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THE GRAVITY OF US (Elements #4) by BRITTAINY C CHERRY :: REVIEW

5 ‘Maktub’ Stars
Standalone in Series. Stunning and emotional story of love.

SYNOPSIS

Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

**Spoiler-Free** Review

Love. The emotion that made people both soar and crash. The feeling that lit humans up and burned their hearts. The beginning and ending of every journey.’

Beautiful. Soul searching. Evocative. Heart-breaking. Inspirational. Hopeful. A favourite read of this year, no question. There’s so many honours we can bestow this book and its Author, because The Gravity of Us was one of those books that grabbed our hearts in its fist and held it tight whilst we shed tears fearing our hearts would break yet marvelling at the poetic beauty and grace of its love and dreams.

“Just because you smile and act free doesn’t mean the cage doesn’t exist. It merely means you lowered your standards for how far you’ll allow yourself to fly.”

We fell in love; book love. Brittainy C Cherry’s writing is phenomenal and her words burrow deep. There was one particular chapter when upon finishing it our kindles were put aside and whispers of exclamations were spoken as we were astounded and overwhelmed at its sheer magnificence and exquisiteness.

‘I wanted to be just like her. I wanted to be an odd character, a freak of nature. I wanted to stumble and laugh out loud. I wanted to find her beautiful disaster and mix it with together with my own mess. I wanted the freedom she swam in, and her fearlessness of living in the moment.’

Two opposite hearts. One feels everything, takes great joy in life, yet feels utter sorrow too. The other is conditioned to feel nothing, to push joy and beauty away in order to avoid extreme emotion and disillusionment. Vivid artistry goes up against cold cynicism and sarcastic honesty. Circumstances breaks the cycle and the beat of two beautiful hearts. Light shines on reawakening, acceptance and pulses with life. The opening of a heart is the most beautiful sight to behold when it’s seasoned with laughter and dreams. Shedding the rock solid shell that surrounds it. The light powering on -through the cracks, beating the concrete structure into submission.

‘The woman who felt everything leaned in closer to the man who felt nothing at all.’

We had so many tears, so many tears from the beauty and the humanity. From the despair and hurt. Our hearts galloped in tandem with the words from the slow build to the sudden crescendo. Fear stemming from the turns and twists, willing and yearning for something which seemed just out of reach.

‘She was the one thing off-limits, and the only thing I’d ever craved.’

Compelling writing made us melancholy. Joyous moments made us euphoric.  We were on a journey that pulled absolutely everything out of us and we urge you to take it too. A breathtakingly moving story of immense proportion.

“Air above me, earth below me, fire within me, water surround me…”

 

 


THE ELEMENTS SERIES by BRITTAINY C CHERRY

The Air He Breathes Book One
                

The Fire Between High & Lo Book Two 
         
The Silent Waters Book Three
          
The Gravity Of Us Book Four 
          

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LOVING MR DANIELS by BRITTAINY C CHERRY
Standalone emotional and beautiful student teacher romance.

“You don’t deserve to be someone’s secret, Ashlyn. You deserve to be the chorus to a person’s favourite song. You deserve to be the dedication in their favourite book.”

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SYNOPSIS
To Whom it May Concern,It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.
When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.
When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.
Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.
It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.
It was ours.
And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.
-Ashlyn Jennings

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THE AIR HE BREATHES – THE ELEMENTS SERIES BOOK 1 by BRITTAINY C CHERRY

Standalone second chance at love romance.
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the air he breathes

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.

´♥ ´♥ ´♥

The Air he Breathes

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

 ✯✯✯✯ 1/2 “tick and tock” stars 

“You know that place in between nightmares and dreams? The place where tomorrows never come and yesterday don’t hurt anymore? The place your heart beats in sync with mine? The place where time doesn’t exist, and it’s easy to breathe?
I want to live there with you.”

The Air He Breathes had all the makings of a rich, romantic and beautifully told ‘second chance at love‘ story between two wretchedly broken characters seeking solace with, and in each other following the loss of their loved ones. There were many, many moments throughout this book that gripped our hearts.  This was a moving and stunningly told story, of that there is no doubt and for the most part, we loved it and felt the emotion of Brittainy C Cherry’s exquisite words.

‘Our mouths crashed together and he whispered a name, but I wasn’t certain that it was mine; I whispered one back, not positive that it was his.’

The slow burn relationship was superbly and sensitively handled by Brittainy C Cherry, the romance was emotional and yet encompassed a swoon factor that took our breath away.

