Book Review : My Peace (Beautifully Broken, #5) by Courtney Cole
Beautifully Broken, #5 by Courtney Cole Release Date: January 13th, 2017 Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance Add to Goodreads Purchase Link: Amazon Source: Author eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis: Happy endings must be worked for. Pax Tate used to be an effed up asshole, but you’d never know it now. He’s got a sexy wife, their own little family, a cozy home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect. Until his past rears its ugly head. Pax will do anything to protect his family, even if he destroys himself in the process.
***Letter from the Author***
Four years ago, my book IF YOU STAY released, and it sat on the New York Times bestseller's list for twelve weeks. Why? Because the main character, Pax Tate, resonated with readers. Pax could be an asshole at times, and at others, charming, witty and lovable. IF YOU STAY began with a drug overdose and a blowjob-- illustrating how much of a bad boy Pax could be. It ended with Pax getting married to his love, Mila, illustrating how much he'd grown. I announced a couple of months ago that Pax is based on my son, Gunner. (His personality traits). Gunner is a twenty-two year old drug addict, and it has been an emotional rollercoaster during his journey. He is doing well now, and has come through rehab, and is now in a halfway house. But his journey has shown me that happy endings must be worked for. So, I decided to continue Pax's story...to show what happens when someone's happily-ever-after is challenged. I ended MY PEACE in the way that I hope my son's story will continue. From my pen, to God's ear. :) I hope you love My Peace. I hope my message comes through-- that redemption can find us all. With much love, Courtney
My Peace is a continuation of Pax and Mila's story from,
If You Stay, (the first story in the Beautifully Broken Series,) and must be read in sequential order. Pax and Mila are happily married and have a beautiful daughter, "ZuZu." Everything is going well in their lives. Pax has been clean and hasn't craved drugs in five years, business is booming, the romance and love that they have for one another has only grown exponentially over time, and they have close friends and family that they cherish. Their lives are full and abundant with blessings and happiness.
Then, everything changes... Danger, malevolence, and deceit enter into their lives. Ghosts from the past come calling, and Pax and Mila are tested. Temptations are provoked, and Pax and Mila's little family is put in danger in more ways than one. Will they all survive?
My Peace was a real page-turner. It portrayed the dark reality of addiction masterfully. It was filled with so much emotion, that I felt everything that Pax and Mila experienced. Their pain and tears became my own. There was a huge twist that I didn't see coming, and it made the story that much more engaging. I couldn't put down my Kindle, even if I had needed to! There was also a spiritual element to the story that made me smile, and cry tears of happiness. It was absolutely beautiful.
I could tell that My Peace was a very personal experience for Ms. Cole. The story flowed so seamlessly and effortlessly. It provoked so many raw emotions in me, and was so very "real." The characters were three-dimensional, and felt like they could have walked right out of the pages. This story really resonated and meant a lot to me, and I know that it will touch many other readers as well.
Another element that I loved in the story was getting reacquainted with Maddy, Gabe, and Brand, who were other characters in the Beautifully Broken Series. I adore this series so much, and was in my happy place reading about some of my all-time favorite book characters.
I give, My Peace, by Courtney Cole, 5 Emotionally-Charged, Beautiful, Raw, Dark, Twisted, Exorcising the Past Filled Stars! Fans of Mila and Pax, and the Beautifully Broken Series, need to read, My Peace. It was the perfect ending to their story! Those of you that love raw, realistic stories filled with romance and angst need to dive in to the Beautifully Broken Series. You'll thank me later!!!
About the Author:
I write books. I’ve always had a huge imagination, and so writing books just seemed like the logical job for me. I love LOVE, so Romance is the perfect genre for me. I love Happily Ever Afters in my books, but I also love a good rocky journey to get there. A difficult journey makes the destination worth it.