Friday, November 10, 2017

Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley (audiobook)

Title:  Three Wishes
Author: Kristen Ashley
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Carly Robins

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Lily and Nate
Release Date: March 2017 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire – a genie. Her family had three wishes and they’d only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he’d become a member of the family anyway.

Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn’t perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes. She told Fazire she wanted to find a man like in her books and she made the most complicated wish Fazire had ever heard. Her wished-for man had to be impossibly handsome, virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless (amongst a dozen other things).

He also had to think she was beautiful and he had to love her more than anything in the world.
Nathaniel McAllister wasn’t born to a life where there were such things as genies granting wishes. His life was filled with drugs, crime and neglect. He was running errands for a gangster before he was in his teens and, even though life and hard work led him to wealth and respectability, he always knew, deep down, he was dirty. When Nate met Lily he knew he was no good for her but as virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless as he was, Nate was no match for the pull of sweet, innocent Lily.

Unfortunately, Lily’s wish included that she and her hero go through trials and tribulations to test their love. And Fazire wasn’t only a good genie, he loved Lily – so he gave her exactly what she wanted.

My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.5
Story: 3.75

Overall, I adored this story, but it was a long one and I think it could have really benefitted by being cut some in the beginning (where most of the story was passive voice anyway, and that made it really hard to connect or care) and at the end (when the drama went one or two conflicts too far, making the story bog down when it shouldn't have). 

But dang...the middle of the story was absolutely phenomenal!! Seriously, there were so many good moments in that middle where my heart just melted. Lily and Nate...gah...they did have to face their tribulations, but they were so fantastic together when the magic was right. And this is a story about magic...and wishes...and genies...and a young girl who believes that romance in the novels is worth the pain of getting there because the love becomes so strong. That's what happens between Nate and Lily, but even knowing the detailed list of her wish, no one could have predicted the YEARS of pain they'd each have to go through before they found happiness. 

Wow...the angst and pure romance of the story was amazing. So well done. I fell in love with them and their story.

Note: this book is entirely narrated by a woman, but the POV is first person and alternating. Usually for that format, I prefer both a man and a woman narrator, BUT not this time. Carly Robins' narration of this book ...and the many male characters, too...was absolutely phenomenal. She ROCKED IT!

I definitely recommend this one. 

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