REVIEW – Three by E.S. Carter

12087867_1504729873180205_651253170733141234_oSynopsisI 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…..

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.

This is book 3 in ‘The Love by Numbers’ series.
Although it contains characters from the previous books, it can be read as a standalone.
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Twenty One:

Rebecca Review-001Liam first stole my heart in Nineteen, and I’ve been waiting impatiently to finally have his full story. I had at least five theories about what he was hiding under the surface and of course, I was totally wrong. The book can be enjoyed as a stand alone, but having Liam’s backstory is certainly beneficial. Living his quiet heartbreak sets the perfect stage for this installment.

Second chance romances are often hit or miss for me. I dislike when so much time is spent on past events knowing the heartbreak both characters will endure. That is not the case here, as much of the book occurs in real time. There are perfectly placed flashbacks, but they only add to the storyline instead of detracting. The focus is the present and not stuck in the past.

“There’s only ever been you”

While I’ve always adored Liam, my feelings for Cari were much less moving. I spent the earlier parts of the books not truly identifying with her character and even disliking her to an extent. However, Ms. Carter does an excellent job of revealing all of Cari’s secrets and her heart. It was a slow but beautiful process. Often times as readers we are quick to judge characters, and when an author can completely change your attitude, it’s a testament to their abilities. By the end, I definitely admired Cari and her quite strength.

“Don’t look for someone to complete you, look for someone who accepts you completely.”

One of the things I enjoy most with this series is the supporting cast. It strengthens the entire storyline and makes it refreshing to see past couples. It’s like you never truly say goodbye to anyone. There are also some new and interesting ladies added to the mix, and I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Yes, I again have several theories about what couple might be next!
5starMeet The Author-001Avid reader and mother of three from a sleepy village in Cardiff UK.
I previously worked in human resource management prior to becoming a stay at home carer and advocate for families of children with special needs.

I have been writing since childhood, the bookworm gene an abnormal manifestation as no-one else in my family is obsessed with books. In fact, it is a family joke that I came out of my mother’s womb with a book in my hand.
I’m happy to say that I’ve passed this gene on to my youngest child; she has been devouring books since the first day that she could hold one in her hand 🙂



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