BEFORE WE FALL by Courtney Cole (; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
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 . . .
About the author:
Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author who lives near Lake Michigan with her family. She's always working on her next project... or staring dreamily out her office window.
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So if you are looking for a light and fluffy read with sweet and perfect heroines and heroes.... I can tell you right now, this is not the book or the series for you. Of the books in this series that I have read this is easily the darkest and most angsty book. The characters are very flawed, and very troubled. This book is about Dominic Kinkaide who is in his mid-twenties and is an actor. To say that he is emotionally closed off from the rest of the world could easily be the understatement of the year. He keeps himself at a distance when it comes to his relationships and throughout the book you learn the reasons why. Secrets come out and a whole past that was been hidden is brought to light. I feel like I should put it out there, because of Dom's wild party lifestyle there is some graphic content throughout.
I really, really wanted to LOVE this book. I'm not saying that I disliked it because I didn't. But it definitely wasn't my favorite that I've read in the series so far. Dominic I had mixed feelings about through much of the book as he just... wasn't my kind of hero. And I get that they're supposed to be "beautifully broken" but I felt that he was well beyond that. Jacey wasn't my favorite female lead, either. But they really had some steep competition when it comes to characters because I adored the characters in the first two books. I did love any of the scenes with Courtney's brother, Gabe and his best friend, Brand. And I still loved Courtney Cole's writing voice. I feel like she has a really unique writing style. It isn't just reading about the story, it's told through the voice of the character.
So, although this wasn't my favorite book in the series I still enjoyed it and would give it 3.5 stars. I will be continuing with the series and reading the fourth book in the series, Until We Fly.