♕ REVIEW ♕ ARC ♕ BEHIND THE BARS BY BRITTAINY C. CHERRY

Title: Behind the Bars
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre:  Romance
Publication:  December 7th, 2017
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BEHIND THE BARS: Is a new standalone second chance romance novel by Brittainy C. Cherry and is spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ In this we meet Elliot & Jasmine at the age of sixteen. 

They say opposites attract and in this book that saying couldn’t ring any more truer.

Elliott was a sweet natured boy who kept his head down and tried to become as invisible as he could during high-school, he’d been dealt a raw deal in life, his slight build, his thick glasses and his slight stutter were a beacon for the popular kids to bully him relentlessly, both physically and verbally. 

But when he played his saxophone, magic happened, he stopped becoming the bullied teenager and became a powerful awe inspiring musician, like the pied piper crowds would gather on the corner where he’d busk just to listen in wonder at the sound he produced. A boy who played the most soulful music that spoke to Jasmine when she first saw him playing. 

Before I met Elliot, I thought loneliness was a thing I’d always feel. Then he found me with his music and everything changed. 


Jasmine Greene was beautiful and one of the popular kids without even trying, stuck with an overbearing mother who strived for perfection for her daughter, who pushed and pulled to get her up on the music ladder, for years relentlessly choosing her path in life for her. 

The broken boy and the damaged girl 

When these two meet it was like their souls stuck a cord and ignited they saw what the other tried so hard to hide from the rest of the world. She became his strength when he needed it most and he became her light in the darkest days. Together they were imperfectly perfect. 

We were complete opposites in so many ways. I was the popular new girl, and he, the bullied sh boy. Where I was outgoing, he was tame. When I was lost he was the road map home. 

This dealt with some horrifying bulling, my heart broke, my eyes leaked, my mind wouldn’t stop spinning as a scene played out word by word when bullying went to far. 

I felt their story.
I felt their anguish. 
I felt their hurt. 
I felt their struggles.
But most of all I felt their love. 

He was all bones, and I was all meat. His skin was painted caramel, and mine was white as cream. We were polar opposites. we weren’t mean’t to fall for one another, but when we blended together, we were some kind of beautiful. 

Then her career driven mother pulled up sticks and moved them four thousand, six hundred and twenty-four miles away from what Jasmine would term as home. She tried to stay in touch with Elliot over the years, the boy who stole her heart, the boy who had so much to give, but all of a sudden he just ceased returning her emails. It took Jasmine six gruelling long years to make her way back.

Would she find the boy she once loved? Would he be the same sweet boy she remembered? 

This was so beautifully written, a heart wrenching tale that pulled at every emotion I could feel, once I started I couldn't stop. I connected with the story, the characters, definitely one of my one click recommendations..


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, I became her darkest storm.