And it’s finally my turn to introduce you to one of my favorite Book Boyfriends!!!
Ladies, I present to you Reid Connely from Let Love In and Let Love Stay by Melissa Collins
Ooooooooh I am swooning just looking at him!!!! Not only is Reid hot he is kind of a bad boy….he has a rep and that’s just how I like ’em ;) Reid is definitely a guys guy on the outside. He lives in a frat house, works out non stop and can have any girl that he wants…I mean who wouldn’t want this fine specimen here?! I soooooo wish that I were Maddy, the things that he does to her…W-O-W!!
” ‘Reid…Reid…Reid…’ My name is a mantra on her tongue as her orgasm consumes her. She’s nothing more that a boneless pool of liquid desire beneath me. I love that I can do this to her.”
Dayum! I just had to sneak another shot of him in here before I can talk about him anymore!
Ok, so not only is he this sexy beast as I’ve already mentioned, he is also extremely romantic. Reid goes to such great lengths to make everyday special for Maddy. He is also one of the most loyal guys around. Reid would do anything for his friends and family. He has a dark past that he is haunted by which gives him the edge that I love about him.
“Maddy, thank you so much for coming into my life. I have no clue what I did to deserve you. I’m not even sure that I do, but I will spend every minute of the rest of my life making sure that I do everything in my power to keep you by my side.”
Here’s another schmexy shot of my guy before we get into some more really exciting special stuff!!
Alrighty, so what else can I possibly have in store for you?! Well, Reid and Maddy’s novella is being released soon and I am here to bring you the cover reveal for Let Love Shine!!
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.
Melissa has been gracious enough to give us an added bonus today! There was already an excerpt scheduled with her cover reveal…well guess what Schmexy Girls are bringing you the extended version of it! That’s right, Melissa gave us an extra excerpt just for you! Enjoy!!
Let Love Shine Excerpt
I hear dishes clattering and the garbage pail being slammed shut from inside. Hearing her muffled curses makes me laugh. Something is obviously stressing her out, so I make my way into the kitchen to check it out. Wrapping my arms around Maddy’s waist from behind, I pull her close to me and inhale the sweet scent of her hair.
Then, I catch sight of the kitchen.
“Did a tornado blow through here or something?” I kiss the top of her head and feel her sag against me.
On an exasperated sigh, she huffs, “No, there was no tornado. Just me thinking I could actually bake our son his first birthday cake.” That explains the flour dusted across her forehead, which I now notice as she turns to face me.
I can’t stifle the chuckle. “You should have known better, Maddy. You and this kitchen are enemies.” That comment earns me a smack to the arm.
“Why don’t you just order something from the bakery? You know, like I suggested a few weeks ago.”
Flopping into a chair, she takes stock of the kitchen. “Yeah, maybe. But I just want to try one last time. It’s important to me, for some silly reason.”
“Sweets, it’s not a silly reason.” I squat down in front of her and lift her chin. “You’re an amazing Mom. I love that you want to make it as special as possible.” I pop an innocently kiss to her lips and feel her smile. “Now, what can I do to help?”
Just as she’s about tell me what to do, Braden giggles from his nursery. “Do you think you could take him out to the park or something for a little bit so I can figure this cake situation out?” She asks hopefully.
I kiss the tip of her nose. “You got it,” I say, as I swipe my thumb across her cheek where a bit more flour is dusted. Taking one last glance at the mess spread out across the counters, I think maybe I should place an order with the bakery just in case.
“Hey, little man.” Braden’s sitting in his crib playing with a stuffed animal, but when he hears my voice, he quickly pulls himself up using the railings and reaches for me to pick him up. Nuzzling into my chest, I squeeze him tightly. “What’d you do today, buddy?” His response of bubbles and coos is all I need to smile and laugh. “Really? Well, that sounds like you’ve had a rough one. Want to hit the park with me?” He’s only one, but I swear, when he hears the word park, he looks at me like I just asked a dog to go for a ride in the car. Wiggling in my arms, I can tell he’s excited about it.
“Okay, okay. Let’s go then.” I grab a few things and make my way back into the kitchen, where I catch the tail end of Maddy’s phone call.
“Who was that?” Braden reaches for Maddy, grunting for her to hold him.
Reaching for Braden in return, she says, “It was Mel. She’s coming over to help me.”
“Oh, I see how it is. Daddy’s fine until Mommy’s in the same room.” Maddy rolls her eyes at me as I hand her Braden. “Does Mel’s ‘help’ involve a bottle of wine like it did last time?” I quirk an eyebrow at her and she sticks her tongue out at me, but she doesn’t answer.
She starts bopping up and down as she sings some silly song. Braden’s laughter fills the room. Maddy twirls around with him and his smile is infectious. So is hers. Maddy with our baby on her hip is a sight I’ll never get tired of. It makes me realize just how far we’ve come and how happy we are.
Sure, we’re exhausted most days, but it’s all worth it. This past year has definitely been the most trying in my life, but we’ve survived our first year as parents. I still remember that first night at home. It was hell – pure and utter torture. I was convinced that Braden was possessed by some evil spirit sent here to keep us awake for days on end. Maddy had a bit of a rough recovery and was sad most days. Those days were the worst. Momma spent a lot of time here helping Maddy figure things out. We struggled a lot and fought more than I care to admit to, but we decided that anything that happened between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. didn’t count. Eventually, Braden learned how to sleep through the night and we started getting some more sleep too. It’s rather amazing what you can accomplish on only four hours of sleep, but parenthood – added to working or going to school full-time – isn’t for the faint of heart.
This shit is serious work.
Yet, 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 up 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. I should be warmed by the sight of my wife taking care of our son, talking baby talk to him and kissing him sweetly. 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’s 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.
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Let Love In
Let Love Stay
Let Love Heal
Let Love Shine – Coming Soon!
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.
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