What would happen if you lost everything? If the people who were supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how would your world change?
That’s exactly what happened to Madeleine Becker when her parents died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can't get hurt if she doesn't fall in love.
That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid Connely during her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He understands Maddy's pain all too well, but sharing his pain would mean breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Conflicted between loving Maddy and hiding his dark past, Reid starts to reevaluate his world. Maddy's inner strength, snarky personality and breath taking beauty help Reid to make peace with his past.
Together they find out what happens when they let love in.
Maddy has known pain on an intimate level ever since she was ten years old. The death of her parents left a mark on heart that she is sure will never heal. She has a simple philosophy – if you don’t let people get close, they can’t hurt you – and it serves her well until her first semester in university. A beautiful contradiction by the name of Reid Connely comes crashing into life and she knows just by looking into his eyes that pain is something that they have in common.
“1. Choose happy. 2. Appreciate beauty. 3. Let love in.”
“Maddy, you make everything sound so simple. God, I love you. I can’t forgive myself completely and I can’t swallow the anger and pain entirely, but for the first time since it all happened, I’m willing to try. You make me want to try.”