Title: The Air He Breathes
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
First published September 25, 2015
308 pages, Kindle Edition
People warned me about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” they said.
“He’s dangerous.” “He’s broken.” “He’s incapable of love.” It’s easy to judge someone by their reputation. To look at Tristan and see a lost cause.
But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the pain that resided inside of him because it also resided inside of me.
We were both searching for something. Something to fill the void in our hearts.
We both longed to mend the broken pieces of our past. Maybe then we could finally learn how to live again.
Brittainy C. Cherry’s The Air He Breathes is a heart-wrenching contemporary romance novel about two broken people who find solace and healing in each other’s arms.
Published on September 25, 2015, the book is a part of Cherry’s Elements series and explores themes of grief, loss, love, and second chances. The story follows Elizabeth, a young widow who is trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of her husband and daughter.
She moves to a small town to start afresh, but her pain and sorrow keep haunting her. There she meets Tristan, a single father who is also dealing with his own demons.
Together, they help each other heal and learn to live again. Cherry’s writing style is beautiful and lyrical.
She has a unique ability to evoke emotions in her readers, and The Air He Breathes is no exception. The plot is well-crafted, and the pacing is just right.
Cherry knows when to slow down and let her characters breathe, and when to move the story forward. Elizabeth and Tristan are well-rounded characters, and Cherry takes her time to develop them properly.
She doesn’t rush their relationship, and their chemistry is palpable. Both of them have suffered unimaginable losses, and their grief is portrayed realistically.
Cherry doesn’t sugarcoat anything and shows how messy and painful the healing process can be. The setting of the small town adds to the overall charm of the book.
Cherry captures the essence of a close-knit community and makes the reader feel like they are a part of it. One of the strengths of The Air He Breathes is how Cherry tackles the subject of grief.
She doesn’t shy away from the pain and the messiness of it all, and shows how it can consume a person completely. She also highlights the importance of having a support system and seeking professional help.
However, one of the weaknesses of the book is the predictability of the plot. While it’s a well-crafted story, some readers may find it too formulaic and familiar.
Overall, The Air He Breathes is a beautifully written and emotional book that will tug at your heartstrings. It’s perfect for fans of contemporary romance and anyone who enjoys a good tearjerker.
I highly recommend it. Rating: 8/10