ARC Review: If You Stay by Courtney Cole

Posted May 5, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: If You Stay by Courtney Cole
If You Stay
by Courtney Cole

2.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 5, 2013
Series: Beautifully Broken #1
Published by Lakehouse Press
Pages: 220
Format: ARC

I seem to be the only person who failed to be moved or really that interested in this book.~ Under the Covers

Pax Tate has three favourite things, drugs, Jack Daniels and women they all give him what he craves most; oblivion. But, when he meets Mila Hill, the beautiful wholesome Mila, after she saves him from an accidental overdose he wants to be better, oblivion isn’t half as enticing as being with her. But memories that Pax has suppressed from his childhood destroy his his new one peace, can they also destroy his relationship with Mila?

I have come to conclusion that new adult books and I just don’t mix, something about all that angst makes me exasperated and impatient, clearly I would be the worlds worst counselor;  my therapy would consist of me rolling my eyes and telling them to get the frak over it.

So, as you can imagine Pax didn’t do it for me, he was gorgeous and he did have that bad boy thing going on, but I found it hard to empathise with the poor little rich boy. Even later on in the book when you find the root cause of his career as an asshole it didn’t change my mind much; I just didn’t connect with him at all. As for Mila, she was disgustingly perfect and a little bland, I imagine when readers look back at this book it will be Pax they remember not her.

If You Stay was a book about redemption,  turning your life around and the power of love yada yada, and some of it I did enjoy, but it wasn’t very subtle the sentimentality and emotion was laid on pretty thick when at times I wish it was less heavy handed;, sometimes the smaller things pack the biggest punches. I especially found that the “Love Never Fails” motto running through the book although sweet gave my emotional sweet tooth cavities.

Now I know I am putting a downer on this book, but I can see why other people would like it, but for me it was a complete personality mismatch. I didn’t get on with the characters and although the writing was fairly good I found the it to be a little awkward and clumsy in places. But I seem to be the only person who failed to be moved or really that interested in this book, so maybe it’s me! I think new adult and I are going to have to break up, I think it is for the best!

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I have read a couple of NA. I am with you. I am done.

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Thanks Suz!

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Lori Meehan

Thanks Suz.

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Thanks Suz. NA is a hit and miss right now. Personally, I like NA but this book has never interested me at all.

Thanks for the honesty!

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Yep NA is definitely not my thing. Bad boy meets nice girl? Yeah, way overdone. and I’m pretty much the telling them to get over themselves too. Can’t deal with the amount of angst in these books. Boring.