Saturday, December 6, 2014

Let Love Live by Melissa Collins

Title: Let Love Live
Author: Melissa Collins
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Love #5
Main Characters: Dylan and Conner
Release Date: July 2014
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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.

My Review:
I had no idea what I was getting into when I began this book. I've never read this author, but something about it caught my attention. And then I began reading and was blown away. And I'll be honest...I don't know how to write this review because I don't want to give anything away. You need to experience this book with no expectations just so you can feel the full jolt of emotions as they come.

This book is about two men who have lost so much. For Conner, the last two years he's lost just about everything...his career, his partner, and his parents...all in horrific surprising blows that he still hasn't recovered from although he's working on that. Now he's trying to start over in a new town...just him and his sister and the gym that they've created together. 

For Dylan, he's stopped living. 10 years ago his reason for living left him and he doesn't know how to pick up the pieces and recover from that. His loss resonated throughout this entire book and hurt me as the reader. I wanted to just hold him and comfort him over and over again as I cried while reading the book. 

And wow, I seriously don't know what else I can say about this book without giving something away. I adored the way Reid and Dylan bonded and created the wonderful agency they did. I also really loved that Dylan is a counselor and how he handles that when he finally accepts that he needs to get some counseling for himself. I loved those scenes with his therapist. I loved Conner and Dylan together and how they managed to heal through their relationship. 

It's a beautiful book. It's not an easy book though. In fact at 11:30 at night when I got to part two I wasn't sure I was ever going to be able to forgive the author. But it's a book about healing and you can't have that without fully understanding the heart-shredding hurt that got the characters there. I will admit that Melissa Collins did a beautiful job doing that. Now I need to go back and read the first four books in the series. 

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