Review - Before We Fall by Courtney Cole

Before We Fall by Courtney Cole
Narrated by Shannon Gunn and Bunny Warren
Series: Beautifully Broken #3
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) / Hachette Audio
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Date Read: June 6, 2019
Length: 368 pages / 11 hours 50 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
In the bestselling tradition of J.A. Redmerski and Jessica Sorensen come the next novel in Courtney Cole's New York Times bestselling Beautifully Broken Series...

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 . . .
My Review

I liked this one even though it wasn't the kind of book that I would normally pick up.  I did have some issues with the book but nothing too overwhelming.  I have had a review copy of this book for over five years but put off picking it up during that time largely due to the fact that this is the third installment in the Beautifully Broken series and I worried that it wouldn't work well as a stand-alone.  I had no reason to worry since this book told its own story and read just fine without any knowledge of the rest of the series. 

This was a pretty dark romance.   The romance was a lot more erotic than I usually read.  I am not opposed to either of those things but this book did take me out of my comfort zone just a bit.  One thing that I really don't enjoy in a romance is seeing one of the main characters engaging in sexual acts with someone else.  I really do prefer stories to focus on the two main characters and their relationship with each other.  I do have to admit that some of the acts in this book left me with a bit of a sour taste in my mouth because I felt like one party was destined to be hurt.

Dominic and Jacey are the focus of this story and they both have dealt with some terrible things in their past.  Dominic is a famous actor who refuses to get close to each other but doesn't hesitate to get physical with others when he feels the need.  Jacey seems to always pick the wrong guy but she is trying to start over when she meets Dominic.

Dominic and Jacey are forced into a situation that requires them to spend time together.  They do have a lot of chemistry together.  Their problem is letting each other in and trying to trust each other.  As things about their past were revealed, I did understand why they acted as they did.  I actually found myself liking this book more and more as the story progressed and I think that was largely due to the fact that I started to understand the characters, although their behavior did also change. 

I decided to listen to the audiobook version of this book and I thought both narrators did an acceptable job.  I did prefer the female narrator over the male simply because of some of the voices that were used.  I did think that they both did a good job overall and I am glad that I decided to listen to the book. 

I would recommend this book to readers who like a darker, more erotic romance.  I found this book to be a good way to mix up my reading just a bit and try something a little different.  I would definitely read more of Courtney Cole's work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.
About the Author

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.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. yeah not sure it's really for me

  2. This sounds good, I like a darker type book at times.

  3. I haven't really read many romances if any, where the two love interests engage with other people to an erotic level. I'm not sure if I would be so comfortable with that either? Hmm... something to think about. I am glad it was an okay enough read though in the end!


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