Friday, July 11, 2014

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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway
Let Love Live
(Love Series #5)
Melissa Collins
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Release Date:  July 7, 2014
~ Synopsis ~
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.

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~ Review~
This is the final installment in the Love Series from Melissa Collins and I  believe she may have saved the best for last.   I was eager to read Dylan's story.  We got bits and pieces of Dylan's past in some of the books in the series and I always wondered about his time with Shane and his loss.

Melissa gave a heart felt account of love, loss and finding the ability to live again in this installment of the series.  Yes, it is a M/M romance but it was so well done that I don't think anyone would be offended.  

The depth of the love between Dylan and Shane and their ability to let themselves be was heart warming.   The hatred and disgust shown in Reid and Shane's father was unfortunately a true description of reality for some.  I felt the loss of Shane as if he was a living breathing person.  The guilt that consumed Dylan was palpable and made my feelings for him that much stronger.

His connection to Connor and his journey to accepting that he was attracted to him was an emotional journey.  I could understand his reluctance to not let go of the guilt as it kept Shane in his present.  But by working through his feelings and allowing himself to release the guilt he was able to embrace a future.   I loved Connor's wit and his ability to keep Dylan on his toes.  Connor was very patient and understanding. He never expected Dylan to forget Shane and understood that he would always have a place in Dylan's heart.   These are traits we can all use in our partners.   

Do yourself a favor.....go pick up Let Love Live and enjoy a beautiful heartfelt story about, love and loss but most importantly LIVING!

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~ About the Author ~
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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