Release Day Review + Giveaway: NOCTE by Courtney Cole

November 3, 2014 giveaway, Lindsay's reviews 4

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Release Day Review + Giveaway: NOCTE by Courtney ColeNOCTE by Courtney Cole
Series: Nocte #1
on November 3, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romantic Suspence
Source: the author
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My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.
My other half-- my twin brother, my Finn-- is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.
He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

When I first heard about this book, it was nothing more than a cover and this letter from the author:

letterThat was enough for me. I needed desperately to read this book. Right now. I mean, how dark can it possibly be, right? It lived up to the author’s claims and then some. I’m so glad that Courtney stayed true to her heart, because this story deals with some very dark, and very important, issues, including grief, tragedy and mental illness. Keep a box of tissues handy!

I wish that you could all read this book and be just as in the dark as I was. Unfortunately, the cat’s out of the bag. Now, there’s a synopsis, reviews, teasers, and all manner of spoilers. I’m going to do my best to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.

The story is told from the dual POV of Calla and her twin brother Finn. I absolutely loved how the two voices played off each other, and yet were completely distinct. And then there’s this downright sexy stranger, Dare. I had no clue what his story was. Sometimes he seems like the sweetest guy ever, while other times I wondered if he didn’t have some creepy ulterior motive. He’s like a secret, wrapped in a mystery, dipped in a conundrum batter and then deepfried in a boiling vat of WTF?!

The whole story is part contemp romance, part mystery. Yet even after everything is revealed… there’s still so much left unexplained! I didn’t realize it was going to be a series! Just another way that I was kept in the dark. The sequel will be an automatic read for me, and it can’t come soon enough.




Glancing up, I suck my breath in when I find dark eyes connected to mine, eyes so dark they’re almost black, and the energy in them is enough to freeze me in place.

A boy is attached to the dark gaze.

A man. 

He’s probably no more than twenty or twenty-one, but everything about him screams man.  There’s no boy in him.  That part of him is very clearly gone.  I see it in his eyes, in the way he holds himself, in the perceptive way he takes in his surroundings, then stares at me with singular focus, like we’re somehow connected by a tether.  He’s got a million contradictions in his eyes….aloofness, warmth, mystery, charm, and something else I can’t define.

He’s muscular, tall, and wearing a tattered black sweatshirt that says Irony is lost on you in orange letters.  His dark jeans are belted with black leather, and a silver band encircles his middle finger.

Dark hair tumbles into his face and a hand with long fingers impatiently brushes it back, all the while his eyes are still connected with mine.  His jaw is strong and masculine, with the barest hint of stubble.

His gaze is still connected to mine, like a livewire, or a lightning bolt.  I can feel the charge of it racing along my skin, like a million tiny fingers, flushing my cheeks.  My lungs flutter and I swallow hard.

And then, he smiles at me.

At me. 

Because I don’t know him and he doesn’t know better.


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.



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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
  • Dude, I NEED this book! Yes, I love twists and turns.

    By the way.. love the skulls for the rating system!

    • Lori Parker

      Thanks! I had lots of fun making them! And the book sounds great too

  • Erin Hayes

    I do enjoy twists and turns.

    But holy crap, I love, love, love that cover. I found the original stock photo and did this, “Aw, man, I want so bad…”

    …I downloaded it… I probably won’t use it, but…what if??

  • Becky Stephens

    I do love a dark story with unexpected twists and turns. I’m adding this to the top of my TBR pile.