Friday, October 2, 2015

REVIEW... The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

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.

This Book Nerd Says: 

"Sometimes the hardest part of existing without your loved ones was remembering how to breathe." 

Wow. This story was such a fantastic romantic story. It was so emotional and when I say emotional I mean truly encompassing all the emotions on the spectrum: the good, the bad, and all of the inbetween. There was more good than bad and more heart twisting than ever. 

"He breathed against my lips; the air he exhaled became the inhales that healed me." 

Tristan freakin' Cole. My heart was broken for him before we even made it through the prologue and so by the time his paths crossed with Elizabeth, his cruel demeanor wasn't really that cruel because we know where it all stemmed from. That being said as the story progresses and he reveals himself and his pain to Elizabeth, Tristan broke my heart and made it swell with all the feels at the same time. 
Tristan and Elizabeth can understand each other like no one else around them can. Their shared pain and grief starts as one thing and develops into one of my favorite relationships I've read in a while. I read it hungrily, not stopping until the last word had settled happily in my heart. 

Its not all just the heavy emotions in this story. There are light moments that made me smile and laugh aloud and most of these were courtesy of Elizabeth's best friend Faye. Faye is the friend that everyone would love to have in all the ups and downs of life. 
This story intertwines a lot of my favorite things: second chance love, love after loss, and a top favorite a man with kids; It's definitely a top favorite. 

The writing was absolutely lovely. The dialogue felt naturally beautiful and full of lines that made me fall in love with the book and the characters. I read lines that actually took my breath away...  
The way that Tristan loves is spectacular; The way that Elizabeth loves is profound... And the way that I love this book is sincere. 

I'm giving THE AIR HE BREATHES... 4 Stars!!

The only thing that took it away from 5 stars for me is the Tanner situation. It seemed a little too drastic and didnt really fit with tbe whole of the book for me. I get his role but for the last 20% it was more distracting than I would have liked. 

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