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RELEASE DAY and REVIEW: Nocte by Courtney ColeNocte by Courtney Cole
Series: The Nocte Triology #1
Published by Lakehouse Press on November 3, 2014
Pages: 277
Format: eBook
Source: the Author
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Save me and I'll save you...

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.
My other half-- my twin brother, my Finn-- is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.

He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

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My thoughts…

First I’d like to thank Courtney Cole and Badass Marketing for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy of this book before release day. I truly appreciate your trust in me with this “secret” project. Well, I call it secret since not much has been released about it.

Now onto my review.

WOW! I’ll say it again. WOW! What an amazingly, wild, mind fucking ride. This story is intense, and gritty, and angsty, and totally amazing. I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again now. I’m a very analytical type person. When I read books my mind is constantly trying to figure out what’s going to happen. I look for and try too collect clues. Constantly trying to piece them together. I’m not going to brag, but I’m usually pretty good at figuring things out before then end. That was not the case with Nocte. The ending completely caught me off guard. I totally didn’t see it coming. I was completely shocked and then a little bit disappointed when I realized that this book is in fact the first book in a trilogy. But, I’m good with the HFN (Happy for now) ending. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ms Cole has in store for us in the next book which is entitled Verum. I don’t have an expected release date for it yet, but will try to update this post when it becomes available.

Also, I’m not going to go into any details about this book. I think as a reader you’ll appreciate it more if you go into this one with only the clues Ms Cole has released. I know there’s a limited amount of information out there, but trust me that makes the story that much more intriguing.

Overall, I loved this book and the way it was written. I hope you’ll give it a try.

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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Until We Fly by Courtney ColeUntil We Fly by Courtney Cole
Series: Beautifully Broken #4
Published by Lakehouse Press on July 7, 2014
Format: eBook
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Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .
The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

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My thoughts…

I’ve been so excited about this book. I absolutely adore Brand. He’s simply amazing. He’s loyal, brave, loving and so very strong. In the last book Jacey sort of broke his heart. I’m not gonna lie. She seriously pissed me off. I wanted her and Brand to be together, but alas it wasn’t meant to be. And now that I’ve read Until We Fly I’m ok with that because I think Nora is his perfect match. I loved sinking into their world and experiencing their relationship as it grew throughout the book.

These two have both been through a lot in their lives. Both have experienced hard times in their childhood. Neither one of them deserved to be treated the way they were treated when they were young, but I do think if any positive could come from it it made them very strong people.

With both Brand and Nora dealing with their issues throughout this story things stay really interesting. A lot of secrets are revealed. Some I sort of guessed. While others I didn’t see coming. Ms Cole did a great job with the flow of this book. It sucked me in and didn’t let go until the end.

The smexy times are comparable to adult mainstream. Though they aren’t explicit in nature they are still hot to read and well written.

Overall, I really liked this book. Its not my favorite of the series, but it is truly a great read. I hope that if you haven’t given this series a try yet that you will do so. I love all of these characters and hope you will too.

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Review: If You Stay by Courtney ColeIf You Stay by Courtney Cole
Series: Beautiful Broken #1
Published by Lakehouse Press on February 5, 2013
Pages: 220
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.

Seriously.

He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.

But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade. So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?

Wrong.

And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila. Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

My thoughts…

Omigosh this was an amazing read. I love it so! Clearly one of my favorites so far this year. This one is highly emotional. I both laughed and cried while reading it.

Pax. He’s sexy and comes with a lot of baggage. He doesn’t deal with his problems. Instead he abuses drugs and alcohol to feel numb. He lost his mother when he was seven years old and instead of dealing with the loss he’s ignored his feelings all these years.

Mila. I loved her. When she finds Pax in trouble and on the verge of dying from a drug overdose she can’t walk away. She has to try to save his life.

A few days later when she visits him in the hospital to make sure that he’s alright, Pax finds himself fascinated with her.

The attraction between these two is apparent from the beginning. Both are different but they have a few things in common. I found myself wanting them to get together and give a relationship a go.

A relationship is something Pax has never had. It’s all new to him but he tries really hard to not hurt Mila.

If You Stay was a fast read for me and I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know how things would turn out for them. I wanted to see if Mila could help Pax deal with his inner demons and come out on the other side a better man.

The sexual scenes were not only well written but very hot. *fans self* Pax is definitely swoon worthy.

Up next is Madison’s story and I can’t wait to read it!

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