Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s no surprise that Brittainy C. Cherry holds a crown as a queen of angst. Like many of her fellow romance authors, she uses her words well to rip out your heart, holding it in her hand until the end of her book where she brings you the sweetest of releases from the pain she’s inflicted. She’s done this again with the second of her Landon & Shay duet.
The story is a continuation of the duet where we were left with our teen lovebirds, Landon and Shay, distance from each other in opposite areas of the U.S. Through notebook pages, the two stay connected, at least for a time. These two struggle to maintain their love, but, as Cherry does well, this can’t be maintained for long, and these two break. Eventually, they find their way back to each other but resentments and hurts stifle their love, and Cherry makes us guess until the last page if they will find their happily-ever-after.
I love an angsty tale with a deep abiding love between the H and h. At times, I think I’m an emotional masochist. Up to a point. Cherry has written an epic love story for Landon and Shay. She walks us carefully through the heights of their love for each other, but she takes us deep into its pain. It’s in this pain that I struggled with this book. Cherry gives us everything of Landon and Shay, and at times, I found myself needing a break from their story. I know that’s good storytelling, when your reader struggles to suspend his/her disbelief. This is the strength of this book. Yet, I think I would have liked for the story to spend more time after their reconciliation. I want to know more about their happy ending because they have suffered to be together. That’s the part missing in this book.
Cherry has done a brilliant job of creating the chemistry and depth of feeling between Landon and Shay. That’s the other strength of her book. They’re believable together that, as a reader, you are drawn into their story easily. Sometimes, it’s too easy. However, even though I shouldn’t compare, I felt more drawn to Eleanor and Grey’s relationship in their book. I’d like to say that I understand why, but I don’t because I was dying for Landon and Shay’s roman given her disdain for him in Eleanor & Grey.
In the end, I recommend this book and its predecessor. As I’ve stated in this review, Brittainy C. Cherry draws you in easily with her storytelling. She makes you believe in a deep abiding love, one that transcends the difficulties of the relationship. Landon’s character is a keen complex character study of someone living with mental illness and the challenges that befall him as he tries to give his heart to someone else, and Shay’s character illustrates for us the struggles with missed dreams and broken hearts. In the end, Cherry’s Landon & Shay Part 2 breeds hope in happily-ever-afters, hope in giving your shattered heart over to the one who will protect it even after it’s been broken.
In love and romance,