Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review & Giveaway: "Let Love Live" by Melissa Collins

Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?

For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago. 

Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona - tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough - a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin. 

Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan's long ago buried heart and let love live once more.

If you've read the other books in the series, your well aware of who Shane is. You'd know how his loss affected Reid and Dylan. What we don't know is Shane's side. Part 1 of this book is full of Shane's life, of why he did the unthinkable, and what part Dylan played in it all. This is the part that helps us to understand why Dylan felt responsible for his death. I'll not lie, by the time Part 1 was done I wanted to hate Dylan. I just couldn't though. He has tortured himself enough over his choices and it's caused enough grief and remorse. This part of the book is full of denying and then accepting their homosexuality and how those around them would perceive them because of it. It also shows the abuse that both Reid and Shane suffered from their father both physically and mentally. Be prepared to shed some tears. It's hard to take in how cruel people can be just because of who someone loves.

In Part 2, Dylan meets Conner. Conner has been through an emotional 2 years to say the least, but unlike Dylan he didn't let it keep him down. He rose from it choosing to take the better road. When the two meet the attraction is undeniable. However, Dylan meets his match in Connor. I loved the fact that Connor put down the date rule. This book expressed a homosexual couple without the stereotypes. It approached every detail just as if they were any other couple, yet also showed the awkwardness of how society assumes things of them. As with the other books in the series, Connor and Dylan go through some tough moments and circumstances.

Part 3 is full of trying to become happy as both want to be. I love the ending! It's so appropriate and gives just enough of a glimpse of what's to come. The whole clan is there and we see a glimpse into each relationship from the series.

This book as a whole is probably the best of all. It's a difficult topic to write about. Melissa Collins nailed it, it's full of emotion that will leave you raw and thoughtful during each part. It will make you want to hold the young around you and let them know how much you appreciate them. It will make you want to sit and talk to make sure your loved ones aren't experiencing problems. It may make you feel ashamed of words that have left your mouth and careful they don't leave your mouth again. It shows just how powerful words in frustration or anger are and how they can affect those we love.

This book is a definite 5 star thought provoking read.
 You'll laugh, cry, smile, and blush throughout each part of the book.

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Read Prologue over at Melissa's Blog (CLICK HERE)




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.


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