IF YOU LEAVE – On sale August 6, 2013
About the book –
Ex-Army Ranger Gabriel Vincent is a badass hero. Or he used to be. Home from Afghanistan, Gabe can’t stop thinking about that one horrible night on the battlefield, a night that changed his life forever. He knows he’s messed up, but with the help of a little beer and a lot more women, he’s keeping it together. Until he meets Madison Hill.
Madison is happily single—or so she thinks. After the tragic death of her parents, she took on the responsibility of running the family restaurant, and that’s just about all she has time to worry about. Until she meets Gabriel Vincent.
Though they don’t realize it at first, Gabe and Maddy will soon develop a weakness: each other. But Gabe has a secret, a hidden monster that he’s afraid Maddy could never overcome. And Maddy is dealing with issues she fears Gabe won’t understand. They quickly realize they need each other to be whole, but they have demons to fight—and the problem with demons is that they never die quietly. Can they find a way to heal the past . . . before they lose each other?
It’s chilly outside, but he’s not wearing a jacket, only a snug black t-shirt and a pair of perfectly fitting jeans. There isn’t a trace of fat on him. He’s lean and muscled, with short darkish hair. From the side, his features are chiseled and from what I can tell, he’s got just the barest hint of stubble along his strong jaw. That’s an instant turn on for me. It seems so rugged.
And this guy… he definitely seems rugged. Everything about him screams strength and power. That’s an instant turn on for me, too. I decide that this is what intrigues me. He’s like power personified. He holds himself with purpose.
As I watch, he lights up a cigarette and takes a drag, releasing the smoke out slowly into the night. His lips are full and masculine and he’s got a cleft in his chin. He’s undeniably sexy. Normally, I would stay far away from someone like him, someone sinfully sexy but so… forceful. A guy like that is trouble. That’s for sure.
But I didn’t come to the club tonight to run away.
I came here to hook up. To blow off my responsibilities and be reckless for a night. To act my age. To be someone I’m not.
I eye the guy again.
Normally, I would run away from him.
But maybe…just tonight…I won’t.
I don’t have to be me tonight. I can be anyone I want to be because he’ll never see me again.
Just for tonight.
I hesitate, trying to decide what to do.
Then, almost as though my feet have a mind of their own, I take a step toward him. And then another.
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
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