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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 bil 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?


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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 bil 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?

30 review for The Mixtape

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    5 stars Every person in this world has a mixtape of sorts, a collection of tracks that defines their lives. Each memory is a song, and they all come together to create a masterpiece. So, tell me about your story. Once again, Brittainy Cherry brought the feels with her newest release, The Mixtape. This story is about two people, Oliver and Emery who are both struggling in different ways. 
Oliver hasn’t been the same since he lost his twin brother. Not only did he lose half of his m 5 stars Every person in this world has a mixtape of sorts, a collection of tracks that defines their lives. Each memory is a song, and they all come together to create a masterpiece. So, tell me about your story. Once again, Brittainy Cherry brought the feels with her newest release, The Mixtape. This story is about two people, Oliver and Emery who are both struggling in different ways. 
Oliver hasn’t been the same since he lost his twin brother. Not only did he lose half of his musical duo, it feels like he’s lost half of himself. Emery is struggling in a different way. She’s a single mother who is trying to keep it all together, but it’s been hard. Harder than normal lately. When these two find each other, they’re not in the best place. Even though Emery is having a hard time, Oliver is much more of a mess in a way. Emery is just the person he needs in his life. Someone who doesn’t want anything from him and is just there for him. Oliver and Emery connect on a way he hasn’t connected with anyone in a long time. The oddest thing about life was how something could show up out of nowhere and change everything in a split second of time. I loved this couple together and I adored Emery’s daughter being thrown in the mix. I’m always here for a great single parent romance. There were so many fantastic moments in this story. I thought the friends to lovers aspect was so well done and even though Oliver was a famous musician, it didn’t have that feel as a rockstar romance normally does, and I mean that in the best way. If you’re looking for a beautiful romance that will give you all the feels and keep a smile on your face look no further than The Mixtape.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Giorgia ~ Reads

    3.5 stars A highlight in the book was Reese, the heroine’s daughter. She was adorable and her interactions in the book always made me smile at least. Both Oliver and Emery were good main characters. Emery was kind and Oliver was just as kind but more tortured. He was having a hard time accepting a few things that happened but mostly he had a hard time accepting himself the way he was. I always love a good self discovery journey in my books, especially those that end with acceptance. There’s no 3.5 stars A highlight in the book was Reese, the heroine’s daughter. She was adorable and her interactions in the book always made me smile at least. Both Oliver and Emery were good main characters. Emery was kind and Oliver was just as kind but more tortured. He was having a hard time accepting a few things that happened but mostly he had a hard time accepting himself the way he was. I always love a good self discovery journey in my books, especially those that end with acceptance. There’s nothing better than reading about someone who learns to love themselves. I liked everything about this book except the romance. I don’t mean that there was a problem with the relationship, it’s just that the focus was on so many other issues such as: loss, grief, motherhood, familial bonds, music and how it can affect us, depression etc, I’m sure I could think of 5 other themes at least. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that, I loved reading about it but there was not much space for the developing relationship. I would have loved it more if it focused on Oliver and his journey through depression and grief because that was written so beautifully. In their whole relationship, I think I liked the meet cute the most. The rest was sort of smooth sailing and while there was nothing wrong with that, there was also nothing to hold my interest and emotions captive.

  3. 5 out of 5

    martina (hiatus)

    Book: The Mixtape Rating: 3.5 stars Trigger Warning: Rape, Depression, Physical and Verbal Abuse Summary The music world lost another great at 27; Alex from the duo Alex & Oliver, passed away from a car accident. Losing his best friend and brother hasn’t been easy on Oliver Smith. Alex was everything to Oliver, he didn’t know what to do without him, let alone make music. He was feeling lost in the world, a part of him was even sure what living meant anymore. Those thoughts lead him to a bar one ni Book: The Mixtape Rating: 3.5 stars Trigger Warning: Rape, Depression, Physical and Verbal Abuse Summary The music world lost another great at 27; Alex from the duo Alex & Oliver, passed away from a car accident. Losing his best friend and brother hasn’t been easy on Oliver Smith. Alex was everything to Oliver, he didn’t know what to do without him, let alone make music. He was feeling lost in the world, a part of him was even sure what living meant anymore. Those thoughts lead him to a bar one night, where he meets Emery Taylor. Emery Taylor is barely keeping a roof over her head as she takes care of her daughter; she has already lost one job while she tries to work her shift where she comes face to face with the Oliver Smith. Neither Oliver nor Emery would know it, but that one interaction would change their lives. The only thing is, are they ready to face this unpredictable world together? Review This definitely has not been my best reading year so far. Don’t get me wrong, I have read some good books but giving a Brittainy book three stars kills me. Up until this year, I have never given a Brittainy C Cherry book less than 4 stars, but this is the second book I’ve read this year were I sadly had to give her 3 stars. Sure, it could be worse it’s not like I hated this book, but it was still disappointing in some ways. This was one of my most anticipated reads of this year, it was good – I even shed a tear or two, I just didn’t love it. ”When I got out of the shower, I didn’t look in the mirror. Most of the mirrors in my house were covered with sheets. I hadn’t looked in mirrors in such a long time, because in every single one, Alex was staring back my way.” This was definitely a bit of a depressing book. But let’s be honest, what Brittainy book isn’t? Oliver is going through the lost of his twin brother and the family issues Emery was facing were hard to read; however, Brittainy did what she does best – she wrote an amazingly beautiful story of two souls coming together and becoming stronger. It was nicely written and even hit home in some ways. Nonetheless, it was a bit slow at times especially in the beginning. I just found the pacing to be a bit dull and it was hard to get into at times. Overall, I thought the writing and plot was nice enough. Oliver and Emery’s separate and individual journeys were amazing to see and well written! “Yes,” I said, nodding as if he could see me. “But someday it won’t be. Someday you’ll be okay.” “What makes you think that?” “I just get the feeling that someday you’re going to find it—your happy ending. This is just a temporary thing. Your sadness.” Emery was such a cute heroine. More often than not I love Brittainy’s heroines, and Emery was another great one! She has so much love and courage in her heart; she was really inspiring. She was just such a great mother, and the compassion she showed to everyone was remarkable to see. Emery dealt with raising her daughter and those struggles as well as family issues from her very unsupportive family. Even though, Oliver definitely had more of a character arc in terms of his depression, Emery’s growth through happiness was captivating to read as well. In all she was just a really sweet and even funny at times heroine to read! “Yeah. I don’t know how to start this, so I’m just going to say it. I like you, Emery. I like you so fucking much. I like the way you care for others. I like the way you don’t judge. I like how when you’re happy with the meals you cook, you do a little jig. I like how you listen. I like how you love your daughter. I like how you stay around when I’m at my lows. I like how you laugh. How you smile. How you exist. I. Like. You.” Oliver’s pain was hard to read. I shed tears for him. Losing a sibling is never easy; when that sibling is also your coworker and your twin, I can’t even begin to comprehend the pain he must have felt. What Brittainy has always been able to do well is write characters who are experiencing mental issues like depression, as someone who experiences it as well, I love how accurate she writes the feelings through the pages. Oliver finding his passion for music again and learning to love life again was really nice to read – very heart warming. I loved the person he became at the end, and I was just happy that he was happy. “He cares about others more than he cares about himself. He pours everything he has into our music, into the lyrics, into the songs that everyone loves. Maybe I do better in certain situations than he does, but it goes both ways. He has more heart than me. He feels deeper than me, he understands people more than I do, even though he’d never admit it. I might be the hype man of Alex & Oliver, but Oliver is truly the mastermind.” I also do want to talk about Emery’s daughter, Reese. I don’t love kids in romances, but I can’t lie Reese was amazing! She was just so cute and hilarious; for such a young kid, she was so sassy! I loved the relationship she had with Emery and Oliver. They all just made such a cute family! “This was my brother’s, and it means the world to me, so I wanted to give it to the little girl who means the world to me too. I wanted you to know that you have half of my heartbeats, and I’d spend forever protecting you if you’ll have me.” The romance is where the book was lacking a bit to me. I didn’t really feel the connection towards Emery and Oliver that much. I could see how they were helping each other but I just didn’t feel the chemistry. They had some cute moments, and like I said they made an adorable family, but I just felt like something was missing. Nonetheless, I enjoyed them as much as I could. “Which was exactly why it was going to last forever. Before, they stamped my heartbeats, and those stamps would last forever.” In all, my expectations were a little too high for this since Brittainy has written some of my favorite books of all time, but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was a great story about healing and finding happiness!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matilda

