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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 h 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 h 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 combinatio 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. 4 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 like a slow buGrey '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. 5 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 emoclass="gr-hostedUserImg">Author}She *****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

    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.

  5. 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 ✨✨

  6. 5 out of 5

    arini

    #1 landon & shay: part one — 3.5 stars #2 landon & shay: part two (tbr) 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 recently 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 #1 landon & shay: part one — 3.5 stars #2 landon & shay: part two (tbr) 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 recently 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    mel

    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 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...

  8. 5 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 reclass="gr-hostedUserImg"> 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 [email protected]! 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! 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  9. 5 out of 5

    Lien

    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 ag/>Landon, 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! 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. 4 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 st/>☆ 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

  11. 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

  12. 5 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 love/>"How's 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.

  13. 4 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/>/> 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.

  14. 4 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 and Sha 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

  15. 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 li 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 [email protected]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    5 STARS This was a fantastic read, I loved it so much.This is one of these reads you are going to think for days.It was beautiful and Brittainy's words are poetic and flawless. Landon and Shay were complete opposites. They make a bet as to who would fall in love with each other first and how the story developed my heart was aching and I was sad , happy and emotional with these two! Their story is unique and intense.     

  17. 4 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 tha 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. 

  18. 4 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** "Everyone had cracks and cuts that bled into their soul each night. Some people were simply better at hiding them." Another five star worthy book by Brittainy C. Cherry. I just absolutely love this author's writing. I am amazed by her ability to bring a story and characters to life. The main characters Landon and Shay start of aclass="gr-hostedUserImg">"Everyone **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review** "Everyone had cracks and cuts that bled into their soul each night. Some people were simply better at hiding them." Another five star worthy book by Brittainy C. Cherry. I just absolutely love this author's writing. I am amazed by her ability to bring a story and characters to life. The main characters Landon and Shay start of as enemies, but during a party find themselves making a bet of who can make the other fall in love with them first. I loved their banter a lot, and especially Shay held her own even though she is the good girl. Landon acts tough and portrays himself a certain way, but Shay can see through it. I am very happy that Brittainy decided to make their story a duet, because it would've been impossible to tell their story in one book and have it impact me as much as it did. I am also happy that this book focused on their past and how their relationship developed. There is just so much growth in the characters, and this includes development in the relationship with their family. "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." This book isn't just about love, it is also about two characters that are trying to figure things out. Especially, Landon had it really rough and is struggling with his demons. I am just happy he had a great support system around him. This book was emotional, romantic and funny. This book had everything I love in my romance books. I felt such a strong connection with both characters. I was really dreading the end of this book, but Brittainy really nailed the ending in my opinion. I wouldn't have it any other way. It was just so beautiful and fitting. Everything just made sense and that is what I want in my contemporary romance novels. I already look forward to seeing what will happen next for these characters and see them grow even more. Landon & Shay is a MUST-READ for any romance lover. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this author before then I highly recommend you do.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy (cassidyreads)

    Thank you Brittainy for this incredible story! This book deserves more than a 5⭐ rating! It was a page turner and deals with realistic issues/topics. We were introduced to Landon and Shay a little bit in Eleanor and Grey but this is their intense love story. Shay is the “perfect” happy girl in everyone else’s eyes, who loves theater and hates Landon. Landon is the rich, popular senior, who is struggling with feeling loved because he doesn’t feel it from anyone around it. Landon and Shay are abso Thank you Brittainy for this incredible story! This book deserves more than a 5⭐️ rating! It was a page turner and deals with realistic issues/topics. We were introduced to Landon and Shay a little bit in Eleanor and Grey but this is their intense love story. Shay is the “perfect” happy girl in everyone else’s eyes, who loves theater and hates Landon. Landon is the rich, popular senior, who is struggling with feeling loved because he doesn’t feel it from anyone around it. Landon and Shay are absolutely polar opposites to each other, but they really just work together. Shay brings out the better in Landon. Through out the book you see how much Landon and Shay can be there for each and how they turn that hate into something different. *Disclaimer, there can be triggering moments mention in this book. From suicide, drug use and self harm*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Slone

    Wow!!! As much as I adored Eleanor and Grey, Landon and Shay have stolen my heart. They have such a touching story, it intertwines in surprising ways! The words were beautiful but hard with this story. I’ve had some similar struggles as Landon. This book has a remarkable way of describing some issues that are hard to touch on. I cannot wait for the second half of this duet.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shabby -BookBistroBlog

