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Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too. We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away. All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first. That was an eas Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too. We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away. All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first. That was an easy bet for me to win. I didn’t love, I hardly liked. Yet slowly the game started to shift. Shay made me crave things I never knew I wanted. Love. Happiness. Her. The closer we grew, the more she challenged my darkness, and the parts I kept locked away. The hurts. The pains. The truth. The game between us became too real, our feelings intermixed, and the risks of hurting one another grew higher. But you know what they say... All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks. (Book one in the L&S Duet)


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Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too. We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away. All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first. That was an eas Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too. We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away. All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first. That was an easy bet for me to win. I didn’t love, I hardly liked. Yet slowly the game started to shift. Shay made me crave things I never knew I wanted. Love. Happiness. Her. The closer we grew, the more she challenged my darkness, and the parts I kept locked away. The hurts. The pains. The truth. The game between us became too real, our feelings intermixed, and the risks of hurting one another grew higher. But you know what they say... All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks. (Book one in the L&S Duet)

30 review for Landon & Shay: Part One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    5+ stars In fairytales, the beauty fell in love with the beast. In reality, the beast destroyed beauty. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times, no one writes like Brittainy C. Cherry. No one. Her writing is stunning and always blows me away. This woman is my favorite author for a reason. Her books always speak to me. They always have that perfect combination of romance, feels, and that extra special quality that I just can’t name. Landon & Shay is a stunning story and I lov 5+ stars In fairytales, the beauty fell in love with the beast. In reality, the beast destroyed beauty. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times, no one writes like Brittainy C. Cherry. No one. Her writing is stunning and always blows me away. This woman is my favorite author for a reason. Her books always speak to me. They always have that perfect combination of romance, feels, and that extra special quality that I just can’t name. Landon & Shay is a stunning story and I loved it so much. Shay Gable doesn’t hate anyone, except for Landon Harrison. This is very much an enemies to lovers story. Landon and Shay have always hated each other, for as long as they can remember. When a bet takes place, and they bet each other they can get the other to fall in love first, things get interesting. They start to learn more about one another and see sides of each other they’ve never seen. When someone saw your pain and didn’t look away, it felt like a gift. Like people were allowing you to be exactly who you were without shame and judgements. Landon struggles with severe depression and feels unloved and unseen, and for good reasons. The person he was the closest with, his uncle, suffered from the same thing and is no longer here. His parents are distant, his father especially, and he feels like he has no one. Except for Shay. The person he’s supposed to hate. Shay’s home life is much different than Landons, but it’s not easy by any means. She has a grandmother that loves with her whole heart, a mother who tries her best, and an addict for a father. But Shay loves and she loves hard. She gives that to Landon completely and wholly. “I love you in the light and in the dark. I love you like a whisper and like a shout. I love your good days and your bad days, and I love you. All of you. Every single piece…” She began fiddling with her fingers, and her T-shirt collar moved between her lips, “And every single scar.” This book has my heart. It has the most beautifully broken hero, an incredible heroine, and a story that tugged on my heartstrings. It can be really difficult to depict mental health issues in an accurate way, and the way Brittainy wrote about depression is so precise, real, and raw. Anyone who’s ever struggled with it can attest to that. Her books always give me the feels, but this one hit me so much harder than some of the others. If you’ve read Eleanor & Grey, you probably recognize these characters. This can be read as a standalone, but this book does take place before/during ‘Eleanor & Grey’. Eleanor is cousins with Shay and Landon is best friends with Greyson. I loved the connection and seeing little bits of Eleanor and Greyson in this story. If you love enemies to lovers, read this book. If you love books that tackle heavier topics, read this book. If you want to feel, read this book. If you’re looking for a swoony romance that will sweep you off your feet, read this book. It is part one of a duet, but honestly there is no huge cliffhanger, just a need for more of their story and a few questions I’d love answered. I cannot wait for the second part of this story. This book was perfect for me and I loved it to pieces!! “We’re all little broken. If you think anyone in this world doesn’t have cracks, scars, and a story, then you’re not looking close enough. We weren’t brought into this world to be perfect; we were brought here to be human. To live. To feel. To hurt. To love. To cry. To exist. And with that, comes a few broken parts. You don’t have to be perfect to love or be loved. You just have to be brave enough to show the world your scars and call them beautiful.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    'LANDON & SHAY' is Part One in Brittainy C. Cherry's full length romance duet. We've already been introduced to these two previously in Eleanor & Grey It all started with a bet..But ended in truths. These two characters despise each other!! It's been this way since middle school. I started this not knowing if I liked it or not, and was already flitting towards a 4 star rating, and I think that's only because I didn't really connect with Landon at that stage. But somewhere along the way li 'LANDON & SHAY' is Part One in Brittainy C. Cherry's full length romance duet. We've already been introduced to these two previously in Eleanor & Grey It all started with a bet..But ended in truths. These two characters despise each other!! It's been this way since middle school. I started this not knowing if I liked it or not, and was already flitting towards a 4 star rating, and I think that's only because I didn't really connect with Landon at that stage. But somewhere along the way like a slow burn, he captured my heart like this book and not once was it released! The feels came rushing at me literally out of nowhere, my heart was breaking but filling up with so much love for these characters, they crawled into my heart and left their stamp! What a roller coaster of a ride! This book touched on some heavy real to life raw, emotional subjects and was done sensitively, and beautifully. So much darkness is embedded within Landon, Shay calls him Satan, but within all that darkness his heart is true, you just have to trust in this author to show you. Shay is like a ray of sunshine, her happy go lucky persona and her knack for reading people and delving deeper than what is presented to the outside world blind sided Landon. She was spot on with her impression of him. To sum these two up as a couple, Landon was perfectly imperfect for Shay but ended up being perfect for her.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    *****FIVE+++++++++ STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} She kissed me, and the last sleeping part of my soul finally woke up as she fell against my lips. I tasted her heaven as I fed her my sins. STUNNING!!! Brittainy C Cherry has once again blown my mind with another one of her beautifully written stories. I am not the least bit surprised that I fell so incredibly hard for ”LANDON & SHAY” This ”enemies-to-lovers” romance was so emotionally charged and the characters left a huge imprint o *****FIVE+++++++++ STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} She kissed me, and the last sleeping part of my soul finally woke up as she fell against my lips. I tasted her heaven as I fed her my sins. STUNNING!!! Brittainy C Cherry has once again blown my mind with another one of her beautifully written stories. I am not the least bit surprised that I fell so incredibly hard for ”LANDON & SHAY” This ”enemies-to-lovers” romance was so emotionally charged and the characters left a huge imprint on my heart. The subject matter might be hard for some readers to handle but this is a story that must be read by all. There’s a beautiful message written with the exquisite words of the author. I felt as if almost every passage was important and so I ended up highlighting the majority of this book. There is no doubt in my mind that readers are going to fall just as madly in love with this story as I have. Landon Harrison and Shay Gable are two characters who are going to stay in my heart and mind for a very long time to come. While the book does end at a pivotal moment in the characters’ lives, it felt more like a ”to be continued….”. rather than a huge cliffy. I can’t wait to get my hands on PART TWO!!! Here are my overall ratings: Hero: 5++++++ Heroine: 5++++++ Plot: Angst: 5 Steam: 4 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5++++++ ”LANDON & SHAY – PART ONE” releases on October 30th! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VIRvvK Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/LandonShay1

