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Sara's Review: The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry


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PUBLISHER: Audible Studios

NARRATOR: Brian Pallino & Erin Mallon

RELEASED: April 5, 2016

GENRE: contemporary romance

LENGTH: 8 hours and 27 minutes

FORMAT: ebook, paperback, audible

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SYNOPSIS

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.

THREE BOUNDLESS STARS

This story is sad, depressingly so. It’s about a woman who lost her husband in a car accident and a man who lost his wife and child also in a car accident. It’s about how incredibly broken they are, and how some days you just have to take it one breath at a time.

I was offered this audiobook on sale for less than $3.00 and the blurb interested me. Having never read anything by this author I had no idea what I was getting into. Had I been in any type of bad headspace this book would have destroyed me, but realizing what it was right from the beginning I didn’t let myself engage emotionally. I know that probably affected the quality of the experience but much like watching Leaving Las Vegas, I just couldn’t give it my full emotional self. I didn’t want to go there.

My advice to future readers, be prepared to experience grief and loss and a soul-deep level to the point you will ache for the characters. Of course, it is a romance so there is a bright side but it takes a while to get there.

So why 3 stars? I guessed the “plot twist” as soon as that character was introduced. It was too telegraphed. That and I was able to disengage and just listen, I had a choice. Overall the story was pretty good, the story is crushing at first but with all romances, it has a great HEA.


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