Everyone has secrets. Today, you find out mine.
The night is always darkest before the dawn.
This is where the darkness begins.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Wow!! This book had been surrounded by so much mystery that I knew very little about it when I started reading it. I didn’t even realize that the synopsis had been updated on Goodreads until after I had finished reading it.
Nocte is the first in The Nocte Trilogy by Courtney Cole, and I have to say it was a captivating read. This book is one where I can't tell you much about it, because it so hard to do, and not give out spoilers. Also, I won’t tell you much about it because it’s one that you need to experience knowing very little about it.
“Serva me, servabo te. Save me, and I will save you.
The story line was one that kept me guessing its told from Calla and Finn POV. There is romance, secrets, suspense, mystery, and it's a little twisted at times. From the very first page, I was intrigued, and once I started it, I just couldn’t put the book down. Courtney was right. I was so busy trying to figure out the secret that I didn’t see it coming until it literally slapped me in the face. It was a real OMG!! What just happened moment? I had many theories, and the more I read, the more they changed. Whenever I thought I knew what the secret was something would be said, or something would happen and I would change my mind. Now looking back thing now clicking into place. Some of my theories were right, but just not in the right aspect; I just didn’t connect all the dots. So I will say… well play Mrs. Cole!! Well play
“Secrets. Everybody's got 'em."
Calla & Finn Price and Dare DuBray are stunning characters, and as their story unfolds my heart broke for the at times. They all have their struggles, especially Calla. Calla and Finn’s relationship is a deep and beautiful; she has a strong sense that she needs to protect time due to his mental illness.
“She’ll be fine because she’s the sane. But what will happen to me”
When Calla meets Dare she feels instantly drawn to him. They have a connection and their chemistry palpable. Dare such an enigma you see all different sides to him. Hot, cold, kind, loving, unpredictable, and intense.
“He's got a million contradictions in his eyes...aloofness, warmth,
mystery, charm, and something else I can't define”
“When I’m upset, he calms me, when I’m breathless,
he gave me air. When I’m sad, he buoys me.”
Notcte is a beautifully written, cleverly crafted story, and emotional book that had me reaching for the tissues. There were lots of twist and turns that are intricately woven within the story. For me, it wasn’t as dark and twisted as I was expecting. But that didn’t matter as I was swiping the pages, trying to figure it all out, trying to get to the end, and yes trying to breath. My advice now that I have finished Notcte would be not even to try to figure it out. Just enjoy Calla & Finn and Dare journey, as the way Courtney delivers the story makes it feel unique and compelling.
Yes, there is a cliffhanger ending, but all I can say it one that won’t leave you heartbroken, but without doubt leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read Verum due out in February 2015 when Calla story continues.
"You have one question left Calla… Ask it”…..
”So with fear in my heart and Ice in my veins….I do”
I’m such a fan of Courtney Cole, and I loved her beautiful broken series. She didn’t disappoint me with Nocte, which I didn’t know how to pronounce when I first signed up to review it, and I still don’t think I say it right. LOL
I highly recommend that you one click this book today?
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.
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