Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Review + #Giveaway: The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole

“I’m a monster, Eva.  There’s no saving a monster.  But I love that you want to try.”
Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing.  He’s also a reclusive enigma.  He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets.  And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all. 
Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry.  When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.   
Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia.  It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.  
As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself. 
Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns.  Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.
Love is dangerous. 
But it also might be the one thing that can save them all. 
The Minaldi Legacy consists of two parts, part one:  Of Blood and Bone and part two:  Of Darkness and Demons.  It contains adult themes and content.  




This book was such an amazing mix of dark emotions and sinister thoughts. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that this was a paranormal romance. It had all the mystery and thrilling suspense that comes with discovering what type of monster you’re about to meet; but, there was a different type of monster lurking in the shadows of this story, one that was very real. Either way, I would have loved it, though.

Cole’s writing drew me in and I was caught up in the intrigue and passion that grew stronger as this story developed. I was on the edge of my seat every time “the beast” appeared, and just when I thought I had it all figured out, Cole threw curveball after curveball. It was so exciting to always be one step behind the plotline. It kept me guessing and kept me enthralled from start to finish.

It was interesting that this book was made up of two parts, and it made me wonder why it was done this way. But I do believe it added a sense of drama to an already dramatic story, and it really amplified that final scene in Of Blood and Bones.

I didn’t feel an intense connection with any of the characters, and there wasn’t the usual overflow of tears that come with reading one of Courtney Cole’s books, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel anything for the characters. Both Luca and Eva went through one devastating event after another, never really knowing if they’d come out okay in the end. It tore at me heart that Luca was trapped behind his curse and couldn’t give all of himself to Eva for fear of hurting her, but I did have hope that they’d find their happy ending. It wouldn’t be easy, and boy does Cole love torturing her characters (quite literally), but I still had hope, and they had a love that could make it through anything.

This was an extremely entertaining and exciting read.


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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

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