  4. 5 out of 5

    mel

    #1: landon & shay: part 1 ↠ 5 stars #2: landon & shay: part 2 ↠ 3.5 stars 5+ stars i was UGLY CRYING the whole time i was reading this. no joke. and im still crying right now as im writing this. the last time i ugly cried was probably when i first saw the Red Wedding but even then, i don't think ive cried as much as i did while reading this. this book was just... breathtakingly B E A U T I F U L. gotta be honest, when i read the blurb, i thought this was gonna be your typical ya/na romance full of #1: landon & shay: part 1 ↠ 5 stars #2: landon & shay: part 2 ↠ 3.5 stars 5+ stars i was UGLY CRYING the whole time i was reading this. no joke. and im still crying right now as im writing this. the last time i ugly cried was probably when i first saw the Red Wedding but even then, i don't think ive cried as much as i did while reading this. this book was just... breathtakingly B E A U T I F U L. gotta be honest, when i read the blurb, i thought this was gonna be your typical ya/na romance full of cliches and petty drama but NO, oh noo. i was so wrong. i mean, the blurb literally said that this was gonna be about two enemies making a bet as to who would make one of them fall in love with the other first. so, i expected all these childish pranks but nope it was way way WAY more than that. because of my previous notions, i wasn't expecting anything special and i definitely was not expecting that this is going to be one of my all-time favorites. "We were just two kids who made a stupid bet a few months ago. Two kids who pushed one another. Two kids who pissed each other off, who made rude remarks, who battled each other tooth and nail. And then, somewhere in the midst of our hate, we accidentally fell in love." the characters were AMAZING and that is an understatement. — Shay (h): this girl is so strong and so full of love and i truly admire her character. while reading this, i felt like she was my best friend and honestly, that's all that we look for in a heroine right? if they feel like they can be your best friend, then that's a sure sign they're great and she is. and like what Landon said: She was a vibrant light. She was the spark that lit up the sky. A fucking star. damn. hold on while i swoon a little bit. — Landon (H): listen, Shay was great and all but Landon? oh boy. after reading this, he is honestly my favorite Hero of the year, hands down. the depth that this character had was just so incredibly written. when i first read his chapter, i thought he was going to be your typical, cocky douche who's acting out because his parents are ignoring him but nope! his struggles and his pain is way more deep than i could ever imagine. the main reason why i was ugly crying was because of Landon. i felt his pain, his agony, his depression... i felt EVERYTHING. the way the author wrote his pain was just so hauntingly beautiful yet painful to read. i've never EVER read a Hero who's so vulnerable and who is in so much pain. i literally felt my heart breaking for Landon the entire time i was reading his chapters because of his dark thoughts. i felt so emotionally connected with this character i was literally drowning from his sadness and his pain. i just wanted to hug the shit out of him every time he was down and tell him that HE IS ENOUGH and that HE IS WORTH EVERYTHING. Landon is definitely going to be one of the most memorable Heroe's i've ever read in my entire life. he's even up there with Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury and that's saying a lot. "I wanted to know his story. His ugly, hard novel. I wanted to read his words, even though they seemed to bleed across the page in the most painful way." i salute the author for talking about mental health and depression. the way she wrote about Landon's depression felt so raw and real and i was in fucking AWE. and the love between Landon and Shay? P O W E R F U L. i haven't felt their kind of love in a looong time. anyways, i honestly regret reading this before the second book comes out because now i feel so hollow and empty. I NEED the second book right tf now thank you very much. this does end in a bittersweet note (there is a second book after all) but i swear to god if the author pulls an Eleanor & Grey move and one of them falls in love with other people during their separation...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arini

    #1 landon & shay: part one — 3.5 stars #2 landon & shay: part two — 2.5 stars this was real funny until it started to get heavy and depressing. overall it was an absolute tear jearker. the topic of depression threw me off a little bit. i've been reading too much of it in books lately that i wanted to take a break. but some of the things the book said about this subject really hit close to home. what i also liked about this book was the fact that it was the hero who suffered from depression. i m #1 landon & shay: part one — 3.5 stars #2 landon & shay: part two — 2.5 stars this was real funny until it started to get heavy and depressing. overall it was an absolute tear jearker. the topic of depression threw me off a little bit. i've been reading too much of it in books lately that i wanted to take a break. but some of the things the book said about this subject really hit close to home. what i also liked about this book was the fact that it was the hero who suffered from depression. i mean, i feel like im used to reading about female characters with mental health problems or damaged heroines who get 'fixed' by their heros. so the fact that this book has it on reversed was a nice change of scenery. ps. i had thought this was a romance book with adult characters and not some high school romance story filled with teen angst. no offense to the cover models, but they seem too old to be in high school. also, this duology reminds me of jay mclean's heartache and hope duet.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

    Just when I think that Brittainy C Cherry couldn’t make me love her storytelling anymore, she goes and do this. I’ve come to the realization that getting to read her books is not only a journey, but it’s an experience. Her words feel like a healing balm to the fractured heart and you feel the everything. The pain, the sadness, the joy, and the most important thing of all: the love. Landon Harrison has everything that a teenager could ever want. Bad boy attitude, Popularity, rich parents and good Just when I think that Brittainy C Cherry couldn’t make me love her storytelling anymore, she goes and do this. I’ve come to the realization that getting to read her books is not only a journey, but it’s an experience. Her words feel like a healing balm to the fractured heart and you feel the everything. The pain, the sadness, the joy, and the most important thing of all: the love. Landon Harrison has everything that a teenager could ever want. Bad boy attitude, Popularity, rich parents and good friends but beneath it all, there is something. After going through a rough year that’s changed him to his core, Landon is looking for a change and to find something that is going to keep him on his toes. But looking at the girl who became his sworn enemy for the past few years, things are about to take a turn when these two decide to make a bet. Shay has always been and always will be a good girl. Good student, good daughter, good friend, she’s all of those things and them some. But seeing the nemesis around school and having to interact with him now and then, brings out the not so nice in her. Who would want to be around a hot cocky bad boy that makes you want to rip their clothes off and damage a part of their anatomy at the same time? As time moves on and these two learn more about each other, the hatred begins to diminish and it replaces something that neither one were expecting. But with a new feeling, comes old demons and past secrets and for Landon and Shay, they will not be silent. How will these two face a storm that has the power to shatter more than their love? First off let me just say that this book deals with some heavy subject matters and it’s a lot. I had no idea that the author was going to delve into something like this but I’m happy that it was done. I will admit that I for the first half of the book, I did not feel the kind of connection that I was hoping to have with Landon and Shay and I was disappointed in that. But as the story progressed, things became a lot better and I was more than invested in their love and their journey to healing. This was not an easy read at times but the story itself is worth it. These characters were complex, witty, charming, broken, but the love they had and for each other was everything. I cant wait to see where part 2 is going to take us . if you’re a fan of this author, then you do not want to miss this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Brittainy Brittainy. You cry-maker you!!!! She knows just how to get our eyes peeing, doesn't she?! Crazy woman! ☺ We already met Landon and Shay in Eleanor and Grey's book. And now they get their own book - a duet even. This first book takes us back to their highschool days in 2003. They can't stand each other! Landon is this super popular, but very sad and troubled and moody guy. And Shay is this sweet and happy person. Everybody loves her, she's friends with every kid in school. But Landon and Sh Brittainy Brittainy. You cry-maker you!!!! She knows just how to get our eyes peeing, doesn't she?! Crazy woman! ☺ We already met Landon and Shay in Eleanor and Grey's book. And now they get their own book - a duet even. This first book takes us back to their highschool days in 2003. They can't stand each other! Landon is this super popular, but very sad and troubled and moody guy. And Shay is this sweet and happy person. Everybody loves her, she's friends with every kid in school. But Landon and Shay together ... nope. They hate and insult each other whenever they meet. All that is about to change one night at a party ... A BET! Whoever makes the other fall in love first, wins. Let the fun times begin! ☺ But of course it's not just this funny and adorable highschool enemies-to-lovers story. We have some very serious moments. Landon is drowning in grief and sadness and nobody but Shay is noticing it. And Shay's home life is very stressful for her too! Shay and Landon would be so perfect for each other - but we can probably guess by the fact that this is a duet - that we won't be getting that happy end just yet :/ I just loved reading this. Like with every single Brittainy book that arrives on my kindle. You just have to love it. Even though I was constantly afraid of what might happen - because we just know that they won't get their happily ever after any time soon! This was such a beautiful love story. I adored all the people. Landon and Shay. Both so very different, but they also have so much in common. They could heal every little scar on the other's body, heart and soul. But maybe they're just not ready yet ... I loved the friends. Such an amazing and understanding and loving circle of young people! And even though I cried a lot - especially toward the end ... we don't get this über-heartbreaking hanging-from-a-cliff-by-one-little-finger cliffhanger. We still want to read book #2 ASAP, and yes it was totally heartbreaking and sad, but also so full of HOPE! I can't wait to see how this amazing love story will end! LANDON & SHAY Part One was just beautiful. It was the most amazing & heartbreaking highschool enemies-to-lovers romance. I adored every single moment in this book! ♡ ♡

