Eleanor & Grey by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Greyson East left his mark on me.

As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.

Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.

When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.

I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man. 

The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.

When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only. 
He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time. 

But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.

I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.

**Eleanor & Grey is a complete Standalone novel**

ellie’s $0.02:

side note… I started writing this review and got distracted and it originally published with just my notes and thoughts. Oh well.

Here is what I was actually trying to say about Eleanor (ellie - coincidence? I think not.) & Grey:

I think it goes without saying that Brittainy has a magical way with words and a true talent at telling a story. She is able to develop characters to their fault and bring their stories full cycle from the good to the bad to the good to the bad and so on. Sometimes that cycle goes in this direction that I want to change and fix and make it pretty - but she is able to round that loop and make all the ugly pretty and some of the pretty feel kind of ugly. Does that make sense?

What was truly impressive with this one is the characters. Brittainy was able to truly make me swing back and forth in all aspects on my feelings toward Greyson. Like how can you make me switch teams that hard core. At times it was so dismal I honestly physically sat back in my chair and crossed my arms and said “Game on, Cherry. How ya going to dig them out of this one?”

sigh . She did.

And aside from all the magical words… I know I say that a lot about Brittainy’s writing - it’s truly so pretty and impactful and thought provoking… I really like the premise of the plot and the complete and total role reversal and traits of these characters from school to adulthood. Without giving too much away, I was quite blown away with that. And like I said, that was one of the things where I just itched and itched and itched to change - but damn… the whole story would have been ruined if all these pieces didn’t fall exactly like they had.

Summary? It’s all just the work of a true genius.

Greyson East left his mark on me too.