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Release Day Blitz + Review: Eight by E.S. Carter


Love isn’t free
You pay its price with your heart.



Title:
Eight
Series:
Love by Numbers #6
Author:
E.S. Carter
Release Date:
June 13, 2017

Blurb

I'm sorry for your loss.
Why do people say that?
When someone you love is taken from you, when a part of you dies along with them, you haven't lost them like you would your car keys or mobile phone. They aren't stuck down the side of the sofa or left in the ignition of your car for you to find later. You haven't absentmindedly put them somewhere and forgotten. You will never lose them because they live in you.
The soul crushing hurt that burns your lungs with every breath you take comes from knowing where they are and not being with them.
The ugly and real definition of grief is being left behind.
I'm sorry they left you.
I'm sorry you are alone.
I'm sorry it hurts to breathe.
Loss; it doesn't even compare.
She was my first love.
She is my last love.
I am an empty husk who pretends to be filled with enough love for those of us she left behind.
Our little girl and newborn son need me.
I am both mother and father now.
I am hollow and empty.
I am a shell.
So why does the girl with the face of an angel and eyes that mirror my emptiness, look at me like I'm her everything?

*Book #6 in the 'Love by Numbers' series. Can be read as a standalone.*


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**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

"You have my words. You have my heart. Take my eyes for they will never want to land on another person but you."

Eight is the first book I read in the Love by Numbers series. It started very emotional, and my heart broke for Josh and his children. I also wanted him to get out of his head and be there for his kids even though he was grieving. Fortunately, Josh had a very strong support system who helped him through his most difficult times. The author did a great job in portraying the love between Josh and his wife. I really felt the connection that was shown in just one chapter. 

"Love comes at the ultimate cost. It's not free. It's the most expensive of all emotions because you pay its price with your heart and there are no refunds or returns."

To move on with his life and be a better father, he makes to decision to move out of the house that holds all the beautiful and painful memories. He moves to Ibiza and stays at his brother's villa there. The first day he meets Halle, and is super rude to her. I was intrigued by her and wanted to know more about her. It was clear that she didn't have any life, and these two broken characters were drawn to each other. They were very explosive together and Josh feels guilty for the way he feels. 

"You deserve more. More than a broken man who is in love with a ghost."

It was very beautiful to see how Josh and Halle came together. However the pace of the story was very fast. In the last quarter of the book a lot happened, and I would've liked there to be more chapters to fully develop the relationship between these two, I wanted to see more of them as a couple. I think I would've enjoyed this book even more if I read the previous books in the series. Josh's kids were the best, I especially loved his five year old daughter Ivy. She was very caring and sassy. I just loved seeing him interacting with his children. I am looking forward to reading the previous books after meeting some of the characters in Eight.

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Also Available in the Love by Numbers series
*NB: Books one and two are a duet, and should be read in order. All other books in the Love by Numbers series can be read standalone.

#1 Nineteen

#2 Twenty-One

#3 Three

#4 Thirteen

#5 One

Author Bio

ES Carter lives in Cardiff, South Wales. The home of castles, dragons and folklore.
Her family joke that she was born with a book in her hand, and the urge to write stories soon followed.
At eleven, she won her school's literary prize. At ages fourteen to sixteen - her poetry phase after falling in love with Dylan Thomas and e.e. cummings - she had a few poems published, but life, love and family overtook her dreams, and she was in her thirties when she began the scary journey of self-publishing.
Her debut and internationally best-selling series, 'Love by Numbers', are a set of interconnected stand alone romances, all with varying themes of love. From second-chance to romantic comedy and M/M romance. These stories do not need to be read in order, in fact, she is often guilty of advising readers to start at the last book and work their way back through.
Contemporary romance is not the only genre she writes, her second series, 'The Red Order', is as dark and twisted as you can get, but there is beauty there too if you can open your eyes and look.
With many more stories bursting to be set free, she hopes you stay along for the ride.
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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