Saturday, December 7, 2013

Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: Before We Fall by Courtney Cole


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.

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Laura's Review: 

Wow. I was not expecting this book. So much raw emotion and angst that just ties you up in knots. Nothing is simple here, but oh, it's so worth getting tangled up in it all. Of course, we all love a bad boy, but Dominic is so much more than that- he's broken and tortured and such a lost soul that I spent most of this book wishing I could hug him. I had only read one of the previous books in the series, but after this I want to go read and re-read them all.

Before We Fall: 4.5/5 stars. 


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Writing a bad boy:  Dominic Kinkaide
By Courtney Cole

There’s just something about a bad boy, right?  And it’s not just our generation… think of generations past… with Clark Gable as Rhett Butler… or James Dean… or even Elvis and his naughty hips.  Women have always – and will always- love bad boys. 
Why?  I’m not sure.  I think maybe it’s our innate maternal need to fix people, to make things better, to nurture.  Or maybe it’s not a woman thing—maybe it’s just a HUMAN thing.  Maybe we choose to see the best in people… which sometimes blinds us to their worst.
Dominic Kinkaide is a character that came to me and overwhelmed me, and I instantly knew who he had to be.  He had to be arrogant, yet vulnerable. Palpably sexy.  Confident, kinky, broken.  He had to be all of these things…and I had to ultimately lead the reader into liking him.  And that was a tall order. 
I finally decided that Dom is one of those characters who readers will either love…or hate.  And even those who end up loving him don’t like him much at first.  I had to give him a whole bunch of room to grow… so he had to start at the bottom. 
Dominic truly believed that he was unworthy of love, or of the goodness that life can bring. 
Check out this quote:
“Don’t love me,” he says simply. “Or I’ll break you.  I won’t want to, but it will happen.”
Dominic believed his words.  He had no idea that he was actually capable of something whole, something good.  Because he believed so wholeheartedly the exact opposite, he was a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.   He behaved in such a way that he attracted the darkness and taboo, instead of love and light. 
But it’s okay.  One of the beautiful things about Dominic is how he grew… and how he allowed the good man that was lurking deep down out for the world to finally see. 
You know… maybe that’s exactly why we love bad boys.  We know that usually in books or movies, the bad boy will go through a metamorphosis and turn into something beautiful.  And that’s always a sight to behold—full of hope and promise. 

Regardless of anything else, hope and promise is always something that we like to see.  

Courtney Cole Bio:

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.

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