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittainy Cherry

    🎉🥳LANDON & SHAY - Part One is LIVE 🥳🎉 IT’S HERE IT’S HERE! LANDON & SHAY ARE HERE! ✔️ Enemies to lovers ✔️Broken Hero ✔️Coming of Age ✔️Swoons upon Swooooons! 🥰 Make sure to grab this bad boy today! ✨✨ Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VIRvvK Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/LandonShay1 Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2khPhFv ✨✨ 🎉🥳LANDON & SHAY - Part One is LIVE 🥳🎉 IT’S HERE IT’S HERE! LANDON & SHAY ARE HERE! ✔️ Enemies to lovers ✔️Broken Hero ✔️Coming of Age ✔️Swoons upon Swooooons! 🥰 Make sure to grab this bad boy today! ✨✨ Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VIRvvK Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/LandonShay1 Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2khPhFv ✨✨

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lien

    1. Landon & Shay: Part One | ★★★★ 2. Landon & Shay: Part Two | ★★★1/2 Part I: Review Someone help me find the right words for this review! 😂 Landon, oh Landon! Never in a million years would I have thought that THIS is how his story was going to be. I wasn't sure what to think of him at first, but as the story progressed and I got to know him a little better, all I wanted to do was hug him real tight and never let go. (And then punch all these people who said shitty stuff to him. You'll see what 1. Landon & Shay: Part One | ★★★★ 2. Landon & Shay: Part Two | ★★★1/2 Part I: Review Someone help me find the right words for this review! 😂 Landon, oh Landon! Never in a million years would I have thought that THIS is how his story was going to be. I wasn't sure what to think of him at first, but as the story progressed and I got to know him a little better, all I wanted to do was hug him real tight and never let go. (And then punch all these people who said shitty stuff to him. You'll see what I mean when you read the book lol) My heart was aching for him over and over again. What kind of person would want to love a broken heart? What kind of person would take the time to listen to the heartbeats of something so damaged? I just hope broken hearts can receive love, too. I think us broken hearts need love the most. -L Thank God for Shay because DAMN! While Landon may be one of the most broken heroes I've ever had the pleasure of reading, Shay has to be one of the strongest heroines out there. Shay was simply amazing. It sounds so corny because I don't usually say sentimental stuff like this but this girl has to have the biggest heart out there. Loving and kind, she did a great job of simply being there for Landon whenever he had a hard time. The perfect heroine to our hero. Thank you Brittainy C. Cherry for creating such an incredible character. Shay is now officially one of my favorite heroines. Everything sounds fine and dandy, right? Well, I would be lying if I said I didn't have any struggles. In all honesty, I wasn't fully invested in the story. At first. I think, just knowing that this book is part of a duet - that I wouldn't get a conclusion by the end of this book - is the reason why I felt like I was reading a very long prologue to the actual story, but that's probably just a me-thing. Part one is about their teenage years and I'm someone who likes to get to the present asap. On top of that, the beginning was kinda slow for me. It took about 40% until things in the romance department finally advanced, and it wasn't until the 70% mark where I finally found myself completely immersed in the story. But, the last 30% y'all! It wasn't much but when things got good, it became PHENOMENAL. They made up for A LOT. I loved it. LOVED IT! Brittainy C. Cherry put my heart through the wringer and then put it back together again. Everything was so freaking good even though I ended up a mess lol. "How's your heart?" "Still beating." And now excuse me so I can go back to Eleanor & Grey and read all the scraps of Landon & Shay as grown-ups. I can't wait for Part Two! ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! Part II: Book talk, best to be read after finishing the book (spoiler!) (view spoiler)[ * * * — When Landon blacked out from touching a snake. I'm sorry but that was hilarious! — The scene where Shay found out that Landon bought several Jumbo Laffy Taffy bags and sifted through them to pick out Shay's favorite flavor. So sweet! — I knew all along that Shay's dad was Landon's dealer. Not even his talk about youngest and oldest daughter could throw me off my theory. When Shay wanted to scratch out her parent's name on the willow tree, I knew for sure. Was it as obvious to you as it was for me? 🤔 Sometimes I'm spot on but at other times I would have never seen things coming 😂 — I loved all these heartfelt letters from Landon to Shay. — Gosh, the hugging scene in the cafeteria on his birthday! My emotions were all over the place! — I loved that Landon was a mama boy. At first, I wasn't so sure if she deserved his love that much but the revelations at the end made me see her in a completely different light. After that, I loved their relationship! — Can I just talk about the empowerment of women in this book? Shay is an incredibly strong character, Landon's mom, Shay's mom and not to forget her grandma! I was so damn proud, though I have to say that a part kinda came crashing down again when Shay's mom told Landon to stay away from Shay because he wasn't good enough. 🤦‍♀️ I was like "Whyyy? Whyyy did you have to say that to him?" — Poor Landon, he had to endure so much... Especially all these vile words from so many people. Ugh. HUGS, endless hugs for the lost and lonely boy because it seemed like that was all he ever wanted most of the time. — Monica. One of these UGHs. I admire Landon for being so patient with Monica and putting up with her crap because clearly, she needed help. But me? Just no. So often (okay every time) I was furious with Landon because he let her treat him like shit. He may have his reasons as to why but I couldn't understand it. I have to SEE another side to that person first to at least feel sorry for him or her but damn, that girl was N A S T Y. Every time she made an appearance my blood began to boil (well except for the last scene) 😅 I'm a bit bad-tempered that way 😂 — I was so damn grateful that Landon still had the guts to tell Shay the truth about her dad after she confessed her feelings. This is the part where the majority of authors would have made the H backpedal and blown everything up later when the heroine finds out, but thank God, B.C. Cherry decided not to add to the drama! There was also the speech and threat from Shay's dad, so I was basically dreading Landon's moment of truth. — I really liked the ending. I thought it fit perfectly for Landon to find himself and get better first. While I'm not saying that he wasn't good enough for Shay, I do think that their relationship was a little one-sided and uneven, I guess. Don't misunderstand, I'm not looking down on Landon's love for Shay or anything but looking back, she did/could do more for him than he did (and could do) for her. Landon becoming better will even things out a little, so they can have a "give and take relationship" in book 2. At least that's what I think. — Last thing, now I really want to read The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman lol (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    When I heard that Miss Cherry wrote a story about mental health, I am dying to get a copy of this book. Mental health issue is usually a very delicate subject in romance. In the hand of Miss Cherry, this story has so many punches and word of wisdom. It gives hope in the darkest hour. Landon is a broken hero. He has mental health issue and yet he denied it. He always have this hate relationship with Shay who is the opposite of her. This is a enemy turns lover story. And it is beautiful. Never hav When I heard that Miss Cherry wrote a story about mental health, I am dying to get a copy of this book. Mental health issue is usually a very delicate subject in romance. In the hand of Miss Cherry, this story has so many punches and word of wisdom. It gives hope in the darkest hour. Landon is a broken hero. He has mental health issue and yet he denied it. He always have this hate relationship with Shay who is the opposite of her. This is a enemy turns lover story. And it is beautiful. Never have I ever longing to hear ' I hate you' being used in such tender and endearment. Miss Cherry done it again. She crafts thia story beautifully and heart breaking. Mental health issue is real. It can happen to anyone. 5 chick stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Radd Reader

