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The Air He Breathes

(Elements #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  51,283 ratings  ·  6,025 reviews
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 mor
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published September 25th 2015 by BCherry Books
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 Stars


A lot of people say "I was able to overlook a, b, and c about the book and enjoy it" and "it's still on my tbr," and that's great. I'm not trying to disuade people from reading this. It should be on people's tbr because it's a great book.

And I'm glad others are overlooking certain things and loving it. I could have very well done the same. But I chose not to because that's just my true opinion. So please don't see my review as me not being abl
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read
5++ stars!!!


The Air He Breathes is the most beautiful book I’ve read this year. It’s a stunning, emotional, heartbreaking and powerful read. It’s outstanding and it’s by far Brittainy’s best work and my favorite book of hers. In fact, it’s my favorite book of 2015. Yes. You read that right. The same author that wrote my favorite book of 2014 (Loving Mr. Daniels) also wrote my favorite book of 2015. This is a book that will stay with you and one you don’t want to miss out on reading.


Loss. It can
Wow! This was a highly emotional, and often depressing, story. Despite the fact that it dealt with some pretty gloomy subject matter, I was completely hooked on this story. I listened to the Audible version and I finished it in a single day. I couldn't pull myself away from it.

The author doesn't waste any time before plunging you into the desolate lives of Elizabeth and Tristan. Both of them are broken, trying to make it through their lives one day at a time. Elizabeth has lost her husband and i
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Edit : Here's my romance scale, with the points that interest me (tell me if you think of something else^^)

Warning : This is a DNF review of a book I pretty much hated. As much as I would have wanted to finish it, I reached 34% and there's no redeeming this book.

Just a little over a year ago, I started reviewing books on Goodreads. I gave up on New Adult at roughly the same time. Well, more or less, and this is why :
- They often romanticize unhealthy/abusive relationships and are full
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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"How did two people so broken find each other's shattered pieces?"

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This book is so much more than it's gorgeous cover! I highly advise one-click purchasing because Britainy C. Cherry has delivered one of my favorite reads of 2015!

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

Ms. Cherry’s writing was simply fantastic, while her characters popped right off damn the page. I’m still reeling from the array of emotions that this
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE+++++++++++++++++ STARS*****
(ARC Generously Provided by Author in Exchange For An Honest Review)
{BR with Dee and Mel}


"Every second. Every minute. Every hour. Every day."

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This story was AMAZING!! If I didn't have so many RL distractions I would have devoured this book and honestly I am happy that I had those distractions, because I was able to savor this one!! After having finished this book, I can truly say that Brittainy C Cherry, is one hell of a writer! I would
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-read
“Every second. Every minute. Every hour. Every day.”

Ah yes! What can I say? This book was simply wonderful. Damn, the author can write. It reads very fast because it is written so well. Beatiful words make beatiful sentences, which make beautiful story. Loved it all - the angst, the heartbreak, the healing, the falling in love, the humor - all was perfectly balanced.

I don't think I can say much about a plot without spoiling, I think you need to go blind into it, so let's just say th
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“He and I together was a terrible idea. We were both unstable, we were both shattered, and there was no getting around it. He was thunder, I was lightning, and we were seconds away from creating the perfect storm.”

If you ask me why I started this book,I won't be able to give you an answer.I just...had to.Like I was compelled.Apparently the I-freaking-love-pain part of me was in charge.But if you ask me why I stayed up all night until I finished it and now coffee is the only thing tha
★★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★★

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Wow! I could read this story it all over again, I had the serious case of feels - this book was an amazing read! It was a fabulous combination of interesting characters, humour, sadness and hope. On top of that we are gifted with an aloof hero as the main character that you just want to cuddle and do dirty things with in equal measure.

The Air He Breathes is about two broken people who have both suffered a huge loss in their lives and are tryi
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Title: The Air He Breathes
Series: Romance Elements #1, can be read as a standalone
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Rating: 4.5 - 5 stars
Cliffhanger:. no
HEA: (view spoiler)

The Air He Breathes is perfectly written story. A story that took me on amazing journey full of feelings and emotions so real I can still feel my heart crumbling. This is one of those novels that stay with readers forever – the print it leaves on soul too strong to ever fade aw
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: emotional


There are tons of wonderful reviews for this story, so I will keep it short and sweet.

