*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
Let Love In tells the story of Madeline (Maddy) Becker who at the age of 10 sadly loses both her parents in a car accident. Her Aunt Maggie who she never truly knew before then adopts her. The next few years Maddy goes into survival mode just living each day, her walls go up and Maddy never really lets anyone get too close. However things start to change when she meets Melanie Crane the two become best friends and with the help of Melanie’s mum (Momma C) Maddy lets them in and she starts to feel part of a family again.
“Something miraculous happen. I came to life, I was happy”. ~Maddy
Therefore, when her Aunt passes away a few years later, it was only natural that Maddy moved in with Melanie and Momma C.
When Maddy and Melanie leave for college, she meets Reid Connely who is tall, dark, gorgeous and a little mysterious, he has a past that has left him understandably with issues, and he has his own demons. Like Maddy, he too is in survival mode and has built up walls so no one can get close. They have dealt with so much in their young lives that they share a connection, they can see the others pain, at first they do not want to acknowledge, more so Reid than Maggie, they do not want to get close as it means their walls are going to come crashing down.
"There’s some pull, some draw between us and I just know that he feels it"
"There’s vulnerability and openness that she is trying to guard, and I know it because I’m the same way"
I liked Maddy’s character she was sweet, sassy, strong, funny and extremely endearing. I liked Reid and Maddy’s relationship they were truly sweet together, I loved Reid’s romantic side. They do get together very quickly, and I did not mind that as I felt it worked for them. I liked that the physical side took time to develop, as they wanted to trust each other before they took it to the next level and when it did happen it was extremely romantic.
"We’ll take things slowly. It’ll kill me, but we will. I told you I want to do things right"~ Reid
I loved the storyline, told from both Maddy and Reid’s POV. It was emotional and heart warming, and I could relate to Maddy’s story. I liked how it kept me engaged with a few twist and turns along the way, it kept me guessing until the end. I must admit I found it hard to put down. The secondary characters are all fun and likable and add to the story, and I can see that some are worthy of their own books. My first choice would be Melanie who is a kick ass best friend.
I will say that this one does end on a cliffhanger, it is not a big one, but it was a shock as I felt it just ended. Like me it may leave you slightly frustrated, but it does leave you wanting more.
This was the first book of Melissa Collins that I have read and ending aside; I was extremely impressed. I cannot wait to read the next one in the series; Let Love Stay, and I’m pleased that the wait is not too long as I want to see Maddy and Reid get their HEA. I would highly recommend this book.