    3 stars So, this book is about Oliver (H), a successful musician, and Emery (h), a single mom. Oliver is struggling with the loss of his twin brother, Alex, who is killed in a car accident. One night, while in a hole-in-the-wall bar, Oliver meets Emery who’s working as a bartender. Emery is struggling with her own problems like money and family drama. But that all changes when Emery helps Oliver escape a mob of angry fans and gives him a place to stay. To thank Emery and also help her, Oliver hir 3 stars So, this book is about Oliver (H), a successful musician, and Emery (h), a single mom. Oliver is struggling with the loss of his twin brother, Alex, who is killed in a car accident. One night, while in a hole-in-the-wall bar, Oliver meets Emery who’s working as a bartender. Emery is struggling with her own problems like money and family drama. But that all changes when Emery helps Oliver escape a mob of angry fans and gives him a place to stay. To thank Emery and also help her, Oliver hires her as his personal chef. This boss/employee relationship doesn't last long, like at all, because they eventually come to terms with their true feelings for each other, all while fighting their own battles. Now, the reason for the 3-star rating has less to do with the main characters and more to do with the way the romance between Oliver and Emery was shown. To me, this is the most important part of any romance no matter who great the plot is. What I liked Oliver Oliver was a really well written hero. The struggles that he goes through throughout the book were incredibly written. I believed his pain and the love he had for Alex. Oliver is referred to throughout the book as an introvert and socially awkward. Meanwhile, his brother is the complete opposite. The media and fans are constantly comparing the both of them and often refer to Oliver as the lesser brother because he comes off as ‘cold’. This is something I’ve personally struggled with and it’s one of those things I’m really insecure about so reading Oliver’s inner-monologue talk about how much he wishes he could be like more like his brother, I completely understand it. At the very beginning of the book, Alex and Oliver are at a party celebrating the release of their third album (they are part of a duo group) when Oliver decides to leave early because I didn’t want to be there anymore. Alex decides to leave with him and while they are being driven home, they get into a car accident, causing Alex to pass away. For this reason, Oliver blames himself of his brother’s death. The most heartbreaking thing I read in this book was why Oliver chose to cover all the mirrors in his home after his twin passed Most of the mirrors in my house were covered with sheets. I hardly looked in mirrors in such a long time, because in every single one, Alex was staring back my way This is probably the most beautifully written line of the book. It really puts it into perspective what twins must feel when their other half passes away, especially in Oliver’s case where he and the whole world blame him for his death. Oliver’s everlasting love for Alex is my favorite thing about this book. Oliver's relationship with Emery's daughter, Reese, is sooooo freaking cute. I loved their banter, like, Oliver constantly correcting Reese when she called him 'Mr. 'Mith' instead of 'Mr. Smith' and Reese telling Oliver to stop calling her kid. ”Hey, Mr. Mith?" Reese asked, tugging on my shirtsleeve. "Smith." "What's what I said. Hey, Mr. Mith, do you think you'll ever make good music again?" Another example... "Stop calling me 'kid'—I'm 5 years old. I'm a big girl." "I'll stop calling you 'kid' when you stop calling me 'Mith'." "Okay, Mr. Mith!" Emery I don’t have much to say about Emery, she was a good heroine. I felt that Oliver's character was the more interesting one. I loved the relationship between her and Reese. She's one of those characters who always tries to see the best in people, even when they might not deserve it. The drama with Emery's family was enjoyable to read, but it's honestly personal preference and this kinda goes into my issue with the lack of romance where the plot was good, but the romance was too lacking. Meet-cute The first meeting between Oliver and Emery was amazing and hilarious. I love that he didn't automatically come off as perfect and dreamy, which Emery was expecting as she was a fan of his. Oliver tries to fight this huge guy while piss drunk and gets punched. When Emery helps him, he throws up in her car, pisses in her plant and strips naked, all in the same night. What I DIDN'T like As I said, the romance wasn’t there for me. I'm trying to read a romance novel, but got more of the struggles of 2 people that happen to fall in love. There also seemed to be a lot more showing and not telling. This seems to be an issue in romance that are more plot based. I want to read all the cute interactions and conversations between the MCs, not read it in the inner monologues as a passing thought. This might be a lot of people's thing, it just wasn't for me. There's also OW Drama. Oliver's ex is actually his girlfriend for freaking 40 PERCENT OF THE BOOK. Not only this, but his ex is a fucking bitch and also emotionally abusive to Oliver. Oliver literally takes this abuse for years and doesn't break up with her until she throws a drink on Emery and tries to pretend like she did it to herself. Oliver also acknowledges that he doesn't love her anymore, but he wanted to be with her still. It just bothered me that the author would decide to not have him break up with her on his own terms. The drama lasts to the near end of the book since his ex goes on this media frenzy where she accuses and suggests that Oliver was emotionally and physically abusive to her. The whole drama bothered me cause I've just never cared for OW/OM drama. If I catch Oliver's ex on the street... Okay this is kind of random, but there was a random plot hole in the book. In one chapter there's a 5 year flashback to one of Alex & Oliver's early concerts. At the concert they meet 2 fans that are sisters, one of which is pregnant. All the sudden, the fans water breaks and some of it gets on Oliver's shoe. The girl says she's sorry and Oliver jokes 'it's okay, as long as you name the kid after me and not Alex like you want'. Alex's middle name is Reese. Now this isn't brought up at any point in the book and Emery says later on in the book that she wishes she met Alex. But she literally did????? I am truly confused. Anyway, ignore that I suck ass at writing about why I like a book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Syndi