    Brittainy writes soulful stories that jump from the pages straight to the hearts. Her soft nature mirrors in her stories. They're fragrant with love, tumultuous with roiling angst, soaked wet tears of the readers. She manages to draw out ALL the feelings possible just with strokes of her pen. "How's your heart?" "Still beating" It's starts out on a vengeful & venomous note when Landon & Shay are horns-locked enemies, living for moments to stab each other with scathing knives... "I hated Shay Gable. If there was only one tknives...pen. Brittainy writes soulful stories that jump from the pages straight to the hearts. Her soft nature mirrors in her stories. They're fragrant with love, tumultuous with roiling angst, soaked wet tears of the readers. She manages to draw out ALL the feelings possible just with strokes of her pen. "How's your heart?" "Still beating" It's starts out on a vengeful & venomous note when Landon & Shay are horns-locked enemies, living for moments to stab each other with scathing knives... "I hated Shay Gable. If there was only one thing in life I knew for certain, it was that fact." "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." ...to suddenly realizing they're two sides of the same coin, two peas albeit in differently-same pods!! "We loved pushing each other’s buttons. We loved the way we pissed each other off. We loved the hate we were able to give each other every day we walked into school." Even though the Romance between Bad boy Landon Harrison and good girl Shay Gable is in the forefront in the book, the background hides ominously dark mental problems of depression, anxiety and Addiction. The focus shifts between two halves of everyday life of these characters who're engaged in witty banter and verbal spats in the corridors of High School, at play in flirtatious games in the booze parties, yet whenever they find themselves faced with family, they either lie alone in their houses like Landon or shut themselves in their rooms like Shay. But they can't shut the noises that drive them crazy because they're coming from the monster entrenched in their heads. The common problem of parental neglect and angry home atmospheres raises anxiety levels to all time high. “You’re shit,” it told me. “Someone like her could never love someone as broken as you,” it taunted. “She just said she loved you to end the bet, not because she really cares.” That was the thing about anxiety and depression: there was nothing logical about it. When my brain started to spin the webs of self-doubts, it spun fast, spinning me round and round into its webs of lies." They both escape in the arms of one another but loneliness finds them at odd moments. The story was tender but unsettling at times and touched some deep part of my heart I'm always excited and eager to read Britainy's travails of heart stories. She has remarkable ability to weave a rich tapestry of human traits and characteristics shaped by tests and trials of life. Her keen observational skills and knack of transferring them in words is a boon for us readers. The plot was Indulgence of the empathies. I wanted to hug Landon tight, shower him with unconditional love "So, please, stop running. Place your feet on the ground and make peace with your demons. Stop fighting them and hold them." I wanted to worship gracious Shay and her 24k solid gold of a heart that has sympathy and vast understanding for all around her. I wanted to organize an intervention for The parents involved and I wanted to thank the thankless and unappreciated jobs of the school counselors. Remember to keep a box of tissues handy when you read the book. It's a maelstrom of sentiments that will sweep you away gloriously towards the sky before slamming you down at the end. Dazed and stunned...I can't wait for book 2 5 I love you, I love you's for the Love that sets your free! #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow me on: [email protected] https://Twitter.com/BookBistro www.instagram.com/BookBistroBlog https://bookbistroblogger.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB...

  22. 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 fe 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!

  23. 5 out of 5

    tara

    3.5 ★ what happened here stars…. This book includes characters first seen in Eleanor & Grey, and upon starting it, it seemed like we were going to get a bit of the same formula: half the book set in their teens and half of them reconnecting as adults. This really suits me as I love YA and second chance. I was pretty excited by the prospect of this. I loved E&G but I still had my issues with it, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at another murky experience. I soon found out t 3.5 ★ what happened here stars…. This book includes characters first seen in Eleanor & Grey, and upon starting it, it seemed like we were going to get a bit of the same formula: half the book set in their teens and half of them reconnecting as adults. This really suits me as I love YA and second chance. I was pretty excited by the prospect of this. I loved E&G but I still had my issues with it, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at another murky experience. I soon found out that Cherry had decided to make Landon & Shay into two books! Can you understand my frustration here? why?! Honestly, half the content of L&S was magic, but the other half just diluted everything. There was wording that was either too crass or too sickly sweet for what was trying to be achieved here. It’s safe to say, I think it was huge mistake to drag this out into a full novel. For the sake of what?! NOT SURE! Penny Reid just executed something like this really well, but with characters readers had been pining for, forever. Furthermore If you are planning on a part two, you’d want to have a hook, a cliffhanger. I wont spoil how it ended though. I respect peoples craft and their visions for their work but, I truly believe one book would have worked better. This reminded me a little of Bad Romeo, but sadly not as good. The positives were the characters and a good chunk of the writing. I’d love a MM book for Eric in the future. This book will be loved by many, so don’t take any notice of me and my fussy heart.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annie's reading corner

    Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Every Brittainy's book is a new experience. I really don't know how she manages to write such powerful stories that reach a part of you. It doesn't matter if you have or haven't experienced it, the way Brittainy writes leaves no doubt. You'll be caught in it and live every part. This book is everything and even more. Read it. Live it. Love it. Cry it. But most of all, let it consume you. be one with the story and characters and Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Every Brittainy's book is a new experience. I really don't know how she manages to write such powerful stories that reach a part of you. It doesn't matter if you have or haven't experienced it, the way Brittainy writes leaves no doubt. You'll be caught in it and live every part. This book is everything and even more. Read it. Live it. Love it. Cry it. But most of all, let it consume you. be one with the story and characters and when you finish you won't regret it. It's the perfect first book of a duet. It will leave you wanting more, yet with a smile on your face. Can't wait to read the second part.

  25. 4 out of 5

    breathbookss

    +5 breathtaking, raw, real, beautiful stars!!! I don’t even know how to start this review or what to say. This book surprised me in so many ways. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes but not because it was a sad book. But because that book was beyond perfection. I know that in this world there are not perfect things but I can guarantee you that this book is perfect. All of it. All of its pages. Its words. Its characters. This book is perfect because this book is full of raw and real is +5 breathtaking, raw, real, beautiful stars!!! I don’t even know how to start this review or what to say. This book surprised me in so many ways. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes but not because it was a sad book. But because that book was beyond perfection. I know that in this world there are not perfect things but I can guarantee you that this book is perfect. All of it. All of its pages. Its words. Its characters. This book is perfect because this book is full of raw and real issues. Real characters. Raw and real emotions. Just fucking real. Everything about it. My eyes are still wet because I’ve been crying this past hour. I could not think of a book that had affected me this bad. Since the beginning this book has been getting reactions from me like I was living inside the book and living it all with them. I think in some way... I was. I was witnessing the story of these two character: Landon & Shay. I was witnessing how their hatred for each other wasn’t hate at all. I was witnessing how their battles were a need for them to go through the day... at least for Landon it was. And I was witnessing how they passed from disliking each other’s guts to love each other completely. The good and the bed. The happiness and the sadness... I’m failing to find words to describe this book because my English vocabulary is limited and also because it left me speechless. I cannot express my feelings correctly nor my emotions or how I feel throughout it all. I know that in Eleonor & Grey, I didn’t like Landon (or at least in the first pages) he was a big jerk and so full of himself. At least that’s what I thought. That same thought made me realised that we cannot judge a person without really knowing them. I didn’t even take a second to ask myself why he was in that way. Honestly I didn’t even think about him at all until we got to read about him again when they were all adults now and with career... with a life. I know that I thought “I want them to be together” when I read about Shay seeing Landon again in E&G. I know that I was curious about their story. And know I got to read them too. If is there one thing that I’m sure this book taught me; is that you cannot judge someone without really getting inside their heads and see what they see. Live with they live. Hate what they hate. Love what they love. I don’t know if every character should be thought like this. If we should think more than one time about their behaviour or why they are acting like this. I just know that you shouldn’t be mean towards someone, because you don’t know what kind of battle they’re fighting against. ““𝑰 𝒅𝒊𝒅𝒏’𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒈𝒐. 𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒔𝒐 𝒇𝒖𝒄𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒚 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒕 𝒂𝒔 𝒊𝒇 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒓𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒍𝒂𝒘 𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒚 𝒅𝒂𝒎𝒏 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔𝒕” London & Shay was a book of learnings. Was a book of love. Of true love. One of those love that start in the most strangest way but ends up in the most lightest way because you know what you’re doing -even if it hurts- is for the best. For you and for the people you love. But mostly for you. It always has to be for yourself first. “𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝑰 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑰’𝒎 𝒂𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒊𝒔 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑰 𝒂𝒎 𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒆. 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒐𝒌𝒂𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒚 𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒔. 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒆𝒅. 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒐𝒌𝒂𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒚 𝒎𝒚𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇” This book takes important issues that I think we all go through sometimes. Depression is something so hard and something that you shouldn’t look at like it was easy to get better from it. Landon was such a beautiful man, such a touching character. He was so complex but 𝐬𝐨 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠. Shay was the definition of a strong female character. She was an heroine herself. She was so freaking awesome and that kind of strength was something that I could definitely learn from her. They were perfect for each other. They are. And they will always be. “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.” The ending didn’t disappoint at all. It was the best ending for a story like this. I promise you this isn’t a normal cliffhanger. The ending is the most powerful and beautiful that one could have asked for. The ending teach you something so freaking important and I won’t say it because I know I won’t say it correctly nor do I have the words to say it but if you want me to give you an advice, that is: Read this book. With an open mind and an open heart. Read this book not expecting anything but beauty... Raw beauty. “𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬, 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲, 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮. 