Review: Landon & Shay: Part 1 (Brittainy C. Cherry)

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You know what they say…

All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks.

Landon & Shay: Part 1
Series: L&S Duet, #1
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: October 30, 2019
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.


I wasn’t quite prepared for Landon & Shay: Part 1 for a couple of reasons. The first being what I remember of Landon and Shay’s characters from Eleanor & Grey. I remember Shay being nervous about being around Landon and that they used to hate each other. That’s about it. I wish I would have gone back to that book and skimmed a little bit to have a better grasp before reading this book. (That does not mean you need to read Eleanor & Grey before you read this book. You don’t.) The second reason I wasn’t quite prepared was that this book was solely about their past. I was expecting more a flashback situation like what took place in Eleanor & Grey. That’s not what I got. I’m actually happy about that because Landon & Shay: Part 1 felt like a complete story with an ending that could possibly be the end (Why you would want it to be would be crazy, but to each their own.), but also sets up for the next book. I can see why Cherry felt the need to split this story into two books.

As for the story itself, it was a beautiful enemies to more romance. I would almost classify this book as YA or NA, but I know that the rest of the story to come in Part 2 will be adult contemporary so I won’t. Landon and Shay are high school enemies. They banter in rude comments and dirty looks until one party changes things. The more they get to know each other, the more Landon and Shay realize maybe they don’t hate each other so much. That doesn’t mean their new relationship with each other is easy. Their new connection is constantly threatened by the world around them.

Landon & Shay: Part 1 was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Cherry. She’s one of the few authors who can get me so wrapped up in the emotions of the story. I feel every word she’s written. Landon & Shay: Part 1 was filled with animosity, frustration, anger, sadness, love, and hopefulness. I felt every single on of those emotions. It was also heavy on the angst, but that was just due to the nature of the story and some of those other emotions. If you’re a fan of Cherry’s you’re going to love this book and be grateful the next one comes out soon.

 

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About Brittainy

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 Bachelor 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.

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12 thoughts on “Review: Landon & Shay: Part 1 (Brittainy C. Cherry)”

  1. Great review! I think I prefer this format of the past being told in one part as opposed to flashbacks. This sounds super emotional and angsty, so I think I’ll wait for the sequel before I read it. I can’t handle angst! 😂

    1. Thank you!
      It’s totally angsty and emotional. I can see why you would want to wait for the second part. I think what I loved about the way it ended was that I was okay taking a break. Almost like they were taking years apart the same time I was? I’m really looking forward to the next book.

    1. I think you might enjoy this author’s books for the most part. They can be on the angsty side, but they are really beautifully written. Definitely worth trying since you have KU.

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