Book Review – Nocte by Courtney Cole

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Book Review – Nocte by Courtney Cole Title: Nocte
Author: Courtney Cole
Publisher by: Lake Union Publishing
Published on: November 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Psychological, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format: eARC
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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.


“Serva me, servabo te.

Save me, and I’ll save you.”

This is the hardest review ever. I’ve restarted it nearly a dozen times. I don’t think I have the right words to convey how much I enjoyed this book or how much it emotionally and psychologically rocked my world. It’s been days since I read Nocte and it’s still in my head. Nocte is one of those books that immediately draws you in and brings you into the characters world. This story was a visceral mix of emotion, suspense, and intrigue. It took me into the dark depths of a troubled mind but also wove in romance and mystery.

“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.”

Calla Price is one half of a whole. Calla and her twin brother Finn have always had each other. Even though they are twins, they are different in both looks and personality. Calla has a quiet strength and Finn is  a gentle soul. Calla has always been Finn’s protector. They have never been apart but everyone has to be apart eventually. Right?  The problem with that is,  Finn is in a battle with his mind and the only one that can help him quiet the voices is Calla. Only Calla….

“He’s my savior 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 the power to destroy me.”

In the midst of the chaos and sadness of  their lives, Calla meets Adair “Dare” DuBray. Dare is handsome, caring, and has a certain mysterious quality that you couldn’t help but be drawn to. He brings a bit of happiness and a light into Calla’s world, something she had never experienced before.  As much as she wants to be with Dare, Finn needs her and she doesn’t want to hurt her brother.  There was also a secret in Calla’s world that you find yourself desperate to find the answer to.

“By night I am free.”

Nocte shares both  Calla and Finn’s POV with each side giving you more insight to the mystery as it progresses. Seeing into Finn’s mind was a dark journey. I felt his pain and anguish but I was also scared of it.  I was also  instantly intrigued by Dare’s character and and the mystery that surrounds him.

This story was a dark puzzle, one I was desperate to figure out the answers too.. I don’t want to say much more because I do not want to ruin anything. I want everyone to experience it organically. I honestly thought that I could figure out how this story was going to go, but Courtney Cole completely took me by surprise. Nocte is a truly unique novel written with the flair and grace of a seasoned author. It was an intense and angst filled ride where I was on  constantly on edge trying to guess what would happen next. A phenomenal read that will have you anxiously waiting for next installment.







Dear Reader,

I once considered not writing this story. It was too dark, too twisted, too much, too, too, too.
Obviously, I changed my mind. But I re-wrote in four different ways first, trying to make it different, more easily palatable, softer.

It didn’t work.

So I went back to my original idea, the idea that I loved. The idea that I dreamed about and lived and breathed until it was done the way I wanted it, the way it has to be.

I know you’re capable of reading it. I know you’re capable of putting yourselves back together again when it’s all over. I have faith in you.

Is this story dark?

It is twisted?
At times.

Will it slap you in the face?

Will it have you flipping the pages, trying to figure it out, trying to get to the climax, trying to breathe?
God, I hope so.

I wrote this story the way it needed to be written. I couldn’t sugarcoat it. I couldn’t water it down. It is this way because the story demands it.

I’m not sorry.


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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. 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.

2 responses to “Book Review – Nocte by Courtney Cole

    • **flails** Gahh you like my review. Thank you. It was such an amazing book and this dual POV was an interesting element.