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐨, 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞” This book definitely is my favourite one. I have a list of my favourite books but I don’t mean only this year but since I started reading. This book is that beautiful. That special. That unique. I just want to thank Brittainy for writing such an amazing story. For writing these broken characters that were meant for each other in every way. Thank you, thank you so much. With this book you say so many truths but the most beautiful one is that if we want to live, love, and be, we should always always start by healing and live and love and be with ourselves first. Follow me on my instagram @/breathbookss for book edits!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    Shay Gable and Landon Harrison have been enemies for as long as they can remember. Now both in high school, Shay and Landon couldn't be more different. Landon's the bad boy who hangs with the partying crowd. Whereas Shay is the good girl, the girl who everyone loves. And the two of them couldn't hate each other more. Almost a year ago, Landon's uncle committed suicide and Landon has felt guilty about his death since. After trying to drown his pain in drugs and alcohol, Landon's left t Shay Gable and Landon Harrison have been enemies for as long as they can remember. Now both in high school, Shay and Landon couldn't be more different. Landon's the bad boy who hangs with the partying crowd. Whereas Shay is the good girl, the girl who everyone loves. And the two of them couldn't hate each other more. Almost a year ago, Landon's uncle committed suicide and Landon has felt guilty about his death since. After trying to drown his pain in drugs and alcohol, Landon's left that behind him to try and turn over a new leaf. But no matter what he does, he can't seem to move past his grief. He lies to everyone around him, pretending he's okay. And since his parents are rarely in town long enough to check in on him, it's easy to keep living a lie. Shay's always remained within the boundaries of her parents' rules. Things are rocky enough at home as it is; she doesn't want to rock the boat. Her dad was sent to prison for drug-dealing and now that he's back home, he swears he's done for good. But Shay gets the hunch that her dad isn't being honest to her, or anyone else in their family. Somehow Shay and Landon get egged on by their mutual friends to make a deal. Both of them swear that they could make the other fall in love with them. So now whoever can do that first before the end of the school year wins. What's the purpose of this bet? To prove to each other once and for all who is on top. What Landon and Shay don't expect is an unbreakable bond forming between them. They're more alike than they ever could've imagined. Shay calls Landon out on his fakeness; she sees Landon for who he really is. And Landon is the first person who is open, honest and vulnerable with Shay in the ways that she so desperately needs. Everyone around them has reason after reason as to why they shouldn't be together, but Landon and Shay know that they're destined to be together, no matter what life throws at them. Landon & Shay (Part One) is the first book in the L&S duet by one of my favorite romance authors, Brittainy C Cherry. I love how this duet is a spinoff of the most emotional book I've read this year thus far, Eleanor & Grey. This book exclusively takes place in high school, but it doesn't read like a YA novel. Toward the end, this book had me shedding a few tears. Brittainy C Cherry never fails on publishing a water-works inducing book! This one was left on a somewhat bittersweet cliffhanger and I can't wait to see how Landon and Shay's love story wraps up. 4/5 stars. Thank you to Social Butterfly PR & Brittainy C Cherry for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This book was so much more of everything than I had anticipated. Brittainy knew what she was doing when she chose to make Landon and Shay's story a duet. However, I am thoroughly impressed with how Part One ended. This one started off slow for me. Too much background on Landon & Shay's families right at the beginning had me wondering if this had anything to do with the plot. It was information overload and a lot to take in right at the beginning. I wasn't really connecting to the This book was so much more of everything than I had anticipated. Brittainy knew what she was doing when she chose to make Landon and Shay's story a duet. However, I am thoroughly impressed with how Part One ended. This one started off slow for me. Too much background on Landon & Shay's families right at the beginning had me wondering if this had anything to do with the plot. It was information overload and a lot to take in right at the beginning. I wasn't really connecting to the characters so it took me a bit to really enjoy this one. However, once we started to get more into Landon and Shay, who they were, who they were to each other, things really started to get entertaining. However, those areas at the beginning that didn't jive with me, were making sense as the story went along and allowed you to understand certain events better. I won't say what happens but just know that Landon and Shay and their story is more than just a romance. Landon and Shay is so much more than just the story of them. It is story that deals with situations I feel is extremely poignant and important to read in today's society. One particular issue that stands out is depression. Depression is something that so many people look down upon when in reality, way more people have it but chose to ignore it in hopes of not drawing attention to themselves. This part of the story hit closer to home for me because depression and mental problems do run in my family. Reading Landon's thoughts and his inner dialogue is so true. It is scary to read but sometimes reality isn't always rainbows and unicorns. Thank you, Brittainy for being so real, raw and direct with this. It truly impacts the overall story in ways you can't imagine. I loved this book so much. While it may have started off slow for me, in the end, it broke me and made me feel so much. This is a book that you need to read - it's more than a romance - it's a life story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Books Over Sleep

