Overall Rating: 3 Stars
The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry
[Audiobook Purchased from 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.
I didn’t love this book and it could very well be completely my fault. I blame Franggy Yanez, the cover model. You see, I met him at Apollycon 2017 a few months ago and when I looked up the covers he was on, this one popped up and I added it to my TBR. Then, when I saw that the audiobook was on sale, I bought it immediately without ever really reading the synopsis.
You see, without knowing that this is, I guess, romantic suspense, all the epic drama that unfolded toward the end didn’t so much as surprise me with delight as it did make me pause with a WTF look of epic proportions on my face. I found myself wondering, “Where the heck did this come from?”
The book was well written, that is likely its saving grace for me. The story was a little too, I don’t know, convenient in how things happened. Not sure if that is the right word, but my husband is watching Star Wars as I’m trying to write this review and I keep typing Darth Vader and having to delete it.
Anyway, I didn’t find either of the main characters particularly likable, there were several plot holes that I couldn’t get past, and the story made me roll my eyes a few times.
However, again, the writing was redeemable. In fact, I’d love to read a straight-up romance (without unnecessary drama) by this author for that reason.
Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars
Funny thing, but I don’t usually like books that are first person narratives that switch perspectives back and forth, however, I like audiobooks that have male and female voice actors for both parts. Do you see my issue here?
Anyway, both performers did a pretty darn good job.
Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars
There weren’t really any swoon-worthy points for me in this book.
Re-read Worthiness: No
Bookshelf Placement: Maybe
If I found this at a used bookstore for less than a dollar I’d buy it because, well, Franggy.
New Book Boyfriend: No
I really, really didn’t like Tristan and he never really redeemed himself for me.