{Book Review} Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole

October 18, 2012 Reviews 2

Of Blood and Bone by Courtney Cole
226 Pages
Published: September 30, 2012 by Lakehouse Press
Age Group: Adult
Series: The Minaldi Legacy #1
Source: eARC from publisher
Buy this Book: Amazon


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.

This book is nuts. In an awesome way. I was so interested in everything- the detailed setting of the story, the mysterious curse that plagues Luca, and the hauntingly beautiful writing. Of Blood and Bone is so well executed. 
The first two sentences of the summary perfectly describe Luca! (and Of Blood and Bone) In case you don’t feel like scrolling up just one paragraph, here are the sentences, “Luca Minaldi is powerful, rich and mesmerizing. But he is also a reclusive enigma.” This book is such an enigma. I loved the concept of it and the twists and turns keep coming until the very end of the book. It was so great. Of Blood and Bone kept me thinking long after I was done reading. 
I loved Luca, but I hated how tormented he seemed. I felt so bad for him. Eva is so good for him. Although I have to admit that if I were in her position, I would probably run after the first incident. It was scary! But she doesn’t. She is super persistent and I loved that about her. She is a very strong girl, which I admired but she does have a weak patch about 3/4ths of the way through the book. I understand and sympathized but I wanted her to pull herself together a little quicker. But other than that I really liked her, and I loved Luca. Though, I must say that I think I liked the old cover more. Both are really pretty, but I thought the other cover fit the story better.
Of Blood and Bone will keep you guessing until the end. It is an adult book, not YA. This book made me want to visit Malta. I am so excited that there is going to be another book in the Minaldi Legacy series, I am hooked. I need to know what is going to happen. I loved that Of Blood and Bone didn’t end on a cliffhanger, but it certainly left me curious. It was more of sinister foreshadowing. Dun, dun, dun! 
4/5 Gavels

About Courtney Cole 

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. Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).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.

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