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Let Love In

(Love #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,140 ratings  ·  576 reviews
Madeleine Becker's parents died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can't get hurt if she doesn't fall in love.
That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Melissa Collins
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This was a sweet, yet emotional, story. It was straightforward and very predictable, but it worked. I listened to the Audible version and it was well-narrated and easy to follow along with.

The book focuses on the romance between two emotionally-scarred college students, Maddy and Reid. Both have lost their parents in one sense of the word or another. They're also emotionally distant with trust issues galore.

Sparks fly immediately when they meet at a party. Briefly, Reid tries to fight the attrac
May 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF at 25% and here's why:

"The real show-stopper, though, is my eyes. They’re a bright, vibrant green. They look almost fake, but as I lean into the mirror to get a closer look, I catch small little flecks of gold around the outside that I know no contact lens could replicate. I have always loved my eyes.”

Then this...

“As our eyes lock, wow — just wow. Endless seas of the deepest blue I have ever seen meet my green eyes, and I am transfixed.”

Wait, there's more...

“His hand returns to my cheek, and
Kim Person
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Let Love In is one of those books that is filled with so much emotion I seriously had to take some time afterwards to process what I read but at the same time I'm .......

Madeline lost her parents when she was 10 years old to a horrible car accident. She has no "family" left and she has carefully constructed walls up around her heart to protect herself from getting hurt because her skewed thinking is if you don't let anyone in you can't get hurt. Well Maddy does have family she has her best frien
*ARC Give to Blog for Honest Review*

4 “you make me happy” Kisses

You know those books that you think are going to be nice, cute, sweet, easy reads…that’s what I thought Let Love In was going to be. A nice, cute, sweet, easy read. Something that would give me that perfect little balance of angst, romance and sexy appeal. A heroine I could love, a hero I could drool over and a happy little HEA at the end. I had to take a step back and give myself time to let this book sink in before I wrote a r
Elizabeth (Liz)
3.5 Stars

Melissa Collins bursts onto the New Adult scene with the sexy and emotional Let Love In! Those who love the drama of this genre are sure to be happy with this debut effort.
A particular quote from Maddy Becker’s first boyfriend, Jay, really sums up her character and what she struggles with:

“You deserve love. You are not broken and empty like you think you are.” He places his finger over my lips as I try to interrupt him and wipes the tears from my eyes intent on finishing his ‘Maddy i
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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What would happen if you lost everything? If the people who were supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how would your world change?

Madeleine Becker lost everything when her parents died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her lo
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3.5/5 hearts

I am ugh... I don't even know where to begin. I think maybe its me, IDK maybe its not. I... damn how do I even say this. I didn't not like the book but I didn't love it either.
Okay lets see I am going to give you the good then the reasons it could have been better.

We have Maddy or Madeline who parents die when she is young she goes to live with her only relative far away from everything she knows. There she meets her BFF Mel. They form a special bond but Maddy has put up walls to not

Really I cant believe i only paid 99c for this book ONLY 99c!!, i would have paid more for this because the story is JUST THAT GOOD. For me, this author touched every base. It had real issues that teens face today, I had feelings of loss, lust, love and the best for me was the sense of humor, Maddy and Reid were fuckin' hilarious.

Reid was a character you cant help but love to hate and then love some more, if you love books that have caveman tendencies then this
I am going to just come out and say this...THANK GOODNESS I HAVE THE NEXT BOOK because that ending...WTF?!? I was a sobbing, blubbering mess. Fantastic book...full review to come 9/26 with the blog spotlight!


“Life has a funny way of going on. You don’t have a choice, really. You wake up, force yourself into some clothes, drag your ass to school, smile and nod as if on cue, do enough work to keep your head above water so as not to raise concern – in short, you deal.”

Madeline B
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I first have to say that I am so glad I decided to read this after book the next 2 books are already in my hands. I had no idea it had a cliffhanger. I just have to jump into book 2 now!!
So we have the textbook playboy (Reid) and the innocent broken girl (Maddy)
But Reid had his dark and painful past too. Don't most of the playboys have something that keeps them from t
Ranting review ahead. Don't proceed unless you are prepared for a review that isn't kind.


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Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
I was looking for something light to read and went searching through my unread books on my kindle and this caught my eye. This is the first book in the Love series by Melissa Collins.

Maddy may be 18 years old but she is very much still a ‘little girl’ carrying around a lot of pain and sorrow from losing her parents when she was 10. She is now off to college with her best friend Melanie and is excited about this new chapter in their lives.

In an effort to spread her wings a bit more the girls join
Love N. Books
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy wowza. I was all over the road map with this one… crying, yelling, squirming, laughing. Debut novel by Melissa and I am VERY impressed.

Let me start with this. Reid is hot. Reid is a mess. Reid is one hot mess. Reid is a jerk. Reid is a romantic. Um… did I mention he has issues? I loved him. OH but wait. Maddy is a mess and has issues too! Match made in heaven.

Okay… but honestly… these two are a insanely hot mess together. And trust me on this one… Melissa knows how to write panty-dropping r
Anthony C
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Purchased it for my wife, I decided to read a bit to see what it was about. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, I thought for sure it was just for chicks, but I really enjoyed it.

Very well written. I didn't feel like I was reading a book, but instead having a conversation with a friend. It was written like real people talk, which I like.

***mild spoiler alert***
I couldn't wait to see who was calling. It was like a mystery, wrapped in a love story, inside a fun college times book.

