The Will by Kristen Ashley
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.

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It's a given that if KA writes it, I'll read it. Regardless of the blurb... I don't even read any of her books synopsis's - I just get it and read it. That's how big a fan I am of Kristen Ashley. When I'm lost and don't know what I feel like reading next, I'll more often than not fall back to a KA read - even though I've read pretty much every single one of her books... so yes, I reread her stuff (very) often.

So I was excited about this series coming out. I was looking forward to something new, something fresh and of course I'm always in the mood for KA.

Overall this book is a great read. I was hooked... but I wasn't obsessively hooked - if that makes any sense. I didn't stop reading, but I didn't have a whale of a time either.

It is a perfect KA tale - don't get me wrong. I had no doubt I was reading a Kristen Ashely. But at one point I wondered if my obsession for her didn't overshadow my true enjoyment of this novel. There were many moments where I began to get annoyed. For one - I really didn't click well with the manner in which Josie speaks. It made the book feel old. Kind of as if I was reading a historical romance and well... that's just not my cup of tea.

“Jake felt suddenly raw. Humble. Grateful. Honored. Loved.”

I didn't find Jake as fiercely alpha as the usual KA badasses are. There is a lot of other things that take place in this book that I felt pulled you away from the actual storyline / plot. This is a pattern I'm seeing with KA and her latest two releases. There's more going on in the standalone novel and I find myself getting irritated since I really just want to actual book to progress. And speaking of progress... it takes a while. A whole (long) while for something 'fun' or 'exciting' to happen. But don't worry - there's a whole lot of other things going on that have nothing to do with the progress of the book - so maybe it will entertain you while you wait for the climax. I didn't however like the fact that Jake was a boxer. This was a good break from the usual KA alpha's that lean more towards being a protector type. Jake was kind of a bad boy in a way. Just not bad enough :(

I'm mildly disappointed in the outcome of this book. Yes there were moments that I was having a good time... but most of the time I had to wait and that made me kind of bored. The fact that this book felt extremely long is enough to explain how little anything interesting happens. Usually I'm depressed when a KA ends... but this time around I felt as if it was more of an accomplishment. It just felt soooo long.

But still... as a whole this book isn't boring. It has some really great parts and once I'd completed the book and reflected back on it for a day or so... I settled on the fact that it was good... but it wasn't brilliant. I liked the idea and concept of the plot. I always like KA's writing style - just this time I wasn't a big fan of the way in which Josie speaks. I didn't like the - not one, not two, not three, not four but five love interests. I just didn't. Is it crazy for me to say that perhaps there was just to much book in this one book? Does that even make sense? But whatever or however - There's a lot in this one book so prepare yourself for a long reading session.

Rating: 4 Stars

The Will by Kristen Ashley

RELEASE DATE: April 8th, 2014
GENRE: Adult Romance

PUBLISHER: Kristen Ashley


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