Blog Tour + ARC Review: Three Brothers by Nicole Williams

Three Brothers by Nicole Williams

Three Brothers by Nicole Williams
Release Date: January 20th 2015
New Adult/Adult Romance
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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.

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I’ve been such a huge fan of Nicole Williams since I read her Crash series and Lost and Found series. She’s the kind of author that when I pick up one of her books, I know I’ll always enjoy myself while reading it. While Three Brothers isn’t my favorite of Nicole Williams’ books, it’s still a deeply emotional book with heart and depth. It’s a book about letting go of your past, about healing and forgiveness. There were parts I loved and parts I didn’t, but overall, Three Brothers was an engaging, emotional read that I’d recommend for fans of the author.

Scout, the heroine, returns to Red Mountain after staying away for seven years. She was taken in by the Armstrongs and became a surrogate sister to three brothers, Chase, Chance, and Conn. Chance became her best friend, but she fell in love with Conn. She was devastated when he broke her heart and ran away to pick up the broken pieces. But a much more mature Scout returns when she finds out her foster father John Armstrong is dying and is forced to confront her past – and Conn.

Being back in her old home is like rediscovering the Armstrong brothers all over again for Scout. She remembers how much she was constantly hurt by Conn, even though she’s genuinely over him now, but she also remembers how much of a good brother Chase was and how important Chance was to her. And in rediscovering the brothers, she finds herself once again falling in love with an Armstrong brother, except with the right one this time.

How could I have been so blinded by one brother that I missed this one? The one. There was no other term to describe what Chance was to me.

Chance… he’s so swoony and sweet, and plus… he’s a cowboy! I adored Chance. He had always been in love with Scout, but no matter that she was in love with his brother, he was always by her side, and always will be.

“I’m with you, Scout. I always have been, and I always will be. Even when you might think I’m not, I am…. All you need to do is say the word, and I’m right there beside you. I won’t waver. I won’t turn and run…. I’ll be at your side, fighting the fight. Just say the word.”

The two of them were inseparable when they were younger, and now that Scout’s back, she finds it so easy being with him again. She never thought of Chance in any way except her friend, but now, she sees him in a new light. He’s caring, sweet, thoughtful, not to mention hardworking and loyal to the ranch. His love for Scout is the kind that is quiet but steady and unwavering – in every action you can tell how much Chance loves Scout and will do anything for her.

“There is no one better for me than you. There never has been, and there never will be.”

I loved the way Scout and Chance’s love slowly blossomed, but I didn’t like how much Chance fought it to protect Scout. At times, the book was even depressing, with John Armstrong dying, and hurtful secrets being revealed. The book was all over the place in the last chunk of the book, which threw me off. Three Brothers has a sweet romance, but I wouldn’t say it’s a sweet book. It’s thought-provoking and portrays life in an honest way. I didn’t love this book, but I’d recommend it for fans of the author or fans of swoony heroes and good writing.

3.5 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

about the author

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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