Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Publication Date: July 1, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
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?
How did I much did I love The Mixtape? Let me count the ways…
- The writing. I point out how emotionally packed and beautiful Brittainy C. Cherry’s writing is with every book of hers I read. I can’t get over how beautiful it is. I found myself highlighting so many different passages in this book.
- The romance was beautiful. Oliver was dealing with grief. Emery was a single mother fighting every day to provide for her daughter. These two seemed like the most unlikely of love interests, but chemistry and love for each other was so perfect. Each had so much to deal with on their own, and I loved how their connection helped lift them up.
- Back to the characters. Both of their struggles felt real. I felt Emery’s pain over the past and wanting to give Reese everything she needed. I also felt Oliver’s pain. The loss of what he felt was his better half was devastating and made my heart hurt. Both of these characters made my heart. I also felt their joys and blessing, though. Those were the sweetest thing.
- Reese. That little girl was adorable. Her conversations with Oliver made my heart so happy, as did her general disposition. She was so loved.
- Oliver’s parents. I would read a book about their love.
- Oliver and Emery’s friends were an important part of their story and I loved the support they gave.
- THE MUSIC!!!
- Cam because every good story needs a villain. Ditto for Emery’s parents.
- …. I could go on and on, but I think I might start to give too much away, so I’m just going to stop here and say I really loved this book. I read The Mixtape in one day and I don’t regret any of those minutes spent with it. It was another hit from Cherry in my book.