Review & Excerpt – Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

My Review – 5 Stars

This book was like falling into quicksand; be ready to get sucked in without hope of pulling yourself out. At no point during Elliott and Jasmine’s story did I feel like I could voluntarily set it aside, because there was so much anticipation and emotionally charged moments that I HAD to keep turning the pages. With each word, I fell more in love with Brittainy C. Cherry. She is beyond talented and a master at her craft. I cannot wait to read more from her.

I wrestled with the best way to express my feelings in regard to this story. It was both poignant and beautiful in its complexity. Brittainy created something so incredibly real that it became difficult to separate the suffering that Elliott and Jasmine endured as characters in a book from that in which we witness in real life. I found it even more heartrending considering everything that has been in the news these past few years. It’s difficult to fully explain and convey my sorrow without providing spoilers. This is a book that you’ll have to live to fully grasp the pain and love that Brittainy so beautifully exudes.

The relationships built throughout this story were exquisite. Having someone see you for who you are on the inside, only understanding you because of the music you poignantly play, is beyond words. From the moment Elliott and Jasmine discovered the shared loneliness that lived within them, it was inevitable that they would forever be connected. I adored their easy friendship and love for one another. They provided each other a respite from their brokenness, which allowed them to heal. However, my heart broke for the torment Elliott and Jasmine lived with each day. It was taxing to just sit back and read about their pain. I wanted to lash out at the people who continually tried to break Elliott and Jasmine and make those individuals see the beautiful souls that existed within them. Beyond their relationship, I was so thankful they had others in their corner as well. Without these champions in their lives, Elliott and Jasmine wouldn’t have stood a chance at surviving.

 

Behind the Bars Wrap

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

 

Excerpt

“By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.

Love.

It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.
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About the Author:

Hi! I’m Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I’m learning, things I’m re-learning, things I’m forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

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