Book Title: Let Love Be Author: Melissa Collins Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date:April 7, 2014 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Lucy lost the love of her life and best friend, Jimmy, suddenly. They had planned their lives together and were expecting their unborn daughter Melanie in just a few weeks. When the accident takes him she's devastated, no longer knowing how to live. She decides to put all she can into being a mother, compensating for Melanie having only one parent. What happens when Melanie is all grown up though? As just that happens, Lucy has to figure out who she is now that she's not caretaker to Melanie and Maddy.
Evan has firefighting in his blood. It's all he's known. All he's lived for. He's tried relationships in the past, but when you work the hours he does it causes problems. He's never found the woman that makes him want to be home more than working. After 9/11 he has medical problems and is suddenly retired. His condo isn't home and he has no one waiting for him to get there. Suddenly living for work has become rather lonely.
As Evan and Lucy meet and the spark is lit a beautiful love story begins. It's rare to have a romance story at their age. I believe this is the first book I've read staring an older couple, her being in her 40's and him in his 50's. It was refreshing to read a book that wasn't hot 20 year old doing the bump and grind. I love the realistic bashfulness that was shown as Lucy and Evan are off their game and more like inexperienced teenagers at times.
Have the Kleenex handy and I do mean right from the start of the book. I don't think I have EVER cried this much. Lucy's story is absolutely heart breaking. It truly shows how quickly life can change and not to take things for granted. This is a fabulous emotional read and Melissa couldn't have created better characters. This is an amazing series and every book is better than the one before.
To say this is a 5 star book just doesn't describe how good it is.
This is a classic waiting to happen.
It puts Lifetime movies to shame.
Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream. Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born. Web - www.melissacollinsauthor.com Facebook - www.facebook.com/melissacollins.author Twitter - @mcollinsauthor
“Oh, I love this movie.” She settles on Forrest Gump as I grab my second slice. “So, you already know about my history. What about you? Have you ever been married?” Forrest’s proposal to Jenny plays in the background. “No. I mean, I’ve had a few relationships here and there, but work always got in the way. Staying single was somehow easier.” “Same here. I mean, when Melanie was a kid, it was much easier to just focus on that part of my life.” “Now?” I hazard a question that takes even me by surprise. She puts her plate down on the coffee table and swallows back a large sip of water. “Now, I’m not so sure.” Suddenly, my mind races with the possibilities of what her words mean. It’s crazy to think how just a few encounters with Lucy have made me re-evaluate my feelings. Obviously, she feels the same way. A calm and peaceful air falls on us as a small smile curls at my lips. A comfortable silence fills the space as we watch the movie, recalling some memories when certain scenes come up. Nothing prepares me for Lucy’s reaction when Jenny and Forrest get married and she tells him she’s sick. I try not to look at her, wanting to avoid making her feel like she’s in the spotlight or anything like that. I do notice a few stray tears streaking down her cheeks so I can only imagine what’s to come. As we watch Forrest sitting beside Jenny’s grave, reading a letter from their son, Lucy reaches for a napkin. Clutching it to her chest, I can see her breathing rapidly. What were just a few tears earlier is now a steady stream. She doesn’t say anything, won’t even look at me, but I can’t watch her cry like this. I shift on the small, overstuffed sofa and drape my arm around her. The top of her head fits perfectly into the crook of my shoulder. The scent of her hair takes over my senses; the sound of her softly sniffling through her tears tugs at my heart. I alternate between squeezing her arm and tracing my fingers up over her shoulder. When she seems to have gathered her emotions, calming down a bit, my instincts take over and I act seemingly without thinking. Or maybe I am thinking and I’m just afraid of what I’m thinking. Gently pressing my lips to the top of her soft, brown hair feels like second nature. She tenses momentarily, and I realize I may have just overstepped my boundaries. “Sorry about that.” I straighten in my seat and try to move my arm, but her fingers fall to my forearm. She looks up at me through long lashes with puffy, red eyes from crying. “Don’t be.” Her voice is soft, angel-like. “It’s nice to be held.” That piece of information prompts me to pull her even closer. “Well, I’m glad I could be of service.” She laughs softly and then takes a deep breath before she shifts to move away from me, which just makes me pull her close once again. “Don’t,” planting another quick kiss to her head, “it’s nice to have someone to hold.”
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