Who We Were (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Who We Were
Author: Melissa Collins
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 26th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 221 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


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.

“I couldn’t exactly put a finger on it, but as I walked back out into the yard, a sense of calm enveloped me. No matter what happened at the end of our time together, I knew that this would forever go down as one of the most significant moments of my life.”

Talk about a heart-wrenching surprise. I had no idea going into this that there would be so many feelings. I am pretty sure I ran through the full gamut of heartbreak, anger, love, hate, hope, disappointment and giddiness.

Ryan and Quinn met in Junior High and ignored each other until they were Seniors. Quinn had a fun loving sister and parents who supported him, as well as a bright future. Ryan was overshadowed by his twin brother and felt as though he was alone and lost. When he found out that his life wasn’t even half as bad as he had thought, he ran.

Now it’s 12 years later and he has no choice but to deal with the fallout and decide what his future will hold, and if it includes Quinn.

Melissa Collins’ writing gripped me from the start and never let go. Her words were engaging and every time a new chapter started, I had to keep reading. So many times I wanted to strangle Ryan or console Quinn while I read, and I love it when I can feel so much connection with the characters when I’m reading.

This is an absolute must read and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store.

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Galley copy of Who We Were provided by Melissa Collins in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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