Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blog Tour Reviews: From The Wreckage by Melissa Collins


Photographer: K. Keeton Designs 
Cover designer: Staci Billhart at Quirky Bird Designs 
Model: Nathan Weller 

 First, he saved me. I lived because he was a hero. And then he was gone. Uprooted by the fire that destroyed our home, my family moved away and I never saw David Andrews again. Then, he found me. Eighteen years later, he rescued me again – in much simpler terms, of course. By loving me, by giving me the fairy tale I’d always hoped for, he provided me with the perfect life. Now, he needs to be saved. It’s my turn to be strong, to be brave, to be valiant. When flames threaten to turn us to ashes, it’s up to me to pull us From the Wreckage.


If you’re super excited for From the Wreckage, you’ll be happy to know that Before the Wreckage is now up for FREE! Grab this short prequel, too!
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There is nothing I love more then a Melissa Collins book. I have read them all. From the very beginning and I have watched how her writing and popularity has grown. She has written so many heartwarming moments that I usually end up sending her a message letting her know how much I really want to hate her at that particular moment. Unfortunately, this was not one of those books. While it was good, had the emotions and the humor and reality to actual life that I loved, it was not one of my favorite books of hers. I really did love the main characters David and Grace. They were fun and the kind of characters that you want to love in a book. The plot of the book is different and that was a refreshing thing to see with the way that books have been lately. That being said, there was just something about the book that I found lacking. I loved the beginning of the book where they see each other for the first time at the bar. That was pure magic. The modern fairy tale love story we all wish would happen to us. The prince has been longing to find the lost princess and there she is a damsel in distress in the middle of the crowded bar. They meet and live happily ever after- or as happily as they can. It was the middle of the book that I had the problem with. I felt that there was so much going on at the beginning, that the flow got lost. It was just too perfect. There were characters that I was not sure how to take. The ex-boyfriend. He was such a jerk- was he going to cause problems. Then the teacher that she shares a room with- there was more drama that could have come from that. I felt that I was waiting for something to happen that never did. The book is broken into 2 parts and the end is what I would consider a whole other story and seemed a bit rushed to get to the end. It did not end the way that I would have hoped, but to be realistic and not go with the way that books have been nowadays, I see why she did what she did. It may seem that I hated this book, but I did not. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great romance book to read. Melissa is and will always be one of my go to authors.

Melissa Collins has become an automatic read for me over the last year. I love her story telling and her amazing characters. I loved the idea of this book and couldn’t wait to have it in my grubby hands.
David is our hero. He is a smoking hot NYC firefighter. Right there I was sold! He has a heart of gold and a body to match. He’s dedicated to his department and his family. Grace is our heroine. She knew David when she was younger but their friendship was severed when she moved away.

Years later after thinking about the other run into each other in NYC. Fate had to have played a hand in their reunion in a city with millions of people. They immediately jump into a picture perfect relationship. The childhood friendship wasn’t built up enough in my eyes to make this flawless relationship and the years of thinking of the other work for me.

There were a few other parts that I wanted more developed! I’m a greedy greedy reader and always want more to make the story come alive in my head. The characters were great and incredibly likable.
The story line involving 9/11 was great! I loved the history and the feels it brought back to me during such a difficult time in our country. Melissa really handled such a difficult topic with such grace and respect.

The second part of the book took a turn I wasn’t expecting and I thought it was a great plot twist even though she had set the reader up for different conflicts. I loved where the book headed but it felt rushed. Like I said, I’m greedy and wish she explored more into what happened in the story.

I will say this isn’t my favorite Melissa Collins book but it was still a great book and definitely recommend it to lovers of firefighter books and contemporary romance readers. 

And there's more! As a special THANK YOU to her readers, Melissa has put Let Love Be up for free, too! This is book 4 of The Love Series, but can be read as a standalone.


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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 dream. Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.


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