Title: Before We Fall
Author: Courtney Cole
Publication: December 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Rating: 1/5
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Synopsis:

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.


My thoughts:

First off, I got through half the book before I put it down, so this review is based off 160 pages of the NetGalley eBook ARC.

Let's start with Jacey:

Jacey is needy, whiney, Cole wants us to think she stands tall but she doesn't, and is just like every other girl Dominic is so tired of. She has a hard past with a boyfriend and I totally get how she's "messed up", but it's executed so poorly that I didn't feel anything for her. Dominic treats her like complete crap through out the book and she's attracted to that? She wants more of the abuse he gives her? The only thing that's keeping her interest is Dominic's drop dead looks. If he looked like George from Seinfeld it would be a completely different story.

In honestly it just felt flat. Nothing screamed "this young woman can make it". I could not relate to her actions… I mean, getting tied up then the guy leaving and she thinks it's a fun game? Again, I haven't read the whole book but let me guess what happens: She falls for him, Dominic leaves her (because he warned her what would happen if there's love involved), she cries, they make up, the end.

Now the deep and dark character Dominic:

Again, we get that Dominic has a dark past like Jacey, but he acts out more than her. He's an abusive person who doesn't care about anyone but himself the whole time. I could never get a good grip on why he does the things he did, and I got really bored with guessing. My thoughts where "just tell me what happened to Emma already!"

He also fell flat for me. Nothing Dominic did or said won me over. I'm the type of girl who will ogle a really hot guy, but if he does what Dominic does I'd run the other direction. Am I a feminist? No. I just think guys needs to see the worth of their sexual partners.

The writing:

I understand this is a New Adult romance, but my GOD there were so many f-bombs it felt like I was drowning in it. Every page had a swear word on it… I'm not going to lie to you: I totally swear all the time. But not like Cole does; in my opinion it was just too much. There were sentences where I felt the swearing was a tad forced. Like "shit" really didn't need to be in that sentence but it was because the book is New Adult.

This isn't just Cole. Many newer New Adult authors are having this problem. It's a big turn off… if I wanted to experience so many crude words in the same paragraph I'd turn on the T.V. show Jerry Springer. The plot moved at a really slow pace; that's why I couldn't finish it. If this was a quick novella it would be better, but there was too much angst without explanation.


2 comments:

I agree with you on constant swearing - it just seems unnecessary and pulls me out of the book. I don't really swear, but I don't mind books that include swearing - just not when you're overwhelmed with it!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

It's strange, I don't mind swearing in my books but I almost never swear in real life. But if Cole over does it what the f-bombs I can see that irritating me possibly. This still looks like a series that I would love though. Thanks for the great review.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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