If You Leave

If You Leave : The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 2

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"In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance." --- New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton "Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over." --- K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths Ex-Army Ranger Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be. Home from Afghanistan, Gabe can't stop thinking about that one horrible night on the battlefield, a night that changed his life forever. He knows he's messed up, but with the help of a little beer and a lot more women, he's keeping it together. Until he meets Madison Hill. Madison is happily single-or so she thinks. After the tragic death of her parents, she took on the responsibility of running the family restaurant, and that's just about all she has time to worry about. Until she meets Gabriel Vincent. Though they don't realize it at first, Gabe and Maddy will soon develop a weakness: each other. But Gabe has a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome. And Maddy is dealing with issues she fears Gabe won't understand. They quickly realize they need each other to be whole, but they have demons to fight-and the problem with demons is that they never die quietly. Can they find a way to heal the past . . . before they lose each other?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 24mm | 358g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1455582263
  • 9781455582266
  • 1,577,822

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I just love Courtney Cole's books and after reading Pax and Mila's story in If You Stay, I have been dying to get my hands on Madison's story in If You Leave. Madison is Mila's older sister. Ever since her parents died tragically, Madison has taken on their role, running the business, living in the family home, leaving her modeling career behind. She has always tried to take care of Mila and let her live her own life, knowing Mila's passion is art and not wanting to tie her down with the family restaurant. Madison has always been rather unlucky in the love department, feeling that she has always chosen the wrong kind of guys, the kind that never stick around. Then she meets Gabriel Vincent when she goes into the city for a "night on the town" with her best friend Jacey. The attraction between them is magnetic. Gabriel is a hot as they come, he's mysterious, cocky, and he is also very, very sexy. He's never wanted a girl for more than sex, especially since he went to Afghanistan, that is until he meets Madison. Gabriel is also an ex-Army Ranger. Something tragic happens that evening that gives Madison a glimpse into another side of Gabriel, one which he doesn't want anyone to see. She goes back home, never expecting to see him again. Needless to say that when he walks into her restaurant the next day she is flabbergasted. It just so happens that Gabriel Vincent is her friend Jacey's older brother, the one she was supposed to meet at the club the previous night, but Jacey thought he never made it. Not only did these two did meet, they already have a "history," but with both of their scarred pasts, is there any hope for a future? I loved this book. It was so good. It also was very emotionally raw and heartbreaking, causing you to experience the gamut of emotions from one end of the scale to another. Gabriel's experience in Afghanistan has messed him up big time and left him totally screwed up. He is such an awesome, stand-up, honorable guy whose dream has always been to be a soldier, but because of what happened he feels like a failure, is guilt ridden, and feels completely undeserving of ever experiencing love. Madison also has things in her past that we didn't know about, things she has stuffed down for years, things that have left her very emotionally scarred and feeling incapable of ever having a meaningful relationship. They try to help each other heal, and Gabriel is a godsend for Madison, but then the past rares its ugly head and threatens to destroy them. Gabriel has to decide if he is willing to let Madison in, and if he is willing to do what it takes to get the help he needs, but will it be too little too late? The journey these two go on in If You Leave is one you will never forget. There is also some drama that happens with Jacey that provides for some interesting twists and turns in the story. Courtney Cole has again done an outstanding job in writing not only a magnificent contemporary romance that is filled with drama, angst, and passion, but sheds light on an important issue that so many of our soldiers deal with, PTSD and its effects, while also honoring all those individuals who give their all to protect us. This is one story you won't want to miss. Oh, and the romance part is HOT! I am already counting the days until the next book in the series comes out, Before We Fall, which will be Jacey's story.show more
by Ellen Gault
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