Glancing up, I suck my breath in when I find dark eyes connected to mine, eyes so dark they’re almost black, and the energy in them is enough to freeze me in place. A boy is attached to the dark gaze. A man. He’s probably no more than twenty or twenty-one, but everything about him screams man. There’s no boy in him. That part of him is very clearly gone. I see it in his eyes, in the way he holds himself, in the perceptive way he takes in his surroundings, then stares at me with singular focus, like we’re somehow connected by a tether. He’s got a million contradictions in his eyes….aloofness, warmth, mystery, charm, and something else I can’t define. He’s muscular, tall, and wearing a tattered black sweatshirt that says Irony is lost on you in orange letters. His dark jeans are belted with black leather, and a silver band encircles his middle finger. Dark hair tumbles into his face and a hand with long fingers impatiently brushes it back, all the while his eyes are still connected with mine. His jaw is strong and masculine, with the barest hint of stubble. His gaze is still connected to mine, like a livewire, or a lightning bolt. I can feel the charge of it racing along my skin, like a million tiny fingers, flushing my cheeks. My lungs flutter and I swallow hard. And then, he smiles at me. At me. Because I don’t know him and he doesn’t know better.
When I dove into this book, I had NO IDEA what it could have possibly been about. The blurb or synopsis of this book was so vague. You barely got a glimpse into what this book could possibly be composed of. You're teased with the idea of darkness, and sadness, depression, and loneliness.
Courtney Cole did a fabulous job of teasing you with the briefest of descriptions and teasers. But you obviously knew this book was bound to take on dark matter. And I can say it did just that.
This is the tale of Calla Price.
This is the tale of Dare DuBray.
And this is the tale of Finn Price.
Calla's love for her brother Finn is so apparent on the pages of this story. The saying when you bleed, I bleed, when you cry, I cry, couldn't have been more true for these fictional characters. There was definitely more, though to Calla and Finn that meets the eye.
"Save me, and I'll save you."
Enter the mysterious, yet oddly familiar Dare Dubray. Calla is captivated by him, but her world has always been Finn and Calla, Calla and Finn. Calla isn't sure that there is enough of her to give to Dare. She isn't sure there is a piece of her that isn't so consumed by Finn, that is salvageable enough for Dare.
I completely adored Dare. There was such a mysterious air around him. He had such a pull to Calla and Calla to him. He wasn't afraid of her flaws and definitely was afraid of her devotion and love for Finn. He caught Calla and didn't want to let her go and I loved that about him..
"When I'm upset, he calms me. When I'm breathless, he gives me air. When I'm sad, he buoys me. That's all that matters, right?"
Finn, I am not even going to dive into him. He was something else, something I couldn't wrap my head around for the longest time. But he made this story everything it was. He was probably one of my favorite characters in this story.
I can't tell you their secrets, I can't tell you their stories, but I can tell you that Courtney Cole did a phenomenal job writing this twisted, dark and telling tale of Calla, Finn and Dare. And I can tell you this book held me from page one. I don't think I've ever read a book like this before.
To not read this and experience the Nocte with these hauntingly beautiful characters should be a crime. The writing is fantastic, the story is different and complex, and the author just does an amazing job of telling it.
5 DARKING STARS FOR NOCTE!
SAVE ME AND I'LL SAVE YOU.... My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half-- my twin brother, my Finn-- is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline. Dare DuBray. He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.
ABOUT COURTNEY COLE:
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.