Why I read this book: A friend suggested it. I read the blurb on Goodreads and got teary and sighed a lot. I figured that was reason enough. 🙂
By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette’s dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He’ll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn’t anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.
From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won’t see past Ethan’s damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there’s a bigger issue: he’s been burned by so-called “perfect” matches, and he won’t risk his heart again.
One way or another, Ethan’s determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?
Title: Ethan, Who Loved Carter
Author: Ryan Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Published September 17, 2012
Page count: 210
The Cover: The cover features two men looking out over a beach. It’s fitting for the book, I think.
The Title: The title is perfect and really attracted me to the book.
Carter is a 24 year old who has Tourette’s syndrome. He’s moved from L.A. to a small town to avoid people and the ridicule that comes from being around them.
Ethan is a 27 year old who suffered a traumatic brain injury at 18. He hears music in the world around him that no one else seems to hear or even understand.
Carter moves in next door to Ethan’s family and soon runs into Ethan at the coffee shop where he works. He feels an instant kinship with Ethan but inadvertently insults him during their first conversation. Carter soon makes amends and they begin a friendship.
Ethan and Carter are instantly attracted to each other but Carter fights the attraction because of his fear of eventually being rejected because of his Tourette’s.
Carter finally gives in to Ethan’s overwhelming affection and they start a romantic relationship that is tested when a secret is revealed that sends Ethan into an emotional tailspin. The characters evolve so beautifully, adjusting to the situation and supporting each other when it counts the most.
This was such a beautiful story of two men overcoming their circumstances to find a way to be together in a meaningful way. I spent a substantial amount of time ‘awwing’ and sighing while reading this book. Ethan and Carter are just so sweet with each other and so perfect together. They really bring out the absolute best in each other.
This book was so well written. I felt invested in the main characters immediately, and the supporting characters had strong personalities that made them stand out as well. Ryan’s writing has a sort of poetry to it that I loved. Every time she wrote about Ethan hearing music in everyday life it made we wish I could do the same. I loved the way she made Ethan’s ability to hear the music in Carter’s Tourette’s a way of turning a normally troubling affliction into a thing of beauty.
If you’re looking for a really sweet love story that will suck you in right away, this is the book for you! ❤
Rating: 10 of 10 Pots of Gold
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