Release Day Review: The Mixtape by Brittainy Cherry

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?

**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

“So much of your beauty comes from those broken pieces. In those cracks is where you shine.”

The Mixtape is a fast-paced contemporary romance. It was very easy to read and I was finished before I knew it. The main characters Oliver and Emery were great and I loved seeing them heal each other. Especially Oliver who was dealing with the loss of his twin brother Alex. My heart broke for him and I couldn't wait for him to be okay again. Emery is a single mother who is trying to make ends meet to provide for her daughter Reese. Emery been a huge fan of Oliver and his brother's music, so she's surprised when she finds him at the bar she's working at. Oliver is completely drunk and rude when he meets Emery, and after an altercation she saves him.

“You found me when my heartbeats were hardly there, and you stamped it. You stamped my heart, and that’s why it’s still beating.”

Oliver is a great guy and I personally would've loved more flashbacks of his interaction with his brother. Brittainy really knows how to deliver an emotional punch. Especially the prologue broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I loved all the characters in this book and I thought they added value to the story. Reese was just the cutest and I loved her interaction with Oliver. I personally didn't love the decision made in the last quarter of the book. There was a bit too much going on in the last part of the book, which is one of my pet peeves. I don't need drama to mix things up, but if there is some then I definitely don't want it towards the end of the book, because it takes away from the time the couple could've spend together to grow even stronger as a couple.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Mixtape and I wouldn't have minded it being part of a series. I especially would've loved for Emery's sister Sammie and Oliver's assistant Kelly to get their own books. The author writes the best characters and I am always able to fully connect with them. This book is a great summer read, and I highly recommend it to all romance lovers.

About Brittainy

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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