If You Leave: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 2

If You Leave: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 2

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by Courtney Cole
     
 

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"In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance." —- New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton"

Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to

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"In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance." —- New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton"

Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over." —- K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

Ex-Army Ranger Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be. Home from Afghanistan, Gabe can't stop thinking about that one horrible night on the battlefield, a night that changed his life forever. He knows he's messed up, but with the help of a little beer and a lot more women, he's keeping it together. Until he meets Madison Hill.

Madison is happily single-or so she thinks. After the tragic death of her parents, she took on the responsibility of running the family restaurant, and that's just about all she has time to worry about. Until she meets Gabriel Vincent.

Though they don't realize it at first, Gabe and Maddy will soon develop a weakness: each other. But Gabe has a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome. And Maddy is dealing with issues she fears Gabe won't understand. They quickly realize they need each other to be whole, but they have demons to fight-and the problem with demons is that they never die quietly. Can they find a way to heal the past . . . before they lose each other?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 05/26/2014
Cole’s searing second Beautifully Broken contemporary (after If You Stay) portrays the aftereffects of trauma in this riveting, heartbreaking tale of a former Army Ranger who’s witnessed countless atrocities and a woman recovering from a parent’s abuse. Gabriel Vincent has left the military, but he can’t leave his memories behind. Madison Hill’s brutal father and battered mother die in a car wreck, leaving her running the family restaurant and doggedly avoiding romantic relationships. Gabe heads to the tiny Illinois town of Angel Bay for his sister’s birthday—and runs unexpectedly into Maddy, who he’d had a memorable encounter with in Chicago. Gabe tries to convince Maddy to take a chance on him, but they both may have too many demons to fight. Cole doesn’t stint on the graphic descriptions of horrors in war and at home, giving readers an unflinching look at the realities of PTSD while bringing the slow-building relationship between Maddy and Gabe to a delicious peak of passion. (July)
New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You
"In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance."
K.A. Tucker
"Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over."
From the Publisher
"In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance."—New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton"

Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over."—K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455550838
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Series:
Beautifully Broken Series , #2
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
88,977
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives near Lake Michigan with her family. She's always working on her next project... or staring dreamily out her office window. To learn more about her, please visit courtneycolewrites.com

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If You Leave: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 2 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book had me hooked from the first page. I didn't want to put the book down. The author makes you believe that the people in this book could be real and that the struggles they go through could happen. I love the way it's written.
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BecsL More than 1 year ago
If You Leave gripped my heart from the very first page. The moment this story began I was swept into Gabriel’s world. Gabe is an army ranger, home from Afghanistan along with his best friend Brand, trying to forget all of the horrific things that haunt his dreams. Madison has been devastated by loss and left living someone else’s life out of guilt and fear. The characters in this story are nothing short of breathtaking. Courtney Cole has a way of crafting characters that are absolutely damaged, completely lost and often infuriating in their resolve that they don’t deserve happiness. Somehow, she also makes them incredibly lovable, painfully relatable and the kindest of souls. Her ability to construct such character depth is stunning and I am constantly in awe of the personalities, relationships and stories that come from these complex and vulnerable characters.  Courtney Cole rises above and beyond the challenge of this storyline. Gabe suffers from PTSD, an illness that affects far too many military personnel and is unfortunately poorly understand among the general population. Every internal battle Gabe was forced to wage with himself, every earth shattering flashback and soul crushing night terror took some of his pain and made it my own. It felt real and raw and honest and unavoidable. Courtney Cole managed to not only paint a clear picture of his suffering, but to make it our own. This book had my emotions in overdrive. As Madison and Gabe questioned the good and the bad of the world, their conflict swirled in my own head, begging me to examine what I believe about war, loss and the human spirit. If You Leave had me in the clutches of an ugly cry right up until the very last page. Courtney Cole certainly outdid herself with If You Leave. This book is not to be missed!
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Very rarely is book two better then book one but it is!
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Such a great read !!! I enjoyed the first 2!! Now on to the next one!! You will not be disappointed!!! I laughed some then cried alot!!! Great job Courtney Cole!!! 5 stars friom me!!!!
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jnnfrcm88 More than 1 year ago
If You Leave and If You Stay were my first Courtney Cole books and I am hooked!Good story with good characters - read it!!!!
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You can feel what the characters are going through which make this author's books hard to put down!
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Great read
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I really loved this book, it was a wonderful follow up to the first one and gave closure to all the people that you loved in both books. Some sad moments, but I really enjoyed this one and the first one!
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Loved the story
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Love the book and story.