    Miss Cherry done it again. The Mixtape is a story that full of moral messages. Just like Miss Cherry wrote at the beginning of the book, this book is for all the young girls, women out there who struggle to find their place in this world. The romance is nice adding bonus. Even the story is more focusing on woman struggle, I like Oliver. He is that type of hero who gives all his love and support for his girls. Emery is a modern woman who born and raised in a wrong family. Her family is strict and Miss Cherry done it again. The Mixtape is a story that full of moral messages. Just like Miss Cherry wrote at the beginning of the book, this book is for all the young girls, women out there who struggle to find their place in this world. The romance is nice adding bonus. Even the story is more focusing on woman struggle, I like Oliver. He is that type of hero who gives all his love and support for his girls. Emery is a modern woman who born and raised in a wrong family. Her family is strict and religious. And yet she stood out with her wisdom. I do like how Miss Cherry gives her readers an equal hero and heroine. They both deserves each other. Book like The Mixtape is what I am craving from Miss Cherry. 5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by author) -When it rains, it pours, but the rain always stops, and the sun comes out again. Oliver Smith is one of the biggest musicians in Hollywood. He was thrust into the limelight and now had money, fame and success, but when he loses his twin brother his world feels like it's crashing down around him. His brother was his other half in their family and their careers. Now the once popular music duo is no more. While Oliver tries to pick up the pieces of his life, he 4.5 Stars! (ARC provided by author) -When it rains, it pours, but the rain always stops, and the sun comes out again. Oliver Smith is one of the biggest musicians in Hollywood. He was thrust into the limelight and now had money, fame and success, but when he loses his twin brother his world feels like it's crashing down around him. His brother was his other half in their family and their careers. Now the once popular music duo is no more. While Oliver tries to pick up the pieces of his life, he feels empty and lost. He's drowning in pain and not sure if he can ever perform again. Music was always his lifeline, and the largest part of who he was. Just when he's not sure where to turn he meets a woman named Emery. She's exactly what he needs in that moment in time. She's a breath of fresh air he so desperately craves, and becomes his safe place in the storm. Emery is single mom trying to make ends meet and doing everything alone. Her little girl is her world, but she's extremely overwhelmed with no support system and struggling to provide for her. While at work she meets her top celebrity crush at his lowest point, and tries to help him escape from the paparazzi. Oliver is a painfully handsome, quiet, shy introvert who often overthinks things. They are two people whose paths cross and begin to smile again. Will they find happiness together or will outside forces be too much for them to handle? -She was the first woman who'd made my heart feel things that I hadn't known hearts could feel. -He was a beautiful man with a beautifully scarred soul, and the best part about it was that he hadn't even known how beautiful he had been. The broken pieces of his story were exactly what made him shine. The Mixtape by Brittainy Cherry is an emotional friends to lovers, rock star, single parent, slow burn romance about friendship, heartbreak, healing, love, loss and hope. I loved this story and this man is truly something special. His beautiful heart and kind soul will capture your heart from the start. ***NOW AVAILABLE*** https://amzn.to/3AdLMlo

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lucía

    This type of books warms my heart. Seeing broken people get better thanks to being surrounded by caring people just gets me 🥺 And if you add in to the mix a cute little kid, makes the book even better. “When it rains, it pours, but the rain always stops, and the sun comes out again.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    Whilst I always rate, I don't always review, not because many books aren't worth it but just sometimes life gets in the way. Having said that I do feel moved to leave some words about this book. I love Brittainy C. Cherry. I have loved every book of hers I've read. But I was NOT going to read this book. Ever. Even though it was a Buddy Read and I love my BRs. Not because I don't love her writing but because on the whole I don't like the whole musician / rock star trope. I also really, really disl Whilst I always rate, I don't always review, not because many books aren't worth it but just sometimes life gets in the way. Having said that I do feel moved to leave some words about this book. I love Brittainy C. Cherry. I have loved every book of hers I've read. But I was NOT going to read this book. Ever. Even though it was a Buddy Read and I love my BRs. Not because I don't love her writing but because on the whole I don't like the whole musician / rock star trope. I also really, really dislike the whole rich musician, poor heroine trope (really especially when their only skill is to cook / bake cupcakes or cookies). Do you think its possible that a woman can sometimes be more than a waitress or bartender and cook????? Puhlease!!!!!I've also just come off a run of books about really broken people. I also read the backstory from Brittainy and wasn't sure my heart was up for it. But then I read this from Radd. And she hasn't steered me wrong yet! So I decided "OK, I'll give it a go" despite some very significant reservations. So, this really wasn't a rock star book. Others have said this and I agree. This is the story of a man so broken by grief as to be barely functioning. The fact that he is a musician is secondary in a sense. We have a lot of music shared woven through the story but its not about life as a rock star, its just about a man and a woman who find and save each other. The music just adds to the picture. Oliver is reeling from the death of his twin and music partner. Emery is struggling to survive and bringing up a child having needed to (you guessed it) drop out of culinary school. Upon finding Oliver in her bar and saving him from the wrath of an angry crowd, she loses her job, only for Oliver to then give her one (presumably out of guilt). From there, friendship develops, healing for both progresses and inevitably they fall in love. There is some family and OW drama (no cheating), an adorable daughter, some (I felt unresolved) aspects of Emery having been a massive fan of the music duo (another trope I hate, "Oh my music crush falls in love with little old me"...) which was really just not talked about at all, some truly evil parents and some perfect parents. Yet despite this story having so many components that I hate, really hate in a book (did any of you miss that 😂 ), I completely and utterly loved it! I devoured this book. I felt every single inch of Oliver's pain and Emery's heartbreak. I adored how they were with each other; how Emery was Oliver's light without being made to seem completely over the top. Brittainy has written Oliver's despair so painfully truthfully and if you have ever been there, you'll see how terrifyingly accurate this portrayal is. I shed tears of sadness and then cried tears of joy throughout this book and for me that's no easy feat to elicit. So, even if you the hate rock star, poor bartending female MC, adorable daughter, perfect parents, my-music-crush-fell-for-me trope, read this one. It's well worth the journey. Beautiful and heartfelt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    reen ༊*·˚

