07 February 2014

{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole


“I’m a monster, Eva.  There’s no saving a monster.  But I love that you want to try.”

Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing.  He’s also a reclusive enigma.  He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets.  And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all. 

Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry.  When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.   

Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia.  It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.  

As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself. 

Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns.  Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.

Love is dangerous. 

But it also might be the one thing that can save them all.

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The Minaldi Legacy is a story that centers around a reclusive tycoon, Luca Minaldi and psychiatrist Eva Talbot. It consists of two parts, part one:  Of Blood and Bone and part two:  Of Darkness and Demons.

I really enjoyed this book especially the second part where everything sort of unraveled for Eva and Luca. The first part, Of Blood and Bone sets a dark and mysterious tone throughout the whole book. It was somber and as I was reading it, it really felt like something sinister was just lurking around the corner. The mysterious killings, Luca's reticence and his mother's demented ramblings added to the eeriness of the whole book.

I admired Eva's tenacity and her no-nonsense approach to Luca's mysterious illness. She never faltered in her belief. Luca himself was fascinating. You really feel his guilt and self-loathing for those things that he's done.

But what really hooked me to this book was twist -- or should I say the twists that the author brought to the story. I honestly did not see those coming because it was so out of left field but then the more you think about it, the more it actually made sense. It made sense in a way that it was right there under our noses all along and when it was revealed, every puzzle piece just fell right into place.
This was another engrossing read from Courtney Cole. I actually liked the supernatural elements to the story. It was just enough to add another layer of mystery to the story. I'll definitely be recommending this one.

RATING: 4 Stars!


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

Blog:  http://courtneycolewrites.com/

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