Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley
on April 8, 2011
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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.
I always forget how heartbreakingly beautiful this story is, and I’ve read it a bunch of times already. Three Wishes is one of those fantastic KA books that grabs you and won’t let you go until you’ve read the very last word.
Fazire is a genie. After centuries of serving greedy and vengeful humans he finds a mistress whose only wish he simply can’t grant. Sarah only wants her husband back, but raising the dead is not possible, even for Fazire. This is how, for the very first time in Genie history, the wishes of one person get passed on to another.
Decades pass and one wish later, Sarah’s granddaughter Lily, after one taunt at school too many, makes the second wish. Being an avid reader and a fantastic story teller, she asks for her perfect man with a mile long list of requisites, not only for his characteristics but how their relationship development should progress. Little did she know that Fazire would be so good at wish granting, or that the saying “be careful what you wish for” could be so true. When she asked for their love to go through “trials and tribulations” to deepen… well, she could never have imagined what she was in for.
Years later, in another city in another continent, Nate had risen from the terrible circumstances of his early childhood. Coming from a more than checkered past, from the very first time he saw beautiful Lily, he knew he wasn’t worthy of her. He just couldn’t help himself.
Insta love at its best, a whirlwind romance tragically ends after only two weeks, and it’ll be almost a decade before a seemingly serendipitous encounter will bring their destiny to fruition.
Boy, does Ms. Ashley know how to take your heart and guts and twist them around! I get so invested in these characters, days later I still get choked up at what they had to go through. And even when the “I’m unworthy of my girl” trope is not one I’m particularly fond of, I still absolutely LOVE this story, in spite all my twisted innards.
Lily is selfless, loving, and caring. Her open-heartedness and her incredible capacity for forgiveness is simply inspiring. Nate is one of those closed off, aloof brooding billionaires we all love. With a troubling childhood his stand-offish attitude is not unexpected. He has more than one asshole moment and he is so good at it you want to go at him with a two by four… then again, I was so gaga for him at the end I just forgave him as easily as Lily did. That said, I feel he should have groveled a little bit there that last time, but Lily true to her character received him with open arms almost immediately.
Three Wishes is an amazing story about family, love and the power our own thoughts have over how we see things and ourselves. It’s a book that will give you all of the feels, has scorching hot sextivities, magic and great characters you can’t help but love (or hate in a couple of cases). I do recommend you read it with your Kleenex box in hand range as it will have you tearing up more than once.
Rating: 5 “Wishes do come true” Stars
Nate didn’t know what he wanted but whatever it was, it certainly was not Georgia.
He was saved from answering Victor when he spied a youth wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, the hood worn up even though it was a warm day. The boy was slouching down the pavement, head bowed, hands in the front pocket of the sweatshirt, his head swinging this way and that, looking for his mark.
Nate’s guard, already on alert—always on alert—went into overdrive.
Nate’s eyes narrowed as he watched the youth, and Victor started to get into the Rolls. Then, as expected, the boy darted toward his target and Nate heard a woman’s outraged cry.
“Hey!” she yelled.
He watched the boy snatch the woman’s purse, his body tensing for action.
And then his eyes moved to the woman and uncharacteristically, he froze.
“Hey! He stole my purse! Stop him! He stole my purse!” she shouted.
Nate vaguely registered she was an American tourist. Nate also absently noticed that no one moved to assist.
In that brief moment in time, Nate was too busy drinking in the vision that was her, he himself didn’t move a muscle.
She was tall, incredibly tall.
And curvy, delectably curvy.
She had the most unusual colored hair. Hair that he knew from vast experience living in a house with Laura and Danielle for years came through a supremely talented and expensive stylist’s hands.
And she had an exquisite face, flawless skin and a bearing that was extraordinary. She had been given a wide berth around her even on the crowded pavement. Not because she was screaming her head off but instead because she was majestic, radiant, elegant…
In a stupor from simply looking at her, the boy with her purse charged right by Nate.
Not in a stupor, she realized no one was going to help her, gave up screaming and charged right after the boy.
At the noise, Victor turned away from the car and Nate shifted to watch in astonishment as she deftly and agilely dodged the crowd, her long legs a match for the short boy. Then Nate watched in stunned surprise as she jumped onto the thief’s back with a graceful leap.
Everyone stared in shock but no one lifted a finger except a few started to take photographs.
“Give me back my purse, you thug!” she shouted.
Wrapping her long legs around her prey, one arm around his neck, she slapped him around the head with the other hand.
The thief staggered back then he staggered with intent and slammed her against the side of the building. Her head snapped back and cracked against the stone so loudly Nate could hear it from where he stood twenty paces away.
At the sound Nate jerked out of his stupor and forged forward.
About Kristen Ashley:
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).
Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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