Let Love In by Melissa Collins

Let Love In by Melissa Collins
Release date:  May 8, 2013
My rating:  3.5 lovely stars

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.

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.  

My Review....I can't deny that I liked this book.  So, with that being said, you are probably wondering why I gave this a 3.5 star review.  Well, you have to remember with me, that isn't a low rating.  I RARELY give books 5 stars.  My ratings usually fall between three and four stars when I like a book.  It takes A LOT to get that 5 star rating from me!
So onward I go.... This book tugged at my heart in quite a few places.  The loneliness inside that Madeleine carried is enough to torture anyone's soul.  Her not knowing how to let herself go and just be is heart breaking.  So when someone challenges her soul, there is only one thing to do.... Brace yourself for more heart break?
Heart break is what Reid is ready to give from the word go.... Well, he doesn't intend on it, but it happens.  Then the torture the two endure once it happens.... Two tortured souls unwilling to let love in equals a story that is sure to bring about emotions all of the way around.
Now to get to the rating, there is a reason for it.  Although I liked this book, it had its moments.  Its moments where it lost me and my mind went elsewhere.  Melissa is a good author, however, there are parts where she reels you in, your heart starts to swell, and then she just shifts away leaving you lost and unfocused. At least that's where I was.  It was almost like she was afraid to deliver that final blow of emotion you are begging for to happen.  
Is this book worth reading?  Yes.  Will you regret reading it?  Absolutely not.  

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