Book review: ‘The Air He Breathes’ by Brittainy C. Cherry – a heartbreaking tale of two lost souls fighting to mend each other

the air he breathes

Format: e-book, paperback

Format read: e-book arc from Kindle Unlimited

Series: stand-alone

Rating: 16+ sexual content, language

Genre: Romance/Fiction

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25564446-the-air-he-breathes?from_search=true&search_version=service

In this stand-alone novel we follow mostly Elizabeth as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband Steven was killed in a car accident. When she meets her new neighbor Tristan, she never found someone so infuriating, but he sparks something inside of her that she never thought she would feel again. Seeing something deeper inside of him, she forces him to face his past

The book feels like a more mature Nicholas Sparks story. Which I think made me like it so much. I love how Sparks can create two different characters and bring them together. Cherry did the same thing with this story as she was able to show that no matter how dark the world may be, there is always light to be found. Both Tristan and Elizabeth had to go through something that no one whorl have to go through. But it is that heartbreak that bounds them together. They both take different routes to deal with their grief and together they find solace and peace in the world that they are living in.

There are certain plot points that I was able to predict. But with a story like this I don’t think it’s meant to be shocking and surprising. The point of the story is to see these broken souls find a way to mend themselves back together. And Cherry accomplishes that. When reading the first part of the book, I knew that the characters were connected because it was just way to convenient that both significant others were killed in an auto accident. What did surprise me was just how the accident came to be and how desperate some people can be.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the pace of the novel. I understand what she was trying to accomplish (that they didn’t just all of a sudden fall in love with one another) but there were so many of them it just got a little confusing at times. I lost track of where the timeline was in the story. I wish that she would have slowed down in the middle when Tristan was beginning to see that he can love again. It is not a long book so it would have been nice if we would have seen more of the scenes of them together rather than a montage of sorts.

There wasn’t anything about this book that stuck out that made you go ‘OMG’ but it was an enjoyable read. It was able to grab me right from the beginning and had me invested in with knowing what is going to happen to the characters. I didn’t think that I was going to like it as much as I did, but Goodreads proves once again that it’s amazing at recommending books to me. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and what makes it better is that I got it in Kindle Unlimited. So if you have that then you can read it too! You will not be disappointed.

Rating: B

You can buy the book by going to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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