Series: Elements #1
Author: Brittainy C Cherry
Published: 25 September, 2015
Main characters: Elizabeth, (widow and our struggling to cope heroine) Tristan Cole, (hero and all-round wounded beast)
Plot: Elizabeth has been through the toughest year of her life. A widow at the age of 28, life has become a series of minutes to be endured. The only thing keeping her strong is her daughter Emma.
She decides to return to her marital home and confront life without her partner and slowly become part of society again. She doesn’t bargain for running into the town’s resident psycho, Tristan Cole. He’s surly, downright belligerent and seems hell-bent on repulsing everyone he encounters.
However, beneath the forbidding veneer, Elizabeth sees a soul in pain. How does she know? Because it matches her own. He has experienced loss too, but chose to cut himself off from the world. Determined to chip away at the facade, Elizabeth puts her energies into becoming his friend. Perhaps they can help each other to breathe again…
Why you should read it: Oh my goodness! There’s so much to this book, I don’t quite know where to start. I hesitate to use the word ‘broken’ as it’s so overused these days – but these two characters are truly broken. Seeing whether they’re able to put themselves back together is what made this such a riveting read. Tristan is a bull dog when we first meet him – but considering what he’s been through, it’s not in the least surprising. Elizabeth is more measured, more stable, but only because she lives for her daughter. I enjoyed the growing relationship between she and Tristan – it didn’t move too fast and it had its ups and downs. The character progression kept me hooked as the way they developed over the course of the book surprised and delighted me. They both had a lot going on and so there was no petty angst going on with these characters.
What you might not like: You will totally hate the smalltown baddies and their smalltown minds. They’re mischievous and completely judgemental and I wanted them to back off and mind their own business. The true peril lies elsewhere though – not saying anymore than that!
Rating: This was a nice surprise for me. I read Loving Mr Daniels earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I borrowed this book – but may have to buy it as I can see myself coming back to it again and again. 4/5 for a heartwrenching, breathtaking read. Super romantic and will hit you. Hard.