Jax helped unpack the baggage I’d been carrying around with me. He was patient with my pain and gentle with my scars. He was the stillness during my hurricane.
Yet when both of our pasts come back to haunt our present days, we realized quickly that sometimes love stories didn’t end the way we’d hoped.
Sometimes you were left with only the damage from the storm.
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Release Date: March 31, 2020
Actual Rating: 5 stars
Small Town | Emotional Romance
Brittainy C. Cherry has impressed me with each of her novels since I started reading them. Her specialty with these emotional romances is her tortured heroes. I think it’s these men and the way she writes them that keeps bringing me back for more. Not only that, she’s a vivid storyteller. It’s not hard to get lost in her novels. One minute you can be merely reading words and the next your transported into a dreamlike state and living through her characters. It’s rather exquisite to be able to do this and time and again I’m able to while reading her novels. In this one, readers will meet Jax and Kennedy. Both are suffering immensely but fate has plans for them. You’ll see when you read.
One of the things I always take away from Cherry’s books is how endearing her male leads are. The women are great too, but these men are truly something else. I find it truly inspirational to watch men who we perceive to be stronger in an emotional light deal with tragedies that bring them to their knees. It’s inspirational to me because more often than not, the heroes of the story are alpha males who don’t let emotion play a role in their behaviors. Not here though. Sure, Jax is broody in the beginning but as the story progresses, we see a mental and emotional change in him when someone from his past charges back in his life…
Kennedy… I loved her to pieces. She too is experiencing emotional turmoil because of something that happened in her life a year ago. She feels weak, damaged, and unlovable. However, sometimes in order to get through the darkness you need a hand to hold and an old friend from the past (Jax) makes this possible. Seeing them together, what an achingly beautiful thing. I was THERE with them from beginning to end. I smiled with them. I cried with them. I weathered the storm with them. An author who can transport you into a book and make you feel the things the characters are going through is an author that needs to be read. That my friends, is Brittainy C. Cherry.
All in all, this is another gorgeous book by the author. I’m not surprised given the fact that all her books are magical to me. I hope all romance readers (and I mean ALL) get a chance to experience her work because it’s a game changer. If you haven’t had the chance yet this would be a great time to do so. This is the first book in a brand new series (each will be a standalone like this one).
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Joy Jones was quite the character to take in. That morning, when the sun came up, she walked outside to her front porch and sat down in her rocking chair with a smile on her face and a large cup of coffee. A few of my nosy visitors told me that it was a daily routine for her.
Her silver-dripped hair was tossed up in a messy bun being held together with two knitting needles, and her thick-framed, vibrant-orange glasses sat on top of her head. She wore a vibrant bow in her hair that matched her dress for the day, and she always greeted everyone who passed by her house, even when they didn’t speak back to her. Everyone in town called her Crazy Joy, even though she was the kindest person. Her only odd quirk was that she never left her property.
I wondered how she managed, though. I wondered how she kept living without stepping foot outside of her home. It seemed she hadn’t any children and she didn’t have a caregiver who came to aid her, from what I could tell.
Later that morning, my questions were answered as a blue pick-up truck pulled in front of the house. Needless to say, my jaw dropped to the ground when I saw Mr. Personality step out of the vehicle. He walked his way straight toward Joy’s front porch with his arms filled with grocery bags.
He proceeded to greet Joy. She stood from the rocking chair as he set the bags down on the porch. Then, he hugged her.
He hugged her!
I wouldn’t have thought someone as grumpy as Mr. Personality had the ability to hug someone. The two of them walked inside to put the groceries away, leaving me completely baffled and unable to return to my scheduled reading. It took a lot to break me away from a book. And by ‘a lot,’ I meant a lot. My house could’ve been on fire, aliens could’ve beamed me up, and I would’ve still been trying to get in that one last page. When my own love story was broken, I turned to story books to heal the cracks of my broken heartbeats. When my world fell apart, the story books still believed in happily ever afters. Those books saved me on the days I felt my soul falling victim to the hardest of storms.
Yet, Mr. Personality pulled me away from the words against the page. He made me curious about him walking into Joy’s house. Watching him chat away with her had my mind racing. A few minutes later, when the two of them walked back outside with two glasses in their hands—one with wine, the other with some dark liquor—whiskey, I assumed—I couldn’t stop myself from glancing over to them. Joy kept talking, and Mr. Personality kept responding. Even though I couldn’t hear what they were saying, Joy looked beyond smitten with whatever was being said her way, which forced my own heart to skip a few beats.
Well, I’ll be damned.
The town’s asshole made me swoon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author.
She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.
Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.
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