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There were too many similar misunderstandings that if either character would have communicated at all things would have worked out fine. By the end I was thinking, really!? I thought the characters had both grown up & now we are back to the same sort of misunderstanding?? (The thing that is holding you back is really not that big of a deal! Frustrating. ) Having said that, there is a lot to like too so I give it a 4
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I really don't know how Kristen Ashley does it.. because she continues to wow, woo and win me with her very diversified stories that always seem to pull me in from the start and once there they keep me captive riveted to the unexpected, the unexplainable, the unheard of, the undeniable and the unknown. And I am always overjoyed, overwhelmed, and overcome by the rollercoaster journeys this very talented Author takes me on.. and the epic saga of the Three Wishes made me overindulge too because I feasted on every mouth-wateringly delicious chapter.
It starts by telling the story of Fazire the Genie and how he is selflessly bestowed to three generations of women who all value him and his friendship more than any wish.. but over the decades two wishes have been used to get a heart's desire. And the romantic wish that a teenage girl's soul passionately longs for asks that trials and tribulations test the romance - trials and tribulations that, when Lily's 22, will nearly destroy her. Her wish will bring her Nathaniel (aka Nate) the love of her life who is a volatile damaged alpha with a tragic secret past and he is everything Lily wished for and much much more. But her wish will bring vicious lies and misunderstandings that will break Nate and Lily's hearts and tear the lovers apart for eight long and lonely years. An unplanned pregnancy will nearly kill Lily.. but their precious sweet daughter will eventually bring them back together again where the truth can finally be heard, forgiveness can be asked for and given.. and where, sadly, more trials and tribulations are ahead. Because this bittersweet journey of broken dreams and broken promises will continue to lead to rocky roads because Nate refuses to lower his defences and share his past misdeeds with Lily for fear of losing her. And, through it all, Fazire wil be there every step of the way, along with other characters, who will support, advise and help steer these complex lovers to their hard won happy ever after.
This love story is so well paced as it tells of sacrifice, strength, forgiveness and love. It's endearing, heartbreaking and heartwarming too as it weaves a contemporary romance with tragedies, family values, friendships and fantasy in amongst the humor, heart and heat. It's an emotionally intense ride of epic highs and shattering lows, of giddy laughter and heart-torn tears, of passion and romance from many angles and it's told from a variety of POV's.. but mainly Lily and Nate's. And Carly Robins did a great job at bringing this story, its loveable characters and its many feels to life.
Worth a credit? For me.. it's a stand on the table and shout it out YES because KA has certainly made all my wishes come true with this bittersweet unforgettable listen.
34 of 36 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the first part of this book – it really helped to form the characters, and set the scene for the actual romance that followed. I also enjoyed the fantasy element to this book which was really only a background to the plot, but featured a genie who was easily my favourite character in this story.
However the eight year separation of the H and h was the result of an impossible set of coincidences. When the H re-enters the h’s life, any resistance to his unreasonable demands is swept away by the power of his kisses. It would have been nice if h had a bit more backbone, but even with a live-in genie to help, she was completely incapable of managing successfully as a single parent and had no savings, no friends, no social life, and could not even poach an egg. She sacrificed so much for her child that she regarded painting her own bedroom as an unnecessary luxury, and when gifted £7million(!) immediately locks it away in a trust fund for the child. Seriously: She didn’t pay off her mortgage, buy a dependable car, get some decent furniture, a reliable fridge or washing machine. That’s just clueless, and NOT the actions of a loving and responsible parent. And who, in this century, would agree to a loveless marriage in the ridiculous belief that this would be better for a child?
A central part of the plot expected the reader to believe that an abused and neglected pre-teen boy who resorted to petty crime to survive, was to be held responsible for those actions as an adult. However his adoptive father, formally a major crime boss, was depicted as a benign father and grandfather. That said, the H’s treatment of the h was awful. He deliberately got her pregnant to trap her (!), then made little attempt to find her when she suddenly disappears. Eight years later he forces his way back into her life, makes endless promises to “take care of her”, but then suddenly rejects her, and humiliates her with an incredibly repugnant sex scene (Even more repugnant was the h allowing this to happen). Some serious grovelling should have followed, but in true spineless fashion the h just accepts him back with minimal resistance – again.
Wierdly enough, even with all these irritations, Kirsten Ashley’s writing is so good that I finished this book and in some strange way actually enjoyed parts of it – mainly the bits about the genie! But the ending was bizarre with the last “wish” being used on something so incredibly trivial and unimportant, that it only served, once again, to display the endless self-flagellation of the h.
This book would make a really good historical romance, as the separation and solo-mother struggles, and the coercion into marriage would have made more sense. As it was, I enjoyed parts of this, but I don’t think I will be listening to this one again.
This was my first audio book, the title recommended by my sister... I can't say how much I loved it... absolutely brilliant, a must read for everyone!!!