Today we welcome Courtney Cole to our blog as she celebrates her new book BEFORE WE FALL which released on December 3rd.
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Sometimes, one dark moment is all it takes to turn your world black…
For 24-year old Dominic Kinkaide, that moment took place on the night of his high school graduation. One dark incident changed him forever. He’s a hardened actor now, famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured in his own. He doesn’t care about much of anything, except for losing himself in the roles that he plays.
23-year old Jacey Vincent doesn’t realize how much her father’s indifference has affected her. She is proof that sometimes it isn’t one specific moment that wrecks a person, but rather it’s an absence of moments. She’s like a bird with a broken wing-strong yet fragile, as she tries to float through life, finding acceptance in the arms of random guys, one after the other… to fill the void that her father left in her.
Until she meets Dominic.
After jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, his secret and her issues create a dark and damaged energy that will soon turn their attraction to each other into an explosive storm.
Even though when the clouds have cleared and the dust has settled, both of them are almost obliterated… they’ve learned a priceless lesson.
Sometimes, before we fall… we fly.
familiar and normal don’t stir my blood. I’ve seen pretty much everything once and have done it twice. Normal doesn’t do it for me anymore.
Forbidden things are what lift my dick. Dark things, bad things.
I stare down from the balcony, looking past the shimmering pool below, past the rippling water that sheds blue light on everything around it, at the images that waver in the night. The images of two people fucking.
Knowing that I shouldn’t watch is what excites me about it and so I don’t take my eyes from the couple having sex next to my brother’s pool.
I take another drink of whiskey, letting the fiery liquid sit in my mouth before I swallow it, letting it curl its fingers around my stomach, warming my gut.
Watching the couple quietly, I lean against the railing, half-hidden by the shadows, enveloped by the night. It’s just how I like it.
I have been a fan of Courtney Cole since I read her first book in the Beautifully Broken Series, If You Stay. With each successive book, Courtney’s writing has gotten better and better, the characters more compelling and I have to say that Before We Fall is my favorite to date. Courtney has a masterful way of knowing how to start a book with her epic prologues that grab your attention and suck you right in. Before We Fall did not disappoint.
Dominic Kinkaide is not your average actor vying for the spotlight. Dominic is a loner – he likes the dark, the forbidden and the pain because is elicits a response from him; it makes him feel. Dominic doesn’t allow himself to get close to anyone so he doesn’t get attached or hurt. He suffers from a tragic past that has made him the man he is today – filled with such hate and anger deep within him.
We met Jacey Vincent in previous books – I love her strong willed care free persona. But like Dominic, she also has a past that has shaped the woman she is today – someone looking for acceptance with every guy she dates as well as a terrible judge in character.
Both characters having flaws but despite this, when they are thrown to work together, they have an undeniable and sizzling attraction that you can feel emitting from the book. Dominic tries to act detached with anything sexual and I am SO nervous and afraid that he will hurt Jacey who has been in these types of situations before. But Jacey being the kind hearted person she is, can’t help but want to save him from his past. Will she be able to break down Dominic’s walls that he built around himself? Will Dominic continue to push her away knowing what he knows about himself, always hurting those around him? Will the secrets of Dominic’s past destroy any kind of happiness that this broken man deserves?
I enjoyed the intensity, sexiness and dominance of Dominic. When we learn his secrets, I cry for his pain hoping beyond hope that he will allow Jacey into his heart to help him heal. Jacey gives this to him and more with her strength and determination. Watching Dominic try and open up was simply beautiful. I enjoyed this journey I took with these characters – the epilogue put a smile on my face and the healing warmed my heart.
Job well done!
About the Author
Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.
Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
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Series Reading Order
Book 1 – If You Stay
Book 2 – If You Leave