Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry ~ Blog Tour with Review & Excerpt!

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Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry
Published by Indie on December 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 373
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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.


Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.



I don’t even know where to start with this. Behind the Bars is an emotional and hauntingly beautiful story that consumed me from the start. It has been over a year since I have been so emotionally attached to a story like I have with with this one. I cried way more than I ever thought possible and with each situation and each emotion that Elliott and Jasmine experienced, my heart beat rapidly and my soul fought to sooth. I honestly did not expect the story that we got and all I can say is kudos to Cherry for delivering such a powerful one.

Elliott and Jasmine meet in high school. Both are broken in very different yet very similar ways. While the outside world doesn’t see it, they do. Their souls are crying for each other as the start a friendship that turns into much more. However, it isn’t that simple. The road from the first months they meet until the very end is difficult and sad. It spits them out and reshapes them into new people but no matter how much they change, in the end, their love remains.

“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.” 

Behind the Bars tackles some difficult real life situations that might be hard for some people to read. The only advice I can give you, if you think you might have a hard time with it, is to know that during all of this, love shines brighter than any of the other dark and disgusting things that may happen.

I can say without a doubt that watching Elliott and Jasmine fall in love has been one of the most emotionally draining and beautifully rewarding states that a book has ever left me in for a very long time.

I can’t recommend this book enough. From the moment you start reading, you’ll be hooked and hopefully so emotionally invested that it consumes you. It’s been days since I’ve finished and I’m still emotional while writing this review. Cherry’s writing just has that kind of power to it. Whatever you do, just make sure you pick this up and read it. It really is everything.




By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.


It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.




About Brittainy C. Cherry

Hi! I’m Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I’m learning, things I’m re-learning, things I’m forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

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