We have to give kudos to this author for retaining the loving memories held by Tristan and Elizabeth of their past. So many times we read a story where the memory of the ex becomes tarnished in some way with the goal being to coerce the reader into believing the previous relationship was second rate, thereby believing this strengthens the bond between the H&H. To be honest it’s become a tiresome theme and it takes a gifted writer to have us believe and love the previous relationship as much as we believe and love the relationship between the H&H.  Brittainy C Cherry succeeded in ensuring we loved and adored the relationship between Tristan and Elizabeth, as much as being moved by their past relationships and the love they held for their partners. We were so relieved Brittainy chose to retain the beautiful memories Tristan and Elizabeth cherished and didn’t cheapen them as a vehicle to enforce the love between Tristan and Lizzie.

“Show me the shadows that keep you up at night. Kiss me with your darkness.”

We couldn’t even begin to count the poignant, touching and downright heart-warming and heartbreaking moments of this story. We highlighted so many stunning passages and cried a few times. The story of Elizabeth, Tristan and Emma was the stuff book heaven is made of, so we bet you’re looking at our rating and thinking…then why isn’t this a 5 star read?

‘She undressed me and made love to her past.  I slid into her and made love to my ghosts. It wasn’t right, yet somehow it made sense. Her soul was scarred, and mine was burned.’

When we started this book we sent a text to each other proclaiming “OMG….this book…5 star read coming up.” We were THAT sure this book was going to have us experiencing emotions of immeasurable proportions, and at times it definitely did achieve that, however there were a couple of things we felt really let down Liz and Tristan’s love story and we’ll explain as much as we can without giving away spoilers.

If this story had concentrated on the relationship, the healing and the love story between Tristan and Lizzie and little Emma, this would have been a sweeping 5 star read…no questionSadly there were a couple of aspects that not only annoyed us but gutted us as they felt completely out of place in a story of such rich and powerful beauty.

What marred this otherwise heartbreakingly beautiful romantic and moving story was:

1) Faye, Elizabeth’s best friend. In our notes we wrote “where the hell did this character come from and how was she friends with someone as intelligent and sensitive as Elizabeth?” The character of Faye had an excessive juvenile vulgarity to her. Now we’re no prudes, we can cuss like sailors and love a filthy joke as much as the next person, but we found Faye’s character to be crass and sadly we felt she brought a cheapness to an otherwise moving and poignant story. She felt entirely out of place in this story and if the purpose of her personality was to bring some form of light-heartedness to this story then it failed in our opinion because all she did was anger and repel us with her vulgar banter. It was completely over the top, banal and examples such as the following were repetitious.

“The wind kind of pushed the penis toward my mouth first. This is why people shouldn’t go out on windy days. The penises are on a rampage on the windy days. “

The honest and poignant light-heartedness was brought to the fore from little Emma who more than held the story together in this regard.  Emma was cute, sweet and heart meltingly funny, the banter between her and Tristan was so powerful and witty and was all that was required to relieve the sorrowful mood of the story without detracting from the emotion therein. For us, and in our honest opinion, Faye’s character cheapened what was an otherwise beautiful and emotional story.

2) The drama element of the story was balanced perfectly until the introduction of an unnecessary plot twist towards the end.  The source of the angst was believable and understandable until…it wasn’t. It came to a point where it became a little ridiculous causing us to eye roll at its inclusion.  There was a decent enough dose of angst included without overdosing on it towards the end. Less is more, more often than not.

The three main characters Tristan, Lizzie and Emma were the glue that held this story together and they more than achieved this on their own. We wish the author had solely concentrated on them because THEY were the foundation of story and the points we mentioned above only served to detract rather than add to the story.

“Elizabeth?”
“Yes?”
“It’s easier with you.”
“What’s easier with me?”
“Being alive.”

As far as romance, love, emotion and the adoration of two characters (make that three counting Emma) – we couldn’t have been more pleased with The Air He Breathes, because we loved that aspect with all our hearts. Brittainy C Cherry once again showcased how moving and affecting her words truly are. We’re just saddened our enjoyment was tarnished by the events we discussed above.  Despite our misgivings we highly recommend this beautiful, poignant story and hope we are in the minority with our issues! This author sure does know how to pull at those heart strings because she certainly pulled at ours. Prepare to be moved!

“Show me the part of you that you try to keep buried. Show me where it hurts the most. I want to see your soul.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author, with thanks**

´♥ ´♥ ´♥

THE AIR HE BREATHES
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the air he breathes

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THE ELEMENTS SERIES

THE AIR HE BREATHES BOOK ONE
                

 THE FIRE BETWEEN HIGH & LO  BOOK TWO 
         
THE SILENT WATERS BOOK THREE|
          
THE GRAVITY OF US BOOK FOUR
          

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LOVING MR DANIELS by BRITTAINY C. CHERRY

loving mr daniels cover

SYNOPSIS

To Whom it May Concern,It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours.

