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Before We FallBeautifully Broken #3
By: Courtney Cole
Published: Dec. 3, 2013
By: Forever Romance
Mature Content: 18 & Up
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.
I have been following the Beautifully Broken Series by Courtney Cole from the very beginning. Ms. Cole combines angst, life lessons, swoon-wothy males, and the strong women who help them, as well as hot, erotic, and explicit sex scenes. Before We Fall is the third book in the series, and focuses on Jacey, Gabe's little sister, and Maddy's best friend. It also introduces us to Dominic, a sexy, wealthy, and famous movie star.
I didn't care for Jacey all that much in, If You Leave. I remember thinking that she came across as flighty, and was always making bad decisions. So, I was worried about how I would feel about her having her own story. I'm happy to say that Jacey really redeemed herself in this story. I realized that she has a really good heart, and always see's the good in people. She's an optimist, and the reason she has made so many bad decisions (about always picking the wrong guy,) is because she has such a good heart. I was happy that we got updates on Gabe and Maddy, and Brand was also a significant part of the story. I'm hopeful that Brand will get his own story. He is such an amazing character, and my heart broke for him, and the fact that he was in love with Jacey, but she didn't return his feelings.
Dominic was a very interesting, and dark character. He was numb, and in order to feel, he engaged in sexually taboo acts. I was intrigued, and wanted to know what had happened in his life to break him so completely. We were given hints about his secret, but all wasn't revealed, until the very end of the story. We get to meet Dominic's brothers Sin (Sinclair,) and Duncan, who were famous musicians. I wonder if there might end up being a story in the future for these guys.
Jacey, and Dominic end up meeting at one of Sin's crazy parties, and circumstances bring the two of them in close proximity for three months, when they are ordered by the court into mandatory community service, at an at-risk youth community center. Little by little, Jacey, finds a way to break down Dom's walls, just by being her self. He doesn't believe that there are unselfish, and non self-serving, good people in the world. Jacey makes it her mission to prove him wrong.
Before We Fall was a really good addition to the Beautifully Broken Series. The characters we really deep and well developed. Dominic was a complex, dark, and multi-layered character that I found fascinating and loved reading about. I found his deviant sexual urges and actions to be very interesting. Especially, when I read about the stuff that went on in the basement of Sin's parties. However, what I found most interesting was the reasons behind his sexual urges and actions. I've always found Psychology very interesting, and Dominic was a very fascinating character to study.
I give, Before We Fall, by Courtney Cole 4 Dark, Erotic, and Fascinating Stars. This story has very explicit sexual content, some of which would be considered deviant by society's standards, and is not for everyone. However, if you enjoy stories with dark and complex characters, some sexual taboo, and a lot of sexiness, you should try out, Before We Fall. If you have read any of Ms. Cole's Beautifully Broken Series, than you probably know what to expect. However, in my opinion, this installment is the darkest and most controversial in the series.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Women are all the same: they want to fix what is broken and they're willing to do anything to accomplish that." (eARC, Loc. 1171)
"...the best things in life are worth the greatest risk. Falling in love is one of those things. Can it break our hearts? Yes. Most definitely. But more often than not, before we fall, we fly." (eARC, Loc. 3660)
"When we hate someone so much, we think that we're hurting them. But we're not. We're only hurting ourselves, because carrying that much ugliness around is toxic." (eARC, Loc. 3987)
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Q & A With Ms. Cole
About the Author:
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.