If You Stay by Courtney Cole

This was a really good book.  As always if you can’t handle reading about drug usage, overdoses, and death – please cover your eyes and back away.  The book deals with some really heavy issues.  I think that Courtney Cole did an excellent job with each subject, but it’s not sugar coated.  She really puts it out there in all of it’s detail and then slaps you in the face with it again to be sure you’re really paying attention.

Pax and Mila are an unlikely couple.  He’s on the verge of being an addict.  Their first encounter was a bit traumatic for her and almost cost him his life.  But he’s drawn to the good in her and she sees the best in him.  Only time will tell if it will work out for them.

This book has spent some time on the Kindle best sellers list and there’s a reason for it.  It’s a good book.  I’d definitely recommend it.

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller….

24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.

Seriously.

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?
Wrong.

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’d better 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?

**Please note: If You Stay contains mature subject matter such as drug use and sexual situations. It is intended for mature audiences.**

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