My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pax is on a course to self-destruct. He is drinking and using sex and drugs as a road to oblivion. Enter Mila, a soft-spoken, caring artist. Mila is not without demons of her own, but dealing with them in a different way. Mila finds Pax passed out, half in and half out of his car in a secluded area near the lake. She calls 911. But it doesn't stop there, she visits him in the hospital and genuinely cares that he is OK.
Mila and Pax are attracted to each other, but both must face their past before a relationship of any substance can begin to flourish. Ms. Cole did a good job of developing her characters and she didn't shy away from the nitty-gritty details of a passionate attraction.
I might be pushing the envelope to use this in Women's Fiction Reading Challenge because this story basically deals with Pax Tate and his journey to recovery. But Mila Hill plays an important role in his journey. She loves him "warts and all" ( though Ms. Cole doesn't mention any physical imperfections!). But in the end, she does not enable him, she supports and helps him grow. And in doing so she changes, she grows and so does her older sister.