Let Love Live (Love #5) by Melissa Collins
I was a bit nervous about reading this one. I am not a huge fan of the “deceased lover” trope and the fact that this book was divided into two storylines, “before” and “after”, really had me worried. I shouldn’t have, though, especially since this book was so highly recommended by my friend Ralu. Thanks again dear Ralu !!
The story starts off with Dylan and Shane being teenagers and best friends. Both are still in high school. Both are also struggling with the fact, that they are gay and falling in love with their best friend. When they confess their darkest secret to one another, it’s bittersweet. Sweet because these boys found so much love with each other.
Bitter because being together is not as easy as it may sound.
Things are especially hard for Shane. His home life is already beyond fucked up with his piece of shit, abusive and alcoholic father.
Imagine what would happen when he finds out the truth.
Once both boys are off to college, they continue their relationship from a distance…sneaking around so Shane’s family won’t find out he is gay. But if there is one thing I have learned from all the books I have ever read,…
…it’s that secrets always have a way of coming out.
And when it does…things take a turn for the absolute worst. I felt so sorry for Shane and how he was feeling.
At the same time, my heart broke for Dylan…
The second half of the book brings us to 8 years later.
Dylan is working as a counselor for the Gay/Straight allegiance. But for all the counseling he is doing for others…he is not so good with taking his own advice. Dylan is still living under an amount of guilt and hasn’t been able to hold onto a real relationship for longer than 6 months.
His guilt and especially his fears won’t let him…let go.
This is when he meets Connor.
Connor is a former MMA fighter who has recently opened a gym. Connor hasn’t had the easiest of life either, but even though he has lost his dream of being an MMA fighter…he won’t give up on his other dream. Finding love and being happy.
There is an instant connection between these two men and even though Dylan tries to keep things casual at first…Dylan won’t let him. I really loved Dylan. I admired him for standing up for what he wanted and for not giving up on Dylan right away.
“You brought me back to life simply by just being here. And I don’t ever want to picture a life that you’re not a part of.”
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this one. I would have liked a bit more Dylan and Connor if I’m honest. Everything went so fast all of a sudden, while the first part of the book seemed a bit slower paced.
Still, it was a very nice “second change” book about loss and love and letting go.