Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Three Brothers by Nicole Williams

New Adult/Adult Romance
Release: January 20, 2015

I grew up with three brothers. They weren’t tied to me by blood, but our connection went beyond genetics or bearing the same last name. Our connection was forged the summer I turned thirteen, the summer my mom ended her life and left me in the custody of John Armstrong, a man I’d never met. Packing all I owned in a couple of boxes, I left the familiarity of the big city and headed west to Red Mountain Ranch, set in a lonely valley outside of Jackson Hole. 

Nothing was as it seemed at Red Mountain—it didn’t take long for me to figure that out. John was kind to me but distant, as if he was afraid to let anyone get too close. His three teenage sons had their own devices for keeping love as far away as they could. The eldest distracted himself with cheap relationships that had a shelf-life of one night. The middle son threw himself into the rigor of running a ranch, and the third wielded cruelty and mind-games in his quest to keep people from getting close. 

Time has gone by, and I’ve spent those years trying to forget the brother I’d fallen for—the biggest mistake of my life. 

Finally, I’ve moved on. Finally, I’m back. But what I didn’t realize was that running away from the wrong brother meant I’d also run away from the right one. The one who’d been there for me all along, waiting in his brother’s shadow for the day I either would or could move on.

But a decade is a long time to wait. Has the brother I should have chosen all of those years ago moved on too? Am I about to discover that my biggest mistake wasn’t falling in love with the wrong brother, but failing to return the love of the right one sooner?

Does unrequited love have an expiration date? 

I’m about to find out.

Author’s Note: This book is a "sweet" romance that isn't overly sexy. Fans of LOST & FOUND will be interested in THREE BROTHERS.


4 Star Review by Lisa Kane

Scout is returning home to Red Mountain Ranch in Wyoming because the man who raised her after her mama killed herself, John Armstrong is dying from complications due to Parkinson's. His son, Chance, called her and told her if she wanted to see him again, she should leave California (**** and come home. She's been studying to be a veterinarian and is just about finished school. But the reality is, she didn't just leave town to go to school-she ran out of town to get away from one of John's sons. Chance is the sweet brother who was always her best friend. Chase was the feisty one who loved to tease her like a big brother. And then there's  Conn's the one who stole her heart like a thief. The one who lived to hurt her, even though it hurt him just as much. They are toxic for each other, but still, she can't seem to stop herself.

When I'd been younger and under the impression that Conn could do no wrong, I'd measured my life in the moments when Conn  had looked at me and me alone. 

Many things have changed in the seven years since she's  been home. Chance is in charge of the huge ranch and holdings. He seems to be working himself into an early grave. Chase is heartbroken, having finally given his heart to a woman he adored but fate had other plans. And Conn..he is a drunken mess still intent on breaking her. There is a superstitious notion from a few in the family that they are cursed. Their money didn't come from raising cattle.

The bulk of it had come a century and a half ago and, in John's words, had been earned by spilling innocent blood and rewarding immoral men. 

But Scout is determined to see some kind of peace in this family again. The catalyst seems to come by way of an orphaned wolf cub. She manages to rope them into helping her take care of this little one to increase it's chances to survive. Maybe her choice of the family's pool table to take the place of a triage unit might not have been the best choice.

The wolf's fine. For now. When it gets bigger and starts licking its chops when it sees my meaty white thighs in shorts, we might have to address some boundaries.

Three Brothers is essentially the story of a woman who spent years loving and wanting the wrong brother, while the right one was standing in front of her. This is a bittersweet tale, knowing the father is dying there is bound to be sadness. There is a huge twist at the end of this one, (never saw that coming) and there were some events, one in particular that made my eyes wet. 

"Because I'm not going to let the fear of losing you be responsible for actually losing you. Because I want you in my life, forever, and I would give mine to preserve yours."

About the Author
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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