Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: September 25, 2015
I was warned about Tristan Cole.
“Stay away from him,” people said.
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.
This was a beautiful book. Two people who feel hopelessly broken find each other and start to live again. This is told in two person point of view. Tristan and Elizabeth. Both have suffered through tragedy. Elizabeth is hanging on because of her daughter. Tristan has just given up. Circumstances have made them next door neighbors.
Elizabeth has been living half a life for the past year since the tragedy. The only thing that got her through was her daughter.
“I loved her more than she’d ever know. If it hadn’t been for her, I would’ve definitely lost myself to the grief. Emma saved my soul.”
She has been staying with her mom when she decides that it is time to go home. So she moves back home to her friends and starts working part time at the local dinner with her crazy friend Faye. We will get to Faye in a moment. She is a breath of fresh air. Just what Elizabeth needs to help get her life back on track. When she gets home, Elizabeth learns that the guy next door is “a bit weird.”
“Kathy shrugged. “Marybeth said she heard things about how he stabbed a person. Gary said he killed a cat for meowing the wrong way”
You have to love small town life. Everyone has heard things and most of the time it is not true. Elizabeth meets Tristan when he is on a run. He is mean. He is rude. And Elizabeth’s daughter Emma calls him Tick.
Tristan, what can I say. He has suffered in such a way that I was not surprised he pushed everyone away. I myself could not imagine having to go through what he went through. He is living in the dark. No, not really living, just existing in the dark. He does not want to be there. He does not want to have friends. Elizabeth pushes her way into his life little by little.
They get together and start hooking up because they both understand what the other is going through. They end up having sex for the worst possible reasons. However, what starts has a completely bad idea of a relationship ends up in friendship and then in love.
The plot twist that was added into the book was a complete shocker to me and I did not see it coming at all, but I was happy with the ending because Elizabeth and Tristan both found each other and were able to bring each other back into the light.
I realized that I forgot to mention Faye, Elizabeth’s best friend who is WIDE OPEN! I loved her character. As I stated before she is a breath of fresh air that Elizabeth needs in her life. However, I think the best moment in the book was a scene between Tristan and Faye. This scene solidified Tristan as an outstanding perfectly flawed but real man and Faye has a true loyal friend who you do not want to cross. This is scene occurred after Faye’s boss/lover has decided that he is going to go back to his wife after he said that he wanted to divorce said wife. Faye is looking for dog poop to burn on Matty’s front porch. Tristan helps her out with the poop and then again after she has lit the bag, stomping on the bag because the porch is catching fire so that Matty does not know that it is really Faye enabling Faye to keep her job.
You will laugh and cry throughout this book. You will cuss as well. However, this is a top recommendation from me. I definitely want to try other books from Ms. Cherry. I look forward to learning about her more in the future. Go read it. I hope that you will like it as much as I did.