Review: The Will (Magdalene #1) by Kristen Ashley

Saturday, September 3
My rating:


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. 


****

Gorgeous! 4.5 warm fuzzy stars

Seriously, this book had me excited like a 5 year old at Christmas.

When it comes to KA books, I've either pledged my undying love for her characters, or threatened to burn my Kindle. There doesn't seem to be an in-between! The Will reaffirms my love for classic KA storytelling.

What I loved:

- Josie. A million times Josie. She reminded me of Brennan from Bones, with her weird thesaurus speaking and blunt directives. Like Amond said, she was ice-cold and shit hot. I just adored her. And when there were men falling over themselves to date her, which is normally a borderline DNF plotline for me, I could see why. KA showed us why Josie was special, as opposed to shoving it down our throats telling us how we should feel about the character. Even though multiple suitors in a story aren't my thing in a huge way, I actually wanted that for Josie. She deserved it.
- Jake and all his kidlets. What a good man.
- The lack of insane drama - no kidnappings, no bullets, no gangs. *Sigh* this is the KA I love.
- Lydie. All the peripheral stories. I was invested in every single one of them. Even the high school kids, even Henry, even Amond. However...

What I didn’t love:
 

- The name Dee-Amond. Through the majority of the book, I'm pretty sure I was meant to be picturing this beautiful specimen above.
... And instead, with a name like Dee (which is a girls name, I can't be the only one noticing that) followed by Amond (which makes it sound like it should be pronounced like 'Diamond' or Almond), this is what I have in my head:
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So I wasn't a fan. In my head, I called him T.I. and he looked like, well, T.I.:
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- Not something that I disliked, as such, and I wouldn't have taken a star or even 1% of a star off for this, but I wished we'd seen more of the grandmother. I understand that would have changed the story a bit, and I loved the story the way it was, so I don't know. I just want to know more about her, because she seemed like an awesome character.

Overall…
 
Off to binge read the Magdalene series now - I am back on the KA bandwagon!
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