Eleanor & Grey by Brittainy C. Cherry
Eleanor & Grey, an all-new beautiful and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available now!
Title: Eleanor & Grey
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 6, 2019
Greyson East left his mark on me.
As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.
Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.
When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.
I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.
The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.
When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.
But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.
I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.
Eleanor & Grey by Brittainy C. Cherry
Rosa's rating: 5 iScream Cones
"He was him, and I was me, and we were us."
This was my first time to read a Brittainy C. Cherry book. Yeah, I know. Where have I been, right? That's what convinced me to give her a try, I've been hearing the buzz. I wasn't sure what drew the readers to her, I wondered if she wrote dark, emotional or sexy stories. Well, it was #2. She had me feeling more than I wanted to, at least in public. I recommend having tissues nearby when you start reading this one, it will pull your heartstrings, more than once.
I really enjoyed how the author allowed me to get to know the characters as teens. They were sweet and quirky and awkward, and it was perfect. The gradual slow build had me wanting to light a match and speed things up, but I must admit that sometimes things work out better when you let them reach their natural conclusion. I'm not saying it did, just that sometimes it does. 😉
With my head in the clouds, and already knowing they were going to split up, I still found myself yearning for them to be a couple. I read the synopsis so I knew he was going to have kids with someone else and she would eventually be hired as his nanny. But tell that to my stubborn mind that was virtually sprinkling magical fairytale dust around them as they grew closer and closer. They just seemed so perfectly suited for each other and I struggled to accept the loss when they went their separate ways.
When the time came for their paths to cross again years later it was nice that I had those memories in the back of my head of where they had come from. Because the Grey that I met later was nothing like the sweet smiling teenager from before. They were like day and night, opposite ends of the spectrum. Greyson had passed gray and moved right on to black. He was cold and formal and dark. The boy who had been there for her when she needed him then, wanted no help from her now. He insisted that she maintain professional behavior, reminding her that he was her boss and his name was Mr. East, not Grey. Well, lah dee dah, Mr. Cranky Pants was being uppity and rude. I wanted to slap some sense upside his head, but I also wanted to know what happened to make him that way.
I got my answers and my tissues. I cried for her and for him, and for them. I was me, and they were them, and we were us. They just didn't know it. I was all up in their business, eavesdropping, and spying. Totally invested in the outcome of what was going on between them. And it was, I could still feel their chemistry. But, there were so many more obstacles and walls and pain between them now. More tissues needed...sigh. That's all I can tell you. Read. Cry. Sigh. Repeat.
Author Brittainy C. Cherry is an Amazon #1 bestselling author.
She has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing.
Her novels have been published in 18+ countries around the world. Brittainy lives in Brookfield, Wisconsin with her fur babies.