Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Until We Fly by Courtney Cole: Character Interview, Review, Giveaway

UNTIL WE FLY Synopsis:
Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good. 
A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .
The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.  

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on.  And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore. 
Bad sounds so much better. 

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again.  It’s not worth the pain.  Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof. 
But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from.  A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain.  Reasons he tried hard to forget. 
But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.   

Why?  Because home is where Nora Greene is.  A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past.  A beautiful, feisty thing.  When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.   
But she’s back now. 

And she wants Brand, scars and all. 

Until we Fly by Courtney Cole
Character Interview with Nora Greene

Hi Nora.  Thanks for being here today.  It’s great to have you.
Thanks for having me!

Can you tell us something about yourself that we don’t learn about you in the book?
I hate getting manicures.  It makes me bored to sit there that long while they file at me. 

What was your childhood like?
Err.  It sucked it some ways and it was pretty standard in others.  My father was an ass, but my mother is a lovely person.  I had a privileged upbringing, so I spent the schoolyear away at boarding school.  I actually enjoyed that.  It was going home for the summers that I hated… except for the times when I was able to catch glimpses of Brand.

For those of us who have followed the series, you should know that we all love Brand so much are we are all very excited we are to finally get to read his story.  Can you tell us a little about the younger Brand you knew prior to boarding school?  What about the Brand you know now?

I love Brand, too!  J 
He was very much the same when he was young as he is now… only he was more na├»ve, a bit more open.  The world hardened him in some ways, because he’s seen some scary and tragic shit.  Those things would’ve crushed a weaker person, but not Brand.  He came through it, and he’s better because of it.  I can honestly say he’s the best person I know. 

If you had one wish, what would it be?
I should wish for world peace, but I really would wish that nothing bad ever happens to Brand again.  Ever.   He deserves to live an easy, happy life from here on out.  And I, for one, am going to try and help him have that. 

Who is your hero?
Brand.  Hands down.

Is there a favorite scene in Until We Fly that you can share with us?
I guess it would be this one… because it was so out of my character.  I was just so determined to finally get Brand to notice me that I went a bit overboard.  And also because I found out later that he already wanted me at this point.. I just didn’t know it.  J

I set her phone back down, just in time for Nora to walk into the kitchen, in only her towel. 
I turn, and then freeze when I see her. 
Creamy white shoulders, soft skin, long legs. 
I swallow hard and meet her gaze.
“Who’s William?” I ask simply.   Her eyes grow guarded. 
She leans around me, purposely pressing her towel-clad front against me.  Her soft curves fold into me, sexy and warm.  I feel her nipples poke me through the towel and my groin reacts. 
The corners of her mouth turn up.  “Does it matter?”
She looks up at me, grinning impishly now, her face inches from my crotch. 
“Is there anything you need while I’m down here?”
My dick twitches. 
“No,” I tell her firmly, pulling her up by her upper arms.  “Who’s William?”
She sighs.  “Someone from work.  It’s fine.”
But it’s not fine. I can see it on her face, I can tell by the way she drains of color at the mere mention of his name.  But her shoulders are back and her chin is out.  She’s determined not to talk about him. 
That’s fine. 
We all have our secrets. 
She smiles triumphantly when I drop the subject and she grabs her phone, spins around, and drops her towel.  It falls at my feet. 
She walks confidently out the door, as naked as the day she was born. 
Her legs flex as she walks, and her ass is round and firm and my dick reacts once again. 
I groan and look away. 
I can hear Nora chuckling from the other room and I roll my eyes. 
I also hear her turn off the shower. 
Apparently, she’s changed her mind about taking one. 
She pops her head back into the kitchen. 
“Want to go skinny-dipping?”
“No,” I tell her firmly. “I don’t swim.”
“So you said,” she nods, then struts through the kitchen naked, opens the back door, and makes her way across the lawn in the broad daylight to the private beach behind the house. 
I shake my head, unable to prevent the smile from spreading across my face. 
The girl is something, that’s for sure. 
I limp to the window and watch her. 
She’s unconcerned that someone will see her.  She simply doesn’t care as she puts on her show for me. 
And it’s for me.  I know that. 
Nora isn’t the kind of girl to strut outside nude in the daylight for any other reason than a means to her end.  For whatever reason, she’s made it her goal to get me this summer. 
I don’t know why.
But suddenly, it feels good. 
It feels fucking good to be pursued like this, after being the one who was on the giving end of unrequited affection for so long. 
She wants me. 
Through the glass, Nora’s eyes meet mine and holds my gaze.  She swims on her belly for a while, her eyes just above the surface of the water, never looking away from my own. 
She splashes and kicks at me, flipping onto her back. 
Her tits bob above the water, her nipples pointed to the sun. 
My dick twitches again.
And then when she’s finally done showing off for me, she emerges from the water, dripping wet and bathed in sunlight. 
She’s sexy as hell. 
And she knows it. 
She strides back across the lawn, watching me every step of the way.  She climbs the back steps, crosses the kitchen, and pauses in front of me, dripping on my feet. 
“I’m cold,” she murmurs into my ear, leaning up on her tiptoes.  She is.  Her cold skin grazes against me, bleeding through my shirt, as her tits press into my chest. Her nipples are hard enough to cut glass and my hands ache to slide along her skin, over her hips, down to where I’d grip her ass and…
I grit my teeth.
“Then you should get dressed,” I tell her calmly, bending to pick up the towel she’d discarded earlier and handing it to her.  I make no move to touch her, regardless of how much my traitorous fingers want to slip in between her legs and…
I grit my teeth again. 
She sees my jaw flex and grins victoriously.
She knows that she won the game she was playing… that she made me want her. 
I don’t bother telling her that I wanted her already.
Did you have a hard time convincing Courtney to write any particular scenes for you?
Yes.  It took some convincing to get her to write one particular scene that showed exactly how fucked up my family is.  She wasn’t sure she wanted to go there, and I had to persuade her.  I told her that she’s never hesitated to get gritty before when the story called for it, and that my story should be no different.  I won that argument.  The story stands as it happened to me. 