The Air He Breathes is an emotional story, about two people who have suffered enormous loss, but together they find a way to live and love again.

I enjoyed this read, but the drama and coincidences during the last 10-20% was a bit much, in my opinion. That said, I still found this to be a great story, overall.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I have to say my biggest fear is losing my husband. He isn’t perfect, but he is my soulmate and I can’t imagine a life without him in it. Thank God I haven’t experienced this type of loss, because reading about it nearly broken my heart in two. Not every author or story can make me feel the pain the characters are feeling, but Brittainy’s writing makes me feel everything. I felt their loss, their grief, and their doubts. I felt their love, their healing and their hope.

"Sometimes th
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog


Such a beautiful and captivating story that will steal your heart,like it did with mine!My heart was broken, I couldn't stop reading this beautiful story and I was crying so many times feeling sorry for Tristan and Elizabeth!Their story touched me in so many ways.This is one of those books that you will want to read countless times. The Air He Breathes is a heartbreaking,sweet,romantic,hot,intense and passionate story.It's about loss,forgiveness,forg
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My God, this book was so beautiful. <3
I cried too much while I was reading it... :(

"Right before I turned to leave, a small white feather came floating down from above and landed against my arm. A wave of comfort washed over me as I nodded. “I’ll be okay. I’ll be good,” I muttered, knowing that it was a kiss from my loved ones. I knew I would be okay one day, because it was obvious that I wasn’t alone."...


“I thought I had more time, but sometimes tomorrow never comes
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Stars

I'm in love. The Air He Breathes is my first book by Brittainy C. Cherry, but it won't be my last. Damn but she tore my heart out, and slowly pieced it back together with this emotional read. I loved both the hero and the heroine. I knew going into the read that the main couple lost their husband/wife and that they start out using each other. I really thought it would have bothered me more. It was why I have held off reading it for so long. But it was written so well that it didn't both
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars!!


“The Air He Breathes” is one of the most touching romance story I’ve read this year. It was simply perfect, beautifully, beautifully written and so touching. It was heartbreaking, emotional and also heartwarming, a story that definitely will stay with me for a while. It’s a story about loss, forgiveness and learning to love and live again. It was exactly what I expected from one of my favorite authors who every time with her amazing words manages to create an outstanding story.

Now t
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: Kim Bailey
My first 5 star read for 2016.

"In the blink of an eye, in one moment's time, everything I knew about life changed."

I loved this opening quote because it's holds true for all of us. It's relatable and makes us feel the story even deeper. Life is unpredictable and our paths can be altered in just the blink of an eye. Adventuring with the characters on their journey from hurt-to-healing-to-finding love is one that kept me up reading late into the night.

I enjoyed The Air He Breathes even though I

Title: The Air He Breathes
Series: Elements #1
Author: Brittany C. Cherry
Release date: September 25, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

In a blink of an eye, in one moment's time, everything I knew about life changed.

This is my first Brittany C. Cherry book, (stupid, stupid me) and this is one thing I can tell you with complete confidence: when you pick up a book from this author, you're holding something precious in your hands. I had no idea what I was missing out on all thi
5 STARS! ★★★★★

"But as long as air moves in and out of my lungs, as long as I breathe, I will fight for you. I will fight for us."

Once again, Brittainy C Cherry has delivered a top-notch romance read and dare I say rather effortlessly. Her previous work, Art & Soul easily snagged one of my top reads of 2015 and so does this one. Right from the prologue, I already knew this book would put me through for an emotional ride.

This is a story about loss, forgiveness, redemption and finding love agai
Stacey is Sassy
It was worth taking that next breath.

Life's a funny thing. What's worse, finding out your loved one has two months to live or will die instantly in a car crash? Both are bad, but when you lose the opportunity for one last goodbye, how do you move on? The Air He Breathes was one of the best and emotional reads I've experienced in a long time. I cried through the whole thing and continually questioned how on earth I could come out the other side with a smile on my face. For two people to have that
Duchess Nicole
The cheese factor was high with this one.

