Sunday, January 12, 2014

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



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.

4 out of 5 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review...

Dominic Kinkaide is a self-proclaimed broken man.  He's a famous actor and while he is known my millions no one really knows him.  Dominic works hard to keep his dark desires away from the prying eyes of the public.  He is haunted by an unfortunate accident in his past, but when we are introduced to him we have no idea of what exactly happened, just that as a result he lost the love of his life and has never completely recovered.  However, one night, one heated, emotional decision changes everything.

Jacey works as a waitress for exclusive, high-profile client's parties.  It's not what she wants to do but it is what she needs in order to pay the bills and finish her college degree.  Having made some horrible decisions in the past and having always fallen for the wrong guy she is trying to turn her life around and is trying to make decisions based on what's best for her.  Then one night, one party, one famous client, one wrong accusation and her life completely changes courses.  Now, required to volunteer with famous actor Dominic Kinkaide, Jacey wonders will she once again make the same mistakes, the same bad choices or will falling for Dominic possibly be the best decision she has ever made.

This was my first Courtney Cole book and I found myself enjoying it.  I was intrigued by Dominic's character and was dying to know what happened with his girlfriend whose death completely rocked his world.  I found his character intriguing. A really decent guy who worked hard to keep other from getting close, never allowing himself feelings for another woman, a man who used really dark sexual acts as an escape, feeling as though he never deserved better, never allowing himself happiness.  It was great watching Jacey completely rock his world and force him to confront the events of his past.

Jacey, she is the kind of girl who realizes she always falls for the wrong kind of guy.  The kind of guy who will leave her brokenhearted, take everything from her and give nothing in return.  She vows to find someone she deserves and will absolutely not give away sex just for the comfort of being with someone physically.  Dominic intrigues her because she can see through his persona, she immediately recognizes he's the kind of guy who needs saving, but will saving him lead her down the wrong path again?

In the beginning I struggled, I didn't know what to think of Dominic and the story moved somewhat slow (maybe because it was really dark and I wasn't sure how I felt about that), but I was intrigued with knowing Dominic's secret so I kept with it, then all the sudden things between he and Jacey start moving forward, and we see an endearing side to Dominic and then about the halfway mark things picked up for me.  By the end I was loving the story, shocked by the events as they unfolded and the epilogue I never saw coming.  I kept wondering what the prologue had to do with the story and then as the last page was turned I was like…Wow!  It was a good book and even though I hadn't read the first two in the series I don't feel like it kept me from enjoying this book, however, it did make me want to go back and read the other two!  

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