The Minaldi Legacy

The Minaldi Legacy

by Courtney Cole
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The Minaldi Legacy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Whoa! That was the first though I had upon finishing this book. I went into this book expecting one thing and got something else entirely. It reads like a Paranormal Romance. It had edges of horror with the whole Jekyll and Hyde thing Luca had going on. Plus, there is a psychological aspect to it as well. I was in literary heaven through much of this book.  The Minaldi Legacy is dark, and beautiful, and deliciously intoxicating! The ARC of The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole was kindly provided to me by Ink Slinger PR for review. The opinions are my own.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
5 stars - Dark, suspenseful and sexy, this story needs to be next on your list. First Impression... I love Courtney Cole books so I jumped at the chance to read this one.  I've been reading too much straight romance and lots of NA lately, so I needed this change.  I love the cover and was very excited to get to this one. The Characters... Luca intrigues me from the start.  He clearly sees himself as a monster and there are terrible things happening in the night so it's easy to think it's him.  Courtney never takes the easy way though.  I fell for Luca so quickly.  Though I had to have a little comfort from a pal, I read on and love this man. Eva is interesting.  She's confident in her abilities and strong.  Her willingness to help Luca's mother and her determination to help Luca himself had me loving her.  I enjoyed going on the journey with her to figure out the puzzle that was this story. The Story... Dark and thrilling, this one takes a twisting path as the story of the Minaldi legacy is told.  Luca and Eva are very much drawn to each other with intense chemistry and a whole lot of intrigue.  Though we are in both of their heads, it is not clear at all what the beast is or how this one will play out.  I enjoyed the challenge of trying to figure it out.  My mind was made up on what I thought was going on and though I got some pieces right, there were some surprises. The Writing... I love Courtney's writing.  She unfolds a story in such a way that I am busy flipping pages and excited to see what will happen next.  The balance between description and action is perfect.  I can see the story and feel it too.  This may be my favorite of hers so far. Could I Put it Down... Didn't have to so I didn't. In The End... I completely enjoyed this one.  Needing a slightly different genre, I devoured it.  Anyone who has read Cole will want to pick this one up but if you haven't had the pleasure and love the suspenseful romance with some dark twists then this one needs to be next on your list.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
This book was such an amazing mix of dark emotions and sinister thoughts. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that this was a paranormal romance. It had all the mystery and thrilling suspense that comes with discovering what type of monster you’re about to meet; but, there was a different type of monster lurking in the shadows of this story, one that was very real. Either way, I would have loved it, though. Cole’s writing drew me in and I was caught up in the intrigue and passion that grew stronger as this story developed. I was on the edge of my seat every time “the beast” appeared, and just when I thought I had it all figured out, Cole threw curveball after curveball. It was so exciting to always be one step behind the plotline. It kept me guessing and kept me enthralled from start to finish. It was interesting that this book was made up of two parts, and it made me wonder why it was done this way. But I do believe it added a sense of drama to an already dramatic story, and it really amplified that final scene in Of Blood and Bones. I didn’t feel an intense connection with any of the characters, and there wasn’t the usual overflow of tears that come with reading one of Courtney Cole’s books, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t feel anything for the characters. Both Luca and Eva went through one devastating event after another, never really knowing if they’d come out okay in the end. It tore at me heart that Luca was trapped behind his curse and couldn’t give all of himself to Eva for fear of hurting her, but I did have hope that they’d find their happy ending. It wouldn’t be easy, and boy does Cole love torturing her characters (quite literally), but I still had hope, and they had a love that could make it through anything. This was an extremely entertaining and exciting read.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Dark and gritty with an ominous shroud over each scene and every character, The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole is a truly riveting dark romantic tale filled with intrigue and a mysterious and malevolent dark secret that has been handed down through the generations. Eva comes to Malta to finish her studies as a psychiatrist, while escaping from her own demons of the past. She meets the darkly handsome Luca Minaldi who seems warm and caring one moment and distant and cold the next. There is an undeniable connection, but the stronger that connection becomes, the harder Luca tries to push Eva away. Luca is one of a long line of Minaldi men who have been cursed to blackouts while committing heinous crimes they cannot truly remembering committing. Their only trusted confidants have been their manservants, who have admirably served the Minaldi men for generations. Eva, determined to help save Luca from this curse travels down a deadly road to discovery that may take Luca from her anyway. Courtney Cole has painted a bleak world where the only light is the love between Luca and Eva, two very well-developed characters who both seek to save the other, but in very different ways. Luca knows being with him will put her in the same danger past Minaldi women have been in and he selflessly pushes her away. Eva, love Luca enough to risk both his wrath and her life, if necessary to find a way to free him from the family nightmare. Ms. Cole complimented these two with a cast of characters that each play a significant role, while never firmly establishing whether they were good or evil until the exact moment it would have the greatest impact! Brilliant! If you are a fan of excellent writing, intriguing plots and some shocking twists, you have to take a look at The Minaldi Legacy, a tale that will haunt the recesses of your mind for quite some time! I received this copy from the author as part of the Minaldi Legacy Tour.
