Passionflix has optioned this one, so you know it has to have a lot of good reviews!!
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.
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Fly Girl’s Review:
Need a little good luck in your life? You’ve come to the right stop because this book is all about good luck, wishes, and dreams. I think I was hooked from the very beginning of this one and I’ve been hooked on her work since. The story starts out with the loss of Lily’s mom, but not after their deep relationship of love and trust was revealed. For me having lost my mom, not too long ago, it made the story much more poignant.
I was always taught you worked hard and played hard, but work came first in those two, because you couldn’t play hard if you hadn’t done the work to support the play. But I always wished for a genie or a fairy to grant my wishes so I could have just a little more fun. This is not that kind of story. The wishes are thought out very well, except maybe Lily’s first wish. Who knew her Genie would take it so literal. That is one thing this story taught me, be careful your words…just in case you meet a genie and don’t know it. Lily asks for one of the most amazing things in life–Love, but puts conditions on it that she believes will make it last longer, like the trials and tribulations from romance books. When she put those on though, she had no idea how they would affect her when she grew up.
As Lily grows up, she has what looks like a charmed life, until she meets Nathaniel. It’s love at first sight for these two and they can’t seem to keep apart, no matter how much some forces and family want it. Eventually though these trials and tribulations break down Lily’s resolve about Nathaniel and she moves on to build a life without him. Nathaniel on the other hand just becomes more bitter and work obsessed when she leaves. When a chance meeting brings them back together, he realizes he might not be good enough for them, but he’s not leaving them and he plans to protect what is his.
It seems life, not genie, gets in the way time after time and Lily feels more and more like they weren’t meant to be together. The genie finally intervenes when it seems all the obstacles won’t stop for Lily and he sees how miserable she is. He actually disobeys his councils rules. He helps Lily with just a little magic and then decides her family is all he’ll ever belong too. There is more to genie’s story than this, but I don’t want to spoil that for you. Suffice it to say, Fazier is a lover at heart.
To the heart, or meat, of the book. The characters felt so real that when things are happening, even though they are magic, it feels like it is just the universe having its way with these two. Good luck actually looks and feels like bad luck in the most normal fashion we deal with everyday. Lilly and Nathaniel are just that couple that everything happens to and you feel sorry for them. Thank god when it feels too much Kristen gives them a break and we get our HEA. In the end Lily was right, their love is stronger for all the bad luck. I’m giving this a 5 of 5 and although I listened in 2019 it is a Top 10 List keeper for me. The prose and plot in this one are funny, sad, thick, multilayered, and soul wrenching. Just keep with it, I promise once you get to the end it will all be worth it.
By now, I’ve probably read or listened to 10 or so of Kristen’s works and when you read her bio about how “she supports a strong female community” nothing closer to the truth could be said. If you are in her “Rock Chicks” group on Facebook you see that right away. But especially in all her books. The women are independent and strong, not always strong willed, but strong and know what they want. It takes a lot of inner self knowledge to make this writing believable and she certainly does that. I think Kristen Ashley got everything she desired with this one, she wrote a bestseller and it was optioned for a film by Passionflix.
5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Heroes, The ‘Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation and Honey series along with several standalone novels.
She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in thirteen languages and she’s sold nearly three million books.
On July 31, 2018, Kristen released the next in her popular series, Chaos — WILD LIKE THE WIND, Hound and Keely’s story. And following fast on its heels, LOOSE ENDS, Kristen’s first anthology, released on October 23, 2018.
Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, was a fourth generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.
Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.