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Three Wishes Kindle Edition
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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.
About the Author
Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she’s been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, living in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B004VWMMUO
- Publisher : Rock Chick Press; 1st edition (April 8, 2011)
- Publication date : April 8, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 930 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 432 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #376,109 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #35,242 in Romance (Kindle Store)
- #44,841 in Contemporary Romance (Kindle Store)
- #58,480 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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I wasn’t expecting the way the story started, and the way the story was told through so many points of view. But it worked, so I’m not going to complain!
In so many ways this book reminded me of my early days of romance reading, in both good and bad ways. There are so many things that I just accepted, particularly from heroes, in my early venturing into romance, and Nate definitely encompassed a lot of those things. And not necessarily good things…or rather, things that now Lenore finds very problematic. And yet, the story was really compelling. I really enjoyed the good moments in this book, and I wanted more and more.
I’ll state this right now, I am NOT an alphahole lover. For a long time, that was just the norm in so many ways, and so that’s what I read. But nowadays, I prefer less toxicity. Nate wasn’t quite as toxic as I expected him to be, but he wasn’t immune from it either. I’m not a fan of domineering, nor am I a fan of possessive, and Nate had those elements. He also fell into the trap of “knowing better” and making stupid decisions based on that. *sigh* BUT, he was also very broken from his youth, and I could understand some of what was behind his actions. I did find myself aching for him, wanting him to grow, and feeling like he mostly did grow towards the end.
And I will admit I have a weakness for a certain kind of oblivious, low self-esteem, kind heroine. And Lily definitely had that. I appreciated that she also had some spunk to her, and even though she didn’t always stand up for herself, when she did I cheered for her.
I adored their initial courtship. Sure, the whole thing moved super fast, and there were secrets, and there were some bad decisions…but I just felt a connection, and I loved Lily’s innocent exuberance.
I was more hesitant on their initial second courtship. In my opinion there was a lot of dubious consent going on here, and that’s not my jam…I was not impressed. Especially because it wasn’t just once. I know there’s a fantasy element that others love, but it’s not for me.
My other button issue is that Fazire, in his desire to give Lily humility, didn’t let her grow into her beauty until later in life. And how was she described as ugly? Fat. Of course. *sigh* I get that societally that’s the way it is, but I am so done with that. I glossed over it at the beginning (even though I wanted to rage quit) because it was only a page. It does come back a bit at the end, and it made me mad then too.
There was also a lot of violence and rage that was easily glossed over and forgiven. Again, I just expect more in my books nowadays, so I was bummed.
And yet I still rounded up. Part of me doesn’t want to, but I truly was compelled reading this book, so whatever…I can be a conundrum, it is what it is.
Another absolutely, fantabulous (yes, it’s a made up word) story from the fantastical mind of Kristen Ashley. If you’re hesitant of a paranormal story, don’t let the fact that there is a genie deter you from reading this amazing story. It’s a story of two people, who have both had their fair shares of tribulations just growing up, who meet and have to face even more trials as adults. It’s a story of a woman just wanting to find her “perfect” man, and a man trying to find something that he doesn’t believe he deserves. And it’s also a story about family, what one person does to hold a family together through the generations.
“Lily completely dismissed the idea of a man like Nate, a man who looked like Nate, a man who acted like Nate, a man who rode a motorcycle (like Nate), listening to his mother ever. All she could think about was his motorcycle.”
Fazire was first discovered by Lily Jacobs’ grandmother, Sarah. And Sarah wanted nothing to do with any of his three wishes so Fazire became a part of the Jacobs’ family which is something that Fazire, as a genie, had never had. When we meet Lily, she’s been bullied, badly, at school. Fazire goes to her to try to help her through it during one very particularly bad day when Lily decides to use a wish. She’s a lover of romance novels, and she wants nothing short of the perfect romance Hero. She wants a ruggedly handsome, narrow-hipped, man who is ruthless, but MUST above all things love her more than anything and think she’s the most beautiful girl in the world. Fazire grants her wish, but he, being an amazing genie, is almost too good with granting her wish.
“‘You know, Lily,’ his voice was deeper than normal, and harsh, as he pulled the jumper from her body, ‘you get in that bed with me and it’s anything like what I felt the first time I laid eyes on you, anything like when you first touched me, anything like that kiss in the park, I’m never letting you go. Do you understand me?'”
Nathaniel McAllister has had a very hard life. He’s been fending for his own food since he was a little boy by working for a gangster delivering product because his own mother is too busy being under the influence and bringing in men to take care of him. It’s when he meets the head boss after Nate’s on his own, still just a young child, that his boss takes him, and they treat him as if he’s their own flesh and blood. He’s ruthless in business, very handsome, and aware of how very “dirty” he is. He meets Lily, and against all of his instincts, he goes for her. But it wouldn’t be a great KA book unless there was something to tear them apart. And there was something; something huge. When Nate sees Lily again, years later, there’s things that need to be settled. A lot of things.
“‘You are beautiful, but I don’t love you because you’re beautiful.'”
I absolutely loved this story. It had the whimsical romance, the break-your-heart moments that made my heart literally ache, the tear-jerking that KA is known for (seriously, she’s the only author who can make me cry!), and the alpha-badassness of the Hero. When I read KA, I know that I’m in for a full-body read. I will feel this story in my mind, my heart, and my stomach. It takes you into the world with the very first page and you cannot escape until it’s over. And not even then, because her stories stay with you always. This book delivers in the very best way, and it will be a book, as all of hers are, that I re-read over and over again. Bravo, KA. Bravo.
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It was on the whole a really lovely story which begins at the end of the second world war, when Sarah realises that her husband isn't coming back home and she has a young toddler Rebecca to raise. However her husband had sent her a gift of a pretty bottle before he died which she donates the contents (a Genie) to her daughter.
I could buy into most of the book because it was a nice story but I think the ending was way over the top and quite silly. I thought maybe Fazire could have been kept in their lives in some way, if it had to be, but didn't enjoy this ending.
Shame but I'll stick to what I like.
When in time Becky had a daughter whom she named Lily, life was perfect. Becky and her husband lived with Sarah and the genie Fazire. But as Lily grew into her teenage years she was not happy she was teased at school by the boys and girls. Lily was a plump girl and she longed to be beautiful. So when Lily was fourteen she asked Fazire if she could use one of the wishes. Lily wanted when she grew up for a man who would love more than anything in the world, Lily's wish was very complicated, Fazire had never heard a wish with so many facets before, but he granted it for he loved Lily as he loved all of their family.
Nathaniel McAllister did not have a happy childhood, but he had had a few lucky breaks over the years and he was now doing very well. Little did he realise that he was about to meet a girl called Lily who was going to turn his world upside down.
What can I say if you love a sentimental and heartfelt story then look no further, everything about this story is beautiful. I loved it.
This love story was beautifully written and the characters were polar opposites, however they just worked. It was heartbreaking when they were separated for so long and I felt like i wouldn't of been able to handle all the pain that Lily went through. Thankfully she still had the support of Fazire.
I truly loved this novel, but i have to admit that i hated the pain that Lily and Nate endured. his siblings were awful. I was so frustrated and just wanted to scream at them for being so cruel and selfish.
However this book gets better and truly develops into the fairy-tale that we all hope for in a love story like this, showing us how strong a couple Lily and Nate are, as they fight against anything that even thinks about trying to keep them apart.
Then of course there is Nate. Broody but sweet, forceful but gentle Nate. He is exactly what Lily wanted.
The trials and tribulations they go through are horrendous but the outcome totally worth it