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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tour!! A Review of The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole

The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Contemporary Romance/Suspense)
Date Published: Lakehouse Press Inc
Publisher: February 6, 2014

“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. This is a Dark Romantic Thriller and it contains adult themes and content.

Courtney Cole's The Minaldi Legacy is the combination of Of Blood and Bone and Of Darkness and Demons together in one book. To make it easier, I will break this review into two parts too.

Part 1: Of Blood and Bone
Whoa! That was the first though I had upon finishing this book. I went into this book expecting one thing and got something else entirely. It reads like a Paranormal Romance. It had edges of horror with the whole Jekyll and Hyde thing Luca had going on. Plus, there is a psychological aspect to it as well. I was in literary heaven through much of this book. I worry for Eva. I don't want to give a spoiler, but her reaction to certain things makes me worry for her psychological stability. Luca is intense. Even when he's trying to loosen up, he's still intense. As a reader, I could really feel the effect he had on Eva. Luca knows how to get his smolder on, let me tell you. Aside from Luca, we are also given the point of view of Eva and The Beast. Adding the Beast's view was a nice touch. I'm curious about a few things having to do with the Beast's view, but I'll have to see what comes of it in the next part of the book. Of Blood and Bone kept me thinking the whole time. There were so many possibilities, so much steamy romance, and so much of the unexpected. Not only was I on the edge of my seat, but it kept me on my toes too.

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Part 2: Of Darkness and Demons
You really need to read Part 1 before you read my review of Part 2, if you haven't done so already. However I know, some of you will read this part of the review anyway *wink* so I'm going to keep it pretty basic so as not to give anything away. Just when you think things are better, they get so much worse. There were so many little twists and turns and surprises that it was pure craziness at times. An addictive craziness. I couldn't put this book down. I had my suspicions about some things, but others took me by complete surprise. The Minaldi Legacy is dark, and beautiful, and deliciously intoxicating!

The ARC of The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole was kindly provided to me by Ink Slinger PR for review. The opinions are my own.

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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.

To learn more about Courtney Cole and her books, visit her website & blog.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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