The Air He Breathes had been on my TBR ever since it released, with all the high praise and reviews (and that cover!). It’s actually my first book from Brittainy C. Cherry, and I have to say, I highly enjoyed listening to the audiobook! I’ve listened to both Brian Pallino and Erin Mallon before, and they did another fantastic job narrating Tristan and Elizabeth’s story. This audiobook has it all – heartache, chemistry, drama, romance. You go through a ton of emotions and there’s pretty much never a dull moment with The Air He Breathes. I’d definitely recommend this audiobook for those who want to listen to something engaging and intensely emotional!
Tristan Cole is living in hell. He had the perfect wife and son, until they were both taken from him in a tragic accident. Elizabeth Bailey is also living in despair from losing her husband, but she’s had her daughter to keep her will to survive. These two have experienced something tragic and gut-wrenching that ripped apart their lives, and they never expect to ever find love again – until they become next-door neighbors and slowly help each other heal and let go of the past.
This audiobook is heavy with tension and angst. The healing and letting go is not easy or even pretty for Tristan or Elizabeth, and I loved and hated how difficult it was especially for Tristan. He’s not exactly the most lovable character – he’s a huge jerk in the beginning and even a little at the end – but I definitely felt for him and his brokenness. Elizabeth is perfect for him, strong but vulnerable, independent yet needing love. Her daughter Emma is the sweetest thing, and I really wished there were most scenes of Tristan with Emma, because my heart melted every time they were together.
The Air He Breathes tells the tumultuous tale of losing loved ones but finding the strength to live again – and possibly finding love again. It wasn’t perfect – it gets a little cheesy sometimes, Tristan is a huge jerk, the drama that wrapped up the book was a little over-the-top, but the romance is absolutely wonderful and my heart was fully invested in Elizabeth and Tristan falling in love. I LOVE dual narrator audiobooks, so Brian Pallino and Erin Mallon were perfect for me. The narration is spot on, and made this even more enjoyable to listen to. I’m very much hoping they’ll narrate the next book in the Elements series!
Reading Order: Elements series
Here’s an audio excerpt from The Air He Breathes!