Before We Fall. The Beautifully Broken Series: Book 3. Courtney Cole
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I loved the first in this series If You Stay but hadn’t read the second book, then I saw this one and knowing I love Courtney’s writing style I requested it. What I didn’t realise is that though each book is a standalone complete romance, they are linked in that the characters are related or friends, and they crossover in the different books. So having loved this one I really need to read book two – its a series that will definitely join my keepers file for re reading.
I’m a great fan of contemporary romance but it needs to have that something extra, something that lifts it from a bog standard girl meets boys – they live HEA. The same way that some food is described as having Umami – that indefinable extra flavour that lifts food far above average tasting. Courtney’s writing does that – she writes a romance thats different, peopled with great characters that have flaws, big problems that affect their emotions and stop them finding happiness. People that we meet everyday, real people. They get by in life rather than living and enjoying it, and then the hero/heroine comes along, the one person that can see beyond the surly, difficult outer shell to the person insde. She writes the tension between them initially so well too – I could feel Dominics pain, his avoidance of anything that could touch his raw emotions, and as for Jacey – she seemed an insecure, slightly brittle person initially, and yet she had the strength she and Dominic needed to sort through the problems surrounding both their pasts, and to move forward to a happy future.
Thats the thing about romance novels – we know the characters will get there, its the journey they take that makes or breaks the book. Courney makes that journey a surprise, we don’t know what’s going to be revealed or how the characters will react. What I do know having read her work is whatever form it takes it will be a book I’ll enjoy. I need high emotions, tantalising sensuality in any sex scenes, and a plot thats unpredictable. Courtney gives all of those and more, to produce a novel thats perfect for readers of contemporary romance who want something more than a standard sweet HEA book.
Its priced at £4.49/$7.15 and though I don’t have length info the previous two were 352 and 384 pages and this feels a similar length. I love the way longer novels allow characters to be really fleshed out so we understand more about their actions and motivations.
Stars: loved it – five 🙂
ARC supplied via Netgalley