Monday, July 2, 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

by Brittainy C. Cherry
Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 28th, 2018


Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.
After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.
All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.
I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…
I prayed for him to be mine.
Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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“I’ve read about boys like you in books, ya know,” she whispered, her fingers slowly spinning spirals on my chest.
“Oh, yeah? What did those books teach you about boys like me?”
“Well…” She bit her bottom lip, and with a small inhalation, she whispered, “They taught me to stay away.”
“Then why are you so close?”
She tilted her head up, looking me straight in the eyes. “Because in those stories, the heroine never ever listens.”
“And then there’s trouble?” I asked.
“Yes, and then there’s trouble.”
From the way she said those words, I knew trouble was exactly what she was in search of. We were the classic cliché. She was the good girl next door, I the monster from around the block. We were perfect opposites for the perfect storm, and she was asking me to be her next flaw, her greatest mistake.
And, well, who was I not to live up to her request?
“I could destroy you,” I warned.
“Or save me.”
“Is it worth the risk?”
“Isn’t it always worth the risk?”
The more she touched me, the more I wanted to touch her back. I wrapped my hands around her wrists flipping us around so she was now against the wall with her hands above her head. “I have rules.” I leaned in closer, lightly brushing my lips against her neck. God, she smelled good, like peaches and my next sin. “You can’t break these rules, either.” My tongue rolled from my mouth and circled against her neck before I gently sucked her skin.
She shivered at my touch. “What are they?”
“Rule one,” I whispered, my mouth moving across her collarbone. “You never stay the night.”
“Rule number two,” I said, dropping her left arm to the side. Taking my hand to the bottom of her blouse, I slowly raised it up and massaged her skin. “You never develop feelings.”
“That’s easy enough,” she replied, her breaths uneven as I teased at the top button on her jeans. “I don’t believe in feelings anymore.”
I didn’t know why, but that made me sad for her. I, too, didn’t believe in falling for people, but that was my norm. Grace seemed the type to believe in something bigger than love, so the fact that her belief was completely gone was a bit surprising.
Maybe we had more in common than I thought.
“Rule number three…we don’t talk about my life.”
“Like ever?”
“And lastly, rule number four…” My mouth brushed against hers, and I slid my tongue slowly across her bottom lip. “If your favorite pair of panties get ripped, don’t expect me to replace them.”

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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My review:

WOW! Brittainy C. Cherry did it again. What a wonderful book! This author knows a direct way to my heart. Her words are so perfect. It's like music to my soul.
‘”Always and always.”’
This is a story to get lost in.
I cried. I laughed. I cursed. I prayed. My heart broke and ached at times but got put back together eventually, though the cracks will stay there as a reminder of this touching tale of two broken souls finding themselves and helping one another to heal.
'"I don't know how to do it. I don't know how to be alone with myself because I don't know who I am."'
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where I got this raging mad on behalf of the characters as I did with this story. I was so mad that tears welled up in my eyes. Oh my, totally not the emotions I expected but I’m sure everyone who reads the book will understand exactly what I’m talking about.
But there was so much more than just anger because I felt all their pain, loss, helplessness but also their love and passion. The characters went through a very tough part of their lives where they felt lost and didn't know how to be themselves and I was captured by the intensity of everything. There was so much prejudice, gossip, misjudging and hurting in this story but also a lot of positive energy and all those feelings were felt very strongly.
'What hurt the most was the fact that those people who were whispering were the same ones hugging me in the marketplace. They smile in my face while literally talking behind my back.'
I wouldn't compare this book to the author’s other ones because it's mostly not as overwhelming and the blurb isn’t something that I haven't read before but in no way does this mean that the story wasn’t unique because it still felt like an emotional rollercoaster. And what made this book so special is the way it’s written. It's a very beautiful and touching story about two broken and lost souls helping each other to find themselves. Absolutely amazing and a definite must read, but so are all of her books.
'Jackson Emery wore his trouble on his sleeve like it was his full-time job.'
Be warned. The hero is broken and a massive jerk for quite a while but you will love him even more when you get to know him! Let your heart be broken and be moved by the characters on their journey.
'First, he's sour, then shockingly sweet.
The gentle monster.'
-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by Social Butterfly PR. --

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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