The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry – Jenn’s Review

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Brittainy’s Loving Mr. Daniels is an all-time favorite and I was ready for something else from her.


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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.

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How do you begin to write a review for a book that you are still processing? A book that moved you in such tremendous ways, you’re not sure you’re even ready to talk about it. How do you tell someone to read this book, without grabbing by the shoulders and shaking them until they consent? That’s what I what I want to do with The Air He Breathes.  I just want to shake you until you agree to read it.

I could talk to you about the emotion that Brittainy is going to rip from your soul. I could tell you that you will not be the same person or look at life in the same way when you finish absorbing Brittainy’s stunning words.  I could tell you that when I finished the prologue, I had to stop, close the book, and take a deep breath. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to continue. How was I supposed to go on from there? How was Tristan supposed to go on from there? I was gutted after a few short paragraphs, but I chose to look on the bright side.  It could only go up from there, right?

Wrong. Brittainy was hell bent on wrecking me and toying with my emotions every few pages. I am not a crier. At all. I have had enough tragedy in my life, that if you are going to try and get any emotion out of me, you better bring it and mean it. It needs to be authentic and believable. I need to relate to these characters, get inside their heads and feel their hearts hurt. Well, Brittainy was up to the challenge. Often times, all you needed was a single word or glance to drop your heart into your stomach and for your eyes to well up. I don’t think that I have ever had the pleasure of reading two more broken down individuals. The obstacles that Tristan and Elizabeth face would simply crush a lesser person. How they moved forwards, even a minute bit in their lives baffled me. Both struggling for over a year, Tristan and Elizabeth found their strength in each other. Often times in books, the author will use extreme, unbelievable measure to shock you and draw out the emotion. That is not the case in The Air He Breathes. Every single scene happened for a reason. Every word had meaning behind it. Nothing was out of place or too excessive to believe. There were no half measures. Tristan and Elizabeth came at their relationship with everything they had, until the one thing, the ONLY thing that could come between them, did.

You are going read a lot of glowing reviews about this book. There is a reason for that. They are not trying to kiss up, or rave about something, just to sell books. They simply feel the way I do. That I will never read another book like this again , without comparing it to this one. When I tell you that you will feel each and every word, I mean just that. This book will rock you to your core, break your heart, and keep you coming back from more. This is the best book I have read in 2015.

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