*I received an ARC in exchange for honest review*
This book was such a refreshing change; I just love it when the main character is curvy, and not your typical tall, slender girl that you usually get in New Adult books.
Melanie Crane is Maddy’s best friend, and after reading the last book in the series Let Love Stay, I was glad that Melanie was getting her own book as I got the impression that she was dealing with some issues, and I was right, she was.
Melanie is a great character, and her story is one that I believe many young girls, and women are going to able to relate to I certainly could. Melanie’s insecurities and negative thoughts mean that she has a hard time believing that someone as hot and gorgeous as Bryan Mahoney could not only fancy her, but also want to date her.
I loved the storyline I knew it was going to be emotional when the prologue had me in tears. My emotions were all over the place while I read this book. I cried, got crossed, I laughed, I was anxious, and I cried some more, especially when reading the letters from Melanie’s father. I loved the banter, the romance, and that it had plenty of hot sexy smut.
The first part of the book is told in the past and present, it works and flows really well. The past gave me an insight into how Melanie and Bryan’s relationship started, and then developed. Melanie and Bryan are really cute, and good together. Bryan was a sweetheart, and I loved the way he was with Melanie, but he too has his own family problems and struggles that he needed to overcome.
Told from Melanie’s POV it was heart breaking but also heart warming to read, as I could feel all her emotions, how she views herself, her insecurities, and how misunderstandings, miscommunications, trust issues and not opening up cause problems in her relationship with Bryan. I won’t lie she did frustrate me at times, but yet despite this, so many times I wanted to give her a hug, and say I know exactly how you are feeling as I have been there and felt that way too.
It was great to see characters from the first two books such as Maddy, Reid, Cammie, Jake, and Lia. I was happy for Momma C and look forward to reading her story. There is also a new roommate Peyton, and I couldn’t help but wonder if she will be getting her own book at some point.
Overall I loved this book, I didn’t want to put it down. It had an epilogue that left me with a smile on my face. Melissa Collins has done an amazing job of capturing the feelingS, and insecurities of many young girls, and even women who struggle every day with their body image and feeling beautiful. I have loved being on Melanie’s journey of self discovery as she learned to love herself, overcome her fears, and her insecurities, move forward with her life and find her HEA that she so deserved.
I have to say without a doubt Let love Heal was for me the best book of the series so far and one that I would recommend. It was just a brilliant, beautifully written and moving read that I know is going to stay with me for a long time.
“I was expecting someone more along the lines of Sheldon Cooper from “The big Bang Theory”, but what I got was Bradley Cooper from “The Hangover”. That’s two very different Coopers” ~ Melanie
“There was something about you. I could tell from the moment I met you, that you were different. That you saw beauty in the things that other people might ignore” ~ Bryan
“There’s a fire igniting between us, and now that he’s shown father and explained why he wants to be with me, I’m going to let that fire burn- brightly and beautifully” ~ Melanie.
“You’re not like the other girls that you think every guy wants. You’re a breath of fresh air” ~ Bryan
“I’ve never felt more like myself than when I’m with Bryan. I’m not different or better or skinner or anything like that. I don’t have to be the perfect version of myself that I present to everyone else. I’m just me, and what’s really crazy is that when I’m with him, I’m happy about who I am.” Melanie