The Air He Breathes

Posted May 7, 2016 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Brittainy Cherry

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.

My God did this book absolutely wrecked me. The emotions I felt while reading this were almost crushing at times. I had to pause a few times and remind myself that it was just a book, and also to wipe my tears, which came steadily throughout the whole story.


Elizabeth is a young widow who was devastated by the sudden loss of her husband. She pretty much ran away from her life for a year and when she finally returns home, she is met with a new neighbor who is known as the town asshole. Tristan has his own story, which is even sadder than Elizabeth’s. Turns out Tristan isn’t really an asshole, he is just angry at the world and refuses to let anyone in, in fear of getting hurt again. The connection between he and Elizabeth is slow to start but once it does, it is impossible to stop. They are both so completely broken inside that they almost seem to take refuge in each other’s pain. Their relationship is almost unhealthy in that they are feeding off each other’s pain. But somehow through this they find a way to heal each other and themselves.


This was my first book I read by this author, but it definitely will not be my last. The emotions that she was able to convey are so raw, so honest, that you are almost positive that it had to be a true story. I don’t think I have ever read anything that made me feel so much, so deeply. I loved the slow dance that was created between Tristan and Elizabeth. The slow reveal of the beautiful man hidden under that monster that he presented to the world. Their resistance to allow themselves to be happy; to feel something for someone else, to have a connection. Every part of this story was so full of emotion. It was not all sadness and tears; there were funny moments and there were also some pretty intense steamy scenes.


Cherry will break your heart into a million pieces and then slowly put it all back together in this amazing book.

5 Stars and bottle of whiskey! Enjoy!

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