by Nicole Williams

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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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BN ID: 2940150296145
Publisher: Nicole Williams
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 106,545
File size: 981 KB

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THREE BROTHERS 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for a wonderful book.
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Thank you :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish Conn's character had been more developed. Why is he so tortured and angry? What's between his dad and him? The introspection brought me down. I need conversation and it was limited.n
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very emotional story. Love, family, tragedy and healing. Chance and scout are amazing together...truly a must read
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Michelle5423 More than 1 year ago
I love Nicole Williams and her writing is always interesting with great characters who have a lot of depth. This is another one of my favorites!
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LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars I am such a huge fan of Nicole's Lost & Found series, so I was excited to see her writing another book that was set on a ranch in the Midwest. Three Brothers is a beautifully written story that really delves deep into the emotions of our main character Scout and how she handles being back at Red Mountain Ranch, after fleeing seven years ago because of heartbreak. This is a slower paced story, as it is more character driven and not as heavy on plot. (Being a character driven reader myself, it worked for me) There was so much beauty amidst the overwhelming sorrow and pain in this book though. It was hard to read about such broken characters who have so much anger and resentment within them. My heart ached for the Armstrong brothers and the burdens that they carry. Their father is withering away right in front of their eyes due to a deadly disease and there's absolutely nothing they can do but witness the deterioration of a man that was once so strong. Having been raised by John Armstrong after her mother died, Scout knows she has to go and pay her last respects and head back once more to the place she couldn't get away from fast enough. Scout is a fixer. She always has been and the same remains true for her now. She walks back onto the ranch and tries to repair the damage that has been done by the Armstrong brothers. She refuses to let herself fall victim to heartbreak again with the one brother who is toxic to her, but can't stay away from at the same time. I am really proud that Scout did not fall back into old habits and stayed strong. That's not to say she didn't stoop to his level to get a few digs in herself, but thankfully she didn't throw herself at him either. The romance is this one was very slow building and was lacking a bit developmentally, but I still enjoyed it. There were one line in the beginning of the book that really caught my eye that Scout's mother had told her about the right guy, and I loved it so much, so I was a little disappointed it wasn't referenced again later in the book. While I like that there was relatively low drama in the romance department, I did feel once Scout found out about his feelings for her, she realized she felt the same way pretty fast. I can't say I really blame her because HELLO? He is wonderful and supportive and I just love him to pieces. I do wish there was a little bit more build up or at least we could have seen a bit more of Scout realizing her feelings aren't sisterly or very friendly after all. Ultimately Scout loves all three brothers in her own way and she is a vital part of their lives. Chase, the eldest, is dealing with his own tragedy and heartbreak, but slowly starts to revive himself. Chance, the middle brother, has always been the good, kind one. He is caring and intuitive and he tries to see the best in people, even when they don't deserve it. He is slow to anger and quick to forgive and I just loved him so so much. He is fearful of the curse the mountain brings and that is his one hang-up. Conn, the youngest, is a train wreck. Fueled by hate, anger, and resentment, he constantly brings others down and hurts them. He never lets anyone get too close to him and drives them away time and time again. Life on Red Mountain brings secrets, curses, and death to those who live on it, but it can also bring love, friendship, and hope too. I love that Scout won't let the negative things dictate her life. She is determined to live as she wants and she'll be damned if she lets fear drive away the beauty that remains there. If you don't mind slower paced, character driven novels, I would say check this one out. Williams' writing is beautiful and I really love the underlying message of love and forgiveness.