    Who wouldn't love to read a story about two lost souls: A struggling single mother and a famous singer dealing with the death of his twin brother, cross paths and realize they need each other. My heart ache for Oliver. It didn’t help that his fans blamed him for the death of his brother and the ex-girlfriend who emotionally abused him dated him solely for the sake of boosting her career. I loved how we got to see Oliver's journey from deep depression to finding his light, all because of Emery an Who wouldn't love to read a story about two lost souls: A struggling single mother and a famous singer dealing with the death of his twin brother, cross paths and realize they need each other. My heart ache for Oliver. It didn’t help that his fans blamed him for the death of his brother and the ex-girlfriend who emotionally abused him dated him solely for the sake of boosting her career. I loved how we got to see Oliver's journey from deep depression to finding his light, all because of Emery and Reese.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    Oh my heart! Brittainy C. Cherry did it again! Wow! She always delivers an emotionally charged story that leaves me both in tears and also full of joy. Mixtape is an apropos title because we got a mix bag in this story. There was grief but healing, hate but love, abuse but survival, and most of all, a real family emerged. I love Emery so much. She is such a strong person and full of love to give. She had so much depth that I felt strongly that Reese would be okay. I guffawed at the “butt of the br Oh my heart! Brittainy C. Cherry did it again! Wow! She always delivers an emotionally charged story that leaves me both in tears and also full of joy. Mixtape is an apropos title because we got a mix bag in this story. There was grief but healing, hate but love, abuse but survival, and most of all, a real family emerged. I love Emery so much. She is such a strong person and full of love to give. She had so much depth that I felt strongly that Reese would be okay. I guffawed at the “butt of the bread” comments because my kids won’t eat the ends of bread either. So many things made this story relatable because my kids have asked me if we were poor too and I said the same thing that Emery said, you are not poor if you have love! My heart broke for Oliver. What a painful trauma to deal with so publicly. People can be so heartless with comments and celebrities endure a lot. He was lucky to get a second chance to heal and find his purpose again. Oliver owed a great deal of his survival to his support system who never gave up on him. From his parents to his assistants, Oliver had people who truly loved him and believed in him. They were the wind beneath his broken wings. Thank you to the author to include therapy as a necessary vehicle to healing after trauma. It’s important to normalize mental health issues and treatments. It really laid a believable groundwork to Emery and Oliver connecting in a healthy way. Sammie and Emery’s parents were something else. That was the most difficult part of this book because generational curses are real. What an awesome story and epic ending. Books like this is why I love romance, because love finds a way most of the time. I loved this story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Radd Reader

