Apr 26, 2014

~REVIEW~ The Will by Kristen Ashley

The Will (Magdalene, #1)

Early in her 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 love.

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 it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.


The Characters

Josephine lived a sad childhood and was a victim of abuse but was saved by her grandmother, Lydie, when she needed her. As Josie grew Lydie and her employer, Henry, became the only constant in her life and she was okay with that. She had the life she always wanted and she looked forward to continuing her life as it was. But when she loses Lydie everything she’s ever known is turned on its axis. Without her grandmother she found herself alone and lonely. But she looked forward to submerging in her work to avoid the pain. She was strong and fierce. She was such a headstrong heroine that I automatically liked her. And no matter how much she fought back against the changes going on after Lydie’s passing she couldn’t escape the light that Jake was providing her.

There are no words to describe Jake. He is a father of three, owns a strip club and gym and is ex-boxer that has had many ups and downs in his life. He made many mistakes that he admits to but has also realized his mistakes and fought for a better life for him and his kids. He is a strong Alpha male and he takes care of those he loves. There is no way to put into words all that he is because he is AMAZING. Lydie was a huge part of who he had become and he loved her like she was his own grandmother. When he meets Josie he takes his time with her and is patient and understanding but also possessive in a way that isn’t overbearing.

The Plot

I have to say that The Will is a roller coaster of emotions. I found myself crying one moment, laughing the other, fuming the next and swooning later. Josie and Jake both have some lessons to learn and both struggle through them. They are both on opposite ends of the spectrum but are also perfect for each other. What starts off as a dislike for each other turns into so much more and the journey is a wild ride. Throughout the pages you will encounter a jealous ex-wife, a scorned lover, teenage drama, money hungry family, lies and betrayal and much much more. Their story is not a sweet romance; there is a lot the characters go through that lead them to their version of Happily Ever After.

The Romance

OMG! Jake and Josie are combustible! There is so much hostility and frustration between the two that when the two finally catch fire it is a volcano erupting. The buildup to their relationship is slow at first but as soon as they stop fighting it there is no turning back. They both find solace in each other and both have hearts of gold so you can imagine the romance that brews through the pages.
There are also MANY Hot and Steamy scenes that will have you swooning.

The Wrap-Up

Don’t’ miss out on this book! Although it is extremely long it is a wonderful read. The characters, both primary and secondary are just incredible. From Jake's three kids to Josie’s larger than life friends.



“Man's got the power to break a woman's heart. Women have their own power. Learn this in future, choose better.” 
“It’s never too late to reach for happiness and no matter what life has done to you, it’s never too late to find it.”
“Just you wait until you get your turn, little man,” Amond advised. “I’m not kissin’ Josie,” Ethan returned, looking a little sick. “No, boy,” Amond replied. “When you get a woman of your own.” “She’s gonna cook like Josie. She’s gonna dress like Josie. She’s gonna talk like Josie. But we’re just holding hands,” Ethan informed Amond superiorly and my heart jumped as my belly melted.” 
“Momma bear lookin’ after my kids. Good woman lookin’ after her man.”

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