    There are some books you read and some books that you absorb, devour, sink in every piece and bit because you simply can’t get enough. Landon & Shay was astoundingly beautiful, Brittainy C. Cherry lyrical writing pulls on every one of your heartstrings, she knows how to make you FEEL every word, filling you up with every possible feeling to its fullest. Landon & Shay had quite the journey, this story touches on such powerful issues and how impactful they can be, that no matter how hard w There are some books you read and some books that you absorb, devour, sink in every piece and bit because you simply can’t get enough. Landon & Shay was astoundingly beautiful, Brittainy C. Cherry lyrical writing pulls on every one of your heartstrings, she knows how to make you FEEL every word, filling you up with every possible feeling to its fullest. Landon & Shay had quite the journey, this story touches on such powerful issues and how impactful they can be, that no matter how hard we try to hide them, and push it down to the deepest corner, its there lingering, pulling you back when you least expect it, a constant battle. What starts off as a bet between two enemies, Landon & Shay, each determined to make the other fall in love with them first, turns into something much more. Not much of a bet, but for each an escape from the demons they’re fighting in their personal lives, they form an undeniable connection that goes beyond what any of them had planned for. They love each other the way they hate each other, fiercely, without any boundaries. I was irrevocably hooked The secondary characters were phenomenal, they were a support system for Landon & Shay, being amazing just by being there for them. Landon & Shay was an unforgettable tale, real and raw to its root, equally banter-filled and entertaining as it was emotionally heart-gutting. I can’t wait for the second book of this epic story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jina

    I was ready for Landon and Shay after "Eleanor and Grey" but was a little disappointed that it didn't start off with them as adults, but now see how reading their story of how they started, I think will put more things into perspective. Brittainy C. Cherry writes so emotionally and beautifully, weaving real life without being overly dramatic or making things seem too far fetched. The layers and layers of these two showed a maturity in both that reminded me of Naley (characters Nathan and Haley f I was ready for Landon and Shay after "Eleanor and Grey" but was a little disappointed that it didn't start off with them as adults, but now see how reading their story of how they started, I think will put more things into perspective. Brittainy C. Cherry writes so emotionally and beautifully, weaving real life without being overly dramatic or making things seem too far fetched. The layers and layers of these two showed a maturity in both that reminded me of Naley (characters Nathan and Haley from the show One Tree Hill). There wasn't a facade with these two, they truly saw one another and knew one another. Though this book was a little slow for me, the care and emotions felt make this a 5 star read Loved the relationships of Maria and Landon's mom as the book went on. Friendship and little peaks of Eleanor and Greyson mentioned too. The ending is a satisfactory to be continued and can't wait for part deux

  30. 4 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!

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