    "When a person you love is broken, you see the cracks every time they are around you, and you just wish you had the tools to fix those breaks.” "If the past few months had taught me anything about life, it was that it wasn’t always easy, but there was something beautiful to be seen in every situation." Characters Landon (high school senior): Landon comes from a dysfunctional home and his parents are never around. He loves his mom and craves her affection but doesn’t care anything about his "When a person you love is broken, you see the cracks every time they are around you, and you just wish you had the tools to fix those breaks.” "If the past few months had taught me anything about life, it was that it wasn’t always easy, but there was something beautiful to be seen in every situation." Characters Landon (high school senior): Landon comes from a dysfunctional home and his parents are never around. He loves his mom and craves her affection but doesn’t care anything about his jerk of a dad. The housekeeper (who comes on Sunday) is the closest thing he has to a grandmother and he adores her. He is popular in high school and all the girls drool over him. He used to party and do drugs but is making an attempt to clean up in that area. He has a small group of close friends who are loyal to each other, but even they don’t know all the ins/out of Landon’s life as he is not forthcoming with some of the issues he’s really dealing with. The following words/phrases were used to describe Landon: angry, dark, asshole, not a good person, fake, sexy, lonely, broken, damaged goods, moody, wounded, shattered, disconnected, loyal, talented, good, kind, strong, intelligent, beautiful. Some quotes about Landon: "I didn’t know why so much darkness sat heavily in my chest. I didn’t know why I was so angry. I just knew that I was." “Today I was happy. I figured I should write it down because it seems like a lot of my days are getting darker. Harder. I feel my mind slipping into the darkness again." "I was fighting to avoid being swallowed alive by my own mind, and it was an exhausting task to face." "But we want you in our lives. We need you in our lives. So, please, stop running. Place your feet on the ground and make peace with your demons. Stop fighting them and hold them. You’re not broken; you’re just complex. And the most beautiful things in the world have the most complex heartbeats.” Shay (high school junior): Shay also comes from a dysfunctional home. Her father did time in prison for dealing drugs and her mother can’t let go of a man who is just not good. Shay loves her grandmother, who is a rock for the family. Shay is not the most popular girl in school, but she is just one of those people who is loved by all. She has a great attitude and no one would guess her home life is in shambles. Shay pays close attention to people and is constantly writing stories in notebooks (she hopes to be a screenwriter someday). The following words/phrases were used to describe Shay: goody-two-shoes, never misbehaved, beautiful, smart, happy, confident, joyous, looked like a princess, calm, cool, collected, poised, good at reading people, flawless, storyteller, sassy, hiding behind a mask, patient, talented. Some quotes about Shay: “She was always jotting things down in notebooks, too, like her life depended on the words on those pages. She must have filled up hundreds of notebooks with how many damn thoughts she scribbled down on the regular.” “People didn’t just love her; they love loved her.” “She was a one-size-fits-all person. She managed to find a spot in everyone’s world, and it all seemed so effortless. The geeks at our school talked about Shay the same way the goths did—with love and admiration. She was amazing to everyone.” “If one of the first things they mentioned about me had to do with my body, I knew it would never be theirs to have.” “I was a storyteller, and as such, I’d spent the past several years of my life learning how to study people. Everyone I encountered became a character to me. I learned their ins and outs. I wrote down their traits in my many notebooks. I studied why they were the way they were, what drove them, what inspired them, what made them tick. I asked them questions. I engaged with them because they all fascinated me so much.” The Story: The story starts out when Landon & Shay are in their final years of high school. Landon: ”I hated Shay Gable. If there was only one thing in life I knew for certain, it was that fact." “We never crossed paths much, but if we did, we exchanged short words with each other. Most of the time, they were rude, too. It was kind of our thing. We both got off on hating each other.” They shared a tender moment when Landon’s uncle died (he was like a father to him), then they didn’t speak of it again. Shay: ”As I watched him cry, I didn’t know what to do, so I did the only thing I could think of. I went and I sat beside him. I loosened his tightened tie and held him in my arms as he sobbed uncontrollably in my embrace. He fell completely apart, and I saw every piece of him shatter.” What starts out as a bet between guys..... ”I bet you can’t get Shay to fall in love with you.” ......quickly turns into something else when Shay overhears the bet. ”If you think you could make me fall in love with you, then by all means, do it—but do understand that I want to play now, too. I bet I can make Landon fall in love with me first.” Way to step up to the challenge....you go girl. 😁 👏 ”Hank rubbed his hands together. “Now, that’s a challenge I can get behind. Two sworn enemies in a battle of love, and the winner—” “Has bragging rights for the rest of our lives.” Let the games begin....... My Thoughts: The following are my thoughts about this book: - When the bet between the guys happened, I was worried this was going to be the standard plot where there’s a bet and then the girl finds out at the end of the book. I was so incredibly happy when I found out the author had a different spin. Yes!!! Not sure why I even doubted....I should have known this author wouldn’t succumb to such an overused plot. Ahhhh....originality 👍😁👏👏 - I loved that Shay didn’t get all righteous and hurt when she heard the bet, and instead turned the tables on the guys by including herself in the bet on Her terms. - I loved how Landon was always coming up with nicknames to annoy Shay 😀: Chicken, chick, sweet cheeks, sunshine, darling, dollface, sweet pea, buttercup, freckles, beauty, babe - The way that Landon “secretly” loved Shay’s grandmother was sweet. Awww 💕 ”I could count on one hand the number of people I cared about, and Maria held a steady spot on that list. I swore, sometimes, she even darted in and out of the number one spot.” "I’d never had a grandmother figure, but I figured this was what it would feel like if I did. It would be a collection of random moments that added up to big things, big memories. That was what Maria had been to me over the past several years. She’d been these small moments that built up into something important to me. There weren’t many important things in my life, but she was one of them." - Landon's pain leaped off the pages. He tugged at my heartstrings and all I wished was for an adult to recognize his pain and wrap him up in a hug and shower him with love. - Landon hated the reptile date.....good man. Snakes 🐍 , spiders 🕷 and creepy things...Yikes 😬😬 - The connection between Shay's dad and Landon was heartbreaking. 💔 I felt so bad for Shay when I realized her father really had been lying to her again. - Virgin missteps 😂😂 Landon: “Yes… yes… and the head… rub the head…” Shay: ”Odd kink, but okay. I cocked an eyebrow, and even though I didn’t understand completely, I did as he requested. I began rubbing his head with my free hand, tangling my fingers in his hair as I kept stroking at his privates. Landon: ”Within seconds, Landon burst out laughing, making me lean back, a little puzzled. “Not my head head, Shay. My dick head. The tip of my cock.” Shay: ”Oh.” 👋 🤣 - This sealed the deal.... I officially love Landon. 😍. "Even though he was from Illinois, he loved the Green Bay Packers. Even though he should’ve repped the orange and blue, his sports colors were green and yellow." 💚💛🏈Go Pack Go!🏈💛💚 - I loved witnessing the transformation from enemies to lovers and the growth they had in expressing feelings and thoughts. This is a special couple who captured my heart. - I wasn’t a fan of the “I’m not good enough attitude”. It always ticks me off. 😠 - I loved how Landon’s friends stood by him. “Listen, I kind of want to be alone tonight.” "We know.” Eric nodded, patting a spot next to him on the bed. “That’s why we’re not leaving. We’re your friends, Landon, and we can tell when heavy shit is going on in your head. So, even if you want to be alone tonight, you’re not allowed to be alone. Because you’re not alone.” ”Mom called Greyson to come sit with me until she made it home. Greyson called Eric. Eric called Hank. Hank came with Raine. I climbed down the diving board, and the four of them wrapped their arms around me and held onto me so tight. I cried into their arms like a fucking child, but they didn’t mock me or laugh at my weakness. They simply held on stronger. - Their unconditional love and support for Landon brought a few tears to my eyes.❤️😢. It was refreshing to have a high school boy display vulnerability and heartwarming to have his friends stand by him and selflessly offer whatever was needed to get him through the dark times. ”Something had to be said about friends who never left your side, even when your storm was wild enough to strike their souls, too.” - Landon and Shay are teenagers, but I felt they made some very selfless, mature decisions and I was proud of them. ”I don’t want to die, Shay. For the first time in my life, I want to live. I want to get my mind right first, fix myself, so I can be yours.” ”Truth is, if you stay, I’ll love you. If you go, I’ll love you even more. Because that would be you doing something for yourself. Your healing is of the utmost importance here, Landon.” Overall: Whew....it’s an emotional ride. It didn’t start out that way, but as more character depth was established it became clear that along with experiencing first love, there were some big issues that Landon and Shay had to deal with. There were some moments of levity, but overall this is a heavy book. The main characters deal with mental illness, abandonment, dysfunctional families, lying, addiction, suicide and loss (to name a few). As is typical of this author, she doesn't cheapen these subjects and treats them with respect, but that makes for a heavy feeling in your chest as you read what the characters have to face on a daily basis. This is my go-to author when I need something that’s going to wring out every emotion and leave me feeling depleted after an incredible journey. Why would I want to feel depleted?? Well, that’s when I know the story wasn’t just something I read, but something I experienced. In this case, the writing was such that I felt like I actually knew the characters and that I walked beside them as they took their journey. I want to close a book feeling like I have new friends and people that are important to me.....and I did. This author never disappoints in that realm. I loved Landon and Shay and their friends and I can’t wait to dive into book 2 where I am sure they will find their HEA. "I love you in the light and in the dark. I love you like a whisper and like a shout. I love your good days and your bad days, and I… love… you. All of you. Every single piece…And every single scar.” I love your happy, and I love your sad. I love your light, and I love your dark. I love you. Every script, every page, every revision, every draft.” ❤️❤️ "When you find you, come back here,” she said, placing her hand over her heart. “Come back to me.“ 💘 ——————————————— - POV: dual POV - Tropes: enemies to lovers - H likable? Yes - h likable? Yes - h virgin? Yes - First time they kiss: 53% - First time they sleep together: 74% - OW/OM drama? Not really. There was a girl who wanted Landon for herself but Landon never showed her any interest after he was with Shay. - H/h cheat? No - Did I skip pages? No - Big secrets? Landon had something to confess and it came later in the book, but there was enough foreshadowing that it wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t anything that tore the main characters apart either. - Cliffhanger? Yes. No HEA in this book - Recommend? I hate high school drama, but I loved this book. So, although I never recommend high school books, this is my exception. Yes! Read this one. Quotes "Hating Shay was the most constant thing in my life. Hating her felt like a high I’d always been chasing, and as each year passed, I got more and more high off Shay’s dismissal of me. There was something intense about the hate we gave, and the older we grew, the more I craved it." “Mom always said the first step of love was falling deeply into like. Then the freefall of love didn’t feel so dangerous.” “I couldn’t be rude to that woman even if I tried, probably because I knew she’d whoop my butt and toss holy water at me if I ever spoke back to her.” Standing in a crowded room when no one was able to truly see you was the loneliest I’d ever felt. “If he breaks my heart, I hope the cracks tell a good story.” How’s your heart tonight?" "Still beating." “Only you. Only ever you.” “All of me is yours.” Loving Shay came as easy as the wind. It pushed through my system and left me completely breathless. “Why do you always do that?” I asked. “Why do you always say “I love you” twice?” She smiled. “Once for your heart. Twice to leave an imprint.” "Sometimes the strongest thing a person could ever do was fall apart. It took real strength to become that vulnerable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"

