on April 13, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Forbidden, Friends to Lovers, Realistic Fiction, Romance
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Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.
I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.
Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.
Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.
Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.
Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.
“Air above me, earth below me, fire within me, water surround me…”
All the stars in the world. This one got me from beginning to end. A-MA-ZING.
This book! Man, this book simply consumed me. Once I started I had to keep going until I was done. Totally pulled an all-nighter with this one. Brittainy Cherry is simply brilliant. One of the most talented writers there is, definitely one of my favorites. I’m not sure how she does it, but she brings it, every.single.time. When I think one of her books won’t top the last, she wows me over and over again. And well, this one is her latest masterpiece.
“She was the girl who felt everything, and I was the man who felt nothing at all.”
I don’t even know what to say. I want to say a lot and nothing at all. It happens to me every time I read a B. Cherry book. I want to scream at the world “Go! Read This! Now!!!” But I really don’t want to tell you anything else but trust me, you will love this. Sorry, lol. I’m just that speechless after reading this amazing book. I know I say this everything. But this was an EPIC love story, truly epic!
“You’re both hot and cold all at once, and I cannot for the life of me figure you out. I don’t know how to read you, Graham Russell. I pride myself on being able to read people, but you are different.”
I guess I still need to give you something, anything. I’ll tell you that this one is all about the characters. The characters are just fantastic, beautiful and amazingly developed. They simply suck you into their story and make you be invested in them. I loved Lucy so much. She was amazing. She’s such a beautiful soul. Amazing free spirit and so full of love. Absolutely loved her!
“It was all right that she and I handled things in a different fashion. She wore her heart on her sleeve, and I kept my heart wrapped in steel chains deep within my soul.”
And Graham, what can I say, beautiful, broken Graham. I have to say I have a super sweet spot for Brittainy’s heroes. They’re always so flawed and often times broken, but they’re also so full of love. And swoony. And gorgeous. In this case, Graham is the opposite of Lucy, harden, closed off, unkind. Yet, there’s so much more about him. By the end, you’ll just love him.
“Lucille?” “Yes?” “You make the world a lot less dark.”
We weren’t supposed to feel this way. We weren’t supposed to fall for one another, she and I. Yet it seemed gravity had a way of pulling us closer.
Their relationship is very slow built, it goes from acquaintances, to friends, to lovers. But this definitely makes the story 10 times better, the slow burn, the angst, gahhh, you must read this to figure it out!
“I couldn’t remember the last time I felt the way I did when I held her hand, or when I saw her caring for Talon, or even when I saw her merely existing.”
“Thank you, Graham.” “For what?” “Catching me before I hit the ground.”
I loved the story. I love that it was different, original, refreshing. I loved how well developed the characters were. I loved the pacing and the slow burn. I loved the romance. And the writing, the brilliant writing. This is without a doubt one of my favorite books this year. All the feels, all the love, all the angst. Simply amazing. I absolutely recommend!!!
“Lucille Hope Russell was my love story, and I promised myself I’d spend the rest of my life being hers. After all, maktub—it was already written. We were destined to live happily ever after as our hearts floated near the stars and our feet remained on solid ground.”
I love soooo many quotes! I’ll just put some of my faves here:
“It’s just funny that it’s happening to you of all people, and you seem one hundred percent ignorant to it.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I guess it’s harder to see the plot line when you’re the one living the story.”
Because that was the thing about hearts—when you thought they were completely full, you somehow found room to add a little more love. Loving Lucy Hope Palmer wasn’t a choice; it was my destiny.
“It’s you,” I whispered, our lips still slightly touching. “My greatest hope is, and always will be, you.”
Sometimes when your heart wanted a full-length novel, the world only gave you a novella, and sometimes when you wanted forever you only had those few seconds of now. And all I could do, all anyone could ever do, was make each moment count.
If love came with a timeline, Graham Russell would’ve always held my heart.
“I love you, Lucy,” he said, not calling me Lucille for the first time ever. “I love the way you give, the way you care, the way you laugh, the way you smile. I love your heart and how it beats for the world. Before you, I was lost, and because of you, I found my way home. You’re the reason I believe in tomorrow. You’re the reason I believe in love, and I plan to never let you go.
**An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review**
We didn’t know how to act with one another after our first kiss. Our situation wasn’t the norm when it came to building a relationship. We did everything backward. I fell in love with a boy before our first kiss, and he fell for a girl who he wasn’t allowed to have. Our connection, our heartbeats, matched one another in our fairytale world, but in reality, society deemed us as an awful accident.
Maybe we were an accident—a mistake.
Maybe we were never supposed to cross each other’s paths.
Maybe he was only meant to be a lesson in life and not a permanent mark.
But still, the way he kissed me…
Our kiss was as if heaven and hell collided together, and each choice was right and wrong at the same exact time. We kissed as if we were making a mistake and the best decision all at once. His lips made me float higher, yet somehow descend. His breaths somehow made my heart beat faster as it came to a complete halt.
Our love was everything good and bad wrapped in one kiss.
A part of me knew I should’ve regretted it, but the way his lips warmed up the cold shadows of my soul…the way he left his mark on me…
I’d never regret finding him, holding him, even if we only had those few seconds as one.
He’d always be worth those tiny seconds we shared.
He’d always be worth that soul-connecting feeling we created when our lips touched.
He’d always be the one I spent my nights dreaming of being near.
He’d always be worth it to me.
Sometimes when your heart wanted a full-length novel, the world only gave you a novella, and sometimes when you wanted forever you only had those few seconds of now.
And all I could do, all anyone could ever do, was make each moment count.
After we went home that night, we didn’t talk about it at all. Not the following week, either. I focused on Talon. Graham worked on his novel. I believed both of us were waiting for the right time to come up for us to speak about it, but that was the tricky thing about timing: it was never right.
Sometimes you just had to leap and hope you didn’t fall.
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