February 4, 2016

Title: Three
Author: E.S. Carter
Series: Love by Numbers
Publisher: self-published
Published: November 27, 2015
Genre: new adult contemporary romance

Synopsis:

I am a son. I am a brother. I am an artist. I am a student.

I am her student.

She was my first. First infatuation, first ‘real’ kiss, first love, first…..

heartbreak.

I gave her everything, including my body and would have given her more.
I gave her ‘I love you’ ….she told me her heart was filled by another, there was no room left for me.

We could never be. What we did was wrong.

It didn’t feel wrong to me.

The deepest hurt is a love that you cannot have. It will last the longest, cut the deepest and feel the strongest. It is an imperfect love; a disfigured circle that never ends.

You cannot control it; it’s as simple as blinking and just like blinking the more you try to stop it, the more the pain consumes you.

**I received a copy of this book from the author,
but that did not influence the review**

4 sweet stars This was my first book by E.S. Carter and I’m so glad I found her. Three was a simple, yet really beautiful love story.  I loved it and essentially read the book in 1 sitting, not even realizing the pages were turning. Ms. Carter has a way with words that immediately connected me to both Liam and Cari.

I came across this title on Net Galley, and I can be honest here, it was the cover and simple title that caught my attention. Then I read the synopsis and it sounded like this was going to be a heavily emotional book…so I was definitely all in. It turned out there was no major turmoil or breaking hearts in this story, but both Liam and Cari had their hearts ripped to shreds before we met them. The reader enters at the part where the healing began and it was glorious. We watch as these two find their way back to each other and become whole.

Both the MCs were perfect. Perfect for each other and I loved them both as much as they loved each other. The air even felt lighter when they were together…or did I just read about that? See? The author’s words were magic and brought me right into their world.

I also love how this touched on special needs and how people’s lives adapt. While theses special children might not fit the main stream path, they are still a gift and bring so much joy to others. I loved that part of this story and found it so touching….it really warmed my heart.

The ending had a great epilogue that let me bask in Liam and Cari’s glow. I felt truly satisfied and happy all over.

Rec this? Yes yes yes! If you love a read that will fly by and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy at the end this is a great addition for your TBR.

Happy reading!

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