    This author is the queen of emotional stories and I can always count on her to bring me all the feels. This story was everything I was hoping for. I cried, my heart broke, I got mad, I got furious, I jumped for joy, I chuckled a bit and I fell in love. Kudos Ms. Cherry - you did it again! ”Every person in this world has a mixtape of sorts, a collection of tracks that defines their lives. Each memory is a song, and they all come together to create a masterpiece. So, tell me about your story. Wh This author is the queen of emotional stories and I can always count on her to bring me all the feels. This story was everything I was hoping for. I cried, my heart broke, I got mad, I got furious, I jumped for joy, I chuckled a bit and I fell in love. Kudos Ms. Cherry - you did it again! ”Every person in this world has a mixtape of sorts, a collection of tracks that defines their lives. Each memory is a song, and they all come together to create a masterpiece. So, tell me about your story. What lyrics, what melodies, live on your mixtape?” “If humans knew how damaging words could be to someone’s mental health and stability, then maybe they would’ve chosen them differently.” **Synopsis:** While working at a hole-in-the-wall bar, Emery meets a drunk Oliver. First impressions weren’t good, but when she finds out he skipped his own concert to wallow in his unhappiness in a bar, things definitely get worse. When the bar patrons and angry fans take their frustrations out on him, Emery comes to his rescue. The next day when Oliver finds out Emery was fired for helping him, he realizes he can come to her rescue by offering her a position as his cook. Oliver is finding it difficult to get over the loss of his twin and Emery has some family and finance issues that are causing her some stress. So both of these two are in desperate need of someone to provide support and care. Emery’s position in Oliver’s home is the perfect opportunity for these two to build a slow and steady friendship which eventually turns into much more. ~ ”I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to work through my troubles. I fall apart and struggle through normal activities. I am the complete opposite of what normal is. Some days I struggle to get out of bed, and others I struggle to breathe. But you make it easier. You make it better” ~“You’re my favorite song on my mixtape.” ** The following are my thoughts about this book: ** * * the twins…oh how I loved both of them. The Oliver / Alex aspect of this story was beautiful and heartbreaking. * * Emery’s parents were awful. If you don’t like religion mentioned at all in a book, this may be an issue for you. Her parents were religious fanatics who were hypocritical, mean, crazy wackos. * * it was a slow burn, and I was ok with that. Emery and Oliver were both struggling with some personal things and they needed to sort some of that out before they could be ready for a long lasting relationship. I thought they were really good together and brought out the best in each other. ~ “I can’t erase your fear, Emery, but I need you to know that you did this to me,” he said, taking my hands into his and laying them against his chest. “You found me when my heartbeats were hardly there, and you stamped them. You stamped my heart, and that’s why it’s still beating.” ~ “Oliver,” she sighed as she placed a palm against my face. “Don’t you get it? So much of your beauty comes from those broken pieces. In those cracks is where you shine.” * * the therapist had so much insight and wisdom. Adding that character into the story really helped the reader connect to who Oliver thought he was. Also, the things the therapist suggested for healing and changing your mindset were great pieces of advice not only Oliver, but also for the reader to think about. ~ ”Healing doesn’t walk a linear line; it takes the messy route. I believe that healing comes during both the dark days and the bright ones. It’s not all rainbows. Sometimes healing means slicing open the scars that made you hurt so much before and examining them to fully understand yourself. Why did the cut hurt you in the past? How did it change you into who you are today? What can we learn from the pain of your yesterdays to better your tomorrows?” ~”Why do you turn to the negative opinions of others rather than the positive ones?” I shrugged and clasped my hands together. “I don’t know.” “You do,” she disagreed. “You just don’t want to admit it. You turn to the negative because that’s what you’ve spent so much of your life believing. But you know the cool thing about this narrative? It’s never too late to change it. If you hear a song on the radio that you hate, do you just continue to let it play? No. You change the station. So, go ahead, Oliver. Change the station.” * * speaking of slow burns, Oliver‘s healing was also gradual. I thought that lent authenticity to the story. Yes, Emery‘s presence in his life started the change, but it wasn’t like she walked in his life and then Bam he was better. I really did appreciate the author taking time with this character and allowing him to heal and get better with time and the help of others. * * I really wish we could have seen some repercussions for the horrible ex * * Reese, the five year old daughter, was so adorable and her interactions with Oliver were cute. They had a special little bond. Her scenes brought lightness to the story. * * if you are looking for a typical rockstar story, this isn’t it. It’s a story about a famous musician, but it’s not the typical sex, drugs and rock-n-roll type story. In my opinion, so much better! **Overview:** - Content Warning: depression, death of twin, verbal abuse, and rape (off page) - Setting: California - POV: Dual POV - Who is the Hero? Oliver Smith (age: 27). Part of the famous music duo Alex and Oliver. Alex and Oliver are twins * The following words/phrases were used to describe Hero: introvert, not into parties and would prefer to be home in sweats watching documentaries, struggles with only believing the negative things people say about him, feels lost without his twin, at the edge of despair * H likable? Yes. My heart broke for him. He not only lost the other half of his music duo, but his twin brother who he deeply loved. ~ ”I didn’t look in the mirror. Most of the mirrors in my house were covered with sheets. I hadn’t looked in mirrors in such a long time, because in every single one, Alex was staring back my way.” - Who is the Heroine? Emery Taylor (age: mid to late 20’s). Emery is a single mom raising her 5 year old daughter Reese. She was going to school to be a chef before she had to drop out * The following words/phrases were used to describe Heroine: doesn’t judge people, takes care of people, good listener, great mom, strong, she makes the saddest souls want to feel better * h likable? Yes. I’m glad her self worth was not wrapped up in her parents warped opinions about her. She was a strong character, with an easy- going attitude and very easy to like. - h virgin? No - First time they kiss: 69% - First time they sleep together: 80% - First time they say I Love You 85% - steamy? There wasn’t a ton of steam, but they had strong chemistry The focus was on the characters and not the bedroom scenes. - OW/OM drama? some. There was another woman that was hanging around with Oliver at the time he met Emery. But honestly, the woman was using him and he didn’t seem to care much about her and there certainly wasn’t any touchy-feely stuff happening between them, so I didn’t even really feel like she mattered to him. - H/h cheat? No - Time apart? A few weeks - Did I skip pages? No - Big secrets? there was a little surprising revelation around 57%. The reader didn’t know until it was revealed. - Did I cry? yes. But it wasn’t an ugly cry. Just a few tears - Did I laugh? there were some cute moments with the five year old. It brought lightness to the story. - Did I swoon🥰? Yes. Oliver is downright swoony!! - Cliffhanger? No - HEA? Yes - Epilogue? 1 year later and 2 years later - Recommend? Yes. So many feels. ~ “No day was perfect. Not every day ended with slow dances and laughter, or smiles and happiness, but each day was worth it. Each day was worth living because it led to the better tomorrows, the brighter days, the happily ever after. This was our life. It had its ups and downs, but without question, it was ours. This was our mixtape, and I was damn proud of it.” **Quotes** “I wanted to know what made a person tick. I wanted to not only see them in the sunlight, but I wanted to see their rain clouds too.” “No life is better than another. They are all just uniquely different.” “Sometimes the best way to move forward is to leave some things behind.” “You’re every single good thing in the world wrapped in one person.” “What do you want to do today, Oliver?” “Be around you.” “You probably feel like you’re falling apart, but in truth, this is you falling together, sweetheart. Sometimes, part of the healing journey involves falling apart. That doesn’t make you weak; it makes you strong. So, fall apart tonight, and you’ll be stronger for tomorrow.” “I’m learning in life that you don’t have to be ready for every situation. You just have to be brave enough to try.” “In that moment, I knew the truth about family. There wasn’t one cookie-cutter way to create love bonds. Families came in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Some were tied together by blood, and others by heartbeats. At the end of the day, it didn’t matter how you came together; it only mattered that you stayed together. That you looked out for one another and loved in an unconditional way.” “ Each year on my birthday, the family went to Alex’s grave site, and we’d play him our favorite songs of the current year and talk to him. We’d tell him the ups and downs of life and celebrate him. Every time a breeze passed, I knew he was there with us. Even though we couldn’t see him, I felt his spirit surrounding me.” ❤️

  12. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Emery + Oliver. Emery and her five year old daughter have been busy just surviving these last years. Emery works very hard just to pay rent and to feed her little girl. Her dream is to be a chef - but she's just bartending for now. That's where she meets him one night. Oliver. The hero of her teenage years. Oliver was the not-so-popular part of the famous music duo Alex + Oliver. His twin brother Alex died six months ago and Oliver hasn't really dealt with things yet. ═════════════════ Another beau Emery + Oliver. Emery and her five year old daughter have been busy just surviving these last years. Emery works very hard just to pay rent and to feed her little girl. Her dream is to be a chef - but she's just bartending for now. That's where she meets him one night. Oliver. The hero of her teenage years. Oliver was the not-so-popular part of the famous music duo Alex + Oliver. His twin brother Alex died six months ago and Oliver hasn't really dealt with things yet. ═════════════════ Another beautiful Brittainy book! A very heartbreaking rock-stary love story drama. I just loved Emery and little Reese. And Oliver and his parents. An amazing couple. Most parents in books these days are horrible. Which Emery's parents are unfortunately. Ew. I ... ugh. Horror people! The story was so sweet and adorable and funny and rock-starish and cook-ish and cindarella-ish. But at the same time it's all so sad with Alex dying and Oliver being so sad and depressed. And the horrible ex-girlfriend and the press and 'fans'. And Emery has her own problems. Money. Her sister. Her parents. Her job. It's not easy for our darlings. But of course we'll fight for that happy end. I really enjoyed reading this. I didn't love the many religious moments. That's a hard limits in my books. There was too much praying and talking about religion. And the whole romance part was a bit meh. The sparks between them could've been better and the first kiss could've happened a lot sooner. It was a very slow romance. There were a lot of things that didn't work in the story. I know I read an uncorrected copy and I don't usually mention those things about uncorrected books, but jeez. Really bad. I hope that the last proofreader and editor will fix things. Timeline problems. Typos. Wrong grammar. Et cetera. Two things that I thought were so weird - I'll hide them for those who haven't read it yet 😉(view spoiler)[First the scene we get where the girls had that Meet & Greet with the band? And her water broke and it's never mentioned again? That would be such an adorable anecdote to tell the kids one day and they don't even mention it. Same with her songwriting? I thought that she would so write songs with/for him! And it was never mentioned again. So weird. (hide spoiler)] But still - I loved the story! READ IT! THE MIXTAPE was another beautiful Brittainy Cherry love story. Heartbreaking. Funny. Romantic. Adorable. Full of music, good food, hope and love. Run to your nearest amazon for your own Oliver - this one is MINE! ☺ 💜 💜

