Author: Courtney Cole
Series: Beautifully Broken #2
Date: August 6, 2013
Courtney Cole's New York Times bestselling Beautifully Broken series continues with IF YOU LEAVE.
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.
If You Leave had all of the elements I love about a Courtney Cole novel—a strong set of characters, a swoon worthy romance, and something slightly unexpected to give the plot an extra edge. While I certainly enjoyed it, I didn’t like If You Leave as much as I did If You Stay because the love story wasn’t as hard to win and the plot wasn’t so jaw dropping that you know you’ll never forget it. Even though I wish it had more of the elements seen in If You Stay, If You Leave was a wonderful, fast-paced, and romantic read.
Madison and Gabriel have chemistry from the second they lay eyes on each other. Even though the two are clearly perfect for each other, it’s not insta-love. There is something that they clearly need to get out of their systems, and even though they don’t get along fabulously in the beginning there are plenty of sparks that make you hope they can work everything out.
Being that this is a Beautifully Broken novel, we know that there will certainly be a lot of emotional baggage for the couple to sort through. Gabriel is a vet and has seen more than his share of demons, and watching him struggle though it was emotional for the reader. I loved that this book explored some of the issues that vets go through when they get back from war. I can’t even imagine what it’s like, so the book was educational for me in that regard.
Even though I wanted more from the love story and the plot, If You Leave was a great novel. Madison and Gabriel were fantastic together and I loved reading about how they sorted out their issues. Fans of Courtney Cole won’t be disappointed!