Published by: Self-Published on January 25, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Author
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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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: A different kind of read for me, but one that I really appreciated and enjoyed.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
After reading Three Brothers, I can say that this book is all kinds of emotional. Each character deals with a lot of sad emotions and heartache with death and dying surrounding them all. In the midst of all that, though, is a very sweet and touching romance between two best friends.
I really loved Scout and Chance together. They had such a solid friendship and a good connection. Their friendship just seemed so easy and natural and it’s nice to read about those kinds of relationships every now and then. Scout and Chase were just as lovable as well. I really wish I could’ve gotten to know Conn more though. There’s so much emphasis on his torturous past with Scout, but not nearly enough on his inner turmoil. Although, I will say there is plenty of sad, emotional moments to go around in this book, so maybe adding ALL of his pain would’ve pushed this book over the edge.
I will say that there is a bit of a twist towards the end and that I didn’t much care for it. The book could’ve been just as good without it, honestly. I guess the author just wanted to give cause to some emotions between the characters, making a particular one even more significant that they already were, but like I said, it was unnecessary, in my opinion.
Also, I just could not understand how Scout could not see how in love Chance was with her. It was so obvious, he might as well have tattoed it to her face. The way she downplayed it was just touch unbelievable to me and I find it odd that a woman would not be able to even get a sense of that.
With all that aside, Three Brothers isn’t your typical contemporary romance read. It was more a book about family, dealing with some of the hard truths in life, and a little bit about self-discovery, with a bit of romance mixed in. Williams knows how to tell a story and I can imagine her taking even more serious topics, instilling her own flair to it, and creating a touching, memorable story that speaks wonders. This book was basically on the precipuce of that, like a stepping stone down that road. I really enjoyed it.