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"Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over." --- K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths
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?
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Cole’s searing second Beautifully Broken contemporary (after If You Stay) portrays the aftereffects of trauma in this riveting, heartbreaking tale of a former Army Ranger who’s witnessed countless atrocities and a woman recovering from a parent’s abuse. Gabriel Vincent has left the military, but he can’t leave his memories behind. Madison Hill’s brutal father and battered mother die in a car wreck, leaving her running the family restaurant and doggedly avoiding romantic relationships. Gabe heads to the tiny Illinois town of Angel Bay for his sister’s birthday—and runs unexpectedly into Maddy, who he’d had a memorable encounter with in Chicago. Gabe tries to convince Maddy to take a chance on him, but they both may have too many demons to fight. Cole doesn’t stint on the graphic descriptions of horrors in war and at home, giving readers an unflinching look at the realities of PTSD while bringing the slow-building relationship between Maddy and Gabe to a delicious peak of passion. (July)