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.

-Ashlyn Jennings

´♥ ´♥ ´♥

Daniel

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 moving stars!

“I don’t want to be your friend,”…”I want to be yours, I want you to be mine, and I hate that we can’t be us. Because I think we were meant to be us.”

Jenny Gitte, my heart hurts and I think I may need a hug after finishing Loving Mr Daniels. This author certainly put us through the emotional mill didn’t she? Such beauty in this authors words.

“You don’t deserve to be someone’s secret, Ashlyn. You deserve to be the chorus to a person’s favourite song. You deserve to be the dedication in their favourite book.”

Initially, I felt a bit out of sorts because this book had a very familiar “feel, and it was clear who this authors influences were, but Brittainy C. Cherry soon took this story and made it her own didn’t she Gitte? Her words were tender, sad, and hopeful and my strong connection to her characters and story was cemented through my two main loves – reading and music which were naturally woven through the wonderfully developed characters, beautifully told story and exquisite personal touches.

“You’re doing it.”  “Doing what?” “Bringing me back to life.”

Told through the eyes of the Daniel and Ashlyn, two beautiful souls who have sadly had lived through their share of pain and tragedy, Loving Mr Daniels was a powerful, inspiring and moving story about self-discovery, loss and love.

‘I would love her out loud – the way she deserved to be love.’

This was such a poignant story that to categorise it as merely a student/teacher book would be simplifying it and doing this story an injustice because it is so much more. This was a truly emotive read that came from the author’s heart and it showed didn’t it Gitte? Gitte:  It really did, Jenny. Loving Mr Daniels has all the elements and passions I absolutely love to experience and read when picking up a story. It has pure raw emotion, fantastic evocative story-telling, music and characters that immediately burrow into your heart to take permanent residence. It was quite simply stunning.

“I like holding your hand…I really like holding your hand. It makes me feel…important.” – Ashlyn

I do agree, Jenny that at times I briefly paused at the familiarity of moments throughout the story. However, I do believe that this Author did indeed have her own story to tell. Following the journey of Ashlyn and Daniel was complex, so extremely heart-breaking yet hopeful. However, their journey was multiplied by the journey of others interwoven to make it so much more. It’s not often as a reader you come to connect and care so deeply for every single character in a story, but this time is was unavoidable and my emotion was that of an intense roller coaster experience.

“The best things in life aren’t easy. They are tough, they are painful, and they are raw. That makes the arrival to the final destination that much sweeter.” – Daniel

Brittainy Cherry took my heart in her hand and squeezed it till the pain was unbearable, then every so often she would loosen her hold; I’d take a gasping much needed breath only for her to repeat…repeat…repeat.

“Leave the past behind you so the future can find you.”

By the end I was exhausted and running out of tears. Loving Mr. Daniels was incredibly passionate and powerful; a story I will truly never forget. Jenny & Gitte It wasn’t just the main characters that held it together; the secondary characters, along with Ashlyn and Daniel, each had their own heartbreaking stories to tell. Ryan with his struggle to live his life with honesty and finding acceptance, Hailey with her low self-esteem and eagerness to please. Each was so important and brought a new depth and richness to Ashlyn and Daniel’s story.

“I want to be alive when I grow up because….I have never been alive in all my life.”

Loving Mr Daniels was a stunning novel about self-discovery, dealing with grief, knowing that living is the best way we can honour those we lose and that acceptance is the most important thing we can give to someone.  We were taken through the complexities of youth, those tentative years when we move from children to adults. When finding that person who reaches into your heart and soul is something to grasp with both hands. So why not 5 stars? Well, it truly was a five star read for us up until a certain point in this story. This Author writes with such emotion and such class and ALL her characters had or were suffering with loss, personal struggles, society’s perceptions and family issues. She made us care so deeply; she made us fall in love. One incident was in our opinion completely unnecessary and seemed to have been added for dramatic effect rather than poignancy to the story. It didn’t need to be taken to the extremity of which it was. We felt as if her character had been let down badly and became an unnecessary exclamation mark to an incredibly sad sentence. Sometimes, less is so much more and this was the case here for us.

“Besides….who wants to be wanted anyway?” – Ashlyn

Overall, Brittainy C Cherry encapsulated everything we look for in a book and this is one we recommend picking up. We URGE you to pick this one up and be amazed!  **ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

LOVING MR DANIELS by BRITTAINY C CHERRY
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