Monday, March 23, 2015

Let Love Live by Melissa Collins Review Tour

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.

***Let Love Live is a full length, standalone (within a series) novel.***

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was the first book I have read by Melissa Collins and I can tell you it will not be the last. I love her writing style and the way she makes you feel every emotion the characters in the book are feeling. I have actually owned this book since July of 2014 but never read it because I heard it was very emotional. That was an understatement. This book was brutal in the emotions department, I mean you will need a box of tissue if not two when reading this. The book was broken up into two parts and it really seemed like two novels in one. The first part was about Dylan growing up and his relationship with Shane and Reid his two best friends, this part will require one full box of tissue. You feel every emotion possible and you won’t want to read on because you are afraid of what will happen in the next part. The second part is in present time with Dylan and how he deals with his past and how he has to decide if he wants to move on and if he even can move on. In comes Conner, ex MMA fighter, now gym owner. Conner is instantly attracted to Dylan, just as Dylan is to Conner. Conner has goals and he is busy crossing them off his list as he accomplishes them. Conner has seen his fair share of tragedy, not in the same way as Dylan but tragedy just the same. Conner wants Dylan and he is willing to fight for him and make Dylan see that he can live and he can love. This half of the book will make you laugh, cry and root for Conner and Dylan and hope they get their happily ever after. When Conner springs the three date rule on Dylan I died laughing, but it worked….boy did it work. I loved this book and I regret that it took me so long to read it, it was worth the tissue, the emotions I went through while reading it. This book will stay with me and I highly recommend it.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Oh yeah
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes, but can be read as a standalone
Genre: M/M/Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

The relationship between Dylan and Shane in the first half of this book is absolutely heart crushing. The story of how Dylan and Shane go from being best friends to lovers is of highs and lows and completely consumed me. Going in you know the ending of their relationship is going to be difficult but it still didn't prepare me. I sobbed so hard my husband came to make sure I was ok.

The second half of this book started well. I liked the way Dylan and Conner slowly started to come together, the author handled Dylan's emotions well. Unfortunately the further we go into their relationship the more clichéd it became and the final 10% of this book was overly sentimental and at 93% I nearly gave up.

In spite of that I'd say Let Love Live is an excellent book. This is the first book I've read by Melissa Collins and I'll definitely be reading more of her work.

This is the first book of the series that I have read. I was able to read as a standalone without any issues but I will say that the rest of the series has been added high up on my TBR list. This is only the second title from Ms. Collins I have read and I have to say I am loving her writing style. She has a way that pulls you into the story. I love getting lost like that.

Just opening the book, reading the blurb you know something happens. I kept waiting for it with baited breath, afraid to get to the next chapter. Shane's story was crucial for Dylan, Conner and Reid's stories, but d*mn was it hard to read. There were definite tears, laughter and smiles throughout this one. It really was such a good read to get lost in.

I absolutely love Conner's character and his interactions with Dylan.

“When I moved here, I had two goals in mind. Open that gym.”
“And the other?”
“To find you.”

Swoon moment!

I can't wait to jump into the rest of the series!

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
To me, this was two books in one. There was the "before" story of Dylan and Shane, of first love, misunderstandings and how family plays a role in who you become.

The "after" story tells us where Dylan is now, how his life has progressed, or hasn't, after Shane. We feel Dylan's hurt, share his pain, and fear of his friends that Dylan will never heal.

Once Dylan starts on the road to healing, it seems that his love life moves fairly quickly. Conner is good for Dylan, and vice versa, and each of the men are coming to grips with the obstacles that life has thrown at them.

Ms. Collins has tackled a very sensitive subject and did it with amazing grace.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Let Love Live (Love #5) by Melissa Collins to read and review for this tour.

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