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.
Kristen Ashley is one of my favorite authors. Her books are almost always a guaranteed hit for me, and I get in the mood to binge them often--whether it's to re-read or read for the first time (because I'm still catching up on her books...she has so many!). Earlier this month I was on a KA kick and ended up re-reading The Will, so I figured it was high time to give this book a review. Because, y'all. This book is spectacular!
One of the best things about The Will is the characters. They're all great, deep, and fleshed out. I loved them and felt with them and wanted to spend loads of time in their world. I was so invested in their lives and all that went on, both the good and the not so good. Josie and Jake and Conner and Amber and Ethan and the entire cast in Magdalene had 100% of my attention, and I enjoyed every second spent in their world.
Stemming off of that, I also loved the relationships. ALL OF THEM. Not just the romantic one between Josie and Jake--which, by the way, was fantastic. But the relationships within the family warmed my heart. All the love and support, and the growth from Josie being a friend to being part of the unit. Then there was just the general awesomeness of their friends in town--Mickey and Alyssa and Junior and so on. It warmed my heart and I loved it all.
Another great thing about The Will was that it pulled me in right away. This doesn't ALWAYS happen with KA books, because while I love how she writes long it can sometimes mean starting the story takes a little to get really into, but this particular book was one that had me right away. My attention was immediately snared, and then I got tugged further and further into the world with the flip of every page, and it was amazing. In general I'm a fan of Kristen Ashley's writing, but with The Will it just really hit the spot, you know? It gave me all kinds of feelings and had me so caught up in these characters and the stories and it was amazing.
And last, but never ever least, there was of course the romance, which I mentioned briefly above. Josie and Jake had a beautiful love story. It was full of sweet moments and hard moments and sexy moments and important moments and just...loads of moments that I was SO on board for. Jake and Josie are definitely one of my favorite KA couples (and there are MANY to choose from, so that's saying a lot).
Overall, The Will is a spectacular story full of love and moments that warmed my heart. The romance, characters, and their story never fail to pull me in--making this one of my favorite (and most re-read) Kristen Ashley books. If you're looking for adult contemporary romance and want to try some KA, this would be a lovely place to start!
5 stars - A spectacular love story that warmed my heart!