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review 2018-05-17 19:54
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
The Air He Breathes - Brittainy C. Cherry,Brian Pallino,Erin Mallon

I’ve had this sucker downloaded to my phone for over a year so figured it was about time to get it done. Note to all: I knew nothing of the plot before going into it because I bought it a year ago and my memory is crap. The guy on the cover looked promising though. So what follows is likely ALL my fault. Or mostly my fault. I will not accept the blame for all of this. Namely the last ¼ when something I anticipated in the first hour comes true. This is the rare case that I will admit that it sucks to be right.

Tristan and Elizabeth do not meet cute. They meet when she hits his golden retriever (which is later described as a “small/med dog” so I am confused. My golden’s have both been large/x-large but maybe I fed them too many treats!). I will admit that I almost deleted the thing off my phone when this happened because I was not up for this, would never be up for this, truth be told. Elizabeth does the right thing and drives him to the vet since he’s running around town without shoes and the vet is a mile away. He verbally abuses her for most of the ride in front of her five year old daughter. Apparently she just ran into the town asshole. Of all the luck. He’s scared and I felt for him but he was being a real dick all the same. Fortunately the poor dog only has a fracture but what a completely crappy way to start out a romance! Tristan is so emotionally fragile that he breaks down into big heaving sobs when he hears that his dog is ok. Yikes. My heart was not ready for this level of heartbreaking sorrow and it only gets more crushing from there.

These two are so broken and so emotionally raw that it is painful to read their stories. Both have lost their spouses in a car accident. Tristan actually lost his 8 year old son and his wife. Neither are dealing with their grief very well. He has channeled his into anger and she is a walking zombie. The first half is so grief laden it is almost physically painful to read. They forge an unhealthy relationship based on sadness and sex. It’s frankly creepy and very freaking sad and it continues to hurt to read about these two. They eventually realize what they’ve been doing is not a good idea and forge a real friendship that turns into something more and I LOVED this. I was ready to give it 4 ½ stars. It was gorgeous and heartfelt and full of healing goodness. The book should’ve ended right here but sadly it didn’t.

Someone mistakenly thought that adding in some crazy plot twists, suspense and loads of unneeded drama were needed and turned the lovely ending into a shitshow of epic proportions before finally giving us a HEA in the epilogue. I’m bumping off a full point for all of this nonsense.

So anyway, if you want some drama in your reading life and need to shed a few tears then read this. The characters are very well written, well matched and the romance believably developed. The little girl, Emma, was the kind of child that I actually enjoy reading about in romance. She’s funny and loves scary movies and monsters and dogs. She is awesome and I want to read her book someday. There’s also an ongoing thread featuring feathers that will gut you every time they appear. It’s all worth reading. Just be warned that the first third, as my notes say, and my notes do not lie, is “so fucking depressing I may as well be reading a bleak horror novel.” The next bit is five star material and so beautifully cleansing after all of the pain but argh that last bit before the very end needed to be exorcised right out of the book!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-20 19:16
Wie das Feuer zwischen uns
Romance Elements: Wie das Feuer zwischen... Romance Elements: Wie das Feuer zwischen uns - Brittainy C. Cherry

12,90 €











Es gab einmal einen Jungen, den ich liebte.



Logan Francis Silverstone und ich waren das komplette Gegenteil. Ich tanzte, er stand still. Er brachte kein Wort heraus, ich hörte nie auf zu reden. Er konnte sich kaum ein Lächeln abringen, während ich zu keinem einzigen finsteren Blick fähig war. 


Doch in der Nacht, als er mir die Dunkelheit zeigte, die in ihm tobte, konnte ich nicht wegsehen. 


Wir waren beide zerbrochen und zusammen doch irgendwie ganz. Alles an uns war falsch, und doch fühlte es sich irgendwie richtig an. 

Bis zu dem Tag, als ich ihn verlor. 


Es gab einmal einen Jungen, den ich liebte. 


Und ich glaube, ein paar Atemzüge lang, für einige wenige Momente liebte er mich auch. 


