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.
Another absolutely, fantabulous (yes, it’s a made up word) story from the fantastical mind of Kristen Ashley. If you’re hesitant of a paranormal story, don’t let the fact that there is a genie deter you from reading this amazing story. It’s a story of two people, who have both had their fair shares of tribulations just growing up, who meet and have to face even more trials as adults. It’s a story of a woman just wanting to find her “perfect” man, and a man trying to find something that he doesn’t believe he deserves. And it’s also a story about family, what one person does to hold a family together through the generations.
“Lily completely dismissed the idea of a man like Nate, a man who looked like Nate, a man who acted like Nate, a man who rode a motorcycle (like Nate), listening to his mother ever. All she could think about was his motorcycle.”
Fazire was first discovered by Lily Jacobs’ grandmother, Sarah. And Sarah wanted nothing to do with any of his three wishes so Fazire became a part of the Jacobs’ family which is something that Fazire, as a genie, had never had. When we meet Lily, she’s been bullied, badly, at school. Fazire goes to her to try to help her through it during one very particularly bad day when Lily decides to use a wish. She’s a lover of romance novels, and she wants nothing short of the perfect romance Hero. She wants a ruggedly handsome, narrow-hipped, man who is ruthless, but MUST above all things love her more than anything and think she’s the most beautiful girl in the world. Fazire grants her wish, but he, being an amazing genie, is almost too good with granting her wish.
“‘You know, Lily,’ his voice was deeper than normal, and harsh, as he pulled the jumper from her body, ‘you get in that bed with me and it’s anything like what I felt the first time I laid eyes on you, anything like when you first touched me, anything like that kiss in the park, I’m never letting you go. Do you understand me?'”
Nathaniel McAllister has had a very hard life. He’s been fending for his own food since he was a little boy by working for a gangster delivering product because his own mother is too busy being under the influence and bringing in men to take care of him. It’s when he meets the head boss after Nate’s on his own, still just a young child, that his boss takes him, and they treat him as if he’s their own flesh and blood. He’s ruthless in business, very handsome, and aware of how very “dirty” he is. He meets Lily, and against all of his instincts, he goes for her. But it wouldn’t be a great KA book unless there was something to tear them apart. And there was something; something huge. When Nate sees Lily again, years later, there’s things that need to be settled. A lot of things.
“‘You are beautiful, but I don’t love you because you’re beautiful.'”
I absolutely loved this story. It had the whimsical romance, the break-your-heart moments that made my heart literally ache, the tear-jerking that KA is known for (seriously, she’s the only author who can make me cry!), and the alpha-badassness of the Hero. When I read KA, I know that I’m in for a full-body read. I will feel this story in my mind, my heart, and my stomach. It takes you into the world with the very first page and you cannot escape until it’s over. And not even then, because her stories stay with you always. This book delivers in the very best way, and it will be a book, as all of hers are, that I re-read over and over again. Bravo, KA. Bravo.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
I was born a middle class white child in Gary, Indiana, USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck (already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me away, put her back in her room, she looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). She remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the Queen of the World, but you gotta start small) and I’ve published a gazillion books and counting (and a gazillion is a lot! shoo!).You can learn about my titles that have been released or that are soon to be released in the Titles section of the website.
Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my books…humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again, hopefully) and romance (definitely).
My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have and the latter, which takes money I rarely have). In fact, I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see top menu and don’t miss them, they’re awesome!).
I grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and have lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus I’m blessed to have friends and family around the globe. My family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write and growing up it was large and multi-generational. We all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. I 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 I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.
So here I am, thank goodness.
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