Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Before We Fall by Courtney Cole: Paperback Launch Day Blitz with Giveaway

by Courtney Cole
November 4, 2014
Forever Trade Paperback

Sometimes before we fall . . . we fly.

One dark moment was all it took to turn twenty-four-year-old Dominic Kinkaide's world black. On the night of his high school graduation, a single incident changed him forever, and he became a hardened man-famous in the eyes of the world, but tortured inside. Now all he cares about is losing himself in the roles that he plays.

At twenty-three years 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 an absence of moments. She tries to find acceptance in the arms of men to fill the void-a plan that has worked just fine for her, until she meets Dominic.

When jaded Dominic and strong-willed Jacey are thrown together, the combination of his secrets and her issues turns their attraction into the perfect storm. It could change their lives for good-if it doesn't tear them both apart . . .
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      “Are you feeling warm yet?”
I watch his lips as he speaks the words, husky and low.   His lips are full, yet manly and suddenly I ache to lean over and press mine to his, to touch them in any way that I can. 
But I don’t. 
Because I’m not a girl who gets used.  Not anymore. 
 “No, not at all.”
But Dominic takes that as a challenge.  He’s not used to hearing the word no and he’s not about to start now.  I see that in his dark eyes a scant moment before he dips his head and consumes my mouth.
I say consume, instead of kiss, because that’s what he does.
He consumes me.
His lips are fiery and hot and he kisses me with a fierceness that touches a secret part of me; moist, hot, firm, sexy.  I want to inhale him, to suck him down.  I vaguely feel his hands on my back, his warmth emanating through my clothes, his hardness pushing into my softness.
I’m breathless when he pulls away. 
“What about now?”
For the life of me, I’m afraid to answer that. Instead I pull away, just a bit, just enough that there is some space between us, but I can still absorb his warmth. As my teeth chatter, both from the cold and from the sudden absence of his lips, I answer.
“I’m good.”
He laughs, a husky, low, naughty sound.
“Oh, I’m sure of that.”
And just like that, I’m drawn back in . . . in toward his sexy smile, his arrogant gaze, and his knowing smirk. He’s bad for me. Very bad for me. I’ve got to remember that.
He will decimate you, I tell myself.
But my problem is, every time I look into his dark eyes and see the mysterious things that lurk there, I forget that. I forget everything that is supposed to matter.

 About the author:
Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author who lives near Lake Michigan with her family.  She's always working on her next project... or staring dreamily out her office window.

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My Thoughts:  I am a huge fan of Courtney Cole's and I love everything I have read that she has written, especially The Beautifully Broken Series.  I fell in love with Pax in If You Stay, then Gabriel captured my heart in If You Leave, and Dominic Kinkaide won me over in Until We Burn and Before We Fall.  Pax was a bad boy and stole my heart, but I really didn't think they could get too much badder than him until I met Dominic.  When Courtney says Dominic does bad, bad things, it's kind of an understatement.  Dominic takes bad, bad things to a whole new level.  I have always been drawn to the bad boys in novels, always, but to be honest, when I first met Dominic, he intimidated me and was kind of scary, yet like a moth to a flame, I was drawn in deeper and before the novel ended, he completely won me over.  I have to warn you that Dominic is probably about as dark as they get.  He's depraved, kinky, dangerous, emotionally shut off, he likes to watch, and he definitely does bad, bad things, so be prepared before you start because that is what you will see, but hold on, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that light has a name.....Jacey.  All Dominic has to do is to choose to "go towards the light," to find his key to saving grace.  We first met Jacey in If You Leave, and I really liked her but honestly, I thought she was a little "dizzy and unstable." But, in Before We Fall, I totally loved her and gained a whole new respect for her, for what she has been through, for her strength, for her loyalty and her willingness to love and accept unconditionally.  Don't get me wrong, she's a messed up character, far from perfect, but that is also what makes her real, and she was a fantastic heroine in this novel. 

We also get to see some of the characters from If You Leave, Jacey's brother Gabe, Madison, and Brand, which is something I love about the series.  Each novel could really be considered as a companion novel and read out of order as standalones, but when read as a series, you develop a special connection with the characters and it is really satisfying seeing where they are and getting glimpses into their lives.  We met some new characters in this book also, Sin Kincaide, Dominic's brother, who definitely left an impression on me and I really hope he is getting his own story.  There is also another brother, Duncan, his sister Fiona, and best friend Chris, as well as several others, all of which play interesting and integral roles in the story. When I try to think of a way to best describe Domnic and his brothers, I think Jacey can do that better than anyone.  At one point in the story, and this is a quote from the book from Jacey (this is not spoilery ),  She relates..... I think back to the day a couple of weeks ago when Dom, Duncan, and Sin argued over a name for the new restaurant chain that they're launching together.  They'd bickered for hours until I chimed into the conversation.  "How about The Dirty Dog? Because that is what you three are.  Dirty f***ing dogs. Perverted as hell."  They stared at me in shock, then had a toast to the name, because they knew it fit them like a glove.  

I really enjoyed Before We Fall.  Dominic and Jacey have quite a story and a lot happens to them and with them during this book.  It's quite a ride, so hold on to your hats and prepare yourself.  I think it should have one of those warnings like before you get on a ride at theme park that says, "This is a high speed roller coaster ride that includes sudden and dramatic acceleration, climbing, tilting, dropping, and backwards motion," because that is exactly what it is, and I found it thrilling.  The ending was beautiful, and the epilogue, I had a true "OMG " moment, and wow, you'll just have to read that for yourself.     
In the back of the book Courtney Cole says her favorite quote from Ernest Hemingway is, "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."  Then, she goes on to say that that perfectly sums up why she is writing this series.  She states, "I wanted to write stories that people could relate to, stories where my characters were far from perfect, but had readers rooting for them to succeed, to overcome their personal demons......The fact of the matter is, real life can be a bitch sometimes.  It can slap you, shove you around, and then kick you while your down.  But the important thing is this:  Life is hard, but it can only break you if you let it......Your life is your own.  If you don't like it, if it makes you sad, if it makes you discouraged on a daily basis, change it.  Change everything about it until you're in love with your life and it's exactly how you want it.  If Dominic, Jacey, Madison, Gabriel, Pax and Mila have shown you anything, I hope it is that.  That you can be dealt a really crappy hand in life, but the power to change everything rests within you.  You hold the key to your own happiness.  We've each got one life.  live the heck out of yours."

I thought that was absolutely beautiful, and while her books are all kinds of entertaining, filled with hot sexy guys, sizzling romance, a great plot with wonderfully written main characters and kick-ass, emotional, dark, heartwarming, and heartbreaking stories, I think that that is the message she would most like to convey to her readers, and personally, I think that is profound.  That said, if and when you chose to read this book, this series, I hope you will keep that in mind and that you will truly allow the experience, as entertaining as it is, to mark you with that realization.  I love it and I hope you do to. I know they are fictional, but the characters in each book in this series will always hold a special place in my heart.


  1. I love all of her books and it sounds like this was another fabulous one.

  2. Great review and excerpt. I still need to start this series. It seems so damn good. Thanks for the giveaway :)


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