What comes after “they lived happily ever after?
Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths.
Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this “one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life.
With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.
Review—Let Love Shine by Melissa Collins
“We’re going home today as a family. My family. Our family. A stray tear rolls down my cheek. It’s one produced of pure happiness. Reid peeks back at us through the rearview mirror, and even though there are no tears in his eyes, I know that he feels the same way I do right now. Complete.” –Maddy
And baby makes three! Maddy and Reid are adjusting to family life and all being a parent entails. With some of the most interesting challenges and biggest rewards…like sleeping all night, few and far between. It’s all worth it though when they see the miracle they have created.
“She starts bopping up and down as she sings some silly song. Braden’s laughter fills the room. Maddy twirls around with him and his smile is infectious. So is hers. Maddy, with our baby on her hip, is a sight I’ll never get tired of. It makes me realize just how far we’ve come and how happy we are.” –Reid
Being a young family, trying to juggle a kid, a home, a job, and school, isn’t always the easiest. Both Maddy and Reid feel the strains and struggle to keep a positive frame of mind. Thankfully, they have Mel and Bryan, along with Momma and Evan. Safe to say, life is pretty darn good. If only it were that easy for everyone…
I can say, I loved catching up with everyone again. Maddy and Reid are the perfect couple. Each complete with their own insecurities…I found that I related to Maddy on more than one occasion, especially with her body issues. I think every woman goes through that, it was nice to read about it.
The conflicts in the story were just enough to keep those emotions in the forefront, and not quite in check. That is something that Collins is famous for…I was teary-eyed more than once.
I think this was the perfect way to end the series…this is the end, right? Melissa Collins is a beautiful storyteller and I just absolutely fell in love with each and every one of her characters. Okay…so maybe I’d like to see a little more of Dylan. *wink-wink*
**4 Happily Ever After Stars**
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.
Here we are a year later and we couldn’t be happier to have Braden’s first birthday party tomorrow with our friends and family. Between prepping for the party, me working overtime, and Maddy finishing her last summer course, we’ve barely been able to stay awake past eight every night. But watching them dance and laugh in front of me makes it all worth it. I pull them both into my arms and just hold them for a quick second before Braden starts shimmying out of Maddy’s arms. He’s caught sight of his Lightning McQueen racecar on the floor and is reaching for it. Handing him his car, Maddy puts him in his bouncy seat. The sight of my wife taking care of our son, talking baby talk and kissing him sweetly should warm my heart. But all I can see is her ass right now. Yep, I want her. “Get over here.” I pull her back to me once Braden is situated and brush her hair out of her eyes. “You look beautiful, you know that?” I trail sweet, soft kisses behind her ear and down her neck. “Hmmm,” she mumbles and it makes me smile against her skin. Moving from her neck across to her mouth, I feel her lean into my lips. This is something else of which I’ll never get tired. Her full, luscious lips pressed against mine; the taste of her sweet mouth still drives me crazy. “Well, hello there.” Pulling away from our kiss, Maddy arches her eyebrows as she presses her hips into my groin. The last motion surprises me more than a little. To say that our sex life has been different in the last year is, well, it’s an understatement to say the least. “What? I’m not allowed to want my wife.” I grab her ass and push her into my erection a bit more. Our hands roam as the kiss rises in intensity. I fist a handful of her hair and pull her mouth even closer to mine. It’s the hottest kiss we’ve had in a while. Just as her hips start to roll into mine, we’re distracted by a sound, and smell, to which we’ve grown all too accustomed in the last year. Before I can even move my hands from her body, Maddy’s pinching her nose closed. “Not it!” She calls out and laughs. “Damn, you’re getting quick!” It’s kind of been our thing to decide who gets to change him. I scowl playfully at her and she just laughs at me. “Dude, you’re killing my game.” Braden smiles as I hold him out in front of me. “Holy crap! What the hell did you feed this kid today?” Seriously, he’s lethal. “He ate the same as usual. He’s just a stinky little monster.” She says the last sentence to Braden in that ridiculous baby talk. You can talk sweet about it all you want; it’s still poop.
Let Love Shine
Let Love In
Let Love Stay
Let Love Heal