10.15.2012

Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole | Adult Book Review

Note: this review discuses mature themes found in this book, and is therefore recommended for the 18 and older crowd.

Book cover of Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole
Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole (The Minaldi Legacy #1)
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Kismet Book Tours)
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Adult
Publication Date: 16 September 2012
As a little boy, Luca Minaldi was told he was a monster.
As an adult, he knows it is true. He lives in Malta, a fairytale-like place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best kept of them all.

Eva Talbot arrives in Malta for the summer to finish up her doctoral dissertation. When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping tycoon, there is an instant attraction, a disturbing and beautiful energy that she has never felt before. But she senses the darkness that lives within him. Eva is hired to care for his mother, who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save. Her life becomes a swirling chaos of darkness and romance, of secrets and mystery. And the question that emerges will become the most important answer of all.

Can she save Luca from the darkness that plagues him without losing herself? The answer is a matter of life or death.

Of Blood and Bone is a romantic story that deals with dark themes, giving it a mysterious and chilling atmosphere. There are some brutal things that happen in these pages, and while I knew that it had adult themes before I read it, I'm not sure I was expecting quite so much. There are some horrible events in the story, and I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but...they were written so excellently. There was one part that I was especially impressed with, even though the action that is taking place is just completely wrong. I've included it below my review, in case there are some curious readers; if that does not describe you, then do not read the one and only quote after this review.

For those of you who like hot romance, rest assured that there is MUCH steam waiting to be released from between the pages of this book. Very much steam. I try not to talk about the sex in books too much, since I know that there are pre-teens who read my blog (one especially--yes, YOU! Stop reading!), and I like to keep it clean for them. But let me just say that not only does Courtney Cole include steaming hot sex scenes, but she also manages to create a very definite contrast between the sex scenes (the bad ones, and the intimate ones). Worth noting, because I think there is a fine line between both when dealing with certain topics, and Courtney keeps each on the right side of line, even when other factors come into play.

Sadly, I was never quite sold on the relationship between the two main characters, as they fall in love pretty instantly. The main character is a smart and successful woman who is very stable and knows what she wants in life, and how to get it. Yet she turns into jello at the mere sight of Luca, and professes her love a few days later. I really hate coming across insta-love.

 Another thing that I particularly wanted to mention, is that even though Eva is in a different country, those around her continually speak using expressions and sayings that are very much American. The people's accents are mentioned, and the culture of the island was described so beautifully, that it was a bit of a let-down to have the conversations between the characters read as utterly American.

Yet--suspending disbelief--I was compelled to finish the story in record time, to discover what would come of Eva and Luca's seemingly doomed relationship. I very much enjoyed the psychological aspects of the story--and all the complications that come from them--and was desperate to know how things would end. Definitely one to read if you like to analyze personalities, and human behaviors (also if you like a hot romance).

     I enjoy the vibration of the sound against my lips, the heat of her breath against mine. Everything is visceral now, an explosion of sensations and my vision blurs.
     She is soft and I am hard and I rage against her, taking her over and over until her eyes glaze and her screaming stops.
     Her heart is pounding against my chest and her body is so very fragile.
     So I break it.
-Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole


Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like romance mixed with a good psychological mystery.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Contains very mature content including rape, brutal murder, a detailed miscarriage, and lots of very descriptive (but hot) sex scenes.}




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6 comments:

  1. 18 and older? I'm scared to read your review now.

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    1. Don't be scared! The review itself isn't very bad; the deterrent was mostly for my young cousin, and the other young people I know who read my blog, since I talk about the sex in the book, and the other adult content in the book. In fact, I'll change the wording to it doesn't seem so ominous.

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    1. Thanks, Juju! The describes it perfectly. :)

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  3. I think I just realized why I don't particularly like erotica, thanks to your thoughts on this one. I think it's because there's really not much depth to the romance. The characters need to be in love so there can be sex and so, they are...make sense? Sorry, Just ignore my rambling. ;)

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