Hello and happy Wednesday. You know when you start reading a book and you think it has potential, but then it totally disappoints you and then you are literally mad at the book for making you get your hopes up?
Well, the audiobook of Let Love In by Melissa Collins caused that exact reaction in me, and I want to share with you every reason why this book was such a big flop. Let’s get started, shall we?
My first couple of comments were actually good because like I said, I thought I’d really like this book. I always appreciate when a story is told from different points of view, so that’s something that gave Let Love In happy points from the start. I also liked the fact that even though there were sad moments, it wasn’t a sappy and melodramatic novel. Mind you, I’d just listened to the first chapter then, and I’d definitely come to change my mind on that bit.
I know I’m going to have a problem with a book when I have problems with the characters, and I didn’t like Jay, Maddie’s ex, from the beginning. He was so stereotypical that I couldn’t like or even understand him. But of course, that’s not a problem because the minute Maddie steps foot in her new college she meets Reid. And she develops feelings for him within ten seconds. Ugh.
We all know I like my healthy dose of mommy porn, right? But I like to know I’m reading mommy porn before opening the book. I don’t those kinds of surprises, but of course Melissa Collins gave me one of those when Reid and Maddie had their first encounter. That’s not it, though, because of course when you have a crush on someone you act half the time like you hate them. Obviously that’s how real life works.
Here’s the real problem I had with this book, the one I often have with books like this. It totally promotes chauvinistic behaviors in both men and women. How, you ask? Well, the fact that a guy goads about sleeping with a girl (when he didn’t) and then gets punched in the face by another guy because “that’s not how you should talk about MY girl,” is one example. Girls, women, are nobody’s property, they’re not objects, and men shouldn’t talk about them like young children talk about their toys. Also, the “girls” in this book always like to dress “slutty” so that guys notice them. Really?
And let’s not forget about Reid, our handsome main character, who was a total dickhead to every other woman until Maddie comes along because she “deserves” it. Wait, so, other women didn’t deserve to be treated like actual human beings because you didn’t really have feelings for them? Oh, right, and then you tell us you want to be a counselor…Maybe, Reid, you should see a counselor yourself and work your issues against women.
It wasn’t only Reid’s character what bothered me, but actually the guy who played him. I could’ve been just me, but I felt like he sounded too old for a college guy and that made me cringe really hard.
I really despise authors that mock other authors and then go ahead and do the exact same thing they were making fun of. In Let Love In, Melissa Collins mocks bits of the 50 Shades series, but then her plot is in ways very similar to the story. What are you playing at, Melissa?
There was this teeny tiny redeeming bit when Reid tells his brother’s story, and I honestly felt proud of that plot twist. Of course, though, that bit is then ruined by Maddie pulling the jealous girlfriend act, and a super predictable ending, and of course, a super cliché cliffhanger. Like I’m honestly going to continue reading this series.
That’s not it, though. Oh no. Let’s talk about sex, babies, and how sex works for average women. I know your partner can be the sexiest man alive and oh so good at what he’s doing, and I know that it might feel extra special the first few times you have sex. And I know I wasn’t going to say anything about the sexy bits in this story, but, dear Maddie, you can’t physically come within .2 seconds. That’s not how the female anatomy works.
Okay, so that was my rant, and as always when I share a review of a book I didn’t like, I want to ask you for recommendations of similar books that you actually enjoyed. Let me know in the comments.
Love, Miss Camila