[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]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.[/quote]
Whoa. This book. This series. It’s going to be a sad day for me when she’s completely done with this series, which I know is coming sooner than I’m okay with. Each book has gotten better for me. Just when I think I can’t like one of the stories more, she releases the newest, and I have a new fave vying for my attention. This one, though, it’s different.
Like the series title says, these characters are beautifully broken. There’s something worth loving (lots, in fact) in each of them, but they’re far too effed up to realize it at the time. Dominic Kinkaide is no exception to that. In fact, he’s the most effed of them all. Probably literally. And our heroine, Jacey, has plenty of issues of her own.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”It’s like… it’s so tough, yet such beautiful things still grow from it. It’s like a metaphor for life. There’s beauty even in the roughest parts.”[/quote]
I don’t really ever go into a plot much anymore (or so I’ve noticed), because you don’t need a book report from me. And I don’t want to write a book report. Or a synopsis. That’s already been done. In 6th grade…and by Grand Central. I just want to make you want to read books. And this is one I’m YELLING AT YOU TO READ.
When I started reading, I immediately loved Dominic’s anger, reclusiveness, darkness, all of it. Jacey, she was damaged, but she’s a spitfire. Internally, though, we know she wavers on self-confidence, but outwardly, she exudes it. I can appreciate that. So really, I didn’t think it was going to be that different of your girl wants to rescue the dark and damaged super sexy guy. All the while she’s changing for the better. Hi, my name is Madison…and I was proven wrong. This shiz was way more. And it got me all sexcited.
One aspect from the get-go that I totally dug was the fact that Dominic didn’t like Jacey at all. She came off the same as every other girl after a Hollywood actor–and he recognized that, and almost resented her for that. There wasn’t this insta-love, omg, I wanna change for this chick. And just the same, she might’ve thought he was hot. But she also thought he was an arrogant ass. And she stood up to him.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Oh, it’s all about them for you now, right? I can tell that by the way you never talk to any of them. You think they’re beneath you–just like your view on the rest of the world. You need to get over yourself.”[/quote]
Really quick, too, it was awesome getting to see some of the fave characters from If You Leave (Gabe, Maddy, Brand–oh, Brand, my love), but also meeting Sin, Dominic’s rock star brother, who I know has a ‘sin’ful story to tell, as well. See what I did there. HA!
The back and forth between Dominic and Jacey was great. And their chemistry was delicious. Page melting delicious. The story and the writing and the drama–all of it so good. And then the secret. Whoa. Definitely more than I expected. And I soooooooooo can get down with that. Why? Because I rarely feel surprised anymore. I love lots of books. I do. Even if I know what’s coming. But when I think I know, and then it’s that, but then a hell of a lot more. THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS, it’s a Christmas miracle. And better than being surprised was the fact that I felt the emotion. I wasn’t just being told what happened.
After the major reveal (not to be confused with major award), we’re still given story. I think sometimes after the big pulling back of curtains and whatnot, stories wrap up too quickly. Lots of telling, no feels. I got the feels. The ride wasn’t over. So much so…that it wasn’t over until the very last sentence. In fact…I’ve still got the feels. A day later. Still thinking about this story. And the end. And the song. And the journey.
Dominic Kinkaide is a kinky dude. No doubt about it. And he’s messed up. For good reason. But this is way more than some story about an actor who falls for the “good-ish” girl and changes his ways while having freaky, hot sex. No. This is way more. And I don’t even know what the more is at this point. Don’t get me wrong–there’s plenty of the freaky in there, but there’s substance. And that’s something to applaud.
So who’s next. Brand? Sin? Whattya got for me. And how fast can you write? Huh, Courtney? :)
ABOUT COURTNEY COLE:
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.