IF YOU LEAVE by Courtney Cole

17454088Release Date: August 6th 2013
Author Info: Website | Twitter
Publisher: Forever Yours E-book
Age Group: New Adult 18+
Shelfability: Acquire
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley/Publisher
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: If You Stay

I’d call If You Leave more of a companion novel than a second in a series. You can read If You Leave as a standalone, but you get more backstory if you read If You Stay first. Now I wasn’t a huge fan of If You Stay, I mostly had a problem with the characters, especially the inner dialogue of Pax…. but that’s a different review altogether. Regardless we are introduced to Madison in that book and I liked her right away in that book. So I was really excited to read her story. Perhaps a little skeptical, but still excited. This time around I was not disappointed.

Madison is the older sister. She’s the one that has had to shoulder all the responsibility after her parents death. Mila, the restaurant, their house, everything. And it’s not exactly what she dreamed she’d be doing. Enter Gabriel, ex-Ranger, badass and hottie. He’s everything that Madison thinks she doesn’t want and somehow he’s everything that she needs.

One thing I will give Cole is she knows how to write a first chapter. Nothing like starting out hot and steamy. Whew, these two had some off the charts chemistry right off. But in the end it’s the healing they provide for each other that they really need. This one was very emotional. They both are battling their own demons, Gabriel perhaps more so than Madison. I’ve always had an unyielding respect for the soldiers in our military and although Gabriel’s instance is fictional, I’m sure his situation is not. It only makes me respect all of them more. And makes my heart break a little bit too.

And don’t worry, for all you Pax and Mila fans they make an appearance in this one too. I’m looking forward to the next installment!