Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review Blitz + Giveaway! "Let Love Shine" by Melissa Collins

Let Love Shine

(The Love Series #3.5)

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.

4.5 Stars

A light, sweet, and sexy novella that should not be missed! Let Love Shine is installment #3.5 in the Love Series by Melissa Collins. Yes, all three books prior to this one must be read beforehand – even Melanie’s, which is book 3, Let Love Heal.

I will start right off by saying that if I loved Reid before, now he just blows me away. Such a hunk of man! Seeing him not only as a husband, but a father??? Whoa!! *fans self*

“We’re going home today as a family.
My family.
Our family.”

Here, we see Maddy and Reid post Braden. You would think that being parents and newlyweds at a relatively young age, while juggling school and work, would have a toll on them. But it doesn’t. Yes, they have their ups and downs, but their love for each other is so pure and deep, that it makes every problem seem small. They are there for each other in every single way.

“Before you had Braden, you were the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen. And now since you’ve had him, you’re the most stunning woman on the planet.”

Isn’t he dreamy?! The way Reid treats Maddy is just….swoon-worthy, hands down. We see them both create the family they yearned to have for many years. They create their own little environment, where despite their worries or insecurities, they are able to be themselves.

After seeing them go through so much in the first two books in the series, I was extremely happy to see them happy and settled down. Seeing Maddy and Reid face real life type of problems and come out stronger -- as individuals and as a couple -- made my heart smile. And omg!!! There sure were some steamy scenes!!! Reid has a very hot, alpha side, let me tell you. Yum!

Overall, this was a quick yet amazing read! We see all the characters we’ve come to know and love from the previous books, which was great!! Let Love Shine is truly a fantastic addition to the series. 
I highly recommend you buy it.

“I know that he feels the same way I do right now. Complete.”

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The Love Series 

 Let Love In
(The Love Series #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 



Let Love Stay
(The Love Series #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.  

Read my review  here

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Let Love Heal
(The Love Series #3)


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.

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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