Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins


Book #2 in The Love Series - Release Date July 31, 2013.

f 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

4.5 stars by Guest Reviewer Nicole Lorenzo 

When Maddy watches Reid walk away from her she realizes she made the biggest mistake of her life. She pushed the love of her life away because of her own insecurities and now she will need him more than ever.  Between still not dealing with the pain over losing her parents, and now losing Reid it takes all of Maddy’s courage to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and continue on. Knowing she cannot live without Reid in her life, Maddy hopes he can forgive her and come back to her.

“ I never wanted to let anyone in until Reid, and now that I love him, I don’t know how to give him up. I can’t let him walk out of my life even if he has already chosen to walk out of mine.”

Reid is lost without Maddy in his life. He is hurt that she pushed him away, but he knows he needs to deal with the demons of his past in order to be whole again. Determined to makes things right, Reid goes down a road he thought he never would again, home. Going home again is hard for Reid, and he learns things that shed a new light on his past, but is it too late for him to forgive and start to heal?  Overwhelmed from dealing with his past Reid decides he is going to go to Maddy and prove to her how much he loves her and wants her to be his future.

“I wish I was smarter. I wish I had more experience in this whole relationship thing. I wish I could make you understand the weight of my words, but please, baby, please understand that the words ‘I love you’ don’t even come close to expressing how I feel about you”

Together again Maddy and Reid try to focus on their future instead of the past. Maddy learns that she cannot punish Reid for dealing with his past the way he needs to, especially because she is still dealing with hers. Reid knows ignoring his problems is wrong and in order to have a healthy future with Maddy, he needs to try to forgive his family. Together can they overcome their insecurities and move on to build the future they both deserve? Together can they learn to let love stay?

“I will not let my demons ruin a future with my angel.”

Let Love Stay is the second novel in The Love Series by Melissa Collins and like the first installment it did not disappoint!  I was happy to see Reid confront his past so he can heal and move on with his life with Maddy.  I was also happy to see Maddy grow up a little, understanding that she can’t live in fear of love.  The Epilogue was my favorite part! It’s heartwarming and gives you a little insight into Maddy and Reid’s future! I would love to see the series continue, maybe another novel featuring Maddy’s best friend Mel! Whether the series continues or not I would definitely read anything else Melissa Collins writes!


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