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.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the author but that did not in any way influence this review!

My Peace is a novella and, if you know me, you know that I almost always feel like I need more from these short books.  But, truthfully, this story it’s so full of angst, heartbreak, and hope that I was left very satisfied…and exhausted.  We met Pax in If You Stay, the first book in this series.  In that book he battled his demons and his addictions.  As we start this new story, Pax is in a different place.  His life is good, really good.  He’s married to Mila, has a beautiful daughter, and is happy and at peace.  But, this is the true crux of life – you never know when things will change.  This story examines what happens when the unforeseen dredges up the past and takes you down a road you had no intended of ever traveling again.

Due to an accident, and other circumstances, including a shady character from his past, Pax discovers that an addict is never really cured.  And he discovers it the hard way.  As his fears become reality, his relationships are tested, and his future outlook becomes bleak.  My heart ached for him and for Mila.  Their love is put to the test and their family is at risk.  This is a gritty story.  Pax’s inner thoughts were uncensored and real.  I felt like I was experiencing everything along with him and the heaviness in my heart was in part because I know how true to life this is for some.

This book had me on the edge of my seat…it broke my heart…and it gave me hope.  So much happens in this short number of pages!  These characters, with all their flaws, are believable and real.  Once again, the author grabbed a hold of me on page one and held on tight until the very end.  And, to me, two things are very obvious.  First, Ms. Cole poured her heart into this one…her hopes, fears, and heartbreak are on display here.  This story is written with honesty and care.  And, second, Pax’s story is one that’s left an imprint on my heart…I will always want to know more about him and I will always root for him.  I hope we see him again in the future!!

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