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The MixtapeThe Mixtape by Brittainy C. Cherry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release Date: July 1st 2021 by Montlake
Format: Kindle (333pages); Audiobook   (16 hrs and 55 mins by Brilliance Audio)
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Narrators: Jordan Cobb, James Shippy
Blurb: Since the death of his twin brother, Oliver’s caught between pleasing his fans and finding himself. Emery finds him first.

Emery has never felt more alone. Raising her daughter is both her pleasure and her pain as she struggles to hold on to her job as a bartender and keep a roof over their heads. With no one to help them—no support system—any unexpected expense or late bill could turn their whole world upside down.

Reeling from the death of his twin brother and bandmate, rock star Oliver Smith is trying to drink his problems away. Apparently he isn’t very good at it; they follow him wherever he goes. Also in hot pursuit are the paparazzi, who catch Oliver at his lowest low.

He could have walked into any bar in California, but he walked into hers. Emery helps Oliver lose the crowd, and they find themselves alone: two people whose paths are marked with loss and pain. However, they hold an unshakable hope for healing. They find solace together, but can their love withstand the world?

Oh my heart!

Brittainy C. Cherry did it again! Wow! She always delivers an emotionally charged story that leaves me both in tears and also full of joy.
Mixtape is an apropos title because we got a mix bag in this story. There was grief but healing, hate but love, abuse but survival, and most of all, a real family emerged.

I love Emery so much. She is such a strong person and full of love to give. She had so much depth that I felt strongly that Reese would be okay.
I guffawed at the “butt of the bread” comments because my kids won’t eat the ends of bread either. So many things made this story relatable because my kids have asked me if we were poor too and I said the same thing that Emery said, you are not poor if you have love!
My heart broke for Oliver. What a painful trauma to deal with so publicly. People can be so heartless with comments and celebrities endure a lot. He was lucky to get a second chance to heal and find his purpose again. Oliver owed a great deal of his survival to his support system who never gave up on him. From his parents to his assistants, Oliver had people who truly loved him and believed in him. They were the wind beneath his broken wings.

Thank you to the author to include therapy as a necessary vehicle to healing after trauma. It’s important to normalize mental health issues and treatments. It really laid a believable groundwork to Emery and Oliver connecting in a healthy way.

Sammie and Emery’s parents were something else. That was the most difficult part of this book because generational curses are real. What an awesome story and epic ending. Books like this is why I love romance, because love finds a way most of the time. I loved this story.

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