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The Air He Breathes

By: Brittainy C. Cherry
Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Erin Mallon
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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.

©2015 Brittainy C. Cherry (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Soap opera melodrama

This felt like the plot of a soap opera, always going to extremes rather than staying closer to reality.

What I liked:

1. The concept of 2 people using each other to remember their late spouses.

2. The little girl and the dog.

What I didn't like:

1. The emotional whiplash between the 2 characters, particularly in the beginning. It has those "stay away from me, psycho, but I'm going to angry kiss you out of the blue" interactions. That's not romantic or healthy.

2. Melodramatic. Every situation seems to rapidly go from 0-100 without reason and the town's people felt like caricatures. It made me feel like I couldn't relate to the story or characters.

3. Immature characters. The best friend is obnoxious with the maturity of a 16-year-old. Then there's the interactions between the 2 main leads who sometimes act like insecure teenagers.

4. Emotional outbursts. There is some delicate subject matter being dealt with in relation to grief and death - that was handled fine. But the characters' interactions with each other in relation to their feelings about each other and current events turns into emotional tantrums (again, going from 0-100 in an instant).

5. The final plot twist was extreme and unnecessary. It was a soap opera villain.

6. The voice actors were really lacking any variety in accents. They could only do 2 voices (one male, one female). I sometimes got confused when there were 2 women or 2 men in the scene because I didn't know which character was saying what.

Overall I just feel like the execution was lacking. This was made obvious to me because I read Elements #4 (The Gravity of Us) first and that was a perfect execution of plot, themes, and characters.

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