The Minaldi Legacy

Of Blood and Bone, Book One

“I’m a monster, Eva.  There is no saving a monster.  But I love that you want to try.”

My heart constricts at the expression on his face.  He has no hope for himself, so I have to hope for him.

“You’re not a monster,” I argue softly. “You’re a man, Luca.  A man like any other, you’re made of blood and bone.”

Luca Minaldi is powerful, rich and mesmerizing.  But he is also a reclusive enigma.  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 is spending the summer in Malta to finish up her doctoral dissertation.  When she meets Luca, a mysterious and handsome shipping magnate, there is an instant attraction.  He has 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, a woman who suffers from dementia, but it is Luca who Eva will eventually risk everything to save.  She desperately wants to reach inside of him and fix what is broken, while at the same time, she knows that she is falling for him.  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.

 * * *

The Minaldi Legacy is Courtney’s first Contemporary Adult series.  It contains sexual content and dark romance.  You can find it here on Amazon and here on Barnes and

Minaldi Legacy, Front Cover, Revised

The Minaldi Legacy, Parts One and Two

Part One:  Of Blood and Bone

Part Two:  Of Darkness and Demons

“I’m a monster, Eva.  There’s no saving a monster.  But I love that you want to try.”

 Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing.  He’s also a reclusive enigma.  He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets.  And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all.

Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry.  When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia.  It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.  As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself.

Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns.  Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.

Love is dangerous.

But it also might be the one thing that can save them all.


The Minaldi Legacy:  Parts One and Two will be available on February 6, 2014.


Dream Cast

There is a scene in Of Blood and Bone where Eva finds Luca playing the piano, a haunting song that she can’t quite shake.  That song is I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi.



27 Responses to “The Minaldi Legacy”

  1. Adri October 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I love the book!!! I’m waiting for more!!!!

  2. kto810 November 11, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Any idea when # 2 will be arriving? I am glad you are well. I lived under the threat waiting for results and like tou I got very lucky but I found it changed a few things. I do not talk or think about it much any more but what has happened is I do more of what I want and less ofbwhat I do not want. I have never been great at cherishing moments but am trying and there are certain things that I am fairly sure will never make it to my to do list. But that is ok. I am glad you are well and I hope that you will be blessed. Peace.

  3. Mary January 6, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    I love the book too!! Where is #2?

  4. Nadine January 13, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    LOVED this but like everyone else I’m wondering when book 2# will be out?

  5. Courtney Cole January 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    You guys… Book Two is in the works. It will be out this year, I promise! 🙂 In fact, I’m working on it right now. (right this very minute- it’s open in another window of my computer. 🙂

    • Roseli Antonia Fernandes March 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Courtney, I love your book ” Of blood And Bone” And I’m waiting for book two. I’m desperated for it.
      I’m from Brazil And trying hard to turn my poor english better, of course in this moment by your books.

    • Betty March 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      Thought it was going to be out the end of 2012, ok hope you will let me know when it does come out. Thanks

    • Charisse Frost March 31, 2013 at 7:37 am #

      What’s the latest news of the 2nd book coming out?????

    • Manda May 19, 2013 at 1:56 am #

      Ahhh I keep checking amazon like a mad woman waiting for your books to come out!!! I’m going crazy I need more reading material!! Lol… I’ve got almost everything you’ve ever written that is buy-able for kindle and I’m even making my friends buy your books as well! But I keep getting glued to your books and finish them in two days even though I try to pace myself to save it til another book comes out. 😦 I need more courtney cole books!

    • randomactsofcooking December 15, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      Oh goodness, SO GLAD to hear that! I’m dying waiting…

  6. Clista January 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Courtney, first of all, love the video with the Giorni piano music. Will get that for my son to learn and play!
    Secondly, I just read Confessions of an Alli Cat. I did not realize that was you. I absolutely LOVED IT! I’ve been raving about it to all my GF’s! I love a sexy funny read!
    Thirdly, I loved Of Blood and Bone, and look forward to more!
    You are such a talented story teller, and I need to add your other works to my TBR list!
    Happy Writing!
    A big Fan Girl! 🙂

    • Devin Marie February 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

      I can’t wait for book 2…I just finisehd book 1 and I am in LOVE!!!

  7. becky March 1, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    When does book two come out……I love it and I can’t wait to read the second book …if you stay …. when does that come out

  8. March 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    I loved ‘If You Stay’, but I ADORED ‘Of Blood and Bone’-like seriously adored. I’m shocked by the contrast of the books, and was happily surprised that you had written both. I love that I did not see the end coming in ‘Of Blood and Bone’ until the end. I kept thinking that Luca would be something otherworldly. I can’t wait to see what Adrian as in store for Luca in this book; and, of course, I want more Luca and Eva love.

    Can’t wait for both sequels! Yay for sequels!

  9. Betty March 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Has the second book of the Minaldi Legacy been published and is available for the ereader, What is the name of it?
    I just finished of Blood and Bone, enjoyed but now am I ready for the next book

  10. Betty April 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    I am very excited to here you are working on book two of Minaldi legacy!!! Can’t wait to download to my Kindle

  11. AmyShove April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    whenever I listen to Demons by Imagine Dragons all I can think of is Of Blood and Bone, that book was so good! its one of them books you find yourself thinking of all the time.

    • Courtney Cole May 15, 2013 at 8:23 am #

      Ha- this is funny because this song is on my playlist for the Beautifully Broken series. Great song!!

      • Amyshove July 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

        Aaaah I never thought about that song in that story but now you mention it, it suits so much. This song is now one of my favourites because it reminds me of both story’s

  12. Misty May 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    Love this book ! Can not wait for book two ! I have referred this book to all my closest friends , whom are all awaiting for the release of number two .

  13. maria May 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Any idea when book 2 will be available book one says winter 2012 that’s long gone lol! Thanks

  14. Betty May 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Do you have a name yet for second book in Minaldi series?

  15. Betty May 16, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    She won’t answer the question as to when next book is coming out! Have ask the question several time, when is second book for Bad to the Bone coming out, without any answer good luck finding out!!!!!

  16. Annabelle May 30, 2013 at 4:23 am #

    Loved the first book and join the chorus of “when? when? when?” already being chanted by other avid followers of Luca and Eva

  17. Melinda June 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    I loved the first book and can’t wait for the second! I love Luca and Eva! When will the second book be out? I see that question has been asked alot! Courtney can you please give us an idea of when we can find out more about Luca and Eva? (Also I really like your idea of the dream case!)

  18. Betty June 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Is there a date as to when book two of minaldi will be published for my kindle? Please notify me, thank you

  19. Courtney Cole January 9, 2014 at 8:50 am #


    Thank you for your patience. The Minaldi Legacy will be released as a complete book (parts one and two) on February 6, 2014. For a limited time, it will be sold for $3.99 on Kindle or Nook for the two part collection. I hope you enjoy it!

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