    5 “favorite broken boyfriend” stars “I think I was born with a hole in my heart. It doesn’t beat like it’s supposed to, and I don’t know if that makes it unworthy of love. What kind of person would want to love a broken heart? What kind of person would take the time to listen to the heartbeats of something so damaged? I just hope broken hearts can receive love, too. I think us broken hearts need love the most. “   Gah! Brittainy C Cherry ripped m 5 “favorite broken boyfriend” stars “I think I was born with a hole in my heart. It doesn’t beat like it’s supposed to, and I don’t know if that makes it unworthy of love. What kind of person would want to love a broken heart? What kind of person would take the time to listen to the heartbeats of something so damaged? I just hope broken hearts can receive love, too. I think us broken hearts need love the most. “   Gah! Brittainy C Cherry ripped my heart off my chest with this story!   I won’t lie: I disliked Landon very much in the first 15 % of this story because of how he introduced himself at the very beginning of the story! “If you asked most of my classmates what my name stood for, they’d probably say @sshole. Rightfully so, too.” It was exactly how he behaved or at least how Brittainy made us see him as he was a total j@rk! I could not see at all how I would come to care for him! But boy was I wrong! He turned out to be one of my most favorite broken heroes and I’ll explain how below!   Landon and Shay is a true love story with broken people who have broken people’s problems. So many characters are hurting and not only Landon or his neighbor Monica but some have skeletons in their closet that you’d never have imagined! Luckily for these broken heroes we also do have a set of fantastic sunny and loyal cast, their ring leader being Shay!   It’s not only a simple story about a bet to make the other fall for you. No. It delves deep into sad topics like depression, abuse, addiction and neglect. Honestly Brittainy probably did one of the best portraits of depression that I have ever read about! She totally nailed this. How someone’s mind can become prison and worst enemy. How debilitating this can be. But also, how hard it is to shake depression’s grip. It’s not a simple matter of “willing it to go away”. It takes courage to face his demons. To ask for help. And it takes time to find the proper treatment. This is a long and arduous road and I hope Brittainy will change people’s view on depressed people.   The plot is as you’ve read about two enemies betting to make the other fall in love. Landon and Shay have always despised each other. Shay saw Landon as an entitled spoiled boy and Landon considered Shay little miss perfect. It was interesting to see how they planned to win the bet. “From day one, we never gelled. You know how people have instant friendships? She and I had an instant hateship. I hated her, and her goody-two-shoes personality.”   Landon was portrayed like a despicable boy in the first pages: he used to drink and take drugs, when he spoke about hooking up with Monica the way he described how she had intercourse (I won’t call it make love) was really demeaning, comparing her to a porn star. He appeared as uncaring and rude. “That was what us bad boys did: we fed on good girls and tossed them to the side once we were full.” As I said I was readying myself for a disaster. BUT But when you really had a glimpse into his thoughts that was a whole other story! “I learned early on that there aren’t any real villains in life, just heroes who have been beaten down for so long they forget they have the ability to be good.” Landon made my heart bleed! There was so much sadness, so much sorrow for that lost boy! I swear I just wanted to give him a teddy bear hug, hug and never let go. When I got to know him, I realized that he cared so much about people. He was good at heart but he hid it well!   We met Shay in Eleanor & Grey as she is Eleanor’s cousin. Shay is a really sunny character! One that reminded me of Lucy from The Gravity of Us. She brings light everywhere she goes. She is a people’s person and is truly interested in their stories. She is kind with everyone and how she acted when things were hard and bad, when most would have left everyone behind because the suffering was too great was inspiring! I loved how Brittainy gave her life and fleshed out her characters with tons of tiny details like her love of candy! “It seemed she was Willy Wonka and her purse was the chocolate factory with unlimited supplies.” These are all the ingredients to make us really BE in a character’s life and walk in their shoes.   I took tons of quotes while reading this story because Brittainy truly spoke to my heart. Shay and Landon’s hate story is just so beautiful that it shone through my kindle. Landon’s struggle hit me square in the chest. His pain was my pain. I can’t wait to read the second part of their story! I just want to conclude with another quote, one that resonates deep into my soul: “We weren’t brought into this world to be perfect; we were brought here to be human. To live. To feel. To hurt. To love. To cry. To exist.” And that's what this story was for me! Have you read Brittainy's books? Do you read books about mental health? Do you want to read this one now? Thanks for reading! Sophie Find me on: Wordpress: Beware Of The Reader Facebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook group : Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader

  13. 5 out of 5

    Berry ♡ Nice

    I'm so happy. I'm so sad. I'm an emotional mess! Landon & Shay's story...I was not expecting that. CLEARLY it was EVERYTHING great in a read. Enemies-to-Lovers ✔ Fun Banter ✔ Feels ✔ Romantic ✔ Real, Raw, Deep ✔ Best Friendships EVER ✔ ☆ Something had to be said about friends who never left your side, even when your storm was wild enough to strike their souls, too.☆ These characters were introduced to us in Eleanor and Grey and I liked them. I was hyped to get their story. How was I to know that I w I'm so happy. I'm so sad. I'm an emotional mess! Landon & Shay's story...I was not expecting that. CLEARLY it was EVERYTHING great in a read. Enemies-to-Lovers ✔ Fun Banter ✔ Feels ✔ Romantic ✔ Real, Raw, Deep ✔ Best Friendships EVER ✔ ☆ Something had to be said about friends who never left your side, even when your storm was wild enough to strike their souls, too.☆ These characters were introduced to us in Eleanor and Grey and I liked them. I was hyped to get their story. How was I to know that I would fall face first in love with Landon! I want to cry with how amazing he is. AND don't even get me started with Shay.... She is fierce, strong, beautiful person, she's admirable. ♡ I Love You. I Love You. I said it once so you can hear it. Twice to leave an imprint ♡ I CAN'T WAIT FOR part 2. I can't wait to get more Landon & Shay

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna Banana

    5+ stars This gif pretty much sums up what I looked like while reading this entire book: I am entirely shook by how amazing and beautiful this book was. I truly, with all of my heart, did not expect to be this emotionally impacted by this book when I picked it up. If I'm being honest, I expected not to care much for it since the one book I've read by this author in the past, I wasn't a huge fan of her writing. But I'm seeing now that she has grown a lot since that book and I was a big fool for th 5+ stars This gif pretty much sums up what I looked like while reading this entire book: I am entirely shook by how amazing and beautiful this book was. I truly, with all of my heart, did not expect to be this emotionally impacted by this book when I picked it up. If I'm being honest, I expected not to care much for it since the one book I've read by this author in the past, I wasn't a huge fan of her writing. But I'm seeing now that she has grown a lot since that book and I was a big fool for thinking this wouldn't be good. I think what I love most about this book (besides the beautiful, beautiful romance) are the important topics brought up in it and how well the author did in talking about them. These topics aren't brought up for shock value, as most romance books tend to do, or just to make a character "more dark". You can tell the author did her research and took her time with each and every one of these characters. They are all multidimensional characters. They are human, they are REAL. The amount of tears I have cried for these characters is absolutely unreal and almost never happens but they happened with this book because of how REAL these characters felt to me. At times, it felt like the author had read my own thoughts, my own soul and it made me feel seen in a way that I haven't felt in a book in a long time. I just loved this book so, so much and I won't forget it. I finally understand what people mean when they talk about the ending being a good one. It's the best ending they could've had in this book and it's one that is needed. I'm dying to get part two and see the conclusion of their epic love story but I'm not gonna lie, I'm hella nervous. I'm nervous book two won't live up to this. That it will have drama and ruin the hard work these characters have put to get to where they are now but I'm going to be patient and wait and have faith. This author has already surprised me once with this book, perhaps she will surprise me again. I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone looking for a beautiful, epic love story between two people who are both broken and whole at the same time. It's a story that is hard to read at times, but worth it. TW: (view spoiler)[substance abuse, depression, suicide/suicidal thoughts, anxiety, domestic abuse, self-harm (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    Can Brittainy C. Cherry EVER write a book you won’t fall hopelessly in love with?
The answer to that is a big obvious NO. This book is perfect.
I love an en enemies to lovers romance and this was done so well. Brittainy C. Cherry storytelling skills is becoming legendary.

