Three Reasons Why by Mari Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell
Wes wants Jill Harper in every possible way a man can want a woman. But she’s resisting. Hard. When he learns she needs a handyman for her diner, he decides fate is smiling upon him—until Jill offers three reasons why they can’t be together. Always up for a challenge, Wes decides to prove her ridiculous reasons unsound, one by one.
Jill knows her reasons are total bull, but she’s sticking by them, come hell or high water. Unfortunately, Wes Robson is extremely persuasive. Especially in bed. If the sex gets any hotter they’ll likely burn down the town. Before long, Jill’s reasons begin falling away as fast as her clothing whenever Wes is around.
But Jill knows exactly what Wes wants for his future, and she’s just prolonging the inevitable heartbreak. The real reason she can’t give herself to Wes, can’t allow herself to love him, can only lead to pain—the kind from which neither may ever recover.
There is always that one guy, the one that makes you lose your mind and manages to make your clothes somehow melt off. The guy whose kiss is like a warm blanket on a cold winter morning. The guy that you lose total control with even when you know there is disaster looming up ahead. And it is worse when you know he feels the same way.
Wes is that guy for Jill. The guy she loves from the bottom of her soul and knows he feels the same. But she is fighting it with all her heart and soul. Why?? Because Jill has a secret, a secret that she knows will break Wes’ heart and in turn break her heart.
Jill and Wes have know each other a very long time and it seems every time they are alone in a room, biology takes over, until one unforgettable Christmas changes Wes' life forever. His desire for Jill was now for more than just her body and he wants her forever. The problem is convincing Jill of the same thing. Her feelings for him are apparent but she is resisting committing to him and he cannot understand why. A job change from the military to the local police force and a more settled life does not sway her opinion of life with him and nothing he seems to do is working…until a stalker endangers Jill's life and Wes takes over.
This is that kind of wonderful story of not seeing what is right in front of you. Jill and Wes are just the perfect couple. Her fear of losing him is manifested by her pushing him away. Her resistance fuels his drive to make her his. Mari Carr makes them personable, lovable and resilient in their individual quests for happy ever after. His determination makes him the wonderful guy you want to come out on top and win the girl of his dreams. You can’t not root for their inevitable conclusion even through the most stubborn of behaviors.
Lots of family and friends fill the spaces of this story as well as being their champions in bringing together the reluctant lovers. They are fun, funny, sexy, entertaining and addictive; you want to know everything about them.
Enjoy Mari Carr’s writing and become acquainted with all her characters in this book as well as all her others.