- Blog Tour: Let Love In by Melissa Collins
- Release Day Blast: Destination Wedding by Robyn Neely
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.
Snippet of Maddy and Reid’s first encounter:
There was a group playing quarters on the island and another group lining up shots on the breakfast bar – so not my scene. I just shrugged my shoulders, opened the door, pulled out a bottle of water and, when I turned around to walk back outside, I face-planted into a wall of solid muscle.
“Hand me one?” His voice was smooth and... gruff at the same time. Red-faced, I turned back around and got him his water, glad for the cool respite that the opened refrigerator door offered.
“Here you go.” I could not peel my eyes away from his mouth as he moved the bottle to his lips. They were perfect - beautiful and full in a completely masculine way. I watched, completely fascinated, as his throat moved, downing the water in three or four large gulps. He wiped his mouth with his forearm and I couldn’t help but let my eyes travel up the rest of his arm to his biceps and shoulders – those were the same as his lips – perfect. Amazingly, gorgeously, utterly, divinely perfect. Muscled and tanned, his arms were mouthwatering.
My knees wobbled. My heart thudded. Thousands of butterflies spread their wings in my belly.
“Thanks…” he stared blankly at my face for a minute and I couldn't help but wondering if he liked what he saw. He cleared his throat and roused me from my little daydream where the gorgeous boy is mesmerized by the maybe-a-little-above-average looking girl. That’s when I realized he was asking for my name.
“Maddy. Sorry, my name’s Maddy." I nearly choked on my tongue to get my freaking name out.
Wowwy! Wow! Wow!!!! Let Love In is a beautiful story about two sad, broken souls finding each other and starting over in love. I devoured this book in one sitting. I laughed, cried, and screamed....cliffhanger alert!! I love how Melissa Collins created main characters that were flawed in their own ways, but kept their moral compass and were still good hearted in nature. The bad boy, is only a bad boy on the outside as a defense mechanism, and the snarky virgin is just trying to protect her heart after suffering many losses in life.
Maddy lost both parents at the young age of 10. She was forced to go live with an elderly aunt that had she never met. Her aunt died while she was in high school, and she moved in with her best friend. Mel's mother, known as Momma C, is the closest thing to a mother Maddy has and now that she is going away to college, she is starting to question where exactly is her "home". Maddy is an expert at building walls to keep people out of her heart. She fully believes if she does not love anyone, she can't lose them. She has never been in love, never had sex, and doesn't let anyone in. Everything changes when she meets Reid Connely .... MEOW!!!!
Reid is a known player that never sees a girl more than once. He is a love them and leave them kind of guy, doesn't believe in dating, and guards his on heart with secrets of his past. Reid has never questioned how he lives, until he bumps into Maddy at a party at his house. One look at her and he knows she is going to rock his world. Question is..... will he let her?
Let Love In had me hooked me from page 1! I didn't even bookmark this book... I read the whole through.... food and water be damned. My heart broke for Reid and Maddy as they tried to love and let others into the lives, heat, and souls. They are both so lovable that I had no choice but to root for hem to find happiness! I CANNOT wait for Let Love Stay... which is coming soon... so I can find out what happens with these two characters!!! If you hate cliffhangers...wait to read this book... but I HIGHLY suggest you read it STAT!! I give Let Love In 4.5 stars on the knock my socks off scale!!
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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What happens in the air doesn’t stay up there. Once on tropical land, Kate believes that the handsome stranger who gave her the best kiss of her life is now her new client, Drew Cannon, fiancé to the beautiful and wealthy Lauren Kincaid. While Kate struggles with the intense feelings she thinks she has for Drew, Luke discovers Kate’s been hired to plan his brother’s destination wedding. He also realizes the initial sparks they shared 30,000 feet up are now mistakenly aimed at Drew. Can Luke get Kate to realize that the feelings she has are for him? He’s got forty-eight hours in paradise to try.
Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places; watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit; can’t live without Dunkin Donuts coffee and has never met a cookie she didn’t like. If you have a must read romance suggestion or a fabulous cookie recipe, she wants to know.
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