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.
I love Kristen Ashley’s books. Love as in when I’m reading her books the whole world around me does not exist anymore; love as in I actually read some of her books for the 5th time and still think it’s totally sane if I want to read it again for the 6th time; love as in I decided staying up all night and finishing her book was more important than being mentally present at work the next day. When I started seeing early reviews for The Will, I just knew it was going to be awesome. If you haven’t tried a Kristen Ashley romance (trust me, you’re missing out on something special) this would be an excellent place to start. The Will is classic Kristen Ashley, which means it’s a long book and extremely descriptive. This is also the first in a new series.
Josephine “Josie” Malone is content with her life. She has a great job that allows her to travel around the world and meet lots of famous and interesting people; she has a great sense of fashion; the way she talks is charming and classy; she has her Gran and Henry; everything is just the way she wants it to be. Josie’s Gran, Lydia Malone, was the only good thing in her abusive childhood and the only person who always had her back since she could remember. It is also the reason why she had created a façade; a false persona of calm, collected and confident woman who doesn’t let many people in and is used to being alone. But Lydie never wanted that kind of life for her. She wanted her to be with someone special, someone who would love and protect her. So she decided to do something about that.
Jake Spears is a panty-melting hot boxer/strip club owner. A single, loving father who works hard to provide for his kids (totally a DILF). He has the capacity to love and love deeply, but he had chosen poorly on who he gives his love to and has three failed marriages as proof. He also has three wonderful (special in their own way) children. Jake and his children loved Lydie very much, she was very supportive of them and was there to help Jake when he needed it the most.
Josie and Jake meet one another during the reading of a will left by Lydie. When he hears that Lydie has left Josie to him he is determined to honor her last wishes. Josie on the other hand is thrown for a loop, Gran never mentioned this Jake to her before. Although she is hesitant at first, Josie decides to give friendship with Jake a chance. As Jake and Josie’s friendship develops, they both start to see what Lydie wanted for them. Why she picked them for one another. Two completely different people from different worlds might just be the perfect match.
I always admire Kristen Ashley’s ability to create memorable characters that can charm us and work their way into our hearts. I fell in love with Jake, Josie, Connor, Amber, Ethan, even boy Taylor and girl Taylor. And lets not forget about the writing. KA has a talent of bringing simplicity and beauty to her stories, The Will is no exception. It’s a beautiful story about two people in their forties who have lived but not loved until they found each other; it’s about the importance of family; it’s about hope in second chances and that it’s never too late to reach for happiness.
My overall thoughts, no way does this review explain just how much I loved this book. So please give The Will a chance to make you feel the magic that is Kristen Ashley’s writing and prepare to have your world rocked.
“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.”
“To have what Jake had you had to be born the man he became. You couldn’t want it. You simply were going to be it until you were it.”
“Maybe she wanted us to be friends? Maybe she wanted to know you got someone who cares, who’ll look out for you, listen to you, take your back when you need it and give a shit not just when you need it but all the time.”
“My man is going to be strong and tall and handsome and smart and protective and fierce, so very FIERCE, and wonderful and he’s going to adore me.”
“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. Own that, baby, because it’s cute and 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 got is a fuckuva lot. You own all of it and let it all hang out, you’ll go off-the-charts.”
“A man’s any man at all, the first woman he hurts, he learns not to do that shit again.”
“I’d give him anything. I’d give him everything. If I had the power, I’d give him the world.”