Title: Of Blood and Bone (The Minaldi Legacy #1)
Author: Courtney Cole
Source: Received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review
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.
Of Blood and Bone is the first book in The Minaldi Legacy series by Courtney Cole. In this book, we get the points of view from both the hero and the heroine. Eva is a woman who travels to Malta to finish up her doctoral dissertation. She meets, and falls for, Luca – the most eligible bachelor on the island. The problem is, Luca has some very dark secrets that keep him from having any sort of relationship with anyone else.
Being that she is studying to become a Psychiatrist, Eva feels that she can find out a lot about a person based on their first encounter. Luca is a complete mystery to her though. He seems like such a kind man, but yet she can sense the darkness that he hides. He is rich, handsome, a gentleman...but she gets a feeling of danger from him that she can't describe. Despite that – she can't stay away from him.
Lucas feels an attraction to Eva as well. Against his better judgment, he tells her that she can stay in his home. This surprises me, because he feels that he is a danger to others. With the murders happening in town though, Eva is scared to stay in her little cottage alone and takes him up on his offer. A very sexy, steamy relationship develops.
I was completely expecting this to be a paranormal book, but it's not. It's more like a romantic thriller. There is a very interesting twist thrown in toward the end that I wasn't expecting at all. This twist definitely changes things... but we are left with a cliffhanger and things seem to be far from over.
I have read one other book by Courtney Cole, but this writing is completely different. It has a dark, spooky vibe throughout. It's a well-written book full of mystery, suspense, and romance. I feel that adult paranormal romance lovers, as well as urban fantasy lovers, would enjoy this one as well – even though it's a different genre.
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