Saturday, July 13, 2013

VBT Review: Three's A Crowd by Melissa Keir

Three’s a Crowd by Melissa Keir
For Lissa, the second time at love was a charm but in marriage, three’s a crowd.

Single mother Lissa Vincent found her soul mate in her best friend’s ex-husband. Alex Hunter couldn’t believe his fortune when his ex-wife told him her best friend was available. After divorce, finding love again could be a challenge but it appeared Alex and Lissa had gotten lucky. Yet as they start their lives as newlyweds, Alex and Lissa don’t realize just how difficult it might be to blend a family.

When Alex’s ex new marriage begins to unravel, she sets her sights again on Alex. Does Alex still have feelings for the mother of his child? Will Lissa keep her best friend or lose her husband?

Fairytales promise a happily-ever-after. But what really happens after the after.

EXCERPT #1:    

Sipping a glass of ice water while I waited, I looked forward to seeing Chloe. We’d been co-workers and friends for years.
When Chloe walks in, I watch as all the men’s heads turn to stare as she approached our table. Her beauty always drew gazes and left me feeling like a weed planted next to a stunning flower.
After Chloe and I make a bit of small talk and order, I ask the question I’ve been dying to ask since I ended our phone call. “What is going on, Chloe? What can I do to help?”
“Mike’s quit his job at the college and decided to open his own catering business and the stress of having no money coming in is taking its toll on us. All we do is fight. I can’t stand that I have no say in how our money is spent. Would you believe he bought a delivery truck for his business but hasn’t even gotten the brakes fixed on my car?”
“I’m sorry, Chloe. What does Mike say when you talk to him about this?”
“He really doesn’t understand. He has stars in his eyes about what the future holds and can’t see what’s happening right in front of his face. My salary is the only thing paying the bills. With the way Mike’s spending money, it’s going out as fast as it’s coming in. You know, Lissa. You’re so lucky to have Alex. He’s a wonderful provider. What I wouldn’t give to have him back in my life.”
Ouch. Chloe’s words hurt. I knew Alex was a wonderful husband, but he was mine now. Was she really indicating she wanted him back?
“Alex is a fabulous husband, father, and friend. I’m lucky to be his wife.” Needing to establish my territory, I made sure to point out Alex was mine.
“Yes, he is. I’d give anything to have him back. Just to make it clear, if you ever hurt him or let him go, I’m going to be right there to pick up the pieces. After all, we have a child together. We’ll always be in each other’s lives.”
“Well, Alex is very happy and I’ll do anything to keep him that way.”
The rest of lunch passed in a blur. I couldn’t keep my mind off her ultimatum. Maybe Chloe was just reacting to all the problems in her own marriage by lashing out at me. I was willing to give her the benefit of doubt. However, all I wanted to do was to escape the original lunch from hell and get home to Alex to reassure myself of his love. For me.

Review Rating: 3.5 LIGHTNING BOLTS 

Review: Three's a Crowd is a short story filled with complex characters trying to have a second chance at love. There's Lissa married to Alex, and she's friends with his ex wife, Chloe. She even works with her. Lissa's ex, Steve isn't as great. The prior couples have kids and now with the blended families, things can get pretty intense.

Written in the first person, this story is from LIssa's point of view. She's settling in with her husband, but they don't always get the chance to have time together. Kids, and other things come first. Then to top if off, Alex's ex is having problems and is getting pretty close to over stepping her boundaries.

Keir's story is 28 pages, but it has a good emotional feel. I didn't have a whole lot of time to feel invested in the characters before it ended, but within the pages, I did get a good sense of Lissa. She's a strong woman and always tries to do what's best. She struggles with the complex ties of second marriages, and handles herself well. I enjoyed the story. For a fast and emotional read, I recommend  Three's a Crowd.

As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing. She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC. Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars. She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.
Melissa doesn’t believe in down time. She’s always keeping busy. Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.
This is what readers are saying about Melissa’s books:
Amazon 5 star review for Second Time’s the Charm- “Such a sweet and heart warming story. As I read it, and the details unfolded, I was engrossed to see if that I thought was going to happen, would really happen.” – Lacey Wolfe, Romance Author.
Barnes and Noble  5 star review for Protecting His Wolfe- Great read. I couldn't put it down. I really liked the characters, especially Betsie and the Pigg brothers. A love story with suspense and surprise.” – Anonymous

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  1. I liked this too! Short and sweet though I did want more from it. Maybe I can bribe Ms. Mel into expanding it...*eyes plate of her Twitter Famous Cookies and ponders...*

    1. I'd love to put both books Second Time's the Charm and Three's a Crowd together with the special wedding in between but that will have to be in the future. So many books to write!

  2. Great review. I generally like longer stories, but lately I have been reading shorter ones, because of constraints on my time, and I found I'm really enjoying them.
    I'm putting this book on my list.

    1. Thanks Brenda! I find that my time is what got me hooked on shorter stories. I love that I can finish it in a sitting and still feel like I had a wonderful story. All the best!

  3. Love this short story, Melissa. Nikki, your review helped me realize I'd like to read the whole story. Thanks ladies!

    1. Thanks Gemma. If you haven't read Second Time's the Charm, I recommend it. In that short story, you will also get a look at how Alex and Lissa meet.

  4. Thank you Nikki for hosting me and for the wonderful review. Three's a Crowd is the sequel to Second Time's the Charm which shows how Lissa and Alex get together. Also another short story but introduces Lissa and Alex as well as Chloe and Steve... not to mention the children!

  5. WTG Melissa! SO looking forward to reading this:)

    1. Thanks Molly! I can't wait to hear your feedback! :)