- File Size: 1476 KB
- Print Length: 221 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: #185,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Three (Love by Numbers Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Before reading Three, I was already a huge fan of E.S. Carter. Her debut novel and follow up, Nineteen and Twenty One, were already stunning and amazing stories. So how do you top that? With Three! E.S. Carter takes us on an emotional journey from start to finish that makes it impossible to put the book down (I read this masterpiece in 5 hours!!!) and has you grabbing for those tissues multiple times.
We finally get to learn about Liam, a character I've always been quite curious about. There was always something about him in the first two books that gave him such a perplexing personality. Liam isn't a playboy, like we've known his brothers to be. He's a man who suffers from something no medicine can cure: a broken heart. His mind and soul are forever on that one girl thus encasing his heart forever in a tightly locked cage. He exists in the world, but he's not truly living. And you feel it wholly when he states:
"Each step that takes me further away from her is like a bolt to my chest, causing my feet to grow heavy and my legs to ache like I’m physically carrying a ton weight on my back."
Cari Pritchard is a saint. Well, to everyone but herself. Years ago she fell in love with a younger man but when life intervened, she broke things off. Having to take care of her baby sister, Cari struggles not only with the sudden title of 'parent', but the internal struggle her heart plays with her is incredibly gut-wrenching. She set free her only love so her sister wouldn't be without. Cari even sums it up perfectly:
"I am lonely. So lonely that it feels like I’m drowning some days; drowning and yet I am surrounded by others who can breathe easily...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."
Their fight for each other is real and powerful, and completely breathtaking when they come together. Throw together the chance re-meeting of a lifetime, an extremely incredible and special sister who unknowingly shows Liam his path, an AMAZING best friend who gives endless support, and a return of some of your favorite Fox's (and a hilarious H!), this book willturn your world upside down and inside out with the poignant journey it takes you on.
“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.
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