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 Connely during her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He understands Maddy’s pain all too well, but sharing his
pain would mean breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Conflicted between loving Maddy and hiding his dark past, Reid starts to reevaluate his world. Maddy’s inner strength, snarky personality and breath taking beauty help Reid to make peace with his past.
Together they find out what happens when they let love in.
I want to start this review by acknowledging the amazing writing ability of Melissa Collins. Her words flowed like poetry to me. While I love all of my Indie authors and a majority of them are very talented, every once in a while you read one that you feel like has that special “it” factor and you cannot believe they have not been signed by one of the big six. Melissa did that for me! I devoured this story in one sitting and cannot wait to read the rest of the series (which I would have started immediately had I not had other reviews due).
Now onto the story. We meet Maddy and Reid who have both had tortured pasts. They meet one night at a college party and it was instant attraction for both of them, however they had both built their walls up so high, they may never crash down.
The story was told in a dual POV (which I love). I liked hearing about their thoughts on what they were currently feeling. Reid had always been a playboy, love em and leave em kind as to not form any attachments.
So, once we get past all of the love/hate and they get together, I am floored by what amazing people they each are in their own right. But together, sigh….., they are just perfect!
I will say, there is so much more to this story. They go through a big trauma and not only was I hooked to the book at that point, I also bawled my eyes out (actually I did that quite a bit in this book-for happiness and in sadness). I guess what I am saying is that this book made me FEEL and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend this one to anybody! I would shout it off the rooftops if I thought it would make people go grab the book. Also, if you are going to grab it, I highly recommend you just splurge on the box set because trust me, you will want to continue this series!
*On a side note I would like to mention one other thing. I ALWAYS look at reviews on Amazon. I may not read them all but I look at the star ratings. Out of curiosity I checked this one to see how others felt about it. Imagine my shock to see that is had 7 1* ratings! (out of 224) But for the life of me, I cannot imagine ANYBODY not enjoying this book. What this showed me is that
there is something for everyone. I will never again pass on buying a book due to negative reviews!*
I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new