Did you have any input into the book’s cover design?
No. But I love the way it turned out. 

Just for Fun:
Fill in the blank –

I have:  A really loud laugh.  I don’t restrain it.  It’s probably not lady-like at all. 
I love to:  Laugh.  It might be loud, but I love being unrestrained. 
I always: Put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect.  It’s behavior I learned from my father growing up and it’s a hard habit to break.
Thanks so much for being here today Nora.  It was great talking to you.

Thank you so much for having me!!

My Review:  I am a huge fan of Courtney Cole's and I absolutely love her Beautifully Broken Series.  We originally met Brand early on in the series and I was so excited for him to finally get his own book.  He's such an awesome guy and I really wanted to see him get his own happily ever after, which Courtney Cole certainly delivers after taking you on a journey you won't forget in the process.  As with all the books in this series, Until We Fly is beautifully written, gripping, and sucks you up into the story from page one.

Brand is such a great guy.  As the synopsis says, he is good, and all he's gotten for it is a crushed heart.  I loved how we get to see deep into Brand in this story, his childhood, his desires, the things that have scarred him, and the things that make him the hot, sexy, honorable man he is.  Nora Greene has always known this.  She's had a crush on him since she was a teenager.  When tragedy brings them together again, suddenly Brand finds himself on the pursued end of the relationship, rather than being the one who does the pursuing.  He's everything Nora Greene could dream of in a man....her hero....good.....everything she feels she is not worthy of......everything she desperately wants.  I really loved Nora's character.  She and Brand both have heartbreaking pasts and she also has a current situation that is heartbreaking.  I will say that while it wasn't hard to figure out what happened to her, I was so not expecting the twist at the end that Courtney Cole delivered and it was shocking and totally took me by surprise, which made the book that much better.

As with all her novels, the romance, chemistry, and sexy times in Until We Fly will cause you to swoon, fan your face, and just want to melt into a puddle.  I applaud Courtney Cole for the way she has addressed really difficult issues in each of these novels, and she does it oh so very well.  From Pax, to Gabe, to Dominic, and now Brand, each of these guys will capture your heart and I am so very glad to have been able to get to know them up close and personal through Courtney's novels.  Each novel can be read as a standalone/companion novel, but you do get to see glimpses of the other characters in them, which is something I really enjoyed.  If you haven't read these books yet, trust me, you will want to.  They are fabulous.

And don’t miss the other Beautifully Broken, now available:

Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

"I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me readinguntil 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love." - Andrea, The Bookish Babe

"Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book...reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had." -Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

"In If You Leavewe continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance." --- New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton"Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over." --- K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths


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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  1. Great Review as always! I really need to stop reading them. I will never get thru my tbr list at the rate i keep adding onto it whenever I read your reviews!

    1. I think you would love this one. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Loved the interview and the review Ellen! This looks like another great read from this author.

  3. I've been so anxious for Brand's book. I need to read this! So glad you loved it, Ellen!

    1. I was so glad to get to read his story. I think you'll like it.

  4. Great interview! Brand is on my blog tomorrow. I love character interviews. And I loved this book.

    1. Thanks! I love character interview to. Will be checking out Brand's tomorrow :)

  5. A wonderful interview and review Ellen, I'm looking forward to reading this book.


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