Monday, April 7, 2014

BLITZ AND GIVEAWAY: Let Love Be (Love #2) by Melissa Collins

What would bring you happiness in a world that was suddenly empty?

For Lucy Crane, the answer is simple: her daughter. When her husband is killed in a tragic accident, Lucy loses her desire to live, but only one thing keeps her going – her unborn daughter. Focusing on being a mother helps Lucy cope with her loss, but kids grow up and they leave home, eventually. Eighteen years after losing her first and only love, Lucy is faced with the opportunity to find the happiness for which she’s always longed. Her own fears become her worst enemies as she learns how to embrace love once again.

Evan Donovan is also facing his own struggles. Forced to retire from the FDNY because of lung damage caused by 9/11, Evan moves to upstate New York where he hopes to find a little peace and quiet. Old habits die hard, and Evan’s hero complex and survivor’s guilt constantly remind him of how difficult it is to be vulnerable. But for the first time in his life, he’s tired of being alone.

Drawing strength from one another, Lucy and Evan discover how beautiful it is to let love be a part of their lives.

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I thought I would Maddy and Reid would forever be my #1 Love series couple, but hen Lucy and Evan met.  WOW!  I don't know if its because they are an adult couple (Lucy is 43, Evan 52) and therefore closer to my own age, but their love story was absolutely beautiful and really touched me.  There is something to be said for falling in love after you've gained enough life experience to be over yourself and unafraid to be who you really are.  

I have always loved Lucy and her character has always intrigued me.  I went into Let Love Be with a lot of preconceived ideas about who I thought Lucy was and why she made the choices in her life that she did.  Some of those ideas turned out true, but more often than not what I thought I knew about Lucy wasn't so and my whole view of her shifted (in a good way!).  She has lead a happy but hard life and its finally her time.  Even's life has been very different from Lucy's but no less of a struggle.  He is the type of man other men admire and women want to fall all over.

The dynamic between Evan and Lucy was a welcomed diversion from my typical read (mostly YA/NA).  Their maturity shone through not only in their day to day lives but in how they interacted with each other and how they approached their blooming relationship.  Lucy and Evan were two of the most real characters I've ever come across and I know that if I ever meet them one day we would be great friends!

Make sure you check out the rest of this AMAZING series:
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About the author

Author Pic.JPGMelissa 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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