Saturday, February 16, 2013

Blog Tour Excerpt of If You Stay by Courtney Cole

Today we have the awesome privilege of giving you a peak into If You Stay by Courtney Cole with an excerpt from Pax's point of view. ** WARNING: Contains adult language. **

Excerpt TWO (Pax’s POV):

“What?” I ask her. “Why are you looking at me like that?”
     She smiles. “I’m just happy to see your eyes open. I know this is going to sound stupid, but you were in a bad way on Goose Beach. And I haven’t been able to get those images out of my head. So it’s nice to see you wide awake and perfectly fine. I’ll have something to replace those bad images with now.”
     Well, the idea that I’m perfectly fine is debatable. But I’m a little puzzled. She seems genuinely concerned, truly troubled. And she doesn’t even know me, so why should she care?
     So I ask her that.
     And she’s the one who’s puzzled now.
     “Why wouldn’t I be?” she asks, and then she pulls on her full lip with her teeth. My gut clenches again as I catch a glimpse of her pink tongue. “Anyone would be concerned. And it was the first time that I’d ever tried CPR. I don’t even know if I did it right. And it was the first time I’d ever seen someone overdose. I wasn’t sure exactly what was wrong when I first found you. But you didn’t seem like you were just drunk. I’m glad I called the ambulance.”
     I stare at her now.
     “You called the ambulance?” Interesting. I wonder what the hell happened to Jill? She probably left me to die, the fucking whore. You get what you pay for, I guess. A few snorts of coke apparently don’t buy much.
     Beautiful Girl nods. “Yes, I did. The girl who you were with wasn’t too happy about that. But I thought you needed it. And it turns out that you did.”
     Ah, so Jill was there.
     “There was a girl with me?” I raise an eyebrow, probing to find out what happened with Jill.
     Beautiful Girl shakes her head. “Not at first. She came while I was trying to decide what to do. She was mad at you for something- until she saw the condition you were in. And then she got hysterical. She left when the paramedics arrived.”
     That sounds about right.
     “Well, thank you for calling help,” I tell her slowly, eyeing her, taking her all in. “I’m Pax, by the way.”
     She smiles. “I know. Stalker, remember?”
     I smile back. “Well, you have me at a disadvantage. Because I don’t know you.”
     And that’s a damn shame.
     She holds out her hand and I take it. Hers is small and soft, almost fragile.
     “My name is Mila Hill. It’s very nice to meet you.”
     And it is.
     I know I should tell her to run far, far from me, but of course I don’t. She’s like a ray of sunshine in this bleak hospital room and I soak her up. She’s got good, healthy energy and I like the way it feels to talk with her.
     She’s like a breath of fresh air.
     I may be the Big Bad Wolf, but even wolves need to breathe.

So, what'd you guys think?! Intriguing, right? You can check out my review and enter to win a copy of If You Stay as well right here! 

Big thanks to Courtney for doing this for us and for letting us be a part of the blog tour!

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