Release Day: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

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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.


Wow The Air He Breathes was just an incredible read. It is one of those books that just broke me down, but then put me back together in a much better way. One of those books where I care so much for the characters that I feel everything. It has been a long time since I have had a book affect me as much as this one and it was amazing.

Elizabeth and Tristan have both suffered loses that neither has really dealt with yet. They are both so broken it is heartbreaking. While Tristan has been pushing everyone away, acting like a super jerk to keep people from getting close, Elizabeth just doesn't have that option. She has her daughter Emma to worry about. She doesn't want to become her mother and force Emma to take care of her. She has to keep it together, at least somewhat, so she will be there for her daughter.

Tristan is the town jerk. Everyone thinks he is this horrible human being, maybe on the run from the law or something, and you should watch out. He will get you. Only he really isn't. Elizabeth can see him. She can see that he is hurting just as much as she is. She can see that he is really a kind person behind that gruff facade. She can see what he is hiding because she is doing the same. Ah these two just killed me!

"He was hard to look at, because he was so broken, but every scarred part of his existence seemed to draw me in."

Elizabeth is such a kind and caring soul. She is having a hard time, but somehow things aren't quite so bad with Tristan around. Even though he doesn't want to be her friend, she knows they need each other. They can help each other try and remember their loses. This book....seriously it made me feel all the feels. There were many times I teared up for these characters. There were times when I was so devastated as I just couldn't see how this wouldn't end in heartbreak for the both of them, they are both just so broken, but it was so beautiful at the same time. Tristan's chapters were particularly hard to read, but particularly beautiful. There was just so much pain in there, but it was beautiful.

Elizabeth and Tristan slowly start to become friends and open up to each other. They are heartbreaking to watch, but so wonderful together. And Tristan with Emma? Oh, my heart almost couldn't take how incredibly sweet he is. I am not really a kid person, but Tick and Tock? Oh, my heart was so full watching them together. Tristan really has this incredibly big heart. Once he lets Elizabeth in he is just the sweetest. His kindness to others, people others don't even notice, is incredible. He is a truly a remarkable person touched by lose. I cannot get over how much I loved these characters.

Through the book everyone kept warning Elizabeth about Tristan. How she should stay away, how he is bad new, etc. Oh, these townspeople made me angry. I cared so much for these characters that whenever someone would say something bad about one of them I would just get angry. I was very defensive and had to put the book aside a few times and just get my angry rant out so I could go on. It was all very realistic in how the close-minded small town people were. I couldn't live there that is for sure. And the worst offender for me? Faye, Elizabeth's bff. She does provide some comic relief, but I couldn't forgive her for not standing by her friend. For not trusting that her friend knows what she is doing. For not trying to see past the awful rumors that have no basis in fact.

This book was just an incredible read. There were times when things were revealed, or something would happen, that would just rip my heart out. There were times when I was just so full of love I was overwhelmed. Times when I was completely devastated, and times that were so hopeful and happy. This book about losing and learning to love again, about the painful process of moving on and letting love in, was simply beautiful. Tristan was so wonderful, such a great person, and even when he ran, when he tried to push Elizabeth away, he never really got far. It was hard at times to see how these two broken people would ever be whole again, but gah! I really loved this story. It made me feel all the feels. I finished reading and just couldn't get the story out of my head. Even now, a few days after finishing, I am still wrapped up in it. Amazing. Beautiful. Just such an incredible story. Definitely give this book a read.

"As my eyes faded and her hands lay against my check, I knew life was never truly broken; it was simply bruised some days, and bruises healed with time."

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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 Bachelors 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.


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