- CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Release Date
- October 2015
- Book 1 of Elements
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Mainstream fiction
I was warned about Tristan Cole.
"Stay away from him," people said. "He's cruel." "He's cold." "He's damaged." It's easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn't do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him because it also lived inside of me. We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.
Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Feb 27, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
96 people found the following review helpful
Returning back home after the tragic death of her husband, Elizabeth finds herself struggling to stay afloat. However, home no longer feels like the place she once shared with her husband and their 5 year-old daughter, Emma. With all the prying eyes, hushed tones and sideways glances, she wonders if she's made the right choice. Though her pain is unbearable at times, she knows she must hold on for both herself and Emma.
Tristan is running away from his pain. He, too, has suffered an unbearable loss. Instead of trying to find a way to cope, he retreats inside himself, only showing a hard, cold shell to the outside world. His wife and son were his world and without them he is merely existing.
Elizabeth just wanted to make a connection with her new neighbor whom she felt was misunderstood. Tristan, being comfortable with his monster persona, just wanted to be left alone in his own private hell. There were times when I wanted to shake Tristan out of his self-imposed exile, but then we'd get a glimpse of what he went through and I couldn't imagine how he ever continued on. Elizabeth was strong when she needed to be, but there were times when her whole world would crash and she'd just lose it. Her relationship with Emma was so special, and that thing with the white feathers was just too sweet. Fate threw these two together and what ensued was an emotional and heart-wrenching battle.
This book grabbed my heart and squeezed it so hard that there were times I couldn't breathe. I never wanted two people to be together more than this couple. If anybody deserved to be happy, it was these two. However, I wasn't prepared for the double shockers (yes…there are two) that nearly knocked me off my feet.
All in all this was just a great story. I loved the characters. They were well written and likable even though thick-headed at some points. If you can get the Audible version, I highly recommend it. Brian Pallino's and Erin Mallon's narrations were excellent. Plus, score extra points for putting Franggy Yanez as the cover model…be still my freaking heart! If you enjoy an emotionally charged story with lots of heart and soul, this is the one for you.
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