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The Minaldi Legacy

(The Minaldi Legacy #1-2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  49 reviews
“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 P
Published February 6th 2014 by Lakehouse Press Inc (first published February 5th 2014)
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Geri Reads
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
*ARC is provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Madison Seidler
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I’d not read the first portion of this book, Of Blood and Bone, when it was previously released, and I honestly had no idea what the book was about before I started it, which is rather unlike me. I don’t think I even read the synopsis fully. I knew it was going to be darker, and I knew it was by Courtney Cole–-that alone sold me.

I had pretty high expectations going into the story, and overall, I’d say they were met. What I dug most about The Minaldi Le
Tina Lynne
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story was incredible. After having read so many books that it is easy to predict the main synopsis and crisis, it is refreshing to read a story that truly envelops you in a world of intrigue and passion and leaves your head spinning with surprises and mysteries that you were not expecting. The Mindali Legacy is a beautiful yet tragic story that evokes an emotional response that can't be ignored. Dr. Evangelina Talbot is an incredible strong female character, a woman who delves deep into the ...more
Daniela  (Lost in a Book Blog)
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Autumn Review
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours, arc, review
First impression:
I absolutely love this new cover. I think it's very fitting for the story. The girl looks like how I picture Eva in my mind too.

The story:
I originally read the first part of the book back in October 2012. I absolutely loved it and it was, at the time, my favorite book of Cole's. Going into reading this, I had only planned on reading the second half, but I opened the first page and immediately got consumed again by this gorgeous story and ended up reading part one AGAIN. What s
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars - Dark, suspenseful and sexy, this story needs to be next on your list.

First Impression...

I love Courtney Cole books so I jumped at the chance to read this one. I've been reading too much straight romance and lots of NA lately, so I needed this change. I love the cover and was very excited to get to this one.

The Characters...

Luca intrigues me from the start. He clearly sees himself as a monster and there are terrible things happening in the night so it's easy to think it's him. Courtney
The Geekery Book Review
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I have read plenty of books that I LOVED, and a few that have given me serious book hangovers, but it's been a while since one just full body, heart and soul, grabbed me and wouldn't let go!!

The Minaldi Legacy is dark and gritty, and real and heart-wrenching. I was not only kept guessing throughout the entire book, I kept looking back and could find little details that show how intricately woven the story was. In the fi
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you definitely want to read! I read this book in installments. The first book was read all the way back in October 2012. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book just trying to figure out what the hell was happening, I just couldn't understand! But when we learned the truth about the lies, deceit and betrayal, OMG! was that out of nowhere!

Now, we finally have the second installment and I was not disappointed. Ms. Cole still kept us on the edge of our seats waiting for the
Ashley Williams
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

First, I love Courtney Cole!

With that being said, this was not one of my favorites. I am terrible with suspense/thriller books! They get under my skin and I have to physically restrain myself from skipping to the end to see what happens.

The Minaldi Legacy was definitely one of those books. I thought for the first part of book one that there was a paranormal aspect to it, which I would've loved, but sadly that wasn't the case. I was intrigued while reading it, but couldn't believe it o
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! I read this first book in September 2012 and this book is the first book and 2nd book combined. I only read the second half and this is what that review relates to. The first half I had already given 4 stars too. It was a great conclusion to the story, lots of plot twists that I never saw coming. It didn't keep me as gripped as the first book but I loved the way that it ended. A unusual and interesting plot and a great read none the less.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not at all up to the standard of the author's other works. This features a weak female lead and a bland love interest. While I'm sure this was supposed to be a romance, what the main character had happen to her and then "overlooked" in the name of love was awful. (view spoiler). The plot quickl ...more
Misty Baker
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
**A 3.5 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog**

Flabbergasted is not a word I use often when describing books. Besides being (what I would consider) a fairly ridiculous word to begin with, I feel as though it fails to pin-point a specific emotion. What IS flabbergasted exactly? Is being flabbergasted a good thing? A bad thing? Can you scream “I am flabbergasted!” into a crowded room and people know instantly that you are sad? Happy? Confused? I’ll answer that for you…no! Why? Because this one s
Elizabeth (Your Ordinary Bookworm)
Initial Thoughts: Wow! What a story. The book was really fascinating and kept me pulled in with all the secrets and mystery and wanting to find out everything and to see if there would be a happy ending (I really like those). Both parts were written very well. I was a little hesitant at first to read because the characters were older than what I usually read (29 and 32) but in the end that didn't matter - the story was great.

The Characters: Now for a quick rundown, Eva and Luca are obviously the
Dark and gritty with an ominous shroud over each scene and every character, The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole is a truly riveting dark romantic tale filled with intrigue and a mysterious and malevolent dark secret that has been handed down through the generations. Eva comes to Malta to finish her studies as a psychiatrist, while escaping from her own demons of the past. She meets the darkly handsome Luca Minaldi who seems warm and caring one moment and distant and cold the next. There is an un ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
I was a little apprehensive when I started THE MINALDI LEGACY. Just knowing it was a dark romantic read had me a little nervous. I usually do not do well with those type reads. But I got to admit that it wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Yeah, there were some scenes that made me feel a little awkward, but nothing too serious. I really enjoyed the story and the incredible suspense that radiated from between the pages.

The whole first half you are not entirely sure if this is going to be
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
The Minaldi Legacy, by Courtney Cole, consists of two parts - Of Blood and Bone and Of Darkness and Demons - and is a thrilling read full of excitement and intrigue. Ms. Cole delivers an eerie, haunting and dark story that will keep you guessing until the very end!

