Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Review: If You Leave by Courtney Cole

26-year old Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be, anyway. As an ex-Army Ranger, Gabe never thought he needed anyone. But after one horrible night in Afghanistan scars him in a way that he can't get past, he needs someone who can help him heal...even if he doesn't realize it.

25-year old Madison Hill doesn't need anybody...or so she thinks. She grew up watching her parents' messed-up abusive relationship and she knows there's no way in hell that she's ever letting that happen to her.

They don't know it in the beginning, but Gabriel and Madison will soon develop a weakness: Each other.

But Gabriel's got a secret, a hidden monster that he's afraid Maddy could never overcome... And Maddy's got issues that she's afraid Gabe will never understand. They quickly realize that they need each other to be whole, but at the same time they know that they've got demons to fight.

And the problem with demons is that they never die quietly.

While I liked the overall theme of this story. It missed the mark for me.

I think it was blatantly obvious he had ptsd. I feel like this whole she couldn't figure out what was wrong with him thing just threw me. I just would have felt better about her character if she confronted him, and not played this weird little guessing game.

I liked Gabriel. He was cocky, sweet, and adorable. He went through so much. I have heard real life stories from the war similar to his own. I get the whole ptsd thing making him feel weak. He is supposed to be strong and invincible since that is what he's taught. But since we are all human and make mistakes, that doesn't happen. I really felt for him. 

This is definitely something you should check out if you like to read about soldiers. It definitely honors them.

FTC: I received this from Netgalley for an HONEST review.

Rating: 3 out of 5 

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