I thought I'd sink into this and roll around like a two year old in a ball pit but instead I just sank. It started off okay, with the buildup to the meet-cute and Tristan's ass-holery front and center. As soon as we established how "broken" the protagonists were, though, it all went downhill. There were so many quotes that made me cringe, but the first one that made me question whether or not I'd finish was this tidbit. People just don't say shit like thi
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Jasmine
4 "Big, fat, giant TICK!" Stars!

Sometimes the hardest part of existing without your love ones was remembering how to breathe.

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The Air He Breathes
is a first Brittainy C Cherry book for me. I'll admit the book buzz was contagious and I pretty much dropped everything to read this. Problem with buzz books for me is they tend to give me a false high expectation. Because of that, I forced myself to read very few reviews...but I don't live under a rock. This book was everywhere on social media- well
* Meli Mel *

♥ ♥ ♥ 4 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥

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“Sometimes the hardest part of existing without your loved one was remembering how to breathe.”

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I could not wait to read this book after seeing so many love it. I was hoping to feel the same, but I didn't fully love it as others. I did, however, enjoy it for the most part.

Elizabeth has had a very difficult year, to say the least. She lost her husband and has been trying t
Dee Montoya
***** 5 Breathtaking Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by Author)
(BR with Mel and Patty <3)

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When I first learned about this book, my first thought was, what a gorgeous cover! But what's inside the pages of this novel surpasses the attractive cover or any expectations I had about Brittainy C. Cherry's new book. The Air He Breathes is a thing of beauty, raw and emotional.

Elizabeth has been grieving the death of her husband. He died in a car accident a year ago and right after the funeral, she gra
5 Every second. Every minute. Every hour. Every day. ★'s

“You don’t have to be good all the time. It’s okay to be hurt sometimes. It’s okay to feel lost like you’re wandering around in the dark. It’s the bad days that make the good ones so much better.”

Wow! I mean damn this book, I love it!! It has all the feels, that for me is what makes a good book :) I love books with broken people, who learn to love finding themselves in one another. It has such heartbreak and it's so raw. The Air
Olga therebelreader
This story is so beautifully-crafted! I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough to know what would happen next. This was much more than just your typical romantic story. It was laugh, love, hurt, mystery all wrapped in one. The force in which the author writes about the inexplicable sorrow at having lost a wife or husband and a child is so intense and vivid.

It’s about two broken souls, Tristan and Elizabeth. Tristan lost his wife and 8 yr old son in a car accident about a year ago. Haunted by guil
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone Book 1 of Elements series
POV: First Person - Dual

Tristan Cole was a broken man still haunted by the memories of the past. He stopped feeling and living for himself, earning him a reputation and making him an outcast of the small town.

Elizabeth Bailey came back to her hometown for a fresh start. Together with her 5 years old daughter, she vowed to move on with their life with beautiful new memories. But sometimes, the past could creep in une
S.M. West
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 "Because I see you" STARS

"There were small signs from the angels, letting us know they were always close by, watching over us."

I truly love discovering a new author and then falling in love with their characters and story. Thank you, Ms. Cherry! You made me smile, you made me laugh, you made me cry and Tristan, Elizabeth, Emma and Zeus stole my heart.

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This was a beautiful, breathtaking read with so many emotions. It covers the very harsh and dreadful reality of death, grief and
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3 Stars!
Loved the first half of the book. It's the last part that I had issues with.
Review posted:)
3 Loved/Liked Stars!
This one started out really good. I was loving it so much. I didn't want to put it down. Then a few things happened that brought my loving down to just liking.

What did I love?
I loved Faye! She was funny as hell!
I loved Emma...Elizabeth's daughter.
Her calling Tristan a Tick was cute and funny.
(view spoiler)
Geri Reads
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

There are already so many wonderful reviews for this book and they've basically done a great job selling the merits of this book. I won't add anymore except to say that, yes, I liked this. I love Tristan and Liz' emotional journeys. I even liked how their relationship evolved. I loved Emma and Mr. Henson and Faye!!

The writing fit with the poignant and at times melancholic atmosphere of the book. I wasn't too crazy about the supernatural aspect of it though. It's nothing against the boo
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