Thursday, December 11, 2014

Swoon Thursday #119 ~ If You Leave (Beautifully Broken #2) by Courtney Cole

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

If You Leave
(Beautifully Broken #2)
Courtney Cole

First - The Blurb:

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.

Second - The Swoon:


Her tongue slips into my mouth and she tastes like Heaven, like an icy drink of water at the end of a hot day in the desert. Our tongues tangle together and her lips consume mine. I find myself instantly rock-hard and she notices.

She smiles against my lips. "I think you liked that."

"What gave me away?" I ask with a grin.

I read If You Stay (Book 1) a few weeks back and thoroughly enjoyed it. So naturally, I wanted to move onto the next book in the series... If You Leave.

Gabe... what can I say, I found his story heartbreaking. What he experienced while he was deployed in Afghanistan and the the dark memories he came home with may have been written as fiction, but undoubtedly, touch on reality. A reality few of us would ever want to face.

Maddy... although not a hero of war, she too, is struggling with a dark past and decisions she made out of loyalty rather than desire.

When these two meet, they seem like an unlikely match. However, as the story unfolds and their lives become entwined, it soon becomes apparent just how good they are for each other.

Once again, Courtney has written a beautiful story which will tug at your heartstrings and keep you enthralled from beginning to end.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
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  1. Yay!! I love this series, and I'm so happy you loved it... Gabe is sooo yummy! And I love that tease!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  2. looks like you read a good book, I'm not reading anything right now so I won't be able to share anything this week :)

  3. Gah! First of all, I love the swoon, Marilyn. It made me smile. But your review of the story? Man, I need to push this series up in priority. I need to meet Gabe and Maddy.

  4. Oooo! There's a Courtney Cole book! I love the teasing ;D Excellent swoon choice, Marilyn! Have a fabulous day :)

    Check out my swoon post!

  5. Ha that's cute. Glad you're enjoying these stories.