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    4 Stars ⭐️

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    4 ⭐'s When you read a Brittainy Cherry book, you know you're going to get something deep and emotional and this certainly fits the bill. Oliver is in singing duo with his twin brother, Alex. When something traumatic happens, Oliver spirals and it's not pretty. One night, he ends up in the bar Emery works at and everything changes. I really enjoyed Oliver and Emery and what they brought out in each other. Emery's story is just as interesting as Oliver's - just maybe a bit more tainted. The ending 4 ⭐'s When you read a Brittainy Cherry book, you know you're going to get something deep and emotional and this certainly fits the bill. Oliver is in singing duo with his twin brother, Alex. When something traumatic happens, Oliver spirals and it's not pretty. One night, he ends up in the bar Emery works at and everything changes. I really enjoyed Oliver and Emery and what they brought out in each other. Emery's story is just as interesting as Oliver's - just maybe a bit more tainted. The ending was amazing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    5+ “heart stamps” stars! I am struggling with how to even articulate a review worthy of this amazing book. This was next level Brittainy Cherry right here. This book dug deep into my heart and soul, pulling things from my past that Brittainy seemed to have insight into without even knowing anything about me. This book was real. It was raw, and very unpretty at times, and messy, but that is life. “The hardest truth to learn in life was that not everyone loved the same way you did.” So many truths t 5+ “heart stamps” stars! I am struggling with how to even articulate a review worthy of this amazing book. This was next level Brittainy Cherry right here. This book dug deep into my heart and soul, pulling things from my past that Brittainy seemed to have insight into without even knowing anything about me. This book was real. It was raw, and very unpretty at times, and messy, but that is life. “The hardest truth to learn in life was that not everyone loved the same way you did.” So many truths that hit home. Talks of generational curses, and breaking those chains is something that I myself have had to do. To quote BC, “if the generational curse stayed in place, if we didn’t change our future by speaking and healing from our past, we’d keep that loop going.” This is real—period! Emery’s religious background, her narcissistic parents..this was everything I grew up around in the Deep South. I felt like Emery in that like she did, I had to physically remove myself from this toxic environment, and break these evil chains. Blood family doesn’t matter. If they are the ones doing harm then that’s when we have to re evaluate what true family is, and make our own. “In that moment, I knew the truth about family. There wasn’t one cookie-cutter way to create love bonds. Families came in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Some were tied together by blood, and others by heartbeats. At the end of the day, it didn’t matter how you came together; it only mattered that you stayed together. That you looked out for one another and loved in an unconditional way.” Oliver & Emery are my fave BC couple to date. This story is locked safe in my heart, and I will reread often. All the complexities, heartache and soul mending..heart healing is so worth it. “You found me when my heartbeats were hardly there, and you stamped them. You stamped my heart, and that’s why it’s still beating.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Betül

    **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. Em **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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tzelina

    This was a surprisingly enjoyable read !🙂 Definitely well written! 4 🌟

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    LOVED it My love for this one snuck up on me. While I've heard good things about Cherry's work, this is the first book of hers that I've read - and I wasn't convinced that I was loving it at the start. Our hero was a bit of a hot mess (with a terrible girlfriend), the tone was heavy, and the romance was slow-moving. But that quietly gave way to an emotional, laidback love story that got lighter and sweeter as it went. That hot mess of a hero turned into a truly great guy, and he stole my heart as LOVED it My love for this one snuck up on me. While I've heard good things about Cherry's work, this is the first book of hers that I've read - and I wasn't convinced that I was loving it at the start. Our hero was a bit of a hot mess (with a terrible girlfriend), the tone was heavy, and the romance was slow-moving. But that quietly gave way to an emotional, laidback love story that got lighter and sweeter as it went. That hot mess of a hero turned into a truly great guy, and he stole my heart as he mended his own. That slow-burning romance simmered into the kind of deep love that had me swooning by the end. It's an emotional - potentially triggering - love story that's subtle yet strong, and it 100% won me over by the end. That blurb is just the tip of the iceberg; this is a HEAVY and emotional read for much of the story. There's also plenty of triggering content, including loss of a loved one, addiction, mental/physical abuse, trauma - and more. There are only a couple of steamy scenes, and the tone is somewhere between a traditional romance and women's fiction. However, our couple is at the center of every page, making this feel like a true love story. Essentially, this follows Oliver, a professional musician dealing with the loss of his brother. They rose to fame together, and Oliver was always the quieter, more introverted sibling. Oliver doesn't know how to be himself without his brother, and he's not handling his grief or guilt very well. When Oliver meets Emery, he's at his lowest point. And though single mom Emery has her own issues, she helps the man whose music she's loved for years. Oliver and Emery help each other when they need it the most, and these two strangers slowly develop a friendship that starts to feel a lot like love. This quiet, angsty read is for the slow burn lovers out there, because this moves at its own pace. I loved the relationship development between Oliver and Emery, which strengthened with every page. And while Oliver does have a girlfriend for a decent amount of the story, it was easy to see that he was clinging to a relationship that once gave him comfort. Cherry does a great job navigating that, because this love story easily could've steered off-course. But I grew to understand why it was necessary, and the contrasts between the beginning and end of this romance are striking. Oliver is almost unrecognizable by the end, and the overarching theme is definitely one of HOPE. Have a little patience with this story, and you'll be rewarding with one fulfilling read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    DNF @40% I just can't keep reading. I had high hopes because I've seen a lot of love for Brittainy Cherry's books, but the writing, plot, and characters are a disappointment. There are a lot of rave reviews of The Mixtape so maybe it's just me... A copy was kindly provided by Montlake in exchange for an honest review. DNF @40% I just can't keep reading. I had high hopes because I've seen a lot of love for Brittainy Cherry's books, but the writing, plot, and characters are a disappointment. There are a lot of rave reviews of The Mixtape so maybe it's just me... A copy was kindly provided by Montlake in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Malena

    “You’re my favorite song on my mixtape.” oliver and emory’s story was so beautiful and emotional 🥺