Meine Meinung:


Ich habe vor einigen Monaten ja den 1. Teil dieser Reihe, Wie die Luft zum Atmen, gelesen und dieses tolle Buch zu einem meiner Jahreshighlights erwählt und war daher sehr auf den 2. Teil gespannt. 


Der Einstieg in das Buch ist mir wieder sehr gut gelungen, der Schreibstil der Autorin ist auch einfach nur toll. 


Man erlebt erst einmal das Kennenlernen von Logan und Alyssa, die von der Herkunft nicht unterschiedlicher sein könnten. Logan hat eine sehr schwierige Kindheit mit drogensüchtiger Mutter, die ständig von Logans Vater misshandelt wird und dem gegenüber Alyssa aus gutem Hause und doch kommt es dazu, dass die beiden sich verlieben, auch wenn Logan nur schwerlich Gefühle zulassen kann. 


Nach einer verhängnisvollen Nacht geht die Geschichte im zweiten Teil fünf Jahre später weiter. 


Die Autorin hat es aber geschafft, den Schmerz der Hauptprotagonisten teilweise so gut zu beschreiben, dass ich selbst ein beklemmendes Gefühl bekommen habe. Das ist schon eine Leistung, würde ich behaupten. 


Mir hat dieses Buch auch wieder sehr gut gefallen, aber an den 1. Teil kommt es für mich nicht heran. Die Charaktere sind hier wesentlich jünger und auch die Geschichte an sich konnte mich nicht ganz so fesseln wie im vorigen Teil. Was mir hier auch nicht so gut gefallen hat, war Folgendes: Im Verlauf der Geschichte ist doch manches in Richtung Klischee abgerutscht, daher würde ich einen halben Stern abziehen. 


Alles in allem war dies aber wieder eine tolle Liebesgeschichte, für die ich eine klare Kauf- und Leseempfehlung geben kann. Ich freue mich jetzt schon wahnsinnig auf den 3. Teil, von mir bekommt das Buch sehr gute 4,5 Sterne. 

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review 2017-05-06 06:53
Oh the feels!
The Air He Breathes - Brittainy C. Cherry

This one was just so much with the feels.  I have no other way to describe it really. I was just ripped open so many times with the book and then patched back together with hope.  No matter how many times that happened, I just couldn't help but continue reading.


I was just so glad that these two damaged souls found each other and helped the other heal.  I ached so much for the loss that they each had to deal with.  It was amazing that they ended up together.


This is a relatively new author to me, but she's got me hooked already.  I'll definitely be checking out more of her work.

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review 2017-04-29 00:00
The Air He Breathes
The Air He Breathes - Brittainy C Cherry Unpopular opinion: Melodrama got, well, a little too overwrought for me to take. Writing is really nice so is story but there's no relief or breath from the intensity. I couldn't stand it.
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text 2017-02-07 13:22
The Air He Breathes By Brittainy C. Cherry
The Air He Breathes - Brittainy C. Cherry

Where should I start?


Elizabeth and Tristan. Tristan and Elizabeth.


Two tragic stories that somehow intertwine more than meets the eye. Well, more than you realize, as soon as you start reading. Beautiful, heartbreaking and most of all, unpredictable. Two broken souls, falling in love with each other and trying to fins themselves. Don't think, even for a second that, there weren't any complications. 


The writing was beautiful and you could see the characters' development throughout the book. Tristan and Elizabeth were two of the most likable characters I've ever read about and they were just perfect for each other. They balanced each other out perfectly and managed to heal themselves with this unique bond they formed without even realizing it. And let's just talk about how little Emma stole my heart! I also immensely enjoyed the flashbacks. They were a perfect addition to the story and the backgrounds of the characters. 


I finished The Air He Breathes in a day! Which is definitely saying something. I could not put this baby down. It sucked me in since the minute I started and the twists and turns left me completely speechless. I was able to predict the smallest of the twists - not saying which one because that would obviously be a spoiler - but the rest were just...WOW! They didn't even cross my mind. Can't wait to check out more of the author's works.


Definitely recommend this if you're a fan of NA!!! And if you're looking for an amazing book to read in general!

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1897995432?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
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