Title: Before We Fall
Author: Courtney Cole
Publication date: December 2013
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…
“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?”
Before We Fall was a wonderful-amazing read. I seriously *heart* Courtney Cole and her writing. This series is one of my favorites. It was a great addition to the Beautifully Broken series. I just love how much realness and emotions there are in this series. I want to say this book is darker, but I really don't think it is. I think that the characters have more residual grief than the others, but that's about it.
Dom and Jacey are both broken in their own ways, both stubborn and headstrong. While Dom doesn't want anyone, Jacey tries her hardest not to want anyone. They are forced to work alongside each other after an incident at a party lands them both on probation. They try to ignore their attraction to one another, but can't. The only thing standing in the way of their future is the past. And it might just rip them apart.
I highly recommend this series, though warn that it is a darker romance. But by the end, you'll be head-over-heals in love with it.
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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives near Lake Michigan with her family. She's always working on her next project... or staring dreamily out her office window. To learn more about her, please visit courtneycolewrites.com