The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry

Book Description:

Published: September 25, 2015

Format: Audio/Audible

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.

Review –

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.

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

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. She also showed us that the previous relationships were just as important as the new one.

The sex scenes are HOT  but low-key so I place this book in the “soft smut” category, meaning they are there for a purpose and not just to take up space.

It’s a sad but beautiful love story with a shocking event near the end and I gave it five stars!

 

 

Reflected In You (Crossfire #2) by Sylvia Day

Book Description:

Published: October 23, 2012

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…

Review –

We rejoin Gideon and Eva (Gideon pronounces it Ava) right where we left them at the end of the first book and the story springs into life immediately and takes you on one of the most emotional and exhausting journeys you’re ever likely to see in erotic fiction. Never was the expression ‘Love Hurts’ more appropriate.

Eva and Gideon are in so deep with each other they are practically drowning. They complete each other but their traumatic pasts cast a lengthy shadow over their lives today and nothing is ever going to be easy for them. Eva is still wearing her heart on her sleeve, spilling her secrets to Gideon, telling him she loves him. Gideon is still holding everything back and just demanding that he trust her but she’s not sure she can and his reticence is causing her to lash out and inflict pain in retaliation.

Gideon and Eva are  jealous, obsessive, possessive and very alike and it makes for an explosive relationship both in the bedroom and out. They can’t live with each other  and yet neither one can survive without the other.

I loves this couple and I hate what they do to each other.  Gideon is so secretive about a lot of things, some of them so insignificant that I think he holds back on purpose, but he also has abusive past and nightmares that he will not share with Eva and this causes her to doubt him. He also sees ex-girlfriends and doesn’t tell her  and that just about puts her over the edge. Eva believes that without Gideon and his attention she is worthless (low self esteem much?)  and it’s this that I just can’t stand.  I want to grab her by the shoulder and shake her and tell her that no matter no earth moving, sun blinding, red-hot on fire the sex is-it’s not worth it.  But, she just keeps on apologizing to him for being jealous and he keeps being secretive.

Cary, her bi roommate, gets beaten severely outside of a club and later Eva finds out it’s partly because of her and she believes Gideon is seeing Corrine behind her back and lying about it so she breaks up with him. Drama,drama, drama. Don’t get me wrong I love the series as a whole but I just wish Eva had more of a backbone.

Can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. I hope Eva is a bit less whiny.

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