August 15, 2013

{ review } Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins



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.


After the way things ended in the previous book, Let Love In, I was very quick to begin the second book. And THANK YOU THANK, for starting exactly where they left off in Let Love In. I get so frustrated, when it doesn't happen like that in series, it drives me crazy!

There's a lesson to learn everyone, something happens that will change both Maddy and Reid's life, in reaction, Reid doesn't really know how to handle it, so fear takes over. And in that moment, things were said that they would both regret. If you're mad, take a breather and keep your mouth shut, when you're read, then you can talk about things calmly!

This story is told from Maddy and Reid's POV and I love when books are like that because it's really good to know what each character is thinking during any given moment, it definitely helps me see where they're coming from and understanding what they're feeling. I'm sure many others who have read this can definitely agree with the constant frustration I had with Maddy & Reid. I loathe when characters know they deeply love each other and can't live without each other, but constantly tip toe around each other and continue to be stubborn and not fess up their feelings. But who wants a story to happen that quickly anyways?!

Overall, I did love this book, it had a little bit of everything! And prepare yourself to be a little heartbroken about Reid's little demons, he carries a heavy burden and the task to confront is totally something else. It takes a lot of strength to overcome something like that. 

I recommend you go and read this one, if you haven't read Let Love In, well get on it!


Melissa Collins 2Meet the Author

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.

Bonus Scene!

“What about this one?”  I hold a random carton of ice cream in front of me.  Picking out an ice cream flavor should not be this difficult. 

Leave it to Maddy, though.

Holding the pint of Ben and Jerry’s, she’s actually reading the label.  “Maddy!  Does it really matter?  It’s ice chocolate.  It’s peanut butter.  What else could you want?  Let’s just get this one.” I wrap my arms around her waist and nuzzle into her neck.  I know what’ll get her ass in gear.  “The sooner we get home,” I lick her neck to emphasize my point, “the sooner we can start the movie.  And the sooner we start the movie, well, then,” one more lick just to bring the point home, “the sooner we can get distracted by other things.”  I shove certain “other things” into her fine, tight ass just to continue emphasizing my point. 

Damn!  Now I want to get out of here for entirely different reasons. 

I feel her melt against me and I know I’ve won. 

“Hmmm,” is the only response of which she’s capable.

The superhero fanatic in me fist pumps in the air.  I have been dying to see the new Batman movie since it came out on DVD, but well, even when you put Batman up against hot sex with your girl, well, sex always wins. 

Walking hand in hand to the cashier, Maddy stares up at me dreamily.  “I know what we could do instead of watching one of your silly ‘boy movies’.”  She arches an eyebrow at me and I know exactly what she means.  She’s not getting off that easily.  Well, I mean she will, eventually.  But, dammit I’m watching my movie first. 

I pull her to my side as we walk away from the cashier.  “Oh no you don’t!  The last time we rented this DVD, you won.”

She huffs a sigh at me.  “What the heck is that supposed to mean, ‘I won?’” Her words are shocked, but playfully so.  She knows exactly what I mean.

As we walk up to the car, I open the door for her and lean into her neck once again.  “You know exactly what I mean.  Now, if you let me watch my movie first”, I lick a seductive path from her neck up to her jawline and hover above her lips. 

When I’ve rendered her speechless, I move my lips to speak at they flutter on top of her.  “Well, if you let me watch this first, then you’ll win over and over and over again.”

Her responding groan is all I need to hear to know that I’ve won.  Boy movie night it is.  Not to be overshadowed by “the hottest sex of your life” sex night either.


In true Maddy fashion, she passed out on my lap less than thirty minutes into the movie. That works out perfectly for me actually.  I got to watch the movie and now I get to carry a drowsy Maddy up to her room and, well, you know.

She barely stirs as I move to pick her up, but by the time I’m halfway up the stairs she finally wakes up. 
“Did I miss the movie?”  She asks sleepily while pressing her lips against my neck. 

“You sure did, sweetheart.  But don’t worry, we can watch it again tomorrow night.”  My response is met with a playful swat to the ass. 

I didn’t even realize her hand was back there!

As I drop her onto the bed, she looks up at me lustfully.  Oh, hell!  Two can play at that game.  I feign a yawn and plop down next to her.  “I’m beat, Maddy.  Let’s go to sleep.”  Trying my best to hide my smile, I turn on my side and curl away from her.

I can hear her harrumph and fidget on the bed.  Before I can say or do anything, she’s pinching me on the side, tickling the shit out of me.  Oh it’s on now!

With lightning quick reflexes, I turn over to her and wrap my legs around hers, essentially pinning her into place.  “So that’s how you want to play it, huh?”  I pull her arms above her head and encircle both of her tiny wrists in one of my hands. 

Her eyes dilate and I can see how hard she has to work to swallow past her desire.  Just when I have her where I want her, I reach for her breast with my other hand. 

Hovering above her supple flesh, I wink at her and then change tactics quickly.  Pinching and tickling at her sides and underarms has her squirming beneath me in seconds. 

“Reid…stop…please… that tickles…”  Her words trail off into a fit of hysterical laughter. 
When she’s out of breath, I press my lips softly to hers and stare into her deep green eyes.  “Love you, babe.”

“I love you, too, Reid.  Now can we finally go to sleep?”  She arches her hips up into mine on the word “sleep” and I know “sleep” is the last thing either one of us have planned.  

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