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I Belong

Review: Before We Fall by Courtney Cole

Before We FallTitleBefore We Fall

Author: Courtney Cole

Genre: New Adult Romance

Series: Beautifully Broken (Book 3)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

FormatEbook, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 145555085X (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455550852 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: New adult romance that had steamy romance and some interesting twists. Unfortunately, I had a hard time with the characters and in the end this book just wasn’t for me.

Opening Sentence: The slap can be heard all the way down the beach.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Jacey Vincent has had a rough few years. With a string of heartbreaking mistakes that caused her more pain than anyone should know in a life time, she has finally decided to change her life. No more bad boys that will just bring her down, no more relying on her brother to save her, and no more floundering in her own life. Well, this is easier said than done, but Jacey is doing pretty well until she meets the gorgeous Dominic Kinkaide.

Dominic is a superstar and loved by everyone in the movie business. His movies are always a huge success and it seems he has found his calling in life to pretend to have a different life since his own is so messed up. There was one moment years ago that changed his life forever and he has never been able to forgive himself. He feels that there are no honestly good people in this life that deserve any of his time, but then he meets Jacey. Her sweet demur and strong will make him feel things that he hasn’t in a really long time.

Jacey is just your average girl that falls for the broken boy. She is actually very ordinary, which I think was what the author was going for since Dominic is trying to find some sort of normalcy in his crazy superstar life, unfortunately this also made her a boring character. There was nothing about her that stood out as someone I would really want to get to know or care about. Yes she was a sweet girl and I felt bad that she has had a rough life, but in the end, I found that she was very forgettable.

Dominic is not your average bad boy. There are true horrors in his past that anyone would have a hard time getting past, but he has turned into a cynical person that keeps everyone at arms length. He doesn’t let anyone in and he torchers himself everyday over his past. Normally I love the broken bad boys in books, but Dominic just didn’t do it for me. I felt that his jerk side far outweighed any of his good characteristics and that made it hard for me to like him. While he did redeem himself towards the end, it was just not enough for me to really make a connection with him.

This was a really hard read for me and in the end it just wasn’t for me. I wasn’t expecting this book to be so erotica and personally I’m not a huge fan of that genre. I like steamy romance but when it starts to get into the weird kinky stuff, that is just not my thing. I will say that Cole did manage to surprise me with the plot, which I really have to commend her for because that is hard to do in a contemporary novel. I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but this stood on its own just fine. This is the only book I have read by Cole and to be honest, I liked her writing and would be interested in possibly trying some of her other work if it was in a genre that I enjoy. I do want to say that even though this book obviously was not for me, I do think that there will be people that will love it. If you are a fan of the series or like this type of romance then by all means, I think you should give this one a try.

Notable Scene:

I know it’s stupid to say. But his gaze is that intense. It’s like he can see inside of me, deep into my most private thoughts, into where my secrets lie. But then his shoulders drop and his face turns expressionless.

“I’m sorry,” he says simply.

He looks away, like a camera lens shuttering closed. Like I don’t even exist to him, like I’m beneath him and not worth a second glance. The fire has been extinguished.

He nods at his escorts and they continue on, walking toward freedom while I’m still stuck in here. Because of him.

“Wait,” I call out after them. “Just a second. I don’t belong here!” But they ignore me and keep walking, and I shut the hell up because I’m not going to beg.

Dominic fucking Kinkaide got us both arrested and then he gets bailed out within half an hour, just because he’s a freaking celebrity. And he left me here to fucking rot.

Beautifully Broken Series:

 1. If You Stay

2. If You Leave

2.5 Until We Burn

3. Before We Fall


FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Before We Fall. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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