Mikki4ABookishEscape More than 1 year ago
4 heart-warming, healing, emotional, sweet stars! I have heard amazing things about Nicole Williams and her books. My co-blogger, Lindy, is a big fan of hers. From the beautiful book cover to the very intriguing synopsis, I could not wait to read Scout's story!  Scout is reunited with her past when she receives a call about John, which is the man that took care of her when her mom died. John Armstrong opened the doors to his house and took care of Scout until she ran away.  It took years for her to get her feelings back to normal, but when she comes face-to-face with Chase, Chance and Conn, the brothers that she grew up with, her world comes crashing down. Old feelings come back, new feelings take over, and secrets are revealed. I don't want to give too much away of what happened with this book because there is an important twist that happens that I was not expecting. The whole time that I was reading, I kind of already knew what was going to happen with Scout and the brother that she should have chosen. What I did not expect was the emotional journey that I would live with these characters.  I really enjoyed this story. It was my first time reading a book by Nicole Williams and I look forward to reading more from her. I liked how the story was written, but I would have wanted more scenes from the past. I think I would have connected with all the characters a bit better. Scout, Chase, Chance and Conn were intriguing characters to follow. They each had their struggles to deal with. What I really loved is that we see them grow as individuals, but as a family as well. Scout's romance with the brother she should have chosen is sweet and heart-warming. I could really feel the connection between them. Their romance was an important part of the story, but there was so much more to this story. Each of these characters had a story to tell and the author did an amazing job at writing about each of them. The one thing I really had a hard time with is that I kept on rereading parts of the story because I was confusing Chase and Chance all the freakin' time!!! Not because I did not know who was in the scene, but because their names are almost the same. It was a little detail, but it took me some time to get used to it. I give, Three Brothers, by Nicole Williams 4 heart-warming, healing, emotional, sweet stars!
HsRamblingMom More than 1 year ago
Nicole Williams took me on an emotional roller-coaster with Three Brothers. The first few chapters left me feeling a little like I was running in a circle but once I was able to get down which brother was which, I had an easier time and just dove right into the story. And, boy, was I diving deep. I feel like I've been put through a ringer with that conclusion. Overall, I loved this novel. Once I was comfortable with the characters, which brother was which, I fell in love with their lives, becoming engrossed with their potential outcomes. When I hit the last hour, hour & half, of the book, I was in shambles. I was nearly hysterical because of the plot twists that hit you one by one by one, back to back. The characters are wonderful, the plot is emotionally draining but all-consuming and addictive. I almost feel like this could've been broken into 2 books; however, I'm so glad that the author didn't do that. I have a feeling that if it would've been broken into 2 or 3 novels, it would've become cliffhanger central. Overall, I loved this emotional ride - it was just what I needed. Overall rating for me: 5 Stars
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've been thinking about how to review Three Brothers since I finished it a couple days ago. I'm honestly a little bit at a loss for words. I knew going in it would be something quite different from the sexier books in her Outsider Chronicles series. I was right. The vibe was definitely a little closer to her Lost and Found series, if for no reason other than the ranch setting and the toned down level of sexiness. I loved the idea behind this book. The orphan girl taken in by a man with three sons returning home to face his impending death – and the three very different (and complicated) relationships she has with her "adoptive" brothers? I was all over this. I wanted to see how it would all develop. I had tons of questions going in. What had caused Scout to leave in the first place? How would she handle seeing the brother she had an unrequited crush on? What would develop between her and the brother who was closer to her best friend than anything else when she lived there? What kept the third brother from getting close to anyone? How would all of these characters handle the death of the patriarch? I got answers to all my questions – and more – in this emotional story.  This book was fairly slow-paced. It was bigger on emotion than it was action or sexy times. But it didn't matter. I was so wrapped up in Scout's story and all the things dealing with her family that I couldn't put the book down if I'd tried. There was an air of mystery and a ton of longing. None of these characters had an easy life and it definitely impacted their behavior. A lot had changed since Scout was there. I enjoyed watching as she fell back into some old routines and struggled not to fall back into other, less healthy patterns. The setting was vibrant and rich. The characters were complex. The feels dominated. There were some most unexpected twists and while I found parts of this book to be very sad, others were quite beautiful and hopeful.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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csingh More than 1 year ago