Shay and Landon stole my heart. The emotions in this book was on a whole new level. This is not your typical romance where it’s all hearts and flowers with just the right amount of “drama”, no..this one makes you cry your heart Can Brittainy C. Cherry EVER write a book you won’t fall hopelessly in love with?
The answer to that is a big obvious NO. This book is perfect.
I love an en enemies to lovers romance and this was done so well. Brittainy C. Cherry storytelling skills is becoming legendary.

Shay and Landon stole my heart. The emotions in this book was on a whole new level. This is not your typical romance where it’s all hearts and flowers with just the right amount of “drama”, no..this one makes you cry your heart out. 

Landon & Shay is beautiful and I know this review sucks but no words can describe how good this book is. 
Just get the book and I promise you that you won’t regret it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    Mind Blown!!!! This book is A M A Z I N G!!! The angst, it literally had me reading this from start to finish!!!! Now please give me book 2

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy West

    What a book! Let me tell you something….Brittainy knows how to heart you right in the heart when she writes. She knows how to make you feel what the characters are feeling. She knows how to make you connect with a book. She just knows. "How's your heart?" "Still beating" Landon and Shay are enemies. Why? Well… they don’t really know. They just know that they are and that is all that matters. Landon is the guy everyone loves and wants to be around. He has everything everyone wants. Shay is the “Perfect gir What a book! Let me tell you something….Brittainy knows how to heart you right in the heart when she writes. She knows how to make you feel what the characters are feeling. She knows how to make you connect with a book. She just knows. "How's your heart?" "Still beating" Landon and Shay are enemies. Why? Well… they don’t really know. They just know that they are and that is all that matters. Landon is the guy everyone loves and wants to be around. He has everything everyone wants. Shay is the “Perfect girl”. The girl who seems to have it all. No one has everything. No one is perfect. When a bet happens between Shay and Landon, a bet about hearts and minds and bodies, everything will change for them. “I wanted to know his story. His ugly, hard novel. I wanted to read his words, even though they seemed to bleed across the page in the most painful way.” Maybe they aren’t enemies. Maybe they never were. What happens when life changes? What happens when secrets come out? What happens when feelings get involved? This book was really good. I’m not usually into high school romance books, but I liked this one. Brittainy talked about topics in this book that are hard to talk about. Drugs, suicide, self-harm, depression. And she does it in such an amazing way. She shows people they are not alone in their struggles and that someone out there can help you and will help you.  “You’re sad?” she whispered. “Yes.” “How sad?” “Very sad.” “How often?” I swallowed hard. “All the time.” Landon and Shay stole my heart and I can’t wait to see how their story ends.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    3.5 Stars ⭐️

  19. 4 out of 5

    SHIRLEY ♡

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “How’s your heart” “Still beating” This book wasn’t what I was expecting. I knew this book was gonna be sad because all the people who recommended me this book cried while they were reading it and it was a surprised to me that I didn’t cry once I’ve finished the book. This book is about two enemies who make a bet on who is going to fall in love first and we all know how that turned out. I wasn’t expecting at all that Landon was gonna be suffering from depression. In the books that I’ve rea “How’s your heart” “Still beating” This book wasn’t what I was expecting. I knew this book was gonna be sad because all the people who recommended me this book cried while they were reading it and it was a surprised to me that I didn’t cry once I’ve finished the book. This book is about two enemies who make a bet on who is going to fall in love first and we all know how that turned out. I wasn’t expecting at all that Landon was gonna be suffering from depression. In the books that I’ve read, it's always the girl that’s dealing with this situations like this, so it was nice too see this in a guy point of view. I loved seeing Landon and Shay going from enemies to lovers. I’m a sucker for that trope and seeing them hating each other and then starting to fall in love was funny and cute. I think this is one of the few high school romance books that I’ve enjoyed this year. I’ve read a few this year and so far I’ve only enjoyed around two. In this book we can also see Shay’s mother being mentally abused by her husband (shay’s father), and it was really satisfying seeing her opening her eyes, choosing herself and finally leaving. I can’t wait to read part 2 of their story and seeing them getting the happy ending they deserved.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Landon and Shay's story ruined me. It's been forever since I last cried my eyes out for a broken romance from fictional characters and honestly? I miss that feeling. So thank you, Brittainy, for bringing my old self back and making me feel once again. Full review to come. Be sure to check this out!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    #1 Landon & Shay: Part One: ✭✭✭✭✭ #2 Landon & Shay: Part Two: ✭✭✭✭ Hours later and I'm still feeling emotional thinking about Landon & Shay's story. I don't have to adequate words to describe what I was feeling reading it, but I'm doing my best to write a review. First of all: You don't need to read Eleanor & Grey to read Landon & Shay. I didn't and I was totally fine. "How's your heart?" "Still beating." The last time I ugly-cried reading a book was in March when I was reading the Full Tilt Du #1 Landon & Shay: Part One: ✭✭✭✭✭ #2 Landon & Shay: Part Two: ✭✭✭✭ Hours later and I'm still feeling emotional thinking about Landon & Shay's story. I don't have to adequate words to describe what I was feeling reading it, but I'm doing my best to write a review. First of all: You don't need to read Eleanor & Grey to read Landon & Shay. I didn't and I was totally fine. "How's your heart?" "Still beating." The last time I ugly-cried reading a book was in March when I was reading the Full Tilt Duet by Emma Scott. Since then no book could touch my emotions that hard, until Landon & Shay! I was a freaking mess by the end and couldn't stop crying. The characters hit me by surprise and never in my life did I expect such an heartwrenching story, because when I'm being honest: the blurb sounds pretty run-of-the-mill (can you say it like that?! Please correct me if it's wrong lol). Anyway nothing special just two people who can't stand each other making a bet who falls in love first. What makes this book so special in my eyes are the characters and their relationship with each other. I want to start to talk about Landon first: If you think Landon Harrison is just another broody bad boy who is popular at high school. Think again. You are so fucking wrong. This boy has more depth in his pinky finger than some characters in other books in their whole body. He is such a complex character and I felt his struggles, pain and his loneliness. I read some a few reviews that were saying that they just wanted to give Landon a hug and I. COMPLETELY. AGREE. All I wanted was to jump into the book, wrap Landon up and hide him from the evil world. Do you know how many people I wanted to fight in this book? A fucking lot! Each person who assumed the worst of Landon because what he did in the past or because what happened with his uncle, I just wanted to claw their eyes out. Landon deserves the world, but the world doesn't deserve him. Thank you Shay, Mima, Greyson, Eric, Hank, Raine and his mum for seeing this and being the bestest support system!!! He is really worth it. I'm getting super emotional again and my review so far sounds absoutely corny, but Landon does deserve every ounce of happiness he can get and I mean it. If I could take his pain & loneliness and make it my own, I would. You’re not broken; you’re just complex. And the most beautiful things in the world have the most complex heartbeats.” There is a special place in hell for some people, but that's not where Shay Gable is going to be. That girl is an angel sent from above. I'm a little bit embarrassed to admit that my first impression of Shay was boring. I thought she's just another sunshine girl with great grades, who is kind and perfect. Like where are the flaws? But it didn't take long for me to take back that observation. While she is everything I just mentioned Shay has so much more depth. Her struggles at home with her mum and dad were heartbreaking. Shay was exactly the person Landon needed. She was the light to his darkness. Opposite attracts was never so true! She must have one of the biggest heart in book history and thank you for that! Truly one of the strongest girl! I really can't wait to read Part 2 of Landon & Shay's story. I just want them to be happy! I really love the whole book, but the last 40% of the book were AMAZING!!! Just wow wow wow! I was so scared of the ending, because Duets often don't end well in book 1 for obvious reasons. I was dreading the end, but I'm really happy with how Brittainy Cherry chose to end the book. It was bittersweet, but honestly the only way that made sense. Especially for Landon, after everything he went through, I was just so proud of him for the decision that he's made! Now can we skip November and jump straight to December 4th please?! "Sometimes the strongest thing a person could ever do was fall apart. It took real strength to become that vulnerable."

