Welcome to my blog tour stop for the fabulous Courtney Cole's latest novel, IF YOU LEAVE!
I have the absolutely wonderful Madison Hill with me on the blog today! I'm so excited to get to know her better and for you to get to know her as well. She's one of my favorite female leads and I pretty much love her to pieces.
Then, stay tuned for my review and a giveaway!!
26-year old Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be, anyway. As an ex-Army Ranger, Gabe never thought he needed anyone. But after one horrible night in Afghanistan scars him in a way that he can't get past, he needs someone who can help him heal...even if he doesn't realize it.
25-year old Madison Hill doesn't need anybody...or so she thinks. She grew up watching her parents' messed-up abusive relationship and she knows there's no way in hell that she's ever letting that happen to her.
They don't know it in the beginning, but Gabriel and Madison will soon develop a weakness: Each other.
But Gabriel's got a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome... And Maddy's got issues that she's afraid Gabe will never understand. They quickly realize that they need each other to be whole, but at the same time they know that they've got demons to fight.
And the problem with demons is that they never die quietly
And now for my review:
*Spoiler-Free* REVIEW: If You Leave by Courtney Cole
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013
*DISCLOSURE: ARC was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review
Much like in her first installment of the Beautifully Broken Series, If You Stay, Courtney Cole doesn't pull any punches and drops you straight into the storyline and into the action with If You Leave. I didn't think it would be possible to like this book as much as I liked Mila and Pax's story, but this novel absolutely blew me away and has stuck with me long after I finished the last page.
The name of this series Beautifully Broken could not be more apt. With this series, Courtney shows some very real and ugly truths in the world. Some serious issues concerning some very sadly damaged people. Yet, she also intersperses these times with lighthearted moments and bone meltingly sexy scenes as well. This novel reaffirmed my belief and my trust in Courtney’s ability to tell a painful story that is real for so many, and in telling the story, she is able to evoke feelings of hope and the belief that even in the darkest of places, there is the chance for a light to lead you out to the other side.
I absolutely loved both of these characters. Of course I have been known to constantly fall in love with these book boyfriends, and the honorable, stoic, sexy hunk of alpha that is Gabe is certainly no exception. But for me, in this book, there was something that really called out to me about Maddy. She too is broken. But just in different ways. There was just something so heartbreaking about her. Seeing her have so much taken away from her and so much threatened. I NEEDED her to have her happily ever after. I felt so ecstatically rewarded by the end, so full of pure, blissful happiness that both she and Gabe received their so well deserved HEA.
"It's like I'm not whole when I'm not with you. You're a piece of me. A big piece of me. And when you're gone, I can't function right. I'm only half a person."
About the Author:
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
And now it's GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
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all the best, dear readers!