Genres: Contemporary, Romance
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend...
Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)
Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.
Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.
Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve ...
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…
I’m just going to start this review by stating that Whitney G. writes the best couples; the very best couples, and I mean that. I can’t even begin to describe how much I absolutely loved Arizona and Carter – they were perfect together. If you know anything about me as a reader, as a blogger, as a reviewer then you know that one of my favorite books last year and one of my very favorite romances in recent years was Reasonable Doubt by this very same author, and one of the reasons why I loved that book was because of the chemistry between the two characters. They had such great banter, and the sexual tension was off the charts. I just adored how natural they were together, how real their story was, and how smooth and easy it was to read their love story and fall in love with them. Those are the exact same reasons why I can say that Sincerely, Carter is now one of my favorite books and I can guarantee you that I’m going to be re-reading this book over and over and over again for a very long time, because this book just made me so damn happy!
Yes, I love this book because it made me smile. I love this book because it made my heart jump. It made me giddy. I love this book because I couldn’t put it down at two in the morning when I knew that I had to wake up four hours later to get ready for work. I love this book because it frustrated me, to no end, because I was dying for these characters to get together and Whitney G. teased me so much that I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall. But I love this book even more because she made me wait for it. I love this book because once these characters got together (not a spoiler – of course they got together. Hello??) I was beyond dizzy because it was just so seamless and exactly what I wanted. I love this book because even when the inevitable angst presented itself and my heart was breaking for these two, I relished it because it was the sweetest kind of pain.
Sincerely, Carter is a love story about two life-long friends who one day realize that the feelings they have for their best friend is more complicated than they were ever willing to admit. Whitney G. takes you on a journey – a very sweet, funny, endearing, sexy, beautiful journey from the fourth-grade to college when their relationship grows from hair pulling and name-calling to a truly honest, real, and pure friendship. Then one day they look at this person who they loved their entire lives and realize that what they’re feeling inside isn’t simply friendship. Gawd! I LUURRVVEE these types of stories! They never get old. Can’t you just feel how great it is just from the synopsis alone? Well, once you read it, it’s even better!
I read Sincerely, Carter at exactly the right time because I’ve been immensely stressed lately, and I just needed a story to take me away from all of that. I needed a story that I could daydream about during my never-ending workday. I needed a story that I could dive into as soon as I got home – forgetting to wash my makeup and take off my bra! Y’all know that if the bra stays on after a long day, then it must be good. Sometimes as a reader we need a gut-wrenching, emotional romance that cleanses our souls. And sometimes we need a heartwarming, enchanting, buoyant romance to lighten the load some. Sincerely, Carter was the latter for me. Whitney G. created an effortlessly entertaining, sweetly scrumptious, and totally rad romance that I’m going to recommend to all my friends. I know they’ll adore Arizona and Carter. It’s quite impossible not to.
This love story was perfect in every sense except one: the ending. I WANTED MORE. I swear I slowed down as I got closer to the last page because I just didn’t want to let these two go. So I’m taking away a 1/2 hibiscus because I’m greedy, but hey, if that’s my only gripe then I guess I’m lucky. There could be worse book problems to have. But I’m probably going to start a petition for an extended epilogue or a novella, because there’s no way I’m going to survive for very long on this book alone. I want more Arizona and Carter! Once you read it you’ll understand. 🙂