Sunday, December 22, 2013

Book Review: Before We Fall (Beautifully Broken #3) by Courtney Cole


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.

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After becoming familiar with Jacey Vincent in the second book of Courtney Cole's Beautifully Broken series, I assumed when she made the transition from side character to protagonist that it would be her longtime friend, Brand, opposite her. Imagine my surprise when fictional movie star, Dominic Kincaide, was introduced as Jacey's love prospective interest. Those who read Dominic's novella, Until We Burn, know him as a debauched and jaded Hollywood veteran with a secretive past and a tendency toward self-destruction. Between him and Jacey, whose past indiscretions continue to haunt her in the present, the two protagonists have their fair share of emotional hurdles to overcome before the book's end.

As much as I loved the previous two books, there is something about the vulnerability and frailty of Dominic and Jacey that resonated with me. Jacey reminded me of "that friend" who always asks for advice but never listens. She constantly falls back into the comfort of a familiar pattern, erasing any progress she may have made in making positive changes in her life. What I admired most about her character was that her attitude was always positive. Dominic, on the other hand, is the dark to Jacey's light. He exudes confidence and sensuality, with an underlying hint of danger. Basically, Dominic embodies everything Jacey should stay away from, but she can’t help but be drawn to his darkness.

There were times I actually felt an ache in my chest from the combined devastation and despair felt by Jacey and Dominic. The author draws such a depth of emotions from her characters that I was consumed by whatever they felt, whether it was a moment of happiness or of heartache. There were so many things I never expected and I was constantly surprised by each new development that unfolded. Usually when there's a secret or a twist in a story, I can predict what will happen or at the very least have some idea of the outcome, but Before We Fall genuinely shocked me. Each undiscovered revelation had me gasping and exclaiming aloud at my kindle, as if it would commiserate with me.

Before We Fall has the distinction of being the first book to ever give me goosebumps and it happened right at the end when I least expected it and my guard was down. It’s mind-boggling to imagine the way everything in this book comes full circle, with everything happening for a specific reason. After finishing the book, I felt a multitude of emotions swirling around in my mind as I processed everything that happened throughout the narrative. Courtney Cole’s already-spectacular writing somehow improves with each new book in the series, resulting in a beautifully written story of the redemption of two damaged and broken individuals.

Rating: 5 Stars

Courtney Cole Bio:

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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