Monday, February 3, 2014

THE MINALDI LEGACY by Courtney Cole #Review

“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.  It contains adult themes and content.

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.


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 Legacy is filled with suspense and mystery; that it keeps you on your toes from start to finish.
With a well-developed cast, Courtney Cole built a unique intriguing story that literally captivates you.  I was holding my breath, dying to find out answers to the mysteries laid before me.  Brilliantly written, I couldn't wait til the end to discover the shocking secrets of this amazing novel.
Now, there were moments when I felt kind of UGH about it...Evangeline, our heroine, started out as a strong smart character, but after meeting the mysterious Luca and ultimately falling in love with him; I believe she lost who she was.  It was a dark romance of course, so it is definitely different compared to many of the mainstream books out there right now.  
BUT...Overall that was a minor thing to me and the suspense of the storyline captured me completely.  As I mentioned the romance between Eva and Luca, it really was a lovely affair. There were some moments that gripped my heart and then there were the moments that made me scream.  It was such a tug-of-war relationship...*sighs*
Nevertheless, every element in The Minaldi Legacy comes together to create a fantastic story. 
Be ready for a whirlwind of emotions in this stunning heart-stopping thriller.
A definitely MUST READ!!

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