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 trying to get through day by day. After having spent the past year mourning her husband, Elizabeth returns home from an extended visit at her mothers, back to the house that she shared with her husband. She is still incredibly raw from her loss, but is trying to be a whole person again for her five year old daughter, Emma.
Back in a familiar place, she is feeling like she will never be the woman she was before, and even surrounded by her friends and family she has no-one to turn to who understands her pain. That is until she meets her next door neighbour, Tristan.
Tristan has completely shut down from anyone, since he lost his wife and son and is a shell of a man merely surviving each day through pain, with only his dog Zeus and his boss, the eccentric Mr. Henson for company, he is extremely lonely.
When Elizabeth and Tristan meet, the connection is instant, but the friendship isn’t and so their relationship goes through many different stages, from indifference to lust to friendship to love.
“You’re beautiful. You’re a beautiful, broken kind of monster.”
What starts off as them using each other to remember their past loved ones, turns into something very beautiful and I for one though that it was a very unique and engaging story.
“I wasn’t him. She wasn’t her. But my God, it felt good to lie to ourselves.”
Not only did I fall in love with the main characters pretty much off the bat, but the relationship between Tristan & Emma pretty much sealed the deal.
To top it off, we had Elizabeth’s best friend Faye, who was a hoot and balanced out all the sad that was within the pages. So many great quotes from the supporting cast, including this one which has become my new favourite mantra.
“Sometimes life is weird. You just have to deal with the weirdness and hope that you find some weirdos who will move forward with you.”
There was a bit of drama towards the end which felt came a little out of left field, hence my half star reduction, but really it was a minor blip on my radar and would consider this a five star read in every other way.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a gut-wrenching read that will make you cry and then lift you up in the best way. A fantastic job from Brittainy C. Cherry!
This is a standalone contemporary romance, told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review