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Nacole More than 1 year ago
I felt it was a little ridiculous to have to purchase part 1 and 2 together since I'd already read part one on it's own as a stand alone novel. So I paid 3.99 for about 100 pages. I love Courtney Cole so I'll go ahead and say it was worth it but it's still a little expensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time. Don't get me wrong, I have read plenty of books that I LOVED, and a few that have given me serious book hangovers, but it's been a while since one just full body, heart and soul, grabbed me and wouldn't let go!! The Minaldi Legacy is dark and gritty, and real and heart-wrenching. I was not only kept guessing throughout the entire book, I kept looking back and could find little details that show how intricately woven the story was. In the first half, there was more than once that with the information given, I couldn't figure out how it could end happily. People I was convinced were to be blamed, weren't, but then they were, but not on their own or really at all. People that I never even thought about blaming, were as guilty as sin. My highlights and notes are kinda funny to look at because I was all over the board on this one. My brain never could have come up with a story this complex and kinda awesomely twisted. One thing I did come away with though, ALWAYS OWN A DOG!! I will admit that once I was through the first half, I couldn't see how you could have a whole other half to read. I thought the story ended good there, and would just be long and drug out if it continued. I even had to make myself start the second half because I quite liked it how it was. I should have never doubted the author. What started out as a really good book turned into an amazing, complex thriller romance!! If you are looking for a dark, brooding, VERY hot man, a level headed, strong willed, anti-wilting woman, look no further!! The only thing that could make The Minaldi Legacy any better would be if the author included a cloned version of Luca with every purchase.
kvsgrimes More than 1 year ago
I was very eager to read The Minaldi Legacy.  I mean, it's Courtney Cole of course!! So, going in to this, I really had no idea what to expect.  What kind of story would I be reading?? Well, The Minaldi Legacy was definitely not what I expected.  It was so much more. I was immediately brought in to this dark romance in the first few pages.  My thoughts were everywhere. What is going to happen?? I even considered that this would be a paranormal read. In the end, it was not, but The Minaldi Legacy is filled with suspense and mystery; that it keeps you on your toes from start to finish. With a well-developed cast, Courtney Cole built a unique intriguing story that literally captivates you.  I was holding my breath, dying to find out answers to the mysteries laid before me.  Brilliantly written, I couldn't wait til the end to discover the shocking secrets of this amazing novel. Now, there were moments when I felt kind of UGH about it...Evangeline, our heroine, started out as a strong smart character, but after meeting the mysterious Luca and ultimately falling in love with him; I believe she lost who she was.  It was a dark romance of course, so it is definitely different compared to many of the mainstream books out there right now.   BUT...Overall that was a minor thing to me and the suspense of the storyline captured me completely.  As I mentioned the romance between Eva and Luca, it really was a lovely affair. There were some moments that gripped my heart and then there were the moments that made me scream.  It was such a tug-of-war relationship...*sighs* Nevertheless, every element in The Minaldi Legacy comes together to create a fantastic story.  Be ready for a whirlwind of emotions in this stunning heart-stopping thriller. A definitely MUST READ!!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
I was a little apprehensive when I started THE MINALDI LEGACY. Just knowing it was a dark romantic read had me a little nervous. I usually do not do well with those type reads. But I got to admit that it wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Yeah, there were some scenes that made me feel a little awkward, but nothing too serious. I really enjoyed the story and the incredible suspense that radiated from between the pages. The whole first half you are not entirely sure if this is going to be a paranormal read or not. It is crazy intense not knowing and trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with Luca. Which leads me to him. I adored him, I hurt for him, and I wanted to protect him...throughout the whole read. He was in desperate need of some help and Eva was just the right girl for the job. She had this desperate and urgent need to be around him and mend him. There was such an amazing connection between the two from the moment Luca charges into her cottage and defends her against a non-venomous spider. He is my kind of hero! *** Her soul is so beautiful and I know that I will break it. Against every lingering shred of my will, I know that I will break it. I sigh raggedly in the dark room. She’s beautiful and gentle and God would never give me someone like her and allow it to work. He wouldn’t. Yet still I clutch her. She is soft beneath my fingers and I know that I should let go. That I should get up from this bed and never come back. But I can’t. The selfish part of me can’t do it. *** The story is so very frightening and beautiful all in one. Yes, there is more fright than beauty, but it is the beauty that makes it all worth it. Luca has a lot of issues to work through and it will be quite the battle as he does. But everything worth having is worth fighting for, that is for sure. In the end, I am truly happy I was asked by Cole to review this book. It was a great read and I love one that challenges me to seek the answer of the mystery. I love finding out in the end if I guessed right. And although, I was semi right in my guessing, I was happy that Cole outsmarted me and revealed something more. Great story...5 thrilling stars!