Hey, all! You may have noticed that I’ve been doing a lot of book reviews instead of writing articles lately. The main reason is that because I’m been so busy with edits and I’ve been reading some fabulous authors lately.
Author Brittainy C. Cherry is my latest obsession. I just devoured her newest release The Air He Breathes (Elements #1). I was intrigued by her book, as you can see from the cover on the left. I love me some lumberjack-looking men. I totally ship the beard, not gonna lie. Slurp! So, cover—nailed it. Premise—nailed it—again. Check out the summary for yourself.
I was warned about Tristan Cole.
“Stay away from him,” people said.
It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster.
But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me.
We were both empty.
We were both looking for something else. Something more.
We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays.
Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.
Who can’t get behind a broken man book? Am I right? But it was something more than a broken man book. It was a story of rebuilding, hope, desire, family, and trust. Cherry weaved such a beautiful love story with a powerful arc and twist I didn’t see coming. (I won’t spoil that here.)
The story is about Elizabeth or Liz and her daughter Emma who move back to their hometown after the death of Liz’s husband, Stephen, the year prior. The ghost of her former life as a wife still haunts her and Liz is still in mourning. Moving back to the house she shared with her husband was to serve as a way of healing and starting anew. Except she has a new neighbor that doesn’t want anything to do with Liz or her life.
Tristan Cole has nothing to lose anymore. His life is over in his eyes. He lost his wife and child in a car accident and pretty much died along with them. Basically, he’s just existing. The town thinks he’s the outcast, a monster who cares for nothing. And they are right. When Liz first bumps into him—hits his dog—she finds he is everything rumors described him as. But like all the broken men in these types of book, Liz sees something in Tris that no one else does. Soon he becomes a mild obsession for Liz. She sees him, watches him, follows him. What any good stalker would do. LOL!
As much as Tristan tries to push away Liz and Emma, he’s also attracted to them. He sees the family he’s been missing. The man he used to be starts to emerge and it scares and fuels him. Liz and Tris soon start a relationship to help rid each other of their demons. Except it doesn’t work out and friendship serves to be a better match for them. But what will it take for them to heal completely? Tanner, Liz’s husband’s best friend, is trying to lure Liz as best as he can. He’s safe and Emma loves him, but is he enough for Liz?
Then there’s a twist!
AHH! I won’t tell you more because the twists are soooo good! You have to read the book to find out. Cherry’s writing is wonderful, and I found that I did not deconstruct the story like an editor, but simply enjoyed the love affair between Liz and Tristan. Make sure you pick up this book right now! You wont’ be disappointed.
About The Author
Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and a minor in creative writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing—poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.