Monday, November 4, 2013

Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway! "Let Love Heal" by Melissa Collins

(Love Series, Book 3)

Perfection.  We all strive for it, but what happens when the desire to be perfect consumes you?  What happens when the need to bury your mistakes blinds you?
Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student – she’s been perfect at everything, in fact.  But when she lets her insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection.  Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain.  Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is.
Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order.  He’s charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving.  When the landscape of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the pieces.
Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.

4 Stars 

Let Love Heal is Melanie’s story. We met Melanie in books one and two in the Love Series as Maddy’s best friend. Even though it’s not necessary to read Let Love In and Let Love Stay in order to read this one, I always suggest that people read all the books in a series, so that they have a better grasp of the general story line and all the characters.

Let Love Heal, book three in the series, goes way beyond than just being a love story. It’s about Melanie’s journey towards self-discovery and acceptance… learning to love herself wholly before being able to even understand the reality of someone else loving her.

In book two, Let Love Stay, we got a few snippets of what was to come in this one, so we already knew about her boyfriend, Bryan. I knew he was a good guy, but I really didn’t give him much thought. So once I actually met Bryan in this book, I was a taken for one amazing, swoon-worthy ride.

“Give me one good reason not to like you, Melanie. You answered the ad for the job less than ten minutes after I posted it, so I know you’re ambitious. Based on a few questions you answered in class, I can tell that you’re smart. We’ve shared plenty of laughs this week. And well…” His eyes rake over my curves one last time before he continues, “I think you’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.” He cups my chin to pull my eyes up to his again. Scanning my face, Bryan’s eyes focus in on mine as he softly adds, “Why not you?”

During the beginning of the book, we were taken back and forth in time. We got to see how Bryan and Melanie’s relationship started and how it slowly developed. *sigh* I LOVED Bryan the entire time. He’s HOT, smart, caring, loyal, romantic, and downright dreamy. Throughout the book, my heart broke so many times for Bryan. He had so much going on in his life that made my heart constantly ache for him.

I’m sad to say that Melanie, on the other hand, frustrated me a bit. I get that she had her insecurities and inner battles, but I just couldn’t help feeling frustrated. However, I really enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell. Towards the end, I actually felt really proud of her and all her personal accomplishments.

Before I end this review, I have to mention Melanie’s mom!!! Squeee!!!!! I really, really, really enjoyed reading scenes with her and Evan!!!! Jesus Christ! Evan made me swoon!!! I can’t wait to read THAT story!!!! I was SO happy for her especially after such a heart-breaking prologue. *sniff sniff*

All in all, this was a great book with refreshingly realistic situations and of course, a hot romance. I recommend you one-click Let Love Heal and read Bryan and Melanie’s story!

“We’re not perfect, neither one of us. And we never will be, but we can be imperfect together.” 


 Love Series....

Let Love In (The Love Series #1)

(Love Series, Book 1)

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? 

Madeleine Becker lost everything 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.


Read my review: here

(Love Series, Book 2)

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.  

Kindle / Paperback Nook 

Read my Review: here

About the Author:
Melissa Collins:

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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