Review & Giveaway: From the Wreckage by Melissa Collins

Posted October 21, 2015 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, Giveaway, New Release / 0 Comments

Review & Giveaway: From the Wreckage by Melissa CollinsTitle: From the Wreckage
Author: Melissa Collins
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 21, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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.


Photographer: K. Keeton Designs

Cover designer: Quirky Bird Designs

Model: Nathan Weller

Model: Tessi Le’Anne



My Review

From the very first page I was enthralled and in love with these characters and this story. I was also filled with a sense of dread because I knew from reading the synopsis that something catastrophic was yet to come. And while I kept anticipating it in a perverse way, trying to guess what that might be, not only did it blind side me, but my reaction to the outcome even surprised myself! I fell in love, experienced and unspeakable tragedy, came to terms with the outcome, and found a new way to love all in the span of these pages. This was my first book by the author, but having been captivated with this story, I can promise you it won’t be the last!

Even though what little I knew about the story suggested otherwise, for some reason I thought this book would be perfectly contemporary. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, I tend to gravitate more towards the erotic stories. Maybe because I have been reading them for so long now, but it’s hard for me to slip back into vanilla. So color me purple (aka happy) when I saw that was not this at all. Sure, there were definitely contemporary elements, but it was the perfect blend of the two. A little angst, a lot of heat, and an overwhelming yet comfortable love that you just knew would stand the test of time. The way these two characters were made for each other was just flawless. If you don’t believe in fate, after reading this book you most certainly will. With the exception of the turning point, there was no big drama, no back and forth strife, just two characters finding their way towards a finish line that was their forever. And it was so darn refreshing to read! Don’t get me wrong, I love angst like a fat kid loves cake, but even I can get sick of it once in a while. From start to finish, this book was just perfect. From the strength of their characters to the way they supported each other at every turn without question, you couldn’t help but fall in love right along with them. I’m not sure if the author has plans to write a spin-off for two of the characters, but let me be the one to put a bug in her ear if not. I’d love to hear their story!

That ending though. I loved that it didn’t go in the way you would typically think it would. I loved even more, and was surprised, that I didn’t care that it didn’t. For these two characters and the overwhelming love they shared it was absolutely perfection. Definitely check this book out and prepare to swoon!






Before the Wreckage

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It’s been eighteen years since David Andrews has seen Grace McCann. One night she’s in his dream and the next she’s in his reality.

This is a short story (6,500 words) prequel to From the Wreckage, originally published in the ONE anthology.

About Melissa Collins

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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