I'm at a loss for words. This book has put me through the wringer and I'm still struggling to find the right words for what I felt while reading this book.  I was super excited when the news broke Three Brothers was coming and soon. I'm always excited about Nicole William's books. The blurb  hinted at a story that held the potential for a dramatic home coming of sorts with possible former lovers reuniting or new connections being made and every excerpt and teaser I read and saw whipped my desire to read this book into a frenzy. I love how the blurb hinted at everything in the story and yet gave nothing away.  I so wanted to know why Scout had run away from Red Mountain and returned under duress.  I ached for the Armstrong men as Scout recalled how times used to be and how different things were now. I really liked Scout. She was stronger than she thought, putting herself back in a situation that had the potential to really hurt her and finding a way to deal with it.  I also loved her philosophy of helping those needed help as much as she could.  The Armstrong men were delicious but tortured.  Like Scout, I couldn't help wanting to ease their pains and offer them solace. The thing that stands out most for me is the emotions.  I experienced so many as I was reading.  The two most pervasive were sadness and hope.  When I started this book, I had no idea what Scout had faced, let alone the Armstrong family.  I was both awed by their resilience and hurting for them simultaneously.  There were moments when I couldn't stop the tears as they flowed down my cheeks and when I finished reading I was ugly crying.  I don't think I'll be able to think about this book without getting teary.  Nicole Williams has written a masterpiece. This story is raw, gripping, and breathtakingly beautiful. It's about family, love, sacrifice, and so much more. It's a powerful attestation to true love and also the trials and tribulations that come with finding it and losing it.  I sincerely wished the book had been longer, because while I was devastated when I finished reading it, it felt like I finished the book in no time.  I would've loved to have seen bits and pieces of the way things were before Scout left.  I didn't want the story to end.  I want to know what happens to Scout and the Armstrong men in the future.  I never want to stop reading Nicole's books and this one is no exception.
SuzReads More than 1 year ago
Wow....  I have to say that I so very excited when Nicole announced this surprise release. I was a huge fan of the LOST & Found Series, and this was described as being along the same lines as it. It was a beautiful story, but had a few twists and turns that I was not expecting!  The story revolves around Scout returning to Red Mountain Ranch, after being away for seven years. She is reluctant to return, after leaving due to bad experiences in the past. When she received the call of why she needed to return, she knew she had no choice but to go. It is hard for me to describe too much of what happens in the story without spoiling it for you. It made me laugh and cry and had me hooked just in the first few sentences. I fell in love with each of the THREE BROTHERS. I wanted to comfort Chase, hug Chance and fix Conn. A few quotes: You both hurt each other. It's a pattern in your history-don't make it a pattern in your future. We don't get to choose how we die, but we get to choose how we live. You make the mundane things in life and the things we have to do special. Words are simple. Proving those words is not.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
This book is an emotional journey for one girl who has been so effected by one family. It was clear her relationship with Conn was toxic. His cruel comments and hurtful actions both in the past and during the book are hard to understand. I'm not sure I ever understood why he was so messed up. It was hinted at but I so wished to understand him better. But his personality had me cheering for Chance. It seemed so clear that Chance loved Scout. His tender care for her showed his feeling completely. Everyone teases him that he's perfect and I'm thinking that's true. He holds the family, the ranch and especially Scout together. I adore Chase. He's sweet and suffering. I wish there as a happy for that boy. But at least he found Wolf. Loved that little fir ball and how he attached himself to Chase. I loved John too. I hurt for him. He had so much pain in his life. But his sons were great men and that spoke so much to him. The story was different. A curse, some tense emotions, a secret and a sweet romance make up this one. It does move slower than some books but it fit the cowboy feel of the book and the need to fix emotional wounds. I enjoyed that the romance was not the story so much as the healing, the revealing and the recover. It felt real for that reason. It has the same feel of this authors Lost & Found series. It's a sweet story that leaves the sexy behind closed doors. I enjoyed that.