Monday, 25 November 2013

ARC Review: Before We Fall (Beautifully Broken #3) by Courtney Cole

Before We Fall (Beautifully Broken, #3)Before We Fall

Author: Courtney Cole
Series: Beautifully Broken
Pages: 336
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release date: 3rd December 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

Before We Fall is the third book in the Beautifully Broken series by Courtney Cole but I definitely feel this can be read as a stand-alone.

23-year old Jacey Vincent is moving on from a broken relationship and trying to put her life together when she is arrested for drug possession whilst waitressing at a party and blaming famous actor Dominic Kinkaide, her ride for the night for her predicament.

Jacey was strong and determined, she was trying to change her ways but it wasn’t always easy for her; she was a character I did like but didn’t fully connect with, there was a lot of healing she needed to get through.

Due to circumstances surrounding the drugs found, Jacey and Dominic were forced to spend time together and it’s during these moments they get to know one another a little more intimately but there is still a major secret Dominic is hiding from her, he won’t give himself fully to her physically or emotionally which caused some angst and drama-ridden moments.

24-year old Dominic is probably one of the most broken characters I have read about more recently; an event the night of his high school graduation tore him to pieces and hardened him as a person. To be honest, I’m not Dominic’s biggest fan; I didn’t see his appeal whatsoever and didn’t find his broodiness and arrogance attractive.

Before We Fall is a fast-paced, emotional roller-coaster of a read; I enjoyed it all a lot more when the big secret was revealed, it made Dominic’s actions and reactions all that more understandable but until this point I wasn’t fully engaged or feeling their connection.

There were some interesting secondary characters, Dominic's brother Sin has me curious despite not being a fan of his lifestyle and Brand was amazing and so sweet with Jacey; I really felt for him – hopefully these two characters will have their own books.

Overall, I enjoyed Courtney Cole’s writing but unfortunately I didn’t connect fully to the story or the characters.

I received an advance copy of Before We Fall through NetGalley/Forever. 

Courtney ColeAbout the author: 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. 

Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds). 

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. 

Learn more about Courtney and her books 


  1. Oh this makes me sad. I was hoping for more from this one.


  2. Bummer that Dominic didn't appeal to you, that would have ruined the tale for me completely.

  3. For some reason, this series doesn't completely work for me. I read the first 2 books and they were both 2.5 stars reads for me, so I had decided not to read this one as well. It seems that I made the right decision because Dominic doesn't sound like my kind of guy. Plus, I'm tired of angst and drama.
    Lovely review, Sharon.

  4. I am staring this one tonight. I have really enjoyed the series thus far. I have been reading the novella that Courtney published (on Wattpad) about Dominique to give insight into his character, which I've liked. He's a bad dude, but it sounds like something has happened to make him that way maybe. I guess I'll be finding out. Thanks for the great review.


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