Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.
Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.
Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.
Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, she was the darkest storm.
THIS BOOK. OH MY GOD. HOLY COW. I’m crying. I’m happy. I’m sad. My heart is complete.
I can’t believe no one told me Brittainy Cherry’s books were this effing amazing? I CAN’T believe I’m reading a book by her until now. Where have her books been all my life?!
I honestly feel kind of betrayed by every single one of my friends who has read books by Brittainy Cherry because I can’t believe they didn’t tell me she writes the best emotional stories ever and they wanted her books all to themselves. But I forgive them because I get it. Absolutely get it. This book is one of those precious stories you love so freaking much you don’t want to share it with anyone else—have y’all ever felt that or is that just me?—and that says a lot since I LOVE sharing the books I love with the world.
Jasmine had always loved music. Soul music. All she ever wanted to do was sing soul music and for her mother to love her. But her mom… she wanted Jasmine to be better than her. She wanted her to be famous and for that she needed to forget about soul and sing pop music. To say she pushed Jasmine hard would be a pretty big understatement. She sent her to dance classes and singing classes and had her on diets and meeting people who only cared about Jasmine’s looks. Jasmine was just going through the motions because she only wanted her mom to be proud of her.
Then she met Elliot. The lonely boy in her high school who played the saxophone like his life depended on it. He was the most beautiful person Jasmine had ever met. Unfortunately everyone else at their school only cared about his stutter, his skinny body, his braces and glasses.
Jasmine and Elliot became close friends pretty quickly after they discovered they were both equally passionate about music and very soon after that, Jasmine had to move to another country to follow her career as a pop singer. They tried to keep in touch through emails but tragedy struck Elliot’s life and his entire world changed forever. After that, he stopped replying to Jasmine’s emails. He just couldn’t bring himself to do it since a part of him died the day his life changed.
Six years later Jasmine is back in New Orleans, her home. While looking for Elliot, she finds a friend who helps her find herself and the reason for Elliot’s absence. Only Elliot isn’t the same person he was six years ago. He is bigger, more lonely, haunted. Maybe beneath all of the hurt he’s still the same beautiful Elliot she meet years ago. Maybe pretending to be cold and distant is just a way to protect his broken heart.
I don’t even want to talk about the characters in this book because I know I’ll start bawling but I will say Jasmine and Elliot are definitely some of my all-time favorite characters. They are so incredibly real and raw and vulnerable. Their chemistry is… uh, impossible to describe. It is out-of-this-world powerful.
Somebody find me a real life Elliot please. He’s THE SWEETEST MAN EVER CREATED.
As you may have probably noticed, Behind the Bars is divided in two sections. The first half of the book is Jasmine and Elliot’s past and the other half is their present. Both parts are full of emotion and swoon worthy moments. We see them grow up from teenagers to adults and we’re lucky enough to read all of their thoughts, from both Jasmine and Elliot (thank goodness).
I know there are some of you who are not huge fans of steamy scenes and lucky you, this book has one steamy scene and it is wonderfully written. It is seriously perfection. And even though it is not that steamy, it is still one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read. I just about fell off my bed from the swooning.
Brittainy’s writing is beyond perfect. She makes you feel every single emotion deep in your soul. When a character is hurting you feel it like a dagger to the heart and when they are happy you feel like the happiest dang person in the world. There’s so much rawness in this book that it had me crying in the first chapter. You read correctly. FIRST chapter. I can’t even. Imagine how much I cried throughout the entire book. I feel like I didn’t stop crying since chapter one to be honest.
Behind the Bars is on my top five reads of the year. I recommend it to EVERYONE. Even if romance is not something you usually go for you should absolutely pick up this book right now. And if you are a romance lover like me then what in the world are you doing with your life and why haven’t you read this book already. Go buy it, read it and come thank me when you finish it.
This is was my first time reading a Brittainy Cherry book and it is not going to be the last. I am her fan already and if the rest of her books are as great as this one then I’m screwed. RIP my heart, sanity and low expectations for future books.
6 / 5 flowers
By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.
“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.
“What? How? Why?”
He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”
“What was it?”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“Eli,” I started.
He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”
I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.
Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”
I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”
“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”
He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.
And there it was.
So small, so tiny, so real.
It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.
I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.
I knew Elliott Adams was love.
And I was falling into him so fast.
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