Friday, August 16, 2013

Blog Tour Review: If You Leave by Courtney Cole

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.
What seems like forever ago, I read If You Stay back when New Adult was just coming on the block. In that time I’ve read a lot more. Some of it was good, others... less so. And after all of this time, I have to say that If You Stay remains my favorite New Adult book. So, there’s that testimony for it. Now, when I was offered If You Leave I had to refrain from going toddler and screaming ‘GIMME’ while making grabby-hands motions at the laptop.

What I loved so much about If You Stay was the utter life-grittiness of it. Yeah, there were sexy times and emotional destruction, but the purely, un-sugar-coated version of life. And guess what? If You Leave didn’t disappoint. In fact, in some ways, I think I even liked it more than If You Stay. GASP. Here we get very emotional-scarred, PTSD-suffering Gabe and in a change up from the first, Maddy who has her own messed up past she’s been hiding from. Ah, yes, nothing like two screwed up individuals in the morning.*

*Old movie reference. Kind of.

I hate this overused saying in book reviews, but this book hooked me. Completely. I stayed up way, WAY past my bedtime because I would put it down to do something like, eat. Then stare at the wall and wonder what was going to happen and picked it up again; balancing my Nook precariously on my knee as I ate pasta. And on that note, Gabe’s source of issues? GAH. I won’t spoil it because that’s a crime against plot, but my head was reeling and all I could think was how horrifying refreshing that was. Just... just... oh mah gawd, guys. Oh mah gawd. Words don’t describe it and if they did, it would ruin it. No, you are better off with my vague brain melt over this.

I absolutely cannot wait for another book in this trilogy. I really can’t.

Similar recommendations: If You Stay by Courtney Cole and Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker.

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