[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]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.[/quote]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COURTNEY! Finally, 21 years old! :)
Okay, so Courtney Cole knows how to open a novel. In If You Stay, it was more of a blow-by-blow (ahem), and If You Leave, though, wasn’t much different … She’s got the shock down. But this, it was almost hard to read. I felt like I was reading it with one eye open. It was one of the more intense scenes I’ve ever read honestly. And it immediately made me feel for Gabe.
There were so many awesome components to this story. So when Gabe and Madison meet, there’s this insane chemistry … and what follows (hello, taxi cab) is nothing short of smokin’ hot! HOT! But then, it gets hotter … literally … when there’s a bit of an accident. And Gabe’s demons are quickly revealed, and while Madison is still intrigued, she can’t help but head for the hills.
I loved the tension between Gabe and Madison as they repeatedly run into one another. You could FEEL it as you read it. I loved the development of their relationship; Gabe was scared because of his issues, and Madison was just as scared because of her own issues. Neither was exempt of baggage, however, they were drawn to each other.
I have to say, while I do not have firsthand experience with PTSD, I think the way that Courtney covered it was brilliant. It was honest, real, and it broke my heart, but gave me hope at the same time. I could appreciate the struggle Gabe went through, even though it was something I couldn’t ever imagine dealing with.
So, this book definitely deals with some serious subject matter, and Gabe and Madison have this intense relationship, but it’s more than just the physical. There’s plenty of emotional connection, too. I dig that. There’s also A LOT from the supporting characters—I LOVED that Mila and Pax were in this story as much as they were. It was great to see all that was happening with them … and how that affected Madison. Also, Madison’s best friend, Jacey, was a great addition to the story. I’m looking forward to learning more about her.
If you can’t tell from my rambles, this book is a must read. This series, rather. If you’ve not picked up the first book, If You Stay, you should! Courtney has this amazing way of grabbing readers from the first page … but also keeping you hooked throughout. It’s a captivating read, and one you mustn’t pass up!
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ABOUT COURTNEY COLE:
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.