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: October 30, 2019 Actual Rating: 5+ stars New Adult | Enemies-to-Lovers | Emotional Romance Brittainy C. Cherry writes books about hard topics with poise and grace. I have noticed this in each and every book she has written and it's one of the main reasons I always come back for more. She's one of the most talented authors and continuously brings her readers raw and emotional stories that everyday people can relate to in some way. Landon & Shay- book one in the L&S duet is a deep Release Date: October 30, 2019 Actual Rating: 5+ stars New Adult | Enemies-to-Lovers | Emotional Romance Brittainy C. Cherry writes books about hard topics with poise and grace. I have noticed this in each and every book she has written and it's one of the main reasons I always come back for more. She's one of the most talented authors and continuously brings her readers raw and emotional stories that everyday people can relate to in some way. Landon & Shay- book one in the L&S duet is a deeply romantic enemies-to-lovers romance. One would think this wouldn't be possible within this trope but once again, Cherry proves her skill by making it so achingly heartwarming that the idea that these two were enemies in the beginning becomes nonexistent in our minds. To put it mildly, I was smitten by this book. I fell so deeply in love with these two characters that I read it faster than I thought I would be able to. It's not a short book either. But I breezed right through it because I was so consumed with it. Now, as you can see, this is the first book in a duet. While most duets leave us feeling on edge because of the way they ended, this isn't the case here. This is one of the most beautiful cliffhangers I have read. It's emotional of course, but it's also extremely powerful. Readers aren't going to feel anger and angst at this ending- that is a promise. You're more than likely going to feel as if you have a full heart and smile from ear to ear. Again, Brittainy C. Cherry shows us real love through it and I am sending her virtual hugs because of it. A little bit about the book: As I mentioned, this book DOES deal with some heavy topics. These include depression and suicide. Some may be turned off by these topics as they are hard to read about and I totally get that. But there are books out there that SHOULD be read because of topics such as these and if I could recommend any book that deal with them THIS IS THAT BOOK. It's not hard to live vicariously through these characters even though they are dealing with tough issues because of the way the author writes it. So I implore anyone who is afraid of these topics to give the book a try despite their hesitation. Cherry handles the story with utmost care and I think many people can learn a little something from Landon and Shay. Other than this, this book falls within the new adult romance category and beings with enemies-to-lovers trope that will make your heart pitter patter. Landon and Shay are both high school students but I consider it NA instead of YA because they are 17/18 AND because of the topics at hand. I hope readers consider this book- I can't say enough good things about it! All I can do is sum up what I got from it in these words: beautiful, heart-achingly real, and one of the best books I have ever read. I can't wait for the next book to see how everything comes together.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    4 ⭐'s "Once so you hear me, twice to leave an imprint." When I heard this book was about Landon & Shay, I wasn't too excited. After reading about Landon in Eleanor & Grey, I wasn't expecting much. Landon came across as quite shallow. So, imagine my surprise at the depth of his character in this book. Yes, he does come off as a jerk in the beginning but it gets oh so much better. The book starts off slow. I had to remind myself to give it time to develop...and develop it did. Shay is everything La 4 ⭐'s "Once so you hear me, twice to leave an imprint." When I heard this book was about Landon & Shay, I wasn't too excited. After reading about Landon in Eleanor & Grey, I wasn't expecting much. Landon came across as quite shallow. So, imagine my surprise at the depth of his character in this book. Yes, he does come off as a jerk in the beginning but it gets oh so much better. The book starts off slow. I had to remind myself to give it time to develop...and develop it did. Shay is everything Landon's ever needed but it hurt my heart to know that her true love is going to hurt her. It just doesn't happen in this book. I hope you enjoy this book because the next one is gonna knock your little angsty socks off! “I love you times two.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    whyyyyyyy can’t I read a book by Brittainy without having to go to Costco for giant quantities of Kleenex???? I was totally on edge thru this entire story! Not because it was this huge suspenseful mess, noooooooo, because I just have this animalistic (lol) need to get to that sweet spot in a journey. You know the one. Where you can finally breath easy because you know there’s no more *bombs/conflicts* left to play out. So yeah, not yet …… *deep breath* What an incredible pair of kids Landon an whyyyyyyy can’t I read a book by Brittainy without having to go to Costco for giant quantities of Kleenex???? I was totally on edge thru this entire story! Not because it was this huge suspenseful mess, noooooooo, because I just have this animalistic (lol) need to get to that sweet spot in a journey. You know the one. Where you can finally breath easy because you know there’s no more *bombs/conflicts* left to play out. So yeah, not yet …… *deep breath* What an incredible pair of kids Landon and Shay turned out to be. I am ridiculously proud of this story. I have loved this woman’s work since I read her first book but it has not been since The Silent Waters that one of her stories has consumed my heart to the point of bursting. Landon & Shay have done just that and maybe a little bit more!! There is so much darkness around these two but their hearts are so good that it just doesn’t matter. They are surrounded by just as much heart! Everyone should have a tribe like theirs! I’m a little bit jealous right now LOL I’m not going to give you much more than this on the story because it just wouldn’t be fair to you. You deserve to go into this story completely blind. The story will be worth it. #TRUST But I will say this. There’s something I have learned in my 49 years living my life … There is no hate without love. There is no love without hate. ~ Me My last note to anyone reading this review is … have no fear, this may be a duet, but this isn’t some sort of dramatic, OMG HOW DARE SHE DO THIS, cliffhanger. It’s an emotional pause. The story needs a break. The journey of Landon and Shay has hit a fork in its path so ….. until we meet again! Copy provided for blog tour

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pick a Book

    English / Português 5 stars LANDON & SHAY was supposed to be a standalone, but the author surprised us by telling we would have a part 1 and 2. Part 1 is about them when they were 17/18 years old, and part 2 will be with them a little older. This characters came from the book ELEANOR & GREY and if you read this one, you know how funny they were together because of their situation of hate-to-lovers. So when Brittainy said she would write about them I expected a book more light and more fun, but tha English / Português 5 stars LANDON & SHAY was supposed to be a standalone, but the author surprised us by telling we would have a part 1 and 2. Part 1 is about them when they were 17/18 years old, and part 2 will be with them a little older. This characters came from the book ELEANOR & GREY and if you read this one, you know how funny they were together because of their situation of hate-to-lovers. So when Brittainy said she would write about them I expected a book more light and more fun, but that is not what I just read. This book has way more angst and drama and it caught my heart in a way I wasn't prepared for. I wasn't prepared to FEEL all of this emotions, and in a lot of parts of the story I felt like crying because of this two. The way I saw Landon and Shay before is not the way I see them now. Like I said before, they looked like they didn't have that much in life to worry about. But that actually was a lesson, that we see people from afar but we don't know exactly what they are going through. The story is way more deeper and talks about something that teach us to be more kind and to care more about the others. I see them like they were my friends. I felt their hurt, especially Landon. He was this unique and beautiful boy and I really wanted to hold and hug him in a lot of times. Brittainy didn't write a book the way I think most of us thought she would . She caught a really broken hero and heroine and present us with something better: a perfect book. I don't know what more to tell about this book. I felt so much but can't express with word how good it was. I just want REALLY really bad Part 2. I highly recomend it. LANDON & SHAY became one of my favorites book of this year. * An ARC was provided. Thank you! ------ English / Português 5 estrelas LANDON & SHAY deveria era pra ser um livro único, mas a autora nos surpreendeu ao dizer que teríamos as partes 1 e 2. A parte 1 é sobre eles quando tinham 17/18 anos, e a parte 2 será com eles um pouco mais velhos. Esses personagens vieram do livro ELEANOR & GREY e, se você leu este, sabe como eles eram engraçados juntos por causa de sua situação de ódio-amor. Então, quando Brittainy disse que escreveria sobre eles, eu esperava um livro mais leve e divertido, mas não foi isso que acabei de ler. Este livro tem muito mais angústia e drama e pegou meu coração de uma maneira da qual eu não estava preparada. Eu não estava preparada para sentir todas essas emoções e, em muitas partes da história, tive vontade de chorar por causa desses dois. A maneira como via Landon e Shay antes não é a mesma maneira como os vejo agora. Como eu disse antes, eles pareciam não ter muito na vida para se preocupar. Mas isso realmente foi uma lição: vemos pessoas de longe, mas não sabemos exatamente o que elas estão passando. A história é muito mais profunda e fala sobre algo que nos ensina a ser mais gentis e a nos importar mais com os outros. Eu os vejo como se fossem meus amigos. Eu senti a dor deles, especialmente Landon. Ele era um garoto único e bonito e eu realmente queria agarrá-lo e abraçá-lo muitas vezes. Brittainy não escreveu um livro da maneira que eu acho que a maioria de nós pensava que ela faria. Ela pegou um garoto e uma garota realmente quebrados e nos apresentou a algo muito melhor: ela nos deu um livro perfeito. Não sei mais o que dizer sobre este livro, senti tanta coisa profundamente, mas não consigo expressar com palavras o quão bom foi. Eu só quero MUITO a Parte 2. Recomendo demais. LANDON & SHAY se tornou um dos meus livros favoritos deste ano. * Recebi um ARC desse livro. Obrigada! ---------------------- * Pick a Book Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / BookBub pb.responde@gmail.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kilikina

