RELEASE BLITZ AND REVIEW: Who We Were by Melissa Collins

Release Blitz for Who We Were by Melissa Collins
A M/M contemporary romance

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*If you read with Apple, Nook, Kobo, or Google Play – this title will be removed from these retailers and going into KU on Sunday, so grab your copy today!

Who We Were…

Two awkward teenagers – the loner and the nerd, trying to find our place in the world. Paired in wood shop, we knew nothing of each other, except that we wanted to know everything. Then one life altering moment changed it all and we were left with shattered dreams and broken hearts.

Who We Are…

Two grown men – braver and smarter than we used to be, trying to heal the damage from that irrevocable moment. Even though the past was behind us, dead and buried long ago, we found it impossible to move on without ripping open the scars of our deep wounds.

With twelve years of unanswered questions fueling our desperate need for the truth, we must figure out if who we were will destroy who we are.

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My Review

Our lives are shaped by our pasts…who we were, what we did, and what mattered to us back then play a part in determining our present as well as our future, and in Melissa Collins’ newest release, Who We Were, her main characters, Ryan and Quinn, are forced to face this lesson a few times throughout the course of their lives, both while they’re apart and while they’re in one another’s life. And, in the 12 years between their past and their present, there’s been 12 years of unanswered questions…of unresolved conflicts…of what ifs and if onlys, but at the end of the day, both Ryan and Quinn need to determine if they’re strong enough to put the past behind them and focus on who they are now.

Ryan and Quinn’s story is not an easy one to read because both men’s actions and reactions to each other…to their circumstances…to the way the other person makes him feel are problematic at times. Ryan runs away when things get too intense or overwhelming for him and Quinn allows himself to be treated poorly by Ryan on a number of occasions, which is frustrating to experience on the outside looking in because even though it illustrates the reality of Ryan and Quinn’s tumultuous relationship and the strong feelings they have for one another, readers can’t help but want to shake these two to in order to help them realize that if they worked together to resolve the issues that plague them they would be so much happier.

Ryan’s backstory is not an easy one to wade through, and because he has never faced those demons or attempted to deal with just how much his past directs his present, he doesn’t know how to handle everything he feels for Quinn and makes decisions out of fear instead of love, making it a very good thing that Quinn refuses to allow 12 more years to pass before making things right with the only person he wants to be with forever.

Second chance romances are some of my absolute favorite stories, and when it’s a Melissa Collins’ second chance story, I know that it will be one with a lot of heart, overwhelming feels, and quite a few tears by the time that I’m finished reading, and Who We Were delivered on all accounts. I will say that Ryan and Quinn are probably the most frustrating of Collins’ characters, but by the time they work through all that stands in their way, I saw two men who were no longer focusing on what they used to be but doing everything in their power to become the best versions of themselves, proving once and for all that the past no longer holds their present captive.

4 Poison Apples


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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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