Thursday, April 14, 2016

Audio Tour: Sincerely, Carter - Whitney G.

SincerelyCarterSincerely, Carter by Whitney G. 
Publication Date: April 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Friends to Lovers
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
Just friends.
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 … 
Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

About Whitney G.

A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Claire Gracen) reach through your Kindle and slap them. She is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Reasonable Doubt,the Mid Life Love Series, the Jilted Bride Series, the My Last Resolution Series, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul. When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop.

4 Stars
I might have a serious case of the feels for Carter...
Audiobook provided via IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review.

"Some people come into your life for a reason, some a season, and some for a lifetime.”

Carter and Arizona hated each other in the fourth grade, but one day they decided to be best friends. It might have been in the fourth grade, or maybe the fifth, but it's the kind of friendship that lasts a lifetime. They wrote each other letters, they competed at all of life's important "firsts," and turned to one another whenever they needed a shoulder to lean on. On the cusp of adulthood and making the choices that will plot their future, they discover in just one night that their friendship may have more to it; there may be a reason why Arizona can't sleep with just anyone and why Carter can't make it past the 6 month mark. They're just friends. Or are they?

Once again, a friends to lovers story has sucked me in. With alternating POVs and letters dating back to the fourth grade, Whitney G introduces us to two friends that have always been just that, friends. Carter and Arizona are the perfect kind of best friends I like to read about; they're distinctly different, they have experiences that shaped them, there are one thousand reasons they shouldn't be together, and yet their chemistry is always an underlying factor they've both grown so used to ignoring. We follow the two's friendship as they wade the murky waters of being an adult and revisit their experiences together from 4th grade to the end of college. While their both leading their own lives and striving toward huge goals, they come back together to share their old rituals and support one another. I loved how the characters dealt with their friendship and the conflict that arose after they shared one night. While it brought angst and heartbreak to such a fun book, it really took it to the next level for me. Whitney G. did such an amazing job of really building up the characters friendship before introducing sex and feelings, there was communication and such a strong connection between the two. 

My favorite scenes are those when Arizona and Carter shared dialogue with friends around them and seeing how everyone else perceived them to be. While everyone is making comments, the two best friends are sharing secret looks and touches, showing the reader just how important their friendship really is before anything else. Through letters, texts, and private moments the reader gets to see just how much their really is to their friendship. And when they finally give in to the feelings, wow do sparks fly. Arizona is an incredibly strong heroine, independent and determined, while Carter is one hot, dirty talking character that had me swooning following every sign off of "sincerely, Carter." Their friendship and relationship was so believable that I am surprised it's not two of my own best friends.

You’re more than ‘just’ my best friend, and I never want to be ‘just friends’ again."

Sincerely, Carter was one funny, realistic, and heartwarming book that I could read again and again. While I listened to the audiobook, I can say I would recommend it in any format. Whitney G. has an incredible way with words and making the plot just come to life. If you are looking for a romance that has got it all, Sincerely, Carter is it for you. 

Audiobook rating: 4 Stars
I really enjoyed that there was a female narrator and a male narrator for the respective Arizona and Carter scenes, however I wasn't entirely impressed with all of the narration. Jennifer O'Donnell did such a great job of being Arizona and imitating the voices of other females and males, including Carter. I wasn't in love with Joseph Discher's voice and I don't feel he hit the bill perfectly. I did however, find myself laughing a lot, repeating scenes, and really getting into the banter between Arizona and Carter. 

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