    This was amazing!! Honestly I am blown away by how good this book was. It was so real, raw, and dark. This was 10x more emotional than I thought it would be. This is your typical enemies to lovers story, but so much MORE. The lingering dark tone throughout the entire book was exactly what this needed. Depression is so prominent in people’s lives, it touches everyone in one way or another. It can consume you or people you love. I loved the way Brittainy tackled this story. It was so well done but This was amazing!! Honestly I am blown away by how good this book was. It was so real, raw, and dark. This was 10x more emotional than I thought it would be. This is your typical enemies to lovers story, but so much MORE. The lingering dark tone throughout the entire book was exactly what this needed. Depression is so prominent in people’s lives, it touches everyone in one way or another. It can consume you or people you love. I loved the way Brittainy tackled this story. It was so well done but nothing was shied away from. Landon and Shay are an unforgettable couple ❤️ Their struggles were so real and relatable. Their love story was not a walk in the park. I loved the journey they went through together and separately. Cannot wait to see where book 2 leads! Trigger warnings: depression, self harm, bullying, and panic attacks.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I'm going to catch some flak for this review, but let me say ahead of time: I get it, guys! I love Brittainy C. Cherry, too! She's steadily become one of my favorite authors thanks to the emotion she infuses into every story. The first part of Landon & Shay was no exception.  I loved getting to know the characters in this highly anticipated book, as well as catching glimpses of characters I grew to love in Brittainy's previous novel, Eleanor & Gray. Somehow though, I didn't feel the connection to I'm going to catch some flak for this review, but let me say ahead of time: I get it, guys! I love Brittainy C. Cherry, too! She's steadily become one of my favorite authors thanks to the emotion she infuses into every story. The first part of Landon & Shay was no exception.  I loved getting to know the characters in this highly anticipated book, as well as catching glimpses of characters I grew to love in Brittainy's previous novel, Eleanor & Gray. Somehow though, I didn't feel the connection to Landon and Shay that I hoped to and have experienced in all of Brittainy's previous books. This may be due to the enemies-to-lovers trope at the helm of this novel, but I just didn't feel that undying love that I expected. The story felt quite rushed in certain areas and drawn out and repetitive in others, as well.  My main issue with this novel was an overall unpolished feel to it. The words "overthink" and "therefore" were used with such frequency I couldn't help but start a count of when they were used. This is simply a pet peeve of mine while reading. Though this was an ARC and will likely have some cleanup before publication, I don't know if these issues will make the cut. This is where Indie books face difficulties their traditionally published counterparts do not, unfortunately. Now for the good! I think this book conveys strong and important messages that many readers will relate to. The beautiful lines and quotes in this story are abundant, giving this a classic Brittainy Cherry feel. As always, I enjoy the compassion she's able to weave into her stories and always come away feeling like there is some good left in the world. This author's heart of gold shines through her writing. Despite my critical review, I am excited to check out Book 2 of this duet and see where the story kicks off on the timeline of Landon & Shay's life. I have a feeling I will enjoy the post-high school setting quite a bit!

  28. 4 out of 5

    1-Click Addict Support Group

    Oh fudge me!!! Every time I tell myself that Brittainy C. Cherry will not get me-YET every time SHE.GETS.ME!!!! Landon & Shay had a love/hate relationship that they both agreed on, well sort of. In Landon's eyes Shay has the perfect life, is loved by everyone and it's all flowers and rainbows because he's never seen her display any type of imperfection. She's the opposite of him and because of that he hates her. But little did he know that Shay's life is anything hearts and rainbows. I realized Oh fudge me!!! Every time I tell myself that Brittainy C. Cherry will not get me-YET every time SHE.GETS.ME!!!! Landon & Shay had a love/hate relationship that they both agreed on, well sort of. In Landon's eyes Shay has the perfect life, is loved by everyone and it's all flowers and rainbows because he's never seen her display any type of imperfection. She's the opposite of him and because of that he hates her. But little did he know that Shay's life is anything hearts and rainbows. I realized the difference between them was that Shay tried to look a life through different lenses than what Landon did. And I can't say enough of how much my heart hurt from everything that Landon went through. I wanted to hug him and reassure him that he was not alone. (Queue all the feels and tears because even if you're a tough person this will touch you one way or another. Most of us can put on a great show that everything in our life is Ahhhmazing and that nothing can bring us down. But if those on the outside would pay close attention to the details, they would see that every single one us going through something-whether it's big or small. At times it depends on how we view the trials and challenges that are thrown at us and it always helps to have wonderful support like Shay was to Landon. Kara~5 Breathtaking Stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Talon

    This review will be short, sweet, and simple because you know what, after reading all TWELVE of Brittainy Cherry's books and literally loving ALL TWELVE OF THEM there are just so many five star reviews that ya girl can write. So here we go... Landon & Shay was beautifully written.  Landon & Shay was emotionally executed so well.  Landon & Shay are both such complex characters with so much depth and growth. Landon & Shay left me feeling so many things that I never feel while reading books. Brittainy C This review will be short, sweet, and simple because you know what, after reading all TWELVE of Brittainy Cherry's books and literally loving ALL TWELVE OF THEM there are just so many five star reviews that ya girl can write. So here we go... Landon & Shay was beautifully written.  Landon & Shay was emotionally executed so well.  Landon & Shay are both such complex characters with so much depth and growth. Landon & Shay left me feeling so many things that I never feel while reading books. Brittainy Cherry never ceases to amaze me.  Brittainy Cherry is amazing. There. That is my review. To sum it up: it's Brittainy Cherry. That says it all right there. The day I read one of her books and NOT love it, there will be something wrong with me so call my doctor and schedule me an appointment. 

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Mahoney

    Landon and Shay are in high school, but the characters in this book could be walking any halls, adult or teen. At times it was hard to remember that I was reading about ones so young. I became completely invested in the world of these amazingly developed emotionally raw characters. Not just Landon and Shay but the world around them and the absolutely amazingly development of those in this world. I like how we saw the other person through both, Landon and Shays points of view. It showed just how ea Landon and Shay are in high school, but the characters in this book could be walking any halls, adult or teen. At times it was hard to remember that I was reading about ones so young. I became completely invested in the world of these amazingly developed emotionally raw characters. Not just Landon and Shay but the world around them and the absolutely amazingly development of those in this world. I like how we saw the other person through both, Landon and Shays points of view. It showed just how each others view could be skewed of the others persona.   I am trying really hard to write a spoiler free review, and for that reason, I cannot really discuss the plot in any more depth than I have done. This is no bubblegum, overly sweet, romance, this is a story with many layers and while it is part one of this duet, it is not a cliffhanger.  Brittainy C Cherry really impressed me with the first book of hers that I ever read and she continues to do so. To express characters with such a raw depth shows an amazing talent and understanding of humans. Our pains and strengths. I eagerly await book two.

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