  21. 4 out of 5

    booksara

    ‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾☆ 3.5 stars ☆☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙ “Everyone’s life story is a mixtape, and each track is a chapter of their life. Some chapters are happy, and others are sad, but they are all entangled to create that person’s mixtape. ...You’re my favorite song on my mixtape.” this was a nice read. I enjoyed Oliver and Emery’s story. I think their relationship progressed really organically. I just didn’t feel it in my bones, but it was sweet how they became each other’s person. “When it rains, it pour ‧͙⁺˚*・༓☾☆ 3.5 stars ☆☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙ “Everyone’s life story is a mixtape, and each track is a chapter of their life. Some chapters are happy, and others are sad, but they are all entangled to create that person’s mixtape. ...You’re my favorite song on my mixtape.” this was a nice read. I enjoyed Oliver and Emery’s story. I think their relationship progressed really organically. I just didn’t feel it in my bones, but it was sweet how they became each other’s person. “When it rains, it pours, but the rain always stops, and the sun comes out again.” I think it lacked depth in a few areas because the last 30% was rushed. And I’m not gonna lie, I want to punch Emery’s parents in the face. I hate them so fcking much it’s enraging. Of course, Reese stole the show. She was adorable. I’m glad they didn’t tell her as she is just a child, but I hope they will at some point. Her relationship with Oliver was super sweet, too. I liked it, but because of how some things were dropped in the middle of the story to then be picked up in the rushed end and wrapped up in a paragraph, I couldn’t fully connect. The playlist was bomb, though. I really loved the whole mixtape concept. SONGS: Godspeed - James Blake Can I Kiss You? - Dahl

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lovez Bookz

    This was ok. It felt very on the surface tho. I think there were some missed opportunities on how the story was written and so many places where we could've gotten a much deeper story, especially with everything Oliver was going thru. It was just fine, nothing too emotional. I think the author played it a little too safe with this one. Reese was super cute tho! This was ok. It felt very on the surface tho. I think there were some missed opportunities on how the story was written and so many places where we could've gotten a much deeper story, especially with everything Oliver was going thru. It was just fine, nothing too emotional. I think the author played it a little too safe with this one. Reese was super cute tho!

  23. 4 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Dual Rating: With raw talent and passion, Oliver Smith deservedly found success in the music industry. But a tragedy put him on a destructive path that could put both his life and career in jeopardy. Fortunately for him, Emery Taylor crossed that path and gave him hope that things might finally be looking up. However, the price of fame might be too much for him to bear. This book was lighter than the author’s usual work but it still Genre: Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone POV: First Person - Dual Rating: With raw talent and passion, Oliver Smith deservedly found success in the music industry. But a tragedy put him on a destructive path that could put both his life and career in jeopardy. Fortunately for him, Emery Taylor crossed that path and gave him hope that things might finally be looking up. However, the price of fame might be too much for him to bear. This book was lighter than the author’s usual work but it still carries an emotional weight. I was drawn to Oliver’s pain and sadness and admired Emery’s tenacity. While they came from the opposite side of life, they both carried heavy burdens on their shoulders. “Sometimes I don’t know how to be in the same space with you,” I confessed. “You make me nervous.” “Why?” “Because somehow you make me feel better, and I’m not certain if I’m allowed to feel better.” There were characters in this book that made me incredibly angry and sad for the main character. The Romance was a slow burn with minimal sexy scenes - which I don’t mind in this case. There was one thing that bothered me though. One of the characters decided on a significant action but the result was never mentioned. With that said, I enjoyed the story overall. The Mixtape is a story of healing and self-worthiness. It would appeal to readers who enjoy a slow burn Contemporary Romance. 🎶❌🎶 . . . (F)BR With Loyda . . .🎶❌🎶 For more reviews/interviews/promo visit:

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Igou

    Sweet story of friends to love As of the time of this review, this book was available on Kindle Unlimited in both ebook and audiobook. Oliver Smith was 1/2 of the famed duo Alex and Oliver. These twins have done everything together, including releasing several hit albums. One night, Alex, the more outgoing of the pair is tragically killed in an accident. Oliver struggles to move on. One fateful night, Oliver and Emory world's intersect. Can they help each other find a bit of happiness in their li Sweet story of friends to love As of the time of this review, this book was available on Kindle Unlimited in both ebook and audiobook. Oliver Smith was 1/2 of the famed duo Alex and Oliver. These twins have done everything together, including releasing several hit albums. One night, Alex, the more outgoing of the pair is tragically killed in an accident. Oliver struggles to move on. One fateful night, Oliver and Emory world's intersect. Can they help each other find a bit of happiness in their lives. First note -- if you are looking for a light, fluffy romance, this is not the book. The book deals with several issues including rape, emotional abuse, and the loss of a sibling. If you are looking for a book that dives into a complex relationship, this is for you. The characters are lovable, even though they are each going through their own pain at the moment. From start to finish, the story grabs you and you are cheering for the characters. You can't help it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    4.5 emotional stars "When love met pain, beauty could be created." What a beautiful story of loss, pain, trauma, depression and the healing power of love. I loved every minute of this book dealing with raw and emotional topics that are so actual for the world we live in: rape, victim shaming, depression, post-partum, trauma, survivor's guilt. Amazing BIPOC characters, great dialogue, some laugh out loud moments, intense emotions, beautiful ending... this book is so close to my heart... I am a wrecki 4.5 emotional stars "When love met pain, beauty could be created." What a beautiful story of loss, pain, trauma, depression and the healing power of love. I loved every minute of this book dealing with raw and emotional topics that are so actual for the world we live in: rape, victim shaming, depression, post-partum, trauma, survivor's guilt. Amazing BIPOC characters, great dialogue, some laugh out loud moments, intense emotions, beautiful ending... this book is so close to my heart... I am a wrecking mess of emotions right now. I don't have a lot of triggers but nothing gets me more than unfairness/loss of control, children with horrible parents and main characters in a realistic "no way out" kind of situation. I admire so much Emery, the main female character. She was dealt some shitty cards in her life but she made do with grace and love. “Then there is no way we are poor. We have clothes on our backs, a roof over our head, a car to drive, and each other’s love. No one can be poor if they have love.” This is a woman that actually knows how to gift unconditional love. “Oliver,” she sighed as she placed a palm against my face. “Don’t you get it? So much of your beauty comes from those broken pieces. In those cracks is where you shine.” Her 5 year old daughter Reese literaly stole my heart. Her interactions with Oliver are so precious and funny. She is a firecracker that one. And Oliver was so credible as the main hero held down by his demons. He struggled with depression and dark thoughts after the death of his twin. His pain was so palpable but his rise bqck to life was so inspiring. "For a long time, I believed that money and fame would make everything okay. Truth was, there wasn’t a dollar amount that could make a person happy if their soul was sad." "We’re all just trying to breathe, Sammie. It doesn’t make you weak to reach out for help. That’s actually what makes you strong. So, what do you say? How about we breathe together?” In the end, Emery's love for Oliver saved him and his love for Emery saved her in return. “I love so many pieces of you, Emery Taylor. I love the quiet parts, and the loud ones too. I love how you give your all to everyone around you, and also save some love for yourself. I love your cooking, and I love your laugh. I love the way you love your daughter. I love her too." But this is just part of the story. Each character in this book has an important tale to share and I was there for all of them. I had a great time reading Oliver and Emery's story and, if not clear from my above review, I highly recommend it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Storiesandcoffee

