life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she
could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity,
unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all
others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion
and music elite, but she kept herself distant.
While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in
the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including
the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his
But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person
who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing
Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.
The Will, Kristen Ashley’s
newest book (and first book in the all-new Magdalene series) is a trademark
representation of why this author stands in a league all her own. This author manages to reach deep inside and
evoke emotions and feelings that are often left dormant. Her characters feel so real that when you
turn the final page you mourn it because you are saying goodbye to “friends”.
first book where I’ve ever been able to say that my favorite character was one
who died before the book even began. As
this book opens we are introduced to Josie. She is attending her beloved grandmother Lydia’s funeral. The relationship between Lydia and Josie was
beyond a close one, and it is obvious that Josie is destroyed by the loss. At the reading of Lydia’s will, it also
becomes obvious that Gran also loved Jake Sloan and his children. Lydia’s matchmaking power, (even beyond the
grave), and her love for both Josie and Jake easily make this matriarch my
favorite character in the book.
not a man whom I will soon forget.
Former boxing champion, single father, club/gym owner, and all around
walking sex machine, I completely fell in love with this man the moment he
walked onto the scene. His devotion to
his children was compelling and added to his “off the charts” attractiveness.
favorite kind of heroine: loyal, strong, independent, honest, and tough with an
underlying vulnerability that will break your heart. Her commitment to Jake and his children was
enough to bring me to tears several times.
relationship develops at a sweet, slow pace, until one night (in a scene that I
will NEVER forget), it blazes out of control.
The heat that this author can pen with a stroke of her fingertips is
simply amazing and left me absolutely breathless. There are very few sex scenes that I
re-read. As a long-time romance reader,
I feel like I’ve read it all: I read the
first sex scene between Jake and Josie about 10 times (right in a row). Hot, sexy, emotional, and completely
sensual, Kristen Ashley knows ALL the right buttons to push!
things weren’t enough reason to read this book, the epilogue was so awesome
that it brought me to ugly tears. The
kind of tears that evoke random sobs and hiccups, cause a lump in your throat
the size of a large apple, and the kind that hurt, yet heal. As I read the epilogue, the emotion was
almost too powerful and all consuming.
Although not very long, the epilogue took several reading attempts to
get through. This epilogue contains one
of the single most powerful reading moments I’ve ever had….EVER.
need to space out novels by this author because reading her books invests not
only your time, but your heart as well.
I find that some of my greatest book hangovers occur after reading a
book by Kristen Ashley, and I have a doozey of a book hangover after reading The Will.
winner from the incomparable Kristen Ashley!
absolutely LOVED this book!! I loved that both Jake (aka “The Truck”)
Spear & Josie are a bit older then our normal H&H’s (Jake, 47 &
Josie, 45). Jake has been married and divorced three times (no fault of his
own) and has three kids, Conner, 17, Amber, 16, and Ethan is 8. None of his
ex’s have stuck around or have been a mother to any of the children. Jake is a
great father and he and his children were close to Lydie (Josie’s deceased
Grandmother). Actually she was a huge part of their lives for the seven years
they had with her.
Josie is and has always been single, due to a childhood trauma she tends to
avoid relationships, but she and her beloved grandmother are very close and
their family is made up of the two of them by choice….Lydie’s husband and
son’s were not nice to say the least! Josie has a good life, she’s very
successful in her career, and has a great circle of friends and acquaintances
that will do just about anything for her.
Upon her death Lydie “Willed” Josie to Jake, and Josie is obviously
stunned, especially since she’s never even heard not one word about Jake! Jake
does everything in his power to follow Lydie’s last wishes and “to take
care of her most precious possession, the person she has treasured most”, her
beloved Josephine. Her hope is that Jake will be able to teach Josie how to
“really live, have fun, be a slob every now and then, and enjoy
“You are not a fool,” he whispered. “You can never be a fool.
You’re total class from top to toe. You’re also a klutz. You own that baby,
because it’s you. If you learn to accept yourself just as you are, learn to
laugh at your quirks instead of hating them, show the world all that’s you
without tryin’ to hide things that are not even a little unattractive, that
makes you more attractive. What you’ve got is a fuckuva lot. You own all of it
and let it all hang out, you’ll go off-the-charts.”
I loved watching Josie’s relationship with Jake and his children grow into
something special, something wonderful and fulfilling, something they were ALL
I loved EVERYTHING about this book! Fantastic H&h, fantastic storyline,
fantastic kids (along with their posse’s) and great secondary
characters….some I hope to see more of as the series continues. And, I
realllllly LOVED the fabulous epilogue! KA treated us to something special with
this one…outstanding Kristen Ashley!!!