of course as her roommate), Madeline makes a few promises to herself.  Things that only she can do; a way to be happy, appreciate the beauty of life and her surroundings, but mostly, to let love in.  Never did she think it would come so quickly…or wrapped up in an extremely hot, dark and mysterious package.  Reid Connely. 
A chance meeting at a college house party has Maddy reeling.  This guy, whom she has just met, pulls her close and sees right.through.her.  What is strange, is that she sees right through him too…and they are both terrified of the meaning behind each of the other’s painful stares. 

“There’s some pull, some draw between us, and I just know that he feels it.  He has to…I want to dig deeper; I want to know him better.  I want to learn what put the pain in his eyes. I want to soothe it. I want to share my pain with him in the hopes that he can help me wash it away, because despite his anger, I have seen compassion in his eyes, too.  I’ve heard the hope in his voice. I’ve seen him laughing with his friends, and I know there is a good guy in there somewhere.”

It’s not hard to see that they have each found their missing half, their soul mate.  I loved this instant connection between Reid and Maddy.  I loved that he fought it, trying to hold onto his “bad boy” ways but not really wanting to.  The relationship between them is something movies are made of, especially his sweetness and underlying attention to details.  To have a man treat a woman with the utmost care and devotion (especially at their age) is not common.  I LOVED that about this story…it reminds me of my husband. <3 

The struggles that they face, both as individuals as well as a couple had me laughing one second and sobbing the next.  My emotions were all over the place—I loved it. Every. Single. Second.  Collins weaves a beautiful love story laced with two very different types of grief (along with a completely heart-wrenching backstory) that each has gone through. I loved the understanding that while the scenarios may be different, they are the same…and ultimately, Maddy & Reid get their happily ever after…oh wait, did I say that?  I meant to say, she leaves you hanging like a monkey on a limb with no ground underneath!  Seriously!?!?  I cried SO HARD as I read the last page and then “THE END”.  I was like, “That’s it?!? Surely, there has to be more?”  Thankfully, there is and I cannot wait to see how Maddy and Reid’s story ends…or begins in Let Love Stay.

“Leaning into my ear, he whispers, “Goodbye for now, sweet Maddy. I love you. I’ll always love you, no matter what, and I will prove it to you.” His lips softly graze my cheek, and then he’s gone.  He’s walking past me…His dark silhouette is illuminated by the bright sun shining through the sliding glass doors…Reid, the love of my life, has always been the darkness in search of the light…I hope for his sake, for my sake…that he can finally find it.”

**5 Painfully Sweet Stars**

Let Love Stay:

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.

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Melissa Collins 2
 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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