Before We Fall by Courtney Cole

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Title: Before we Fall
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Overall: Rating on 5

 

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

 

review

I’ve really loved the New Adult genre, but lately they are becoming carbon copies of each other. I’ve never read another book by Courtney Cole, but I do feel like Before We Fall was a good one to start with. It was a little cliche, and had overused plot devices, but there was just something about the characters that still sucked me in.

 

Now I heard from other people that in the previous book Jacey was portrayed very differently, and was very selfish. I think that I definitely got that from this book, the difference being is I didn’t have to see how her actions were back then, I only had to know that she regretted them and wanted to change. I admired her for that, the only way to get over that kind of selfishness, is to truly want and try to change. Anything else is just perpetuating the cycle. I liked Jacey’s innocence, and her insistence that she was going to be changing her patterns starting with Dominic.

 

Dominic was difficult for me. I found myself alternating between wanting to kick him, and wanting to give him a hug. He clearly had so much pain, and I although I had pretty much figured everything out it still was easy to see why he was so burdened. I definitely thought he was a jerk about so many things, but I loved that as Jacey started to prove to him that she was going to stick around he also started to change.

 

Some things that did detract from the novel were the involvement of Dominic’s brother Sin, the quick wedding, and the paranormal aspect at the end. None of these things really seemed necessary except to add drama or try to give it the perfect happy ending. Also the paranormal aspect at the end was just out of the blue, and really confused me because there was NO other paranormal aspects.

 

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I loved Courtney Cole’s character creations, and I liked the redemption of the characters. Based on the view things that did detract from the story I would give the story 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

 

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3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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 Happy Reading Everyone!

Kasey