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Review: Three (Love by Numbers #3) by E.S. Carter

Posted on 10 February, 2016 by in E.S. Carter, Review / 1 comment

Review: Three (Love by Numbers #3) by E.S. CarterThree by E.S. Carter
on November 2015
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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.....

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.

From the moment I read this in the blurb, I was instantly intrigued:
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…..

This was heartfelt second chance love story between Cari Pritchard, a college art professor and Liam Fox, her former student. I am not a huge fan of student teacher romances but this one really worked for me.

Such a perfect line for a second chance romance:
“Don’t let sadness from the past or the fear of the future stop you from finding happiness in the present.”

Three is told is alternating POV’s something that for this one truly added to the story as the reason why Cari and Liam are no longer together is not what it appears.

When Liam sees Cari crossing the street…. your heart will start to pound for this clearly heartbroken young man is almost the definition of an old soul.

I loved Liam from almost the moment the reader meets him and I fell in love with even more as the book unfolded:
“The trouble is when I gave myself to her, I gave her my entire being.”

Speaking of unfolding the reason why Cari let Liam go turned this book into such a wonderful story; I am not going to tell you what that is or how it played into the story except to say it was never taken lightly and how it was handled showed the depth of Liam’s character as a man, again making me love him even more.

I read this book standalone and had no issues understanding the players or the story lone.

Please note the 3.5 stars is because of the fact this story is written by an author from Europe using European English then the storyline or the writing. For me personally, some of the phrasing and words pulled from the story.

♥ Read the Series 

Book 1 – Nineteen

Book 2 – Twenty One

Book 3 – Three


About E.S. Carter

Eli Carter is a mum of three from the U.K.
She is a stay-at-home mum and a part-time advocate for families of children with special needs.
Her life is pretty manic, and she often gets asked, “How do you find the time to write?”
The answer is simple; she never sleeps, but not from lack of trying.
Reading and writing are her therapy, her solace and often the one thing that gets her through the long nights. (That and copious amounts of caffeine and sugar!)
She loves to connect with readers, so please feel free to friend/follow her on Facebook, IG and Twitter or join her reader’s group, E’s Elite <3

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