What comes after “they lived happily ever after?
Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths.
Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this “one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life.
With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.
I love this series, and this novella is no exception. Unlike Melissa's other novels in the LOVE series, this little gem is more of glimpse into Maddy and Reid's life after the happy ending. Let's face it, life isn't all puppies and kittens and sunshine after marriage. It's challenging, and Let Love Shine is about that challenge. As the title says, it's about letting the love shine through even the tough stuff, even the mundane every day challenges of life.
The novella covers about a year and a half of time. From Braden's birth to roughly the May after his first birthday. What I really enjoyed is that this novella didn't revolve around one particular problem. It was more of a survey. Just living their life.
The writing is nothing less than I've come to expect from Melissa. It's wonderfully written with just enough spicy sex and with all the challenges of that come along with being new parents. (Let's face it, sex is hard to come by after kids.) If you've loved the other books in this series, you'll certainly adore this one centering on our favorite couple.
Here we are a year later and we couldn’t be happier to have Braden’s first birthday party tomorrow with our friends and family. Between prepping for the party, me working overtime, and Maddy finishing her last summer course, we’ve barely been able to stay awake past eight every night.But watching them dance and laugh in front of me makes it all worth it.I pull them both into my arms and just hold them for a quick second before Braden starts shimmying out of Maddy’s arms. He’s caught sight of his Lightning McQueen racecar on the floor and is reaching for it. Handing him his car, Maddy puts him in his bouncy seat. The sight of my wife taking care of our son, talking baby talk and kissing him sweetly should warm my heart. But all I can see is her ass right now. Yep, I want her.“Get over here.” I pull her back to me once Braden is situated and brush her hair out of her eyes. “You look beautiful, you know that?” I trail sweet, soft kisses behind her ear and down her neck.“Hmmm,” she mumbles and it makes me smile against her skin.Moving from her neck across to her mouth, I feel her lean into my lips. This is something else of which I’ll never get tired. Her full, luscious lips pressed against mine; the taste of her sweet mouth still drives me crazy. “Well, hello there.” Pulling away from our kiss, Maddy arches her eyebrows as she presses her hips into my groin. The last motion surprises me more than a little. To say that our sex life has been different in the last year is, well, it’s an understatement to say the least.“What? I’m not allowed to want my wife.” I grab her ass and push her into my erection a bit more. Our hands roam as the kiss rises in intensity. I fist a handful of her hair and pull her mouth even closer to mine. It’s the hottest kiss we’ve had in a while. Just as her hips start to roll into mine, we’re distracted by a sound, and smell, to which we’ve grown all too accustomed in the last year.Before I can even move my hands from her body, Maddy’s pinching her nose closed. “Not it!” She calls out and laughs.“Damn, you’re getting quick!” It’s kind of been our thing to decide who gets to change him. I scowl playfully at her and she just laughs at me.“Dude, you’re killing my game.” Braden smiles as I hold him out in front of me. “Holy crap! What the hell did you feed this kid today?” Seriously, he’s lethal.“He ate the same as usual. He’s just a stinky little monster.” She says the last sentence to Braden in that ridiculous baby talk. You can talk sweet about it all you want; it’s still poop.
Let Love Shine
Let Love In
Let Love Stay
Let Love Heal