Title: Let Love Heal
By: Melissa Collins
Let Love Heal: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18148888-let-love-heal
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 â sheâs 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. Heâs charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape of Bryanâs family changes in an instant, heâs 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.
Link to Prologue:
Iâve 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. Iâve spent the last ten years teaching and Iâve 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 couldnât 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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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?
Thatâs 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.
Snippet of Maddy and Reidâs first encounter from Let Love In:
There was a group playing quarters on the island and another group lining up shots on the breakfast bar â so not my scene. I just shrugged my shoulders, opened the door, pulled out a bottle of water and, when I turned around to walk back outside, I face-planted into a wall of solid muscle.
âHand me one?â His voice was smooth and... gruff at the same time. Red-faced, I turned back around and got him his water, glad for the cool respite that the opened refrigerator door offered.
âHere you go.â I could not peel my eyes away from his mouth as he moved the bottle to his lips. They were perfect - beautiful and full in a completely masculine way. I watched, completely fascinated, as his throat moved, downing the water in three or four large gulps. He wiped his mouth with his forearm and I couldnât help but let my eyes travel up the rest of his arm to his biceps and shoulders â those were the same as his lips â perfect. Amazingly, gorgeously, utterly, divinely perfect. Muscled and tanned, his arms were mouthwatering.
My knees wobbled. My heart thudded. Thousands of butterflies spread their wings in my belly.
âThanksâ¦â he stared blankly at my face for a minute and I couldn't help but wondering if he liked what he saw. He cleared his throat and roused me from my little daydream where the gorgeous boy is mesmerized by the maybe-a-little-above-average looking girl. Thatâs when I realized he was asking for my name.
âMaddy. Sorry, my nameâs Maddy." I nearly choked on my tongue to get my freaking name out.
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If youâre lucky, youâll fall in love â truly, madly and deeply in love. But what happens when that honest and pure love isnât 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 â 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.
Theyâve let love in, but now, they need to find out how to Let Love Stay.
Excerpt from Let Love Stay:
I get out of the truck and walk over towards the two of them. Maddyâs back is to me as I approach her and her date, so she doesnât see me right away. But once the guy sees me, she spins around to look at what has caught his eye.
Her face is shocked and when our eyes lock, my heart skips a beat. Thereâs a pull between us. As much as I hate to admit it, she owns me. Her eyes are magical. They dance with light and passion and when she looks at me, they are filled with love.
The love and passion that are sparkling in her emerald green eyes evaporate when she realizes the scene that Iâve just stumbled upon. I can only imagine whatâs going through her mind, but Iâm sure the images of me kicking Loganâs ass are flashing vividly through her mind.
Iâm no more than a few feet from them when the guy pushes Maddy behind him to protect her from what he perceives as a threat. Heâs not very far from the truth, but sheâs not the one who needs protecting.
Menacingly close now, he pipes up. âWho the fuck are you? What do you want?â Okay, Iâll give the prick a little bit of credit for trying to stand up to me, but he has no clue what heâs competing against here.
The caveman in me wants to deck this guy and drag Maddy into a bed â any bed â and claim her, repeatedly, until she understands that sheâs mine and no one elseâs. Iâm going to do that anyway, but hopefully I can refrain from knocking this guy on his ass. Iâd like to have the use of my hands tonight.
My eyes never leave Maddyâs, but my words are directed at him. âMe? Iâm the boyfriend, asshole.â Maddyâs eyes widen slightly as I say âboyfriend.â Did she really think we ever broke up?
I avert my gaze from Maddy for a minute to stare this douchebag down. âAnd who the fuck do you think you are?â He falters, not enough that most people would notice, but Iâm in predator mode. I see his throat work hard to swallow past the newly formed fear. His pupils dilate slightly and the pulse beating in his neck picks up as adrenaline surges through him. If he thinks heâs going to win this battle, he is wrong â so fucking wrong.
He puffs out his chest as he says, âIâm Maddyâs date for tonight.â He snickers lightly as he says, âYou know? She never mentioned a boyfriend when I asked her out. Must not be much of a boyfriend if she doesnât even mention you.â He swells with pride at his snarky little quip. In the split second he looks away from me to gauge Maddyâs approval, I lay him flat on the ground as I drop my shoulder into his gut and take his legs out from underneath him with one of my own. I freaking love my takedown skills. I didnât even have to bust up my hands. Iâm definitely going to need them in a little bit.
I straddle over him and pull him up by the collar. âWhether she mentioned me or not, sheâs mine, so lay the fuck off. Got it?â
Maddy still hasnât said a word and I havenât actually spoken directly to her. Iâm pretty sure she understands my actions though. Wordlessly, I reach my hand out to her. This is her chance. If she still wants me, then sheâll come with me. This is who I am, who Iâve always been. If she canât understand that I love her, that I want her more than anything, then itâs not because I havenât tried as hard as I possibly could to prove it to her.
Hand still outstretched, I look her directly in the eyes, as I try to convey everything that Iâm thinking, that Iâm feeling. In what feels like an act of God, she understands me and laces her hand in mine.
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