27 December 2013

Before We Fall by Courtney Cole

The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 3

What they say: In the bestselling tradition of J.A. Redmerski and Jessica Sorensen come the next novel in Courtney Cole's New York Times bestselling Beautifully Broken Series...

Sometimes before we fall . . . we fly.

One dark moment was all it took to turn twenty-four-year-old Dominic Kinkaide's world black. On the night of his high school graduation, a single incident changed him forever, and he became a hardened man-famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured inside. Now all he cares about is losing himself in the roles that he plays.

At twenty-three years 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 an absence of moments. She tries to find acceptance in the arms of men to fill the void-a plan that has worked just fine for her, until she meets Dominic.

When jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, the combination of his secrets and her issues turns their attraction into the perfect storm. It could change their lives for good-if it doesn't tear them both apart...

  • Published 3rd December 2013 by Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
  • ISBN: 9781455550852

I received a copy of Before We Fall from Forever via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I really enjoyed Courtney Cole's other books in her Beautifully Broken series and I couldn't get the Before We Fall blurb out of my head. Cole take's her readers on a pretty dark journey in this instalment. Although I wasn't always expecting the direction the story went, particularly with Dominic, I found myself hooked by the confusing and often disturbing world some of her characters reside in.

Dominic is a spoilt actor with a dark past and an even darker present. He's rich, famous and beautiful, but he's also sorta disturbed (according to himself) and is trapped by horrible memories. Dom's brothers are in a famous band and the three of them most definitely do not live a normal life. At one of his brother Sin's (great name) parties he meets Jacey (Gabe's sister and Maddie's best friend from book 2), who is still coming to terms with her part in the horrific events in the previous book. 

I don't want to spoil anything by revealing too much of the plot so I won't go into details about Dom's issues or why he's like he is, but I will point out that Before We Fall goes deeper into non mainstream sexual desires than I was expecting (it's not an erotica book, but Dom has some kinky idea's surrounding sex). Dom is surrounded by self-loathing and despite his successful career and cocky persona he had no self-worth.

When Jacey and Dom meet, he is very drawn to her natural charm and beautify, yet doubtful of her goodness. Jacey blames herself for everything that happened with Jared in the last book and relies heavily on Brand. I had previously been hoping Jacey would end up with Brand but totally changed my mind once we met Dom in all his disturbing glory.

Before We Fall is cleverly written because just when I though I'd figured everything out, then Cole would throw in another twist and mix things up. I really enjoyed the story and found myself drawn to both Jacey and Dom. They have both suffered a lot and have sabotaged themselves in the past but I really wanted them to find a HEA.

4 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:

  • I'm sitting right smack in the middle of a group of prostitutes. Fun fact: they're all wearing more clothing than me.
  • If two consenting adults do deviant things to each other in the dark, did the deviant things actually happen? There's a question for the ages.
  • I shouldn't be happy about anything concerning Jacey. Because once I'm through with her, there won't be anything left to smile about. There never is.
  • I can't help but smile, just a little, just enough to pull the corners of my mouth up. "Dominic will do. I tend to drop the 'f**king.' Unless of course, I'm actually f**king."

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