Thursday, April 24, 2014

Before We Fall by Courney Cole (ARC)

Before We Fall (Beautifully Broken, #3)
Courtney Cole
Pub.: December 3, 2013

Before We Fall (Beautifully Broken, #3)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.

Dominic is simply spending time away from Hollywood by staying at his brother's house in Chicago, but the house is always abuzz with people and parties because his two brothers are in a rock group. Jacey is simply just trying to survive her poor excuse for a life, working parties like those at the Kincaide's because it pays well for a part-time job while she goes to school. The two meeting was just chance, but when Dominic goes to give her a ride home one night, the police find a stash of pot inside his vehicle. Neither will admit it's theirs, so both get arrested and sentenced to three months community service. A beautiful start to any relationship, eh?
Needless to say, neither believe the other at first and their relationship is rocky even though there's an attraction on both sides. But both believe their damaged and can only accept the other in a certain way. Jacey can only do with guys who are good-souled and can go all in, but that's the exact opposite of what Dominic can give. The guy even refuses to have sex with any woman after the death of his high school sweet heart six years ago. Yeah, he's that messed up in the head. So what's a couple already in a love-hate relationship to do?

Wow. So Dominic is definitely a tortured soul, but I couldn't help but think if his stubborn ass would've just talked to someone about it, all the secrets wouldn't have weighed so heavily on his soul. And he's sort of responsible for making it worse than it needed to be by keeping to himself and shutting people out of his life. With Jacey, I sort of get where she's coming from, but we're not really given all the deats on her past because she got therapy and doesn't think too much about it. Her past simply guides her life on which type of people are okay to let into her life. But unfortunately, it doesn't keep her from going back and forth with Dominic - who most definitely doesn't fit under the acceptable column - making herself a combination of titillated and miserable. And having her family members constantly tell her she's in a bad way when she's hardly not, isn't helping her self-esteem any. Hell, she was so worried about being better for them she hardly took the time to see what was best for her.
Before We Fall will definitely drive you nuts with all the back and forth that barely has any give. You kinda wish they'd just shove themselves off and be done with it already, but you can't help but hope these two wrongs will in some way combine to make a very damaged right.

ARC provided by Forever for honest review.
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