Remarkably B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!! KA at her best. Sometimes when I’m in a reading slump, I’ll start the journey of a Kristen Ashley book. I let the page count keep me away from this one for a long time. Shame on me! It was exactly what I needed and so much more. It’s easy to get engrossed in a story with such a realness to it. The mixture of cute banter, family dynamics, maturity, and passion makes this epic.
The book begins in the small town of Magdalene at the funeral of Lydia Malone. Lydia is Josie‘s beloved grandmother (aka.. gran).
“My eyes behind my sunglasses lifted and slid through the crowd standing around the casket.
They stopped when my sunglasses hit his.
And when they did, my breath also stopped.
This was because in all my life, and I’d had a long one, and in all my wandering, and I’d wandered far, I’d never seen a man like him.
Josie was watching him with his three children clearly grieving. It’s a small town, but she doesn’t recognize them. She was also surprised and confused that her gran had never spoken of this family. It was obvious they cared for her grandmother. Josie was not very social, she rushed out without meeting them. The will reading was the next day, and she planned to leave town shortly after.
At the will reading the last person, she expected to see was the mysterious man from the cemetery. Of course, she wondered again why Gran had never spoken of him.
Gran had set something into motion that brought Jake Spear and his family into her life in a way she never expected.
“Josie.” My name shook with his amusement and it was annoying because the way it did sounded lovely. “She gave me you.”
Jake Spear was completely opposite of Josie. He had lived in Magdalene his whole life. He was a former champion boxer, owner of a gym and a strip club. He had been married three times, has three children from two of the marriages. He has made poor decisions in the past when it comes to women. He worked extremely hard to provide for his family. He kicked butt at raising his kids. He was protective and loving of the one’s he loves.
“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.”
Josie was pure class! I’m pretty sure it did not take me long to fall in love with her. She captivated the whole town, especially the men. She was honest, loyal, feisty, well mannered and total klutz. She was so nervous about meeting the kids. Having never been around children she wasn’t sure what to expect. She rocked it! She took it slow and developed lasting connections with each one. I loved that she was fiercely protective over Jake and the kids.
Jake and Josie, were so different, but fit so perfectly. The couple is in their 40’s. I think it made for more mature characters. I think it’s safe to say that they are one of my favorite book couples ever. Also, the banter between the whole family is too freaking cute!
“Babe.” “Babe?” “Babe.”
“Is that your response?” I asked.
“No, my response is, babe, shut up and sleep but I already said that so I condensed it to just babe ‘cause that’s easier to say and might not piss you off.”
“I can’t read all that in babe, Jake.”
“You’ll learn to read my babes.”
The storyline was brilliant. Told in mainly Josie’s POV with a few of Jake’s.
Surprisingly, low on angst (loved btw). The HOT passionate romance was very much still there. The side characters in KA’s books are always so good. The Will is part of The Magdalene Series, they are all standalone books with connected characters. It really is a must read!
“Every girl who keeps a diary is going to be chronicling this story in pink ink with LOADS of hearts drawn around it.”
Contemporary Romance. Standalone in Series.
Rating: 5+ stars