Today is my stop on Courtney Cole’s Until We Fly blog tour. Before We Fly is a NA contemporary romance and the fourth novel in Courtney’s Beautifully Broken Series. Read more for my review and be sure to enter the giveaway, two winners will win (1) signed set of If You Stay, If You Leave and Until We Fly!
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. And she wants Brand, scars and all.
If you sift through to read my reviews for the previous books in Courtney’s Beautifully Broken series
I’m pretty sure you’ll find I’ve said each one was my new favorite. And at the time, they each were. I loved each character and story Courtney carefully crafted for us. However, for me, Courtney saved the best for last. From the prologue in Brand’s POV to chapter 1 in Nora’s, I was hooked. She gave us teeny tiny slips of their tongues into their past changing my “Hmmm I wonder what happened to them?” to “I NEED to know and I NEED to know now!” I had my ideas as I read along from her context clues but still, I needed to know. It was like an itch that needed scratching! And let me tell you, when that itch finally got scratched, I wasn’t prepared!!! Grab a tissue. I wasn’t fully prepared for Brand or Nora’s full backstory and I loved that. I loved that Courtney was able to still hit me with the element of shock, surprise and a complete jaw dropping, eye popping hooooooooooly sh***********t when I learned the full story behind Nora’s secrets; Brand’s made me need tissues. Courtney truly has mastered a Beautifully Broken hero. Fabulous story aside, it’s these two characters that I love, I loved that despite what they’ve endured in the past, the little love they’ve been shown, they still have this huge capacity to love. All they really want deep down is to know what it’s like to be loved. Until We Fly proves yet again why Courtney is one of my go-to must read authors. She never disappoints me, she always gives me a story I can get lost in, characters I can laugh with, cry for, and reminds me that a person’s past doesn’t define their future.
And don’t miss the other Beautifully Broken, now available:
Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:
“I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love.” – Andrea, The Bookish Babe “Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book…reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had.”
–Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book
“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.”
– New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton
“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.”
– K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths
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.