BEFORE WE FALL by Courtney Cole
(November 4, 2014; Forever Trade Paperback; $12.00)
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 . . .
The movie stars and heart throb. The emotionless shell of a man he once was. The mystery of his heartbreak and the death of his girlfriend from years ago is an underlying current throughout. He keeps himself at a distance from family and friends letting the pain from the past just eat away his inner calm.
Jacey Vincent, waitress and all around wreck is just trying to get her life together. Guilt and self doubt plague her as she tries to fix her life after her actions cause a murder and death. (in previous books in the series) Jacey is stunned when after asking Dominic for a ride home they are subsequently arrested for drug possession when drugs are found in Dom’s car.
What happens while serving community serves will change both their lives. It’s a hard road, but learning to let go of the past and live in the now doesn’t always come easy when truths are hidden and trust is broken. Especially from the people who you should be able to trust the most. Family.
I highlighted many quotes from this book, too many to even list. I wall also say this one was a bit weird for me. Although I really like this author and have thoroughly loved her previous books in the series. At times, I did feel like I was reading two different books. I don’t know. Dominic’s’ erratic behavior perplexed me. And maybe that is exactly what it was supposed to do.
“ Before we fall, we fly” – my favorite quote
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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He laughs, a velvety sound. “Babe, I could show you a bunch of things you’ve never done. And I guarantee, you’d like every one of them.”
For some reason, I have no doubt of that. It’s an exciting thought.
He bends his head and nips at my neck, then soothes the bite with a soft suck. His lips, so soft and smooth, ease the pain of the bite away. His nearness is intoxicating and everything about him screams that he is capable of so many things… things that would please me… things that would embarrass me in the light of day.
But still, I don’t move. I stay right with him, my gaze frozen on his.
Keeping his eyes on mine, he slowly dips his head and plunges his tongue into my mouth, completely plundering it, consuming me yet again. It’s like he can’t kiss me without devastating all of my senses at once, annihilating my thoughts and causing my blood to throb as it all races toward one destination… the V between my legs.
Right where I ache for him.
He’s like a drug….and one taste just isn’t enough.
I open up my mouth and breathe around his lips, sucking in air, grasping at his back and pulling him closer. He reaches back and grabs my hands, holding them together at my wrists and pinning them over my head against the plexi-glass gondola cage. I’m trapped here with him, yet there’s no place I’d rather be.
The energy around us now is primal and raw…and it’s exhilarating too, because we’re out in public. Every time the gondola swoops along the ground before it begins its ascent upward again, anyone could look in and see what we’re doing. They could see Dominic pinning me against the wall, and his other hand buried in my crotch, if only they looked closely.
Honestly, I think he might like that idea.
“What are you doing?” I finally manage to whisper, pulling away just ever so slightly.
His eyes are a little unfocused, his pupils dilated. “What would you like for me to do, Jacey?”
He knows. Oh, God, he knows. He knows exactly what I’d like for him to do.