For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.
Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona - tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough - a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.
Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan's long ago buried heart and let love live once more.
So this was my first m/m romance. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew that I have enjoyed everything else in this series, so I gave it a whirl. This was so well written and most of the time it didn’t even register that it was not my typical read. The romance was sweet, heartbreaking, and hot. Those guys really did know how to fan some flames. Whew. Not only did we get to know Dylan and meet Connor, but we got to know more about Shane as well. I was so glad that Melissa Collins included him in this story because it really helped to understand him as well as Dylan.
Dylan sure did hit my softer side. He was caring, compassionate, and so broken. Gosh, my heart broke for him. I cannot imagine living with the burdens he carried. I really fell for him and found myself really cheering for him and wanting him to understand that it didn’t have to be this way. I loved seeing his connection with previous characters and getting to watch their families grow as well.
Connor. What can I say about that guy? Who doesn’t find an MMA turned gym owner hot? Nobody can fault Dylan’s attraction to him, that’s for sure! But beyond his hotness, he’s got an amazing heart. He takes care of the ones he loves and fights for them. I loved the way he was assertive with Dylan, but at the same time he was gentle and understanding. There really was nothing to not like about the guy.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story! I am glad I got out of my normal comfort zone and tried something new!
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.