If You Stay: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 1

If You Stay: The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 1

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by Courtney Cole
     
 

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For fans of Jessica Sorensen, J.A. Redmerski, and Abbi Glines...

Twenty-four-year-old Pax Tate is an asshole. Seriously. He's a tattooed, rock-hard bad boy with a tough attitude to match. His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with an intense guilt that he doesn't understand. What he does know is that he and his dad were

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For fans of Jessica Sorensen, J.A. Redmerski, and Abbi Glines...

Twenty-four-year-old Pax Tate is an asshole. Seriously. He's a tattooed, rock-hard bad boy with a tough attitude to match. His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with an intense guilt that he doesn't understand. What he does know is that he and his dad were left alone, and they have never been close. Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the black void in his soul. He pretends that the emptiness isn't there and this has always worked . . . until he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air that Pax has never known in his life. He doesn't know how to not hurt her-but he quickly realizes that he'd better figure it out because he needs her to breathe. When the memories of his mother's death resurface to haunt Pax, Mila is there to save him from his overwhelming guilt. Mila restores his broken heart, even as she evokes his powerful, sexual desires. Now for Pax to keep Mila, he needs to work on his issues-and stop being an asshole. But is that enough to make her stay?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
Cole (Dante’s Girl) offers a new adult take on the classic bad boy/good girl theme with her first If You Leave contemporary. Mila Hill is taking photos of Lake Michigan when she stumbles upon Pax Tate, who has overdosed on a number of substances. After she saves his life by calling an ambulance and performing CPR, Mila is drawn to find out more about this poor little rich guy who finds oblivion in drugs and alcohol. She slowly gets to know him as a damaged man whose mind is trying to shield him from a horrific childhood incident. Told in alternating first-person perspective, the story digs deep into the multitude of reasons why these two need each other so badly. Pax is hard to love, but soon the reader comes to see why Mila feels the way she does. In places, the unvarnished emotions will bring readers to tears. Gritty, raw and real. (Apr.)
Mandi - SmexyBooks.com
"...[R]aw and gritty and well done."
obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com Obsession With Books
"If you've ever loved someone unconditionally, in spite of their problems, read this book."
Andrea - The Bookish Babe
"I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love."
Amanda - Globug and Hootie Need a Book
"Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book...reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had."
Stuck In Books (stuckinbooks.com) on IF YOU STAY
"5 stars - Love this bad boy who's heart is pure gold!"
From the Publisher
"5 stars - Love this bad boy who's heart is pure gold!"
Stuck In Books (stuckinbooks.com) on IF YOU STAY

"...You should go grab this book asap."—thereaddicts.blogspot.com

"If you've ever loved someone unconditionally, in spite of their problems, read this book."—obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com Obsession With Books

"I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love."—Andrea, The Bookish Babe

"Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book...reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had."—Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

"...[R]aw and gritty and well done."—Mandi, SmexyBooks.com

thereaddicts.blogspot.com
"...You should go grab this book asap."
Just Bookin' Around
"If you've ever loved someone unconditionally, in spite of their problems, read this book."
Obsession With Books - obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com
"5 stars - Love this bad boy who's heart is pure gold!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455550814
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Beautifully Broken Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
374,806
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(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 http://www.courtneycoleauthor.com/

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