The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole
What they say:
“I’m a monster, Eva. There’s no saving a monster. But I love that you want to try.”
Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing. He’s also a reclusive enigma. He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all.
Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry. When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.
Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia. It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.
As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself.
Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns. Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.
Love is dangerous.
But it also might be the one thing that can save them all.
The Minaldi Legacy consists of two parts, part one: Of Blood and Bone and part two: Of Darkness and Demons. It contains adult themes and content.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say (review): Before I read The Minaldi Legacy (and even at times whilst reading) I was expecting the story to take a supernatural twist. The cover even seems to suggest something paranormal is on the horizon, but the book Courtney Cole has written is more contemporary thriller than supernatural (this will make sense when you read it).
American Psychiatrist Eva travels to Malta to carry out research for her dissertation. Pretty soon after arriving she meets the dashing, broody and mysterious Luca Minaldi. Luca is a shipping heir with a dark secret, but Eva finds herself inexplicably drawn to him.
For the most part I really liked Luca and felt really bad for everything he goes through. Because Eva is a doctor I was expecting a strong, feisty character and don't get me wrong at the beginning she is, but after things take a turn with Luca she became slightly hormonal and kinda needy. This being said Eva suffers a lot and I can understand her position at times, but she came across younger than she is and I found myself confused about her age but I did like her.
The Minaldi Legacy also comes in two parts but I read it as one volume and didn't have to wait for part two. The plot covers some pretty traumatic issues and as I mentioned earlier I kept expecting things to take a paranormal turn. The thriller/mystery element was interesting and helped pull the story together; I didn't guess one particular twist.
There are some upsetting moments so be prepared, but there are also some great sexy scenes. I enjoyed their romance and Luca could be really romantic at times. I liked the story even if I was a little frustrated with Eva at times.
3.5 Stars in my Sky!
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.