Welcome to Hackaroo's stop on the If You Stay Blog tour/Release day! I am so excited to be a part of this tour as I am a HUGE Courtney Cole fan. She's amazing! On my stop, I have my review I also have a giveaway so make sure to check everything out!!!
He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.
But he’s got his reasons.
His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.
As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.
So he slipped far, far from it.
Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?
And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila.
Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.
When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.
But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.
He knows that. And he’s working on it.
But is that enough to make her stay?
**Warning -Contains sex and violence**
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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
What did I think?
I've already stated that I love Courtney Cole's writing and I truly do. But up until now, I've only read her YA novels. This was a whole new monster and I was really excited to read it. The story sounded interesting and I was already a fan.
Needless to say I was so not disappointed. I have to mention that I think this is one of Cole's best novels to date. I fell in love with it. Every line, every chapter had me entranced.
It starts off gritty and does not let up. Right off the bat, you get a nice b**** slap to wake you up to see the world Pax lives in. I love books that get down to the nitty gritty and Cole spares nothing in this book. Nothing. The characters, the story, everything swept me away.
Pax....oh sweet damage Pax. What can I say? He is so hot and lost and messed up. I loved him! As the blurb says, Pax is an a**hole but truly he isn't. Only he thinks the worst of himself. Pax has had a rough go of life and finds solstice in the only way he knows how.....drugs, alochol, and women. After he lost his mother, things just went spiraling out of control for him. But under all the rawness, there is a tender man who just wants someone to love him.
Mila is such a sweet girl. I was afraid she was going to be too naive for Pax, but she proved me wrong time and time again. Mila is a woman who knows what she wants and doesn't like to play games. She knows what she's doing and what she wants out of life. Being in charge is always sexy and I think that's what Pax seess at first. Then he just sees Mila and is captivated.
When Pax and Mila meet, it's not on the best of terms but there still is a spark....a connection that cannot be ignored. Even though they start off on a rocky start and problems happen, through it all, they stay. It's just a simple word....stay. And yet, it means so much throughout this entire novel.
Well done Cole. I will be reading this book over and over and I see it as one of my favorites for 2013.