Sarah A’s Review ~ The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

TAHBI 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.

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My only regret regarding this book?  Not reading it sooner.  I wish I would have experienced the beauty and pain that was contained in this story ages ago.  This is definitely a book that I will return to when I am in need of a good ugly cry.

Brittainy C. Cherry completely won me over with The Air He Breathes.  I don’t know what I had expected, but I know it wasn’t anything near what I got in this book.  This book was everything.  EVERYTHING.  It isn’t often that I come across a book that manages to push all of my buttons and bring me to a place where I feel both completely destroyed and wholly healed.  The Air He Breathes was this book for me.

Tristan Cole.  I can’t begin to convey the way he made me feel.  His loss was so complete.  So devastating.  His pain broke me.  The way he wore it, the way he felt it, the way he used it as both a weapon and a shield.  Beyond the layers of hurt there was an even more amazing person lurking.  The glimpses of it that came through while he was still in full grief mode were almost more heartbreaking than when he laid his pain bare.  My soul ached for him.  My heart broke for him.  I cried more tears for Tristan Cole than I have for a character in years.

Elizabeth was amazingly resilient, considering all of the loss she had experienced in her life.  I was often amazed at how she continued to live and move forward for her daughter.  I don’t know, if I were in her shoes, that I would be able to do the same thing.  There were times when she frustrated me, but those times were rare.  Her love for Emma was the thing that made her great.  She knew, no matter what else happened she had to be strong and present for her daughter.

Tristan and Elizabeth’s relationship broke me.  The way they sued each other to hold on to their pasts was heartbreaking.  The ways they had no one else that knew their pain was physically painful.  The way they healed one another in small and complete was was breath-taking. I fell completely in love with their love story.  Every painful second of it.

This was my first experience reading Brittainy C. Cherry.  She is a standout in a sea of authors all desperately trying to make a name for themselves.  If she continues to write stories that are this poignant, that deliver this type of a visceral reaction, I will quickly devour anything and everything she puts out.

5 feathers


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BCCHi! I’m Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I’m learning, things I’m re-learning, things I’m forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

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