- File Size: 1406 KB
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Publisher: E.S. Carter; 1 edition (November 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018OIKIRE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Three (Love by Numbers Book 3) Kindle Edition
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“When I gave myself to her, I gave her my entire being. My heart, my soul, my blood, my bones. It wasn’t enough. I wasn’t enough. She chose someone else, someone who already filled her heart and I despise the person who gets to have her love. I despise them with all the parts of me that I freely gave to her.”
Liam Fox-Williams is a 23-year-old guy living the dream; working and living on the party island Ibiza, managing his older brother’s nightclub. But under his friendly and outgoing personality there’s a sad and hurt young man. Four years ago, he was set aside by the woman he considered the love of his life, without a clear explanation, leaving him with nothing but questions and hurt feelings. When he’s visiting his family in England, a chance run-in with Cari – his former love – brings back everything and all he wants to know is: Why?
“In order for us to stand a chance, she needs to be the one to initiate things. I need to know she not only loves me but is willing to fight for me. Love; just a four letter word that is easy to spell yet impossible to define. I may need her to prove I’m worthy of fighting for, but for her, I’m all set to go to war.”
Cari Pritchard has one big responsibility in her life, her eight year-old sister Seren. After the deaths of their parents, Cari has become Seren’s mother, a challenging task since Seren has a severe form of Autism. Four years ago, she was madly in love with Liam, but she felt she couldn’t share herself between him and her young sister; Seren needed her and Liam deserved more then what she could offer him. So, with pain in her heart, she had send him away, giving him the chance to find somebody who could give him everything. Meeting Liam again after all this time on a sidewalk brings back all the buried feelings she still has for him.
“I never felt lonely with Liam; he was my cure, my antidote, my elixir vitae. He pushed back the waters of loneliness almost to the point of drought. I couldn’t allow him to be that for me as my life is so diseased, so draining that I couldn’t let him drown with me. So instead, I let him go.”
Four years ago, Cari and Liam had a ‘forbidden’ romance; he was the student, she the young art teacher. Although they waited until Liam was 18, the couple kept their romance hidden from everybody, family and friends included. When Liam and Cari meet again, it’s obvious the feelings they had for each other are still there, the love they both felt – and still feel – isn’t gone. Slowly, the couple gets to know each other again. And this time it’s not about the two of them, three people are involved now because Seren is a big part of Cari’s life now.
While I feel hurt for Liam – how his heart was broken – I understand Cari’s reasoning for pushing him away. She honestly believed it was in Liam’s best interest, that life with her and Seren would be too much of a burden for him, that she hadn’t enough love to give him, love Liam deserved. Not getting back together with his Cari isn’t an option for Liam, and he goes out of his way to prove to her he wants all in. Cari wants to be with Liam just as much, and finally sees they can be together, that she has a life besides work and the care of her sister. What I also must say; I love the fact that Liam isn’t the typical book hero, that he isn’t drowning his hurt in alcohol and meaningless hookups. I’m glad E.S. Carter chose to write Liam the way she did.
“I loved you with every part of my juvenile heart and even then I knew you loved me back. Now I stand before you, not as that young boy, but as a man; a man who still loves you with all his heart, but that love has evolved into so much more.”
Three is a beautiful second-change love romance, I give this story 4 stars.
The main problem I had with the story is that it was boring. Conflict easily resolved very quickly and early in the story. Nothing much really happened. Also the smex scenes were medicore and lacking in passion. It probably would have helped to keep things interesting and make it more steamy if more time was spent in the past when they had their forbidden relationship. Sadly that was not the case. The majority of the story was in the present.
Three is book #3 in her Love by Numbers series and it's, in my humble opinion, her best one so far. Three is more than a love story in the conventional sense of the word; it's a story of acceptance, of finding serenity once you let go of what's holding you back and look at the world through the eyes of someone else, someone who sees beauty in all the small things around us.
Three focuses on Liam and Cari and their second shot at love. After being left without a reason by Cari a few year back, through a chance encounter on the London streets, Liam decides he needs closure. He wants to know what happened, what he did wrong that she said goodbye without ever looking back. But when Cari throws him a curveball, Liam needs to make up his mind - is lobe worth fighting for or not.
The characters ES Carter created are incredibly real. Liam is the creative, sweet boy next door, and Cari is his female counterpart. I adored reading about a love that is anchored in reality - a story that could happen to anyone, no matter the situation. The secondary characters are so well developed that they're still with me even after I finished reading. Isaac and his brotherly advices, Liam's parents and their unconditional love, Laura- Nel, the heroine's BFF and the so needed comic relief. All these made Three a must read.
And although Three is a love story, the parts that brought me to tears were all involving Seren and everyone else around her. Seeing this subject presented in such a way in a contemporary romance, made me respect this amazingly talented new author even more. With this, she proved that she isn't scared of taking risks, that she can make us think and have us question our own love standards.
Three for me is one of the best books of 2015. It's a fantastically written second chance romance, with lovable characters, smart dialogue and vivid London descriptions - a book that, as I mentioned before, made me look at love in a different light and more than anything showed me I should never 'judge a book by its cover'.
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