Release Day Launch - Let Love Be (Love #4) by Melissa Collins ~ Excerpt, Derna's Review and Giveaway
“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.”
*I received a copy of in exchange for an honest review.*
Let Love Be is the fourth book in the Love series and is Lucy and Evan story. Lucy is Melanie’s mum, who had sadly lost her husband Jimmy to a tragic accident just before Melanie was born, and when Jimmy died a part Lucy died too. As much as she wants to give up on life she can’t, Melanie is what keeps her going. For eighteen year she not really been living life, but just surviving it, she was lonely as she had been putting Melanie happiness before her own until she meets Evan the retired FDNY firefighter.
“My ability to shake away my loneliness is apparently a superpower that is fading”
The storyline is about, love, heartache, second chances and healing for from Lucy and Evan POV. Without giving too much away, you get to witness Lucy grief, struggles and strength as she focuses on bringing up Melanie as a single mother. We didn’t know much about Evan in the previous books, and so we get to know him and his back-story better, and discover he is such a lovely, sweet, loyal and sexy character who has suffered heartache, and had some demons of his own.
“We’re both afraid to lose again the we never let anyone in”
Their connection was instant, and the chemistry between then was hot and sexy. Wow! They could definitely give some of the younger characters a run for their money. Evan certainly knows how to make a lady happy. It was lovely to see how Lucy and Evan met, how their friendship/ relationship slowly develops and their fears about finding love again
“The part of me that shut down long ago, the part that has kept me from ever being able to commit to anyone, screams loudly for me to just walk away and let Lucy live her own life, free of me demons”
“Even I can’t deny the pull between us- the physical and emotional that’s flickering like back into my hibernating heart”
I ended up really liking this book a lot more that I thought I would, as did find it a little slow at the start, but it soon pick up, and I enjoyed reading about Lucy and Evan relationship and hope that they would get the HEA the both deserved. I didn’t think it was going to be as emotional as it was especially toward the end, as it was something that hit a little close to home for me. Definitely pulled at my heartstrings.
Overall like the rest of the series this was another well-written book from Melissa Collins. I was really happy that Momma C got her own book. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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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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