July 15, 2014

UNTIL WE FLY by Courtney Cole Blog Tour {Review/Giveaway}

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.
A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .
The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.
So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on.  And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.
Bad sounds so much better.
Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again.  It’s not worth the pain.  Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.
But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from.  A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain.  Reasons he tried hard to forget.   
But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.
Why?  Because home is where Nora Greene is.  A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past.  A beautiful, feisty thing.  When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.  
But she’s back now.
And she wants Brand, scars and all. 

Nora is a prisoner of her own life with a past so horrid that it leaks into her present. For her there is no one she can trust. Not even her family. There is only one person she would love to open up to and show a side of herself no one has ever seen. And that person is Brand. She wants one summer with him…of whatever he can give.

Brand never thought he’d come back home again, let alone be stuck here. But one girl will change his outlook on how he views the world. She will charge into his life and in the end it will never be the same again. He may have finally met his match in Nora Greene.

There were parts I absolutely loved about this book and then some I could have done without. And this was no fault of the author's imagination. Oh no. It was all because I was hurting for the characters when they faced their demons. Demon's in the form of family members. I could have done without the hurt and the pain and the lies. I hated to see these characters hurting. They deserved more than the lot they were handed. Fortunately we are watching them grow and overcome their past one day at a time. And those were the moments I could happily make do with.

What I absolutely loved was the storyline and the two main characters involved. I told you already I hurt for these characters, but there was times I was so happy I was grinning the biggest grin ever. They were adorable together. They had chemistry from the start. A chemistry that neither could deny. I could only remember bits of Brand from book 2, IF YOU LEAVE (never read book 3, BEFORE WE FALL). And apparently I missed a lot of him in BEFORE WE FALL. I hate that too. Because this guy is a good guy that deserves the world!

UNTIL WE FLY was a good, quick read. Cole did a really good job telling Brand and Nora's story. I definitely recommend it if you have been following the series. You'll want to see Brand get his happily ever after, after all. 4 Stars!

And don’t miss the other Beautifully Broken, now available:

Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

"I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love." - Andrea, The Bookish Babe

"Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book...reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had." -Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

"In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance." --- New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

"Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over." --- K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

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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