Publisher: Self Published on January 20, 2015
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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.
“One of the few grains of wisdom I’d gleaned from my mom before she ended her life the summer I turned thirteen was that there were three types of men: The kind who appealed to our heads—the good guys who were safe, smart picks who’d never hurt us but would never really excite the hell out of us either. The kind who appealed to our hearts—typically the broken, damaged ones we couldn’t help but fall hard and fast for and the ones we yearned to fix. And then there were the kind who appealed to the below-the-belt region. Those were the guys with swagger in their step and a knowing glint in their eyes. They lit our worlds on fire, but like any fire that burned through its tinder, it extinguished as quickly as it had erupted. Mom had also said there was a fourth kind, although they were so rare they were more myth than reality: the kind who appealed to all three parts of a woman. She said if I ever came across one of those, I should tie myself to him so tightly, no matter what storm came, we’d never be ripped apart.”
I loved the Lost and Found series as well as all of the Nicole Williams books that I’ve tried so I was very excited to give this one a try, especially because it said that readers who liked Lost and Found should love this one as well!
Nicole Williams has an addicting and captivating writing style. In this book in particular, there was a whimsical feel paired with extremely detailed writing, even more so than in her other novels that I’ve read. The book itself was extremely well-written, which is expected from Nicole Williams. It was, however, more of an abstract read than the Lost and Found series and as such, it was a bit harder for me to get into. It was a crossover between what I would call New Adult and Adult, and the way in which it was written reflected that.
This book follows Scout as she returns to the place that she hasn’t called home in seven years in order to say goodbye to her dying adoptive father. She had run from one of the three brothers she had grown up with, Conn, and distanced herself from the other two, Chase and Chance, one of which was her best friend. This book was entertaining, most definitely. There was a lot of drama, possibly too much of it near the end. There’s even a recurring theme about a curse, which made the novel feel a bit suspenseful. I really enjoyed the plot pacing up until the last fifth of the book, where I felt that some things were thrown in suddenly in order to increase the drama factor. That, I did not enjoy. The book was filled to the brim with tragedy, so be prepared when you start reading.
Scout was a pretty good female lead character. I didn’t like the fact that she was constantly running from her problems and couldn’t see what was right in front of her, but once I got past those aspects, she was pretty funny. She was struggling with some feelings for more than one brother in this novel and it was her main focus throughout the novel. At times, I wished I could shake some sense into her!
“Chase was more the big brother meets aloof next-door-neighbor type to me. I did fall hard and fast for a different brother though—the youngest one, Conn. I’d gotten tangled up with the heart brother for so long it had taken me years of separation and determination to free myself. During all of that, the head brother, Chance, had been my best friend.”
I suppose that Chance would be the main male character. Chance was a bonafide swoony book boy. He was hard working, caring, and overall awesome. He was my favorite brother of the three: Chance, Chase, and Conn, who I suppose I can also talk about here. Chase is overcoming grief throughout the entirety of this novel, which is related to the so-called curse that is a recurring theme throughout this novel. I liked Chase, but I was sad that we were only getting to see glimpses of the person that he was before. Conn was a jerk. He was the “tortured, wounded” kind of boy, but I just thought he was a full on jerk. I liked the relationship that Scout had with two of the three brothers. I just didn’t like Conn. And just when I thought I could, bam! drama happens and I don’t get to.
“This was like one of my worst nightmares—being caught between the brother I’d spent the first part of my life mistakenly loving and the brother I wanted to spent the last part of my life with, who actually deserved, wanted, and reciprocated my love. It was like some messed-up love triangle.”
There was, I guess, a “love triangle” that wasn’t really a love triangle and that had some creepy aspects to it. View Spoiler »especially because it turns out that one of the two brothers Scout has feelings for is her half brother…talk about weird « Hide Spoiler Chance was Scout’s best friend that she starts developing feelings for and Conn is the reason she ran away. Conn and Scout were toxic for each other. Scout and Chance were perfect for each other, but then there was that issue of that pesky little curse that you’ll find out about when you read this book. It was a pretty sweet romance in the shape of the Lost and Found romance, but definitely with a lot more drama.
I really wished we had seen more of Chase. I really liked his character!
Three Brothers was a tragic and haunting story filled with love, loss, and curses. Although it wasn’t my favorite of Williams’ novels and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I was hoping, it was still a good read regardless.