Dr. Evangeline Talbot has come to Malta for the summer to complete her doctoral dissertation. After arriving she meets the dark, enigmatic and reclusive Luca Minaldi and is immediately drawn to and captivated by him. When several young
Candace Fleming
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
“I’m a monster, Eva. There’s no saving a monster. But I love that you want to try.”

This one line sums up both books (part one, Of Blood and Bone and part two, Of Darkness and Demons) that make up the Minaldi Legacy. The love story between Eva and Luca is haunting, hypnotic and absolutely impossible to stop reading. The killer about the Minaldi Legacy is from the get go, you don't have any answers and as time moves along in the story, you are even more dumbfounded as to what is really going on wi
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where oh where do I start. I LOVE COURTNEY COLE!!! Anything this woman writes is phenomenal. Ok….onto the book.

I have been waiting ever so patiently for this book since I first read Of Blood and Bone. Just to clarify – Of Blood and Bone is in this book. The Minaldi Legacy is Of Blood and Bone & Of Darkness and Demons together.

Luca Minaldi is a very sexy and dark man. His presence is commanding and it’s very difficult to not be drawn to him. Eva is there to take care of his mom but she also w
Roxanne Kade
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 th

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

Before I read The Minaldi Legacy (and even at times whilst reading) I was expecting the story to take a supernatural twist. The cover even seems to suggest something paranormal is on the horizon, but the book Courtney Cole has written is more contemporary thriller than supernatural (this will make sense when you read it).

American Psychiatrist Eva travels to Malta to carry out research for her dissertation. Pretty soon after arriving she meets the dashing, broody and mysteriou
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars
I was very eager to read The Minaldi Legacy. I mean, it's Courtney Cole of course!!
So, going in to this, I really had no idea what to expect. What kind of story would I be reading??
Well, The Minaldi Legacy was definitely not what I expected. It was so much more.
I was immediately brought in to this dark romance in the first few pages. My thoughts were everywhere. What is going to happen?? I even considered that this would be a paranormal read. In the end, it was not, but The Minaldi Le
Dawn Nicole Costiera
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had first read, Of Blood and bone in April. I read it in just three days. I would have read it in one, but I had to work! I absolutely loved it! This book takes a hold of you and does not let go. you will not be able to put it down. It is so beautifully written and is a unique love story. It's mysterious and dark yet so captivating and romantic. It takes place in Malta, which makes for an amazing setting. Luca Manaldi is the perfect man, handsome, rich & kind. But he is convinced that he i ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I first read Of Blood and Bone back in October 2012. I loved the story then. I was hoping there would be more to answer my lingering questions. Now, we have The Minaldi Legacy, that includes the first part before continuing their story. I thought about just starting with part 2. I'm glad I read it from the beginning.
Luca Minaldi is a mysterious man, an enigma. He's rich and lives at Chessarae, on the island of Maltese, with servants and a home hundreds of years old.
Dr. Eva (Evangeline) Talbot co
Kristina Lowe
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 star review

There were so many times while reading this where I felt like I was reading a true, traditional romance novel. It was nice to mix this flowery remix, with suspense.

I really enjoyed the suspense, and mystery behind everything that was happening with Luca. When I thought I had figured things out, or had a good grasp at where the story was going I was floored! Courtney Cole kept me on my toes, and had me guessing the whole way. I really thought it was going in a
Ann Dobby-Thomas
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
First, I want to say that the cover is Simply.Stunning. And that I really didn't like the name Luca at all but once I got to know fit. Perfectly. So, this is the story of Luca Minaldi and the family curse that haunts him and of Evangeline (Eva) who will stop at nothing to save him. The beginning of this book was very powerful and I couldn't put it down - Luca had a presence that seemed to come off the page and the whole time I was feeling this was going into the paranormal and then to f ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Finished part one, but the book slump of 2014 is in full swing. This was okay but not great. There is a dark mystery surrounding the hero Luca and something sinister going on on the island. Who is, of course super-crazy rich and very brooding (but as you find out later he has a good reason). That part of the story makes you want to read on. I also enjoyed the description of Malta mostly because it made me want to take an immediate vacation there and never come back to the snowy northeast. I feel ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I purchased book one when it first came out. I just purchased this book that has both book 1 and book 2. I must say that I am a little upset because I waited a long time for book 2 to come out, only to go online to find out that I have to purchase book one again in order to read book 2 . I'm sure I will love it just as much and since it's been years since I read the first one I'll get to refresh my memory. But I'm not happy and having to purchase the book a second time. Im not sure why the autho ...more
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

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. The Minaldi Legacy is dark, and beautiful, and deliciously intoxicating! The ARC of The Minaldi Legacy by
Pamela Nivasch
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 really enjoyable stars. The beginning of book one was a little slow for me but after that the book was a great ride of suspense and mystery with a little smut added for fun. I really liked Eva although I did find that for a doctor she was kind of flaky. I loved Luca tortured soul and all. Courtney Cole still a favorite author of mine.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok the beginning was very familiar to me.. but I think it's because I must have read a sneak peek at the end of another book I read. I was getting worried that I was reading something that I had read before or something ripped off from another author.

I liked the over all story line but I had it quickly figured out and Eva made me mad sometimes that she didn't see it...
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Courtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.

She loves giving advice, loving on her kids, red lipstick and blonde hair dye.

Courtney was born and raised in rural Kansas, but has since migrated south. She now lives in Florida and writes beneath palm trees.

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The Minaldi Legacy (2 books)
  • Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy, #1)
  • Of Darkness and Demons (The Minaldi Legacy, #2)