Said aloud num
Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
It's true... I am completely and hopelessly in love with Reid and Maddy's story. So it's going to come as absolutely no surprise when I tell you I need more. Not want, but need. A beautifully messed up pair they make but together they make everything beautiful!
Maddy experienced the loss of a lifetime when she was 10, when she lost her parents, she lost everything. She built a wall around her heart and her life that only one person has ever been able to break through, her best friend, Mel. The tw
3.75 Stars

If you’re in the mood for a bad boy with a secret past, gone swoon-worthy hard-core romantic, then Let Love In is the book for you!

Madeline ‘Maddy’ Becker has had a tough childhood, losing her parents at 10 years old and sent to live with a Great Aunt who she didn’t even know. She befriends Melanie Crane in the 7th grade and becomes “whole again” as she becomes part of their family. The book starts out strong, with Maddy breaking up with her high school boyfriend, and heading off to he
Donna ~
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let Love In is the debut novel by self published author Melissa Collins. It is the first book in a series. I was looking for a light happy read but got that and so much more.

Madeline Becker a/k/a Maddy is a young girl who has experienced more than her share of heartache before turning 18. At the age of 10 she loses her parents in a car accident and is forced to leave all that is familiar to go and live with her elderly Aunt whom she had never met. A few years later tragedy strikes again and hav
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Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Let Love Live before I read this book (it's the fifth book in the exceptional series) and as soon as I finished it, I knew I needed to read more from Melissa Collins. And I wanted to know more about Maddy and Reid. So, I went back to the start, and I am SO very happy I did.

Madeleine Becker lost everything when her parents passed away. To save herself the hurt of losing someone else, she build walls around her heart, determined to never fall in love.

Reid Connely knows what it's like to l
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I didn't really like this book. It wasn't really bad, it just didn't do much for me personally. The writing wasn't anything special and the plot felt like one I've read many times. I'm usually not a fan of insta-love but sometimes it works. In this case, it didn't. Maddy and Reid's relationship felt rushed and artificial. And I don't know about anyone else but I'm really getting sick of authors throwing in (view spoiler) ...more
I was on board with this book until the end. Boy did Maddy really piss me off with her nonsense. I understand that her parents died but who the hell is she to tell anyone how they can be to their parents. Reid's parents were terrible and what they did was unthinkable. Which is why I stand by Reid. Maddy needed to understand that she is far from perfect and that being a judgmental b**ch is the one thing she shouldn't have been. It's because of that I did not enjoy this book and have no desire to ...more
Annie Brewer
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Maddy and Reid's story. It was an emotional one. I felt both their pain and heartache. Reid's story hit me harder and I could sorta relate to it in a way. I didn't care for the end, but hopefully I'll find time to read the next book. ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
*I received ARC in exchange for an 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 walls go up 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) M
Lydia H
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - 5 Stars
"Choose happy. Appreciate beauty. Let love in."

I went through a lot of emotions while reading this book!! I laughed, swooned, squirmed, got pissed... you name it, I felt it. Oh! And yes, I even had those moments where I had to literally fan myself... holy HOTNESS! *whistles*

During "Let Love In" we meet Maddy and Reid. Maddy is just starting off college with her best friend Mel when she comes across my new book boyfriend, Reid. Talk about an instant connection!!! They we
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
I started this I think in 2014 and just recently I finished it..... I don't know why I never got into this story. ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

"I am truly alone... I am shocked by the sadness that pervades my feature. My whole body sags under the weight of my life... I want a do-over. I want to be happy for once. I want so badly to love myself and to love my life -- to know that someone really and truly loves me."

This was a really solid read that I devoured in one sitting. It was romantic and sexy with just a little bit of angst. The pacing of the book was interesting to me. When we first learn about Maddy, we realize she's suffere
Hi there insta love, it's almost been a while since we last met!

Joke aside, that's what I managed to get out of this before I finished around 25%. Madeleine is moving to college, hoping for a new start. She's always kept people at an arm's width ever since her parents died when she was ten(?). One night at a party she meets Reid, self-proclaimed asshole who goes through women like one does underwear. After one dance Reid is ready to go to hell and back for Madeleine, but still treats her badly l
Silla Webb
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC from the author, and polished it off in mere hours.
I am always highly impressed with self published authors. Their desire for their craft of writing speaks volumes when they take they step to publish on their own. It proves to me, as a reader, the au thors confidence in the story they are sharing.

This book is Melissa's first novel, self published and self edited...yep, this lady has a passion for writing and for her career (teacher) in general. Every aspect of thi
Tanya Vought
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I am overwhelmed with emotions right now! I just finished this book and it has me feeling raw and hurting in more ways than one!

This fabulous book was an emotional rollercoaster and I am glad to have had the privilege of Melissa giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Maddy, is a beautiful girl about to embark on the next chapter in her life-college with her BFF Melanie. The next chapter is scary, very scary for her since she has not had an “actual” home. Actual in
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! I think the author did well getting you invested in the characters. She did great on the character development and you feel an attachment to both Maddy and Reid! Maddy has had a rough life. When she was 10 years old she lost both of her parents to a car accident. She didn’t really have any other family besides her Aunt. So she was ripped from the one home she had and was made to move in with her Aunt. Maddy just goes through the motions of life in a numb state until one da ...more
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What would happen if you lost everything? If the people who were supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how would your world change?

Madeleine Becker lost everything when her parents died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can't get
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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 dre ...more

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