Author: Courtney Cole
Series: Nocte Trilogy #1
Release Date: November 3, 2014
SAVE ME AND I’LL SAVE YOU….
My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.
My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy.
I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.
I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.
He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.
He has the power to destroy me.
Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.
Why? Because of a secret.
A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.
You won’t either.
Nocte is a mystery right up until the end. Knowing hardly anything at all going into this book, I was optimistic because I love Courtney Cole. Turns out that was an understatement. I FLOVE Courtney Cole. This book just blew me away. Everything about this story was unexpected and so much more complex that I could have ever imagined. Even when I thought I had this story figured out, it turned out that I really had no clue. I am so glad Courtney kept us in the dark when it came to this story. Not knowing what I was getting into definitely contributed to my emotions while reading this book. The mysterious vibe surrounding Nocte was key to watching this tale unravel and I loved every mind-boggling second of it.
“And we can’t begin something beautiful when there is still so much ugliness around us.”
In true Courtney Cole fashion, our characters are damaged and broken, their lives complicated by fate and tragedy. So much of who Dare was and what he was doing in Calla’s life was a giant question mark. There was a familiarity between them, a sense of comfort and safety that Courtney so carefully crafted, which only served to peak my interest in their relationship. The undeniable pull between them generated a friction in the air that couldn’t be denied. Calla’s voice was expertly devised to project the innocence, confusion, desperation, and curiosity that perfectly defined this character. Finn’s voice was an aberration, so incredibly unique and maddening all at once. The juxtaposition of these two voices, two individuals identical and yet undeniably distinct, really set the tone for this story.
“You’ll change someone’s world. I am positive of that.”
In the end, it was obvious that every aspect of this book was strategically designed. The pacing, the dialogue, the emotions – everything revealed in its right time to maintain the necessary atmosphere of the story. From beginning to end, Nocte had my mind racing. Every twist and turn led me to more questions, adding to the suspense and my impatience as I waited for Calla’s world to completely fall apart. Reminiscent of a storm you never see coming, this story came seemingly out of nowhere, knocking the wind out of me. As pieces of the puzzle fell into place I couldn’t stop reading, only to find out that the puzzle had a huge gaping hole at the center, preventing us from seeing the big picture. Book 2 can’t be here soon enough. I have so many questions. I’m dying to know more about Dare and desperate to learn his story. Courtney Cole has really outdone herself with this hauntingly beautiful story.
Glancing up, I suck my breath in when I find dark eyes connected to mine, eyes so dark they’re almost black, and the energy in them is enough to freeze me in place.
A boy is attached to the dark gaze.
He’s probably no more than twenty or twenty-one, but everything about him screams man. There’s no boy in him. That part of him is very clearly gone. I see it in his eyes, in the way he holds himself, in the perceptive way he takes in his surroundings, then stares at me with singular focus, like we’re somehow connected by a tether. He’s got a million contradictions in his eyes….aloofness, warmth, mystery, charm, and something else I can’t define.
He’s muscular, tall, and wearing a tattered black sweatshirt that says Irony is lost on you in orange letters. His dark jeans are belted with black leather, and a silver band encircles his middle finger.
Dark hair tumbles into his face and a hand with long fingers impatiently brushes it back, all the while his eyes are still connected with mine. His jaw is strong and masculine, with the barest hint of stubble.
His gaze is still connected to mine, like a livewire, or a lightning bolt. I can feel the charge of it racing along my skin, like a million tiny fingers, flushing my cheeks. My lungs flutter and I swallow hard.
And then, he smiles at me.
Because I don’t know him and he doesn’t know better.
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Don’t miss the other books in the series:
Verum (Nocte Trilogy, #2)
Initium (Nocte Trilogy #2.5)
Lux (Nocte Trilogy, #3)
Dare Me (Nocte Trilogy #3.5)
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.