Happy, happy, happy release day to If You Stay and enormous congratulations to Courtney Cole!
I feel like today has been such a super long time coming. I've been a tremendous die-hard fan of If You Stay since it was in its e-ARC/self-published form. It's crazy to think about how far the book itself and the story has come. I mentioned once that there are only about 4-5 series that make me all crazy, psycho like and... this is one of 'em. I love it so hardcore and I am very protective of it only because I've been there with it since it was a little, itty, bitty fetus.
I'm over the moon and halfway to Jupiter excited that as of today, you will now be able to walk into a bookstore and pick up Pax Tate off the shelves. Like, what? That blows my mind! I'm also stoked because I will finally get to own a real-life copy of the book; I can pet it and do all these bookworm things to it! ;p (I pre-ordered it, along with a few other of my top favorites of all time, on Thursday and they should all be here later this week, aahh! Keep an eye on my social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for the picture when they arrive!)
Needless to say, today is a big deal. To me, anyway. For today's post, I've got an excerpt (one of my favorites because it has a couple of my most favorite quotes of all time), my review and two epic giveaways for all of you! Make sure you stick around and read to the very end of my post! Without further ado...
About the book:
Beautifully Broken, #1)
Author: Courtney Cole
Release date: April 8, 2014
Age group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
Excerpt from If You Stay:
My book review:
Wow. I honestly have nothing else to say besides just that… wow. *takes deep breath* If You Stay is definitely (like… hands down) one of the heaviest and grittiest novels I’ve ever read. There was such a heavy load of pain and heartache that my heart really and seriously couldn’t even comprehend how to continue to pump oxygen and blood to the rest of my body. As much as it hurt, I live for these kind of books—the kind that just rips you to shreds and leave you wanting to shrivel up and crawl into a corner and live there for the rest of your life. If You Stay was dark and raw and Cole had such an honest portrayal of Pax’s life. Not only that but Cole’s writing and descriptiveness was just so mesmerizing to read. By chapter two, I knew that I was going to love this one; I got those tingly feels in my fingers that just told me this one was going to be something special.
First off, I’d like to give Courtney Cole a huge round of applause for writing that first chapter the way she did and for being real about it. It definitely was a risky thing to do and I think that chapter holds all the potential for the rest of the book—it could draw readers in and make them want to stick around for the ride or it could turn them away and make them never want to look back. For me, it was definitely the first; I was all, “Let’s do this baby, whoo!” As soon as my eyes landed on the first page, two feelings hit me hard and fast: shock and fascination. Immediately, I couldn’t draw my eyes away. Things happen right away and that feeling of shock doesn’t leave you for a while. I just remember thinking, “This shit is crazy!”
Read my full review here.
About 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
Connect with Courtney Cole: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
- Grand prize: NA Prize pack feat. If You Stay by Courtney Cole, Facade by Nyrae Dawn, The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen, and Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
- Plus 10 winners will get a copy of If You Stay
- Runs through Tuesday, April 15th
- Open to US/Canada only
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