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336 pages, ebook
First published December 3, 2013
My problem is that I'm stuck in limbo... I don't want to remember and I don't want to forget. If I remember, it hurts like hell. But if I forget, it might happen again.
He's dangerous to me. Because even though this is supposed to be fun, temporary, and lighthearted, I can feel myself getting pulled in. I feel myself getting getting attached and I can't do that. That wasn't supposed to be part of this.
Jacey, I'm not good. I'm the opposite of good. Have you ever wondered if people are monsters inside, down where no one can see? Because I don't have to wonder. I know that I am.
What are you afraid of, Dominic? Really? What are you afraid of?"
In the last installment of this series I hated Jacey. She was just a side character, Maddy's best friend, but I didn't like her at all. I actually put off reading this book because it was Jacey's story and I wasn't interested in going through that torture again. I have to give Courtney Cole credit. I think she did a wonderful job of redeeming Jacey. Even though she wasn't my favorite Dominic made her look like a saint.
Dom was damaged by his last relationship and until the very last chapter it's really a mystery what Emma did to make him the way he was. Up until that point I didn't like Dom at all. He was a complete asshole and a pervert to top that. After reading what turned him into what he was I did find some sympathy for him.
Jacey always makes stupid decisions. She always falls for the wrong guy and she's determined not to fall for Dom because she knows he is exactly the kind of guy she needs to steer clear of.
If you have ever read any of the books in this series then you know Courtney Cole has a real knack for writing damaged characters especially the males. Dom reminds me a lot of Pax but they are also different in the way they self destruct. The story-lines are usually somewhat dark. These are not fluffy romance novels. They deal with gritty, dark issues. I was never bored while reading this book. The only thing I didn't like was how Dom treated Jacey. Cole's writing is fantastic and it keeps you interested. I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen to Dom and Jacey.
If you haven't started Courtney Cole's Beautifully Broken series you don't know what you are missing. It's dark and gritty but always has a romance involved. This is a must read series for romance lovers.
“Don’t love me… Or I’ll break you. I won’t want to, but it will happen.”
“I get off on watching other people’s pleasure. Or I get off when pain is involved. Or I get off when something is far, far over the line of normal. I don’t get off by my own participation.’
“I love watching pain. It distracts me from my own.”
“I’m giving someone a chance, for the first time in a long time, to prove to me that she’s not like everyone else.”
“It’s like he saw me… He saw that there’s something so fundamentally wrong with me that my own parents don’t want anything to do with me. That I’m flawed.”
“… I’m just a shell, completely empty inside.”
“I’m very, very capable of hurting you… but not if you don’t let me.”
But like every other woman out there, she’s attracted to me because of who I am