We are absolutely over the moon about this Release Day launch for Courtney Cole’s VERUM!! VERUM is a New Adult dark romantic psychological suspense novel and the second book in Courtney’s The Nocte Trilogy! To celebrate the release NOCTE is on sale for only $.99 through tomorrow! Grab both now! Thank us later.
The truth shall set you free.
My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.
My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.
Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.
The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.
I’m entangled in the darkness.
But the truth will set me free.
It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.
Are you scared?
Together, we float to the surface, still intertwined. We break through the top and I suck in a breath and Dare is staring into my eyes.
There’s tension here, but not the bad kind. It’s the kind that ignites you, the kind that intoxicates you, the kind that once you taste it, you’ll crave for the rest of your life.
I’ve forgotten that I was going to be careful, that I was going to reject him on every level.
All I can remember, all I can focus on, is how veryalive Dare DuBray is making me feel in this moment, how alive he always makes me feel.
For a girl who has been surrounded by death her entire life, this is a very big deal.
“I’m a little afraid of you,” I blurt honestly, and Dare still has his arms around me. Our treading water motions keep our legs rubbing together, the friction still there.
Dare smiles, but there is no humor in it.
My honesty makes me seem innocent, but I don’t know how to play games. I have no experience with the opposite sex at all.
“Because that makes you feel something.”
But he’s hesitant now and he looks away. There’s something he wants to say, it’s balanced on the tip of his tongue, but he swallows it.
“What is it?” I ask softly. “Just tell me.”
He wants to, I can tell. His secrets are killing him. He just wants to be normal, he’s just acting out a role.
I don’t know why I feel like I know this. It’s just there, suddenly resting on my heart.
“You don’t have to be someone you’re not,” I murmur quietly. His dark eyes snap up to mine and he pulls his hands away. There’s something in his eyes now, something guarded, and our easy afternoon has come to an end.
“What makes you think I am?” he snaps. “Pretending to be something I’m not, I mean.”
I’ve somehow annoyed him, and I don’t answer because I don’t know what to say.
“I’m not being someone I’m not, Calla,” he says coolly as he strides from the water. “I’m being who you need me to be.”
I’m utterly confused, and I’m dripping wet.
“We don’t have towels,” is all he says when I follow him. My clothing soaks up the water and it is a very cold ride back home.
Dare doesn’t say another word and I leave him in the garage.
I don’t see him at dinner, and I don’t see him the rest of the night.
But as I lay in bed around midnight, I see his car leave the garage.
I don’t see him come home, and I’m awake for half the night waiting.
I have no idea where he goes when he slips away.
Somehow, I think he wants it that way.
There’s a fork in the road and even though I see it, I can’t avoid it.
One road goes left, one goes right, and neither of them end well.
I feel it in my bones,
In my bones,
In my bones.
I sing a song of nonsense, and it sings back. The notes echo and twist in the air, and I swallow them whole.
“Come out,” I call behind me, because I know they’re there.
I can’t see them, but they’re always watching.
Eyes appear, blood red, and they blink once, twice, three times.
“I can see you,” I announce and there’s a growl and then I’m crushed beneath the dark, beneath the weight, beneath the oppression.
“You don’t scare me,” I lie.
There’s savagery here, there’s grace.
But above all, there’s oblivion and no matter what I do, I will be sucked into it.
I know it.
I feel it.
And it doesn’t matter.
I’m the rabbitrabbitrabbit and I’ll never be free.
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
5 “I’d wait forever for you” Stars!
A marvelous Mind Fuck!!! Excuse my language but that about sums up Verum. Everything we were told in Nocte, and everything I was just told in Verum means nothing, because I am still confused!!! I have read two books and am still no closer to understanding what really happened, or what truly is happening. I think I might know one minute, but then second guess myself the next chapter. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I was WRONG!! I have enjoyed and devoured every word of both of these books.
“The truth is stark. The truth is hurtful.”
In Verum, Dare and Calla’s story continues in a very complicated and well thought out part of this series. I would love to tell you that it all makes sense at the end, BUT….you know better! I actually enjoyed Verum more than Nocte. Shocker, right?!!? How often do reviewers say the second book in a series is better?? Hardly ever! Verum has so much more mystery and even a hint of spookiness (my made up word) to it. The author takes you on so many twists and turns that you lose all sense of time, location, and sanity….and you LOVE it!!
“The past year swirls through my mind in blurs and snippets. Through everything, Dare has been there. He’s been with me, he’s held me, he’s loved me.”
I was a huge Dare fan in Nocte. And I am talking HUGE!! But, Verum made me question that at times. And this goes back to all the unknowns. How can I know who to trust when I can’t even wrap my head around what the hell is going on?!? Each chapter was a new mystery that I just knew would get me a teeny tiny bit closer to the truth. But….NOPE!!
“I’ve failed you. But I’ll fix it.”
I could sit here and tell you over and over how much I enjoyed and devoured this mystery, and how much I really need the next part of this series, but all I am doing is wasting precious moments that you could be using for reading Verum, or Nocte if you haven’t started it yet 🙂 Happy Reading!!
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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.