I have been somewhat avoiding this series for a while now, it wasn’t anything do to with the actual series, but I was never in the mood for dark and intense books so I just blocked these out of TBR list, but I was on kindle looking for my next read and I stumbled across this series yet again, so I decided to give it a change and honestly, one of the best decisions I ever made.
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published: September 25th 2015.
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I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.”
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.
I was instantly hooked by this book, it took me by surprise how much it intrigued me and made me want to know everything there is to know about these characters. It tells the story of two broken people who lost people they loved more than they thought possible, they both handled grief differently and they’re still navigating through it when they meet. They help each other heal and move on from the nightmares they faced.
Tristan is hauntingly beautiful, I could feel his pain and it broke my heart. Elizabeth is simply incredible, she’s been through a lot and still kept being strong for her little girl, it was admirable and lovely to see. They were both too similar and a contrast of each other, which made for an interesting development and a great story.
The dynamic between the characters felt effortlessly and it was amazing to see, especially Tristan, Elizabeth and Emma, it was adorable to read them interact in the midst of all the brokenness and I’m ever so glad to see that even in such a dark story, and Brittainy did such a fantastic job with her writing I cannot express how much she touched me with her words.
With all of that being said, I can’t help but mention what didn’t make this book have a higher rating, and that reason starts after the 80% or so mark, that “plot twist” and everything that went down with Tanner felt overly dramatic and unnecessary, it felt somewhat cheap compared to everything else on the book. Overall, this was a breathtaking story and I really enjoyed reading it, that was my only issue with it.
The Fire Between High & Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published March 25th 2016.
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There once was a boy, and I loved him.
Logan Francis Silverstone was the complete opposite of me. I danced while he stood still. He was quiet, and I was always running my mouth. He struggled to find a smile while I refused to frown.
The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.
We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.
Until the day I lost him. He threw us away with one hasty decision—a decision that changed us forever.
There once was a boy, and I loved him.
And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.
I’m not one for second chance romance if I’m being really honestly, I find them to be usually overly dramatic and more often than not the whole plot is based on miscommunication, which I think it’s the worst possible plot there is, so I wasn’t sure about this book going in, but damn did I change my mind.
To say Logan Francis Silverstone hasn’t had an easy life would be an understatement. His father is a drug dealer and his mother is an addict, the only person he has by his side is his brother, Kellan. Until the fated day he meets Alyssa Marie Walters, they become best friend against all odds. Alyssa is the only person Logan truly lets pass his walls and they love each other completely and unquestionably.
They fall in love and everything is perfect, until it isn’t. When things go sideways, Logan let the dark parts of his life dominate his actions and the result isn’t pretty. After the worst kind of wake-up call, he decides it’s time to get help and start over somewhere else, far from this old life, that includes Alyssa. Fast-forward five years and he’s forced to go back to the town where it all happened, and he doesn’t know what to expect or how to handle it.
I loved the pacing of this book and how it differs from my expectations for this trope. It truly broke my heart how much they loved each other and hurt each other at the same time, it was beautiful to see their relationship develop from start to finish.
The writing, once again, was breathtaking and it’s turning Brittainy into one of my favorite authors for this kind of stories, it just makes you feel everything and you can’t help but fall into this story without even realizing it.
The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published: September 22nd 2016.
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Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.
I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.
I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.
This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.
Yet another beautifully written book that will enchant you and break your heart all at the same time.
Maggie May was a sweet little girl who spent her days planning her wedding and being her bubbly self. Until one day something awful happens and she witness it all. After that, she’s not the same, she can’t speak or get out of her house, her family tries to adapt and help her the best they can. Through it all, Brooks Tyler, the boy who she was planning to “marry”, was always there by her side.
Their story is fascinating and I loved how Brooks never gave up on her or stopped being there if she needed him even though he was halfway across the country. The family dynamic was real and incredibly interesting, tragedy has a way of bringing people together but it also has a way of pulling them apart, and that was shown in this story and dealt with amazingly well.
At times, I was lowkey frustrated that the pacing of the book was a little too slow for me, but at the same time, I couldn’t put it down, I just needed to keep reading it. So really, it was just perfect like this. The one thing I have a problem with is that after Maggie started talking again, which she only did because Brooks was fighting her may I add, she suddenly got better with no help of a professional what-so-ever. And if we’re being really fair, Brooks also needed professional help and he got none.
The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published: April 13th 2017.
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Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.
I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.
Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.
Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.
Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.
Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.
This is my favorite book from this series, and that is saying something since literally every book stole my heart and my tears. But this one though, this one was just flawless, I absolutely loved every single aspect of it. Plus, I’m so weak for dads.
The man who didn’t feel anything and the girl who felt everything, I have no words for their story, it hooked me from the start and I couldn’t put it down, the depth of the characters and the complexity of the situations and relationships were so powerful.
Graham’s wife walked out on him and their newborn baby who was in the NICU because it was “too much for her to handle”, he’s lost and tries his best to be everything his little girl needs. But he’s scared and in these moments of weakness he turns to Lucy, his wife’s sister, for help with his daughter. She’s so bright and cheerful that it brings light to his and his baby girl’s life.
This story ruined me, it made me feel, it made me cry, it made me joyful, it was everything I could’ve asked for and more, the plot was original and the characters fit so well together in such an unlikely situation. The development wasn’t rushed and you could feel it happening so easily without being forced or pushed onto the readers.
The writing is outstanding, it left me speechless, I can’t wait to read more stories from Brittainy, it’s just mind-blowing how someone can be so talented, and I’m so here for it.