Title: Of Blood and Bone
By: Courtney Cole
Series: The Minaldi Legacy Book 1
Publisher: Lakehouse Press (Sept. 30th, 2012)
My Copy: Ebook for Blog Tour
Luca Minaldi is powerful, rich and mesmerizing. But he is also a reclusive enigma. 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 is spending the summer in Malta to finish up her doctoral dissertation. When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping magnate, there is an instant attraction. He has 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, a woman who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save. She desperately wants to reach inside of him and fix what is broken, while at the same time, she knows that she is falling for him. 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.
For some reason, the synopsis above was nothing like what I pictured the book to be. In a lot of ways, that is good. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I found myself submersed into this book; the plot, the characters, and the mystery behind it all.
I really enjoyed the character Eva most of the time (towards the end of the book I started to lose that feeling.) She was driven, smart, charming, and knew exactly what she wanted in life, to finish her dissertation. However, that want was thrown slightly off course when she meets Luca Minaldi. Handsome Luca Minaldi.
Cole writes about a deep, dark secret that Minaldi men have suffered from that had me wondering what really was going on throughout the first half of the story. That wondering had me tapping through the pages (it was an ebook) and finishing this book in less than a day. Eva knows that she can help Luca and while she tries, a bond is formed between them.
I will say that I started to lose momentum during the last part of the book. I don’t know if it was because I had already guess what was going on or if the character Eva was just really starting to get on my nerves, maybe even both. However, I will say that it was a good read and it kept me entertained.
~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC on Of Blood and Bone Blog Tour~