    The queen of feels, Brittany C. Cherry, is back again with an emotional story about a struggling single mother and a damaged musican finding love after heartache. Is your heart ready? This wasn't my favorite BC book, unfortunately. While I liked some aspects of the story, I really struggled with others. Reese was adorable, and I really enjoyed the supporting character, Abigail. But Oliver felt like one big contraction, and Emery felt cliched and one-dimensional, making it hard for me to really ro The queen of feels, Brittany C. Cherry, is back again with an emotional story about a struggling single mother and a damaged musican finding love after heartache. Is your heart ready? This wasn't my favorite BC book, unfortunately. While I liked some aspects of the story, I really struggled with others. Reese was adorable, and I really enjoyed the supporting character, Abigail. But Oliver felt like one big contraction, and Emery felt cliched and one-dimensional, making it hard for me to really root for their romance. I also struggled with the grammatical/continuity errors. Thank you Amazon Publishing for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bree Lauren

    ♡ Rockstar romance ♡ Emotional ♡ Single mom ♡ Chef heroine ♡ Family drama ♡ Greif This is definitely in my Top 3 Brittainy Cherry books, which is saying something because I've pretty much loved every single one of her books. I absolutely adored Oliver and my heart absolutely broke for everything he was going through. I love how Emery and Oliver's stories collide and watching them fall in love and take care of each other was such a beautiful thing. ♡ Rockstar romance ♡ Emotional ♡ Single mom ♡ Chef heroine ♡ Family drama ♡ Greif This is definitely in my Top 3 Brittainy Cherry books, which is saying something because I've pretty much loved every single one of her books. I absolutely adored Oliver and my heart absolutely broke for everything he was going through. I love how Emery and Oliver's stories collide and watching them fall in love and take care of each other was such a beautiful thing.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    there were a lot of things happening here but nothing really moved me.. one word description- fine! It was just fine..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Each time I pick up a book by Brittainy Cherry, I expect an engaging and emotional read. She did not disappoint with her latest, The Mixtape. It follows a struggling single mother, and a broken musician on their journey of self-discovery, healing and love. I was eager to read this latest offering from the offer, so I was glad for the opportunity to take part in t I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Each time I pick up a book by Brittainy Cherry, I expect an engaging and emotional read. She did not disappoint with her latest, The Mixtape. It follows a struggling single mother, and a broken musician on their journey of self-discovery, healing and love. I was eager to read this latest offering from the offer, so I was glad for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour. I had a good time with the story from start to finish. The story introduces Oliver, a talented, introverted and shy singer. He lost his twin brother, Alex, the other half of their music duo, in a tragic accident. The fans and the media blamed him despite him not being responsible. Since that terrible night, he spiraled into a state of depression with alcohol as his crutch. Emery, a single mom to precocious five-year-old, is struggling to make ends meet. To her, Alex and Oliver’s music was her saving grace. Their music got her through some difficult moments in her life. Oliver played the leading role in most of her fantasies, but never did she dream that one day she would be the one to rescue him from the well of despair. Emery was such a great character. Strong, independent and determined. Despite the struggles she faced, she never gave hope for a better life for her and her daughter. I loved how she always put her daughter first. My heart ached for Oliver as I watched him struggled to come to terms with the loss of his twin. I felt every ounce of his pain, fears, despair and loneliness. It didn’t help that he lived with a soul sucking leech, who only dated him because of what he could do for her career. Emery’s daughter Reece brought lightness to the story with her sass. Her interactions with her mom made me smile, but what had me laughing were the conversations between her and Oliver.  I loved the friendship which developed between Oliver and Emery and their falling in love was the icing on the cake. However, their journey towards love and healing had its fair share of challenges. I have to admit I wanted more of the romance. Drama and angst overshadowed it.  I had my suspicions about some events concerning Emery’s family, so the revelations came as no surprise. I won’t go into the details, but one thing I will say is that I am glad she escaped that toxic environment. The story addressed some heavy topics, but Cherry balanced it out with humour and a slow burning romance. Overall, a wonderful story and one I recommend without hesitation.   Narration When I discovered that the audio version was available through Kindle Unlimited , I chose to listen. This was my first experience with the narrators, Jordan Cobb, James Shippy, They both did a great job, but for me Jordan was the shining star. The narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 stars The Mixtape is a standalone emotional contemporary romance. I did not read the book blurb before reading this book. So I had no idea how emotional this book would be. I'm honestly really glad that I went into this book blind. The book has both the male and female 1st person POVs. The story mostly takes place in Los Angeles. Oliver is the male narrator. He is a famous musician who is introverted and shy. He has a lot of social anxiety. And I loved him. I think that him being a successful mus 4.5 stars The Mixtape is a standalone emotional contemporary romance. I did not read the book blurb before reading this book. So I had no idea how emotional this book would be. I'm honestly really glad that I went into this book blind. The book has both the male and female 1st person POVs. The story mostly takes place in Los Angeles. Oliver is the male narrator. He is a famous musician who is introverted and shy. He has a lot of social anxiety. And I loved him. I think that him being a successful musician added so much to the story. And I loved the flashbacks from his past. The book started with a very powerful prologue. I think that it was much more impactful since I did not know that it was coming. Emery is the main female POV. She was amazing. I loved that she wanted to be a chef. There were definitely a lot of villains in this book. And a lot of characters that I wanted to strangle. But there were just as many amazing characters. Kelly. Abigail. Reese. I love when kids are the stars of books. Little 5 year old Reese was the best. Her Mr. Miths were one of the highlights for me. I absolutely loved the premise of The Mixtape. The book had such interesting characters. And so many emotional moments. I definitely had a lot of questions while I was reading. And some of the answers were great. There were a couple of graphic sex scenes, which I truthfully did not think fit with the rest of the story. I loved that there were intimate scenes. But I would have preferred less crass words. But overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was such a moving and amazing read. Thanks to netgalley, Montlake and the author for allowing me to read this book.

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