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?
That’s exactly what happened to Madeleine Becker 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 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.
If you’re lucky, you’ll fall in love – truly, madly and deeply in love. But what happens when that honest and pure love isn’t enough to erase your fears? What happens when your past rears its ugly head and threatens your future?
Maddy and Reid had that kind of love – the all-encompassing, Earth shattering, once in a lifetime kind of love. Then life happened. Old wounds that were thought to be long healed and scabbed over are ripped opened and they are forced to face the possibility that, maybe, they are not strong enough to fight their demons and embrace the light.
Together, they found out what love is, but now they will each need to heal on their own before they can ever be together again. They must face their fears and beat down their pasts in order to find their way through this crazy uphill battle called love.
They’ve let love in, but now, they need to find out how to Let Love Stay.
Check out my review of LET LOVE IN!
It’s hotter, sexier, sweeter, and more mature – indeed love is sweeter the second time around. This is much is true with Maddy and Reid. They had found love that is rare and true, but the past keeps on haunting them and an unexpected surprise awaits in their future.
The story picked up right after Let Love In ended. Maddy is pregnant and Reid had just walked out on her. Fears set in. She was young, alone and boyfriend-less. Reid on the other hand was shocked to hear the news. Although I didn’t really pegged him for the type to run away – I guess it was expected when a bomb suddenly exploded in front of you without a warning. He just needed to regroup and settle himself. When he finally did – he was still a wonderful boyfriend who is ready to prove to Maddy that he can be a wonderful dad too.
They have a lot of issues to settle – most of which comes from Reid’s past. We get to know him and his family in depth. Reid didn’t care for his family anymore – but in order to get back to Maddy’s graces, he needed to make peace with his mother. He just didn’t expect what he found once he saw her. Things change, so does people.
The secondary characters are still awesome. Yes, Melanie is still in the story, and she has her own personal problems as well, but it didn’t stop her to be the friend that Maddy needed. I’d love to read her story on the next book!! We get to know Katie too! And believe me if I say that you will unexpectedly love her once you get to know her.
If I enjoyed reading Let Love In, I fell in love with the same old characters in Let Love Stay. They had endured so much in life, and they face a brand new challenge. It wasn’t a piece of cake – they had to work hard for them to be together. I love the changes in their character, they have come a long way since the first book. They still have problems and differences – but this time they face it head on, together, more honest with each other, more in love and at peace with themselves.
Let Love Stay is more than just a love story with a hot romance, and great sex – this is also a touching story about family, and forgiveness.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
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 genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.