Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review: Before We Fall by Courtney Cole

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 . . .

I feel slightly cursed with this being the second 3rd book in a series that didn’t live up to the predecessors. I loved If You Stay. I swooned for If You Leave. Pax was seductively sexy and could be a bad boy all he wanted. Gabe. Ugh, just shatter my heart and leave me here to die, soldier. But now there’s Dominic. And I guess he and Jacey weren’t my cup of tea.

Dominic is super dark with this secret that could DESTROY EVERYTHING. (Don’t they all?) and the first 2/3s of this book were spend with the “you can’t love me, I’ll destroy you” diatribe. Again, don’t they all do this? Meanwhile Jacey was just freed from one bad boy, only to find, well, Dom. And he’s the last kind of guy she should be around, but damn it, he’s just so sexy. I hate to say it, but I found this to be, well, stereotypical. Now, now, I am the first one to call a spade a spade. There are certain things we expect when we read romance. Like a happy ending. Otherwise it wouldn’t be romance, right? But that doesn’t mean I want over-troped characters and Jacey and Dom both just seemed so standard. However, there was some drama that exploded super, super, SUPER late and I was completely enthralled by that and what it added to Dom’s life, but it makes me wish it had started a little earlier on.

This being said, I have a feeling this will be longer than a trilogy. I feel like there are more broken boys to come and I welcome them (especially Brand, I mean come on), but I also would like to see some of the plot lines mixed up a little more. Just because I like schexy books doesn’t mean I want the same old same old all the time!

Similar recommendations: Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker.

-Reviewed by Jennifer

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