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.
I get out of the truck and walk over towards the two of them. Maddy’s back is to me as I approach her and her date, so she doesn’t see me right away. But once the guy sees me, she spins around to look at what has caught his eye.
Her face is shocked and when our eyes lock, my heart skips a beat. There’s a pull between us. As much as I hate to admit it, she owns me. Her eyes are magical. They dance with light and passion and when she looks at me, they are filled with love.
The love and passion that are sparkling in her emerald green eyes evaporate when she realizes the scene that I’ve just stumbled upon. I can only imagine what’s going through her mind, but I’m sure the images of me kicking Logan’s ass are flashing vividly through her mind.
I’m no more than a few feet from them when the guy pushes Maddy behind him to protect her from what he perceives as a threat. He’s not very far from the truth, but she’s not the one who needs protecting.
Menacingly close now, he pipes up. “Who the fuck are you? What do you want?” Okay, I’ll give the prick a little bit of credit for trying to stand up to me, but he has no clue what he’s competing against here.
The caveman in me wants to deck this guy and drag Maddy into a bed – any bed – and claim her, repeatedly, until she understands that she’s mine and no one else’s. I’m going to do that anyway, but hopefully I can refrain from knocking this guy on his ass. I’d like to have the use of my hands tonight.
My eyes never leave Maddy’s, but my words are directed at him. “Me? I’m the boyfriend, asshole.” Maddy’s eyes widen slightly as I say “boyfriend.” Did she really think we ever broke up?
I avert my gaze from Maddy for a minute to stare this douchebag down. “And who the fuck do you think you are?” He falters, not enough that most people would notice, but I’m in predator mode. I see his throat work hard to swallow past the newly formed fear. His pupils dilate slightly and the pulse beating in his neck picks up as adrenaline surges through him. If he thinks he’s going to win this battle, he is wrong – so fucking wrong.
He puffs out his chest as he says, “I’m Maddy’s date for tonight.” He snickers lightly as he says, “You know? She never mentioned a boyfriend when I asked her out. Must not be much of a boyfriend if she doesn’t even mention you.” He swells with pride at his snarky little quip. In the split second he looks away from me to gauge Maddy’s approval, I lay him flat on the ground as I drop my shoulder into his gut and take his legs out from underneath him with one of my own. I freaking love my takedown skills. I didn’t even have to bust up my hands. I’m definitely going to need them in a little bit.
I straddle over him and pull him up by the collar. “Whether she mentioned me or not, she’s mine, so lay the fuck off. Got it?”
Maddy still hasn’t said a word and I haven’t actually spoken directly to her. I’m pretty sure she understands my actions though. Wordlessly, I reach my hand out to her. This is her chance. If she still wants me, then she’ll come with me. This is who I am, who I’ve always been. If she can’t understand that I love her, that I want her more than anything, then it’s not because I haven’t tried as hard as I possibly could to prove it to her.
Hand still outstretched, I look her directly in the eyes, as I try to convey everything that I’m thinking, that I’m feeling. In what feels like an act of God, she understands me and laces her hand in mine.
I was so excited when I got an ARC of Let Love Stay ~ I adored Let Love In and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen with Reid & Maddy ~ I was totally…
If you read Let Love In you know how it ended and what Maddy learned after she fled from Reid and ended up in the accident. The bomb she dropped on Reid had him…
and then well let’s just say sometimes people need time to process and first reactions shouldn’t always be the only one you rely on. In Let Love Stay we follow Reid & Maddy into the next phase of their relationship where they learn to deal with issues and ensure their love is first and foremost.
Reid & Maddy definitely can do one thing right and when they are…
they are so explosive and I’m telling you when I was reading parts of this book and thinking of the delicious Reid I know if that boy was looking at me I would be…
but this book isn’t all about THAT and that is definitely well worth the read I was fanning myself! As we watch Reid struggle with his past and as he decides how to face that past I was …
by what he ultimately decided to do but I was also extremely happy. There was a part of this book where I ..
it was a ugly bawling fest for me. I had the tissue and I was a freaking mess sitting at home with my daughter hugging me and my dogs just looking at me but enough about me. I can honestly say there was only one part of the book where I wanted to
both Reid & Maddy! Other than that part this book was perfect as it showed them working through their issues and coming to terms with both their pasts and future. There were parts where I was ….
at something that was said. I honestly started to become invested in Mel in this book and I KNOW there is more to her story and I just wanted to
her poor little self. As the book went along the more
I became and then I was totally….
around like the freak I am ~ yes I can admit that and by the end of this one I was totally….
Let Love Stay is a beautiful story of acceptance, forgiveness and once in a lifetime love. It is an amazing to watch Reid & Maddy cope with situations that this young kids had to face and at times I forgot how old they were. There were times where I was so…
for the hand life dealt in this book. This was a 5 star heart wrenching phenomenal story that had me captured from the start. I’m elated that the author is going to write a continuation of this series incorporating the rest of the gang and I can’t WAIT for Mel’s story and little more Momma! Definitely read this one it’s so well worth it!!!
About the Author
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.