Monday, January 1, 2018

Review: Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless

Ethan, Who Loved Carter
by Ryan Loveless
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 17, 2012

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?

This is a very heart warming story between Carter, who had Tourette and Ethan who suffered brain damaged. Carter moved to a small town in order to enjoy a quiet life and met his new neighbor the Harts family, who are very welcoming, especially Ethan. Ethan suffered an accident that left him brain damage, but he seems to be a functioning adult and a total social butterfly. He doesn't have lack of friends nor lack of sexual partners. Honestly, Ethan reminds me of some Asperger characters. The way his brain works is very black and white without gray area in between. To him, everything is simple and straightforward. 

Carter and Ethan bonded over their awkwardness and music. They seems to have all the patience for each other tics and struggle. To Ethan, Carter's tics are music to his ears. Overall, this is one sweet and heartwarming story and I love seeing Carter and Ethan found love and companionship together. There isn't much drama either, which I found surprising. The secondary characters are mostly very supportive of the heroes and there isn't malicious intent present. The story just missing out on something to make me cry.