*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
After being left frustrated and wanting more at the end of Let Love In I was looking forward and couldn’t wait to start reading Let love Stay, the conclusion to Maddy and Reid’s story.
Let Love Stay picks up right where Let Love In ended, Maddy has just revealed life changing news, Reid is scared, and doesn’t react the way Maddy would have hoped, and after a heated argument in which Maddy tell Reid some things that he doesn’t want to hear, and both say things that really don’t mean Reid leaves and Maddy returns home to Momma C. Both soon realize that they have made a mistake; they both regret some of the things that were said in the heat of the moment.
“Love is always complicated. You can’t expect to hand your soul to someone else without any bumps along the way. Not every relationship survives those dark times, but…I think you two will work it out” ~ Momma C
The story is told again from both Maddy and Reid’s point of view, which as you know I love as I get to see both sides of the story, and feel the emotions of both characters. As much as I love both Maddy and Reid I will say for the first part of the book, they really did frustrate me, and all I want to do was bang their heads together, both were thinking and feeling the same thing, but both were too stubborn to make the first move. I was concerned that this was going to be the way of the whole story, but it wasn’t. Maddy and Reid both soon came to their senses.
“It hits me like a ton of bricks. I’ll not lose Maddy to my past. I will not let my demons ruin a future with my angel.”
“What the fuvk is wrong with me that I told him he doesn’t love me?”…”What a fucking mess and there’s really no one to blame but myself”
This for me is where I really started to enjoy the storyline as it was much more about how Maddy and Reid work to face their issues, overcome their problems, their struggles, how they make decisions and figure out what they really want, and it is by no means an easy road.
“I’m not foolish enough to think that things will always be easy, that we’ll always be perfect. We’ve still got mountains to climb, college to graduate, jobs to work. But as we bask in the light of the rising sun together, I know that Reid will always be my perfectly imperfect happily ever after.”
“You’ve got me baby. Forever. I’m all yours.” ~ Reid
“We understand each other; we understand that there’s no need for words right now. The only thing that’s needed now is love and we’ve got that in spades” ~ Maddy
My heart went out to Reid as he suffered a lot during this book, when he finally faced his demons and confronted his past; it was interesting to learn more about his parents and his brother Shane.
Loved the supporting characters, old ones like Momma C and Melanie, and new one’s like Bryan. I always said the Melanie should get her own book, and during this one you get the hint that she is dealing with some issues. I can’t wait to read Mel’s in Let Love Heal.
Overall I enjoyed this book, it had drama, it was emotional and heart warming. I love Maddy and Reid as a couple, and watching them both mature in the end. I have to say that Melissa Collins knows how to write some seriously hot love scenes, and I mean seriously hot I love it when Reid’s goes all alpha male on Maddy.
If you enjoyed the first book, then I recommended you read this one, as I don’t think you will be disappointed it was a great sequel.