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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I think this is a love it or hate it book. The Will, like all of Kristen Ashley's books, has many great characters who have well-developed personalities, some of them quirky. I have read criticism of the heroine's "weird" speech in this book, but I actually liked it. I felt that it was an important part of her and served as a reminder of who she was and why she was that way. Josie deals with her history of being abandoned and abused by disguising herself and hiding her real thoughts and feelings behind a mask which shows the world a woman who is classy, educated, refined, capable and reliable but also cold and uptight. She has crafted this facade to protect herself, thinks carefully before she speaks and lives in her head a lot. I think that's why she formulates her sentences in a way that makes her speech much more formal than that of the average American who's more open and laid back. She overuses words like "thus," "alas," "therefore" and "however," especially when she's having an internal conversation. It might seem to some that it is not realistic for her to speak thus, and, alas, they have dismissed her character as absurd, not really grasping that this is part of her mask, she has been living in a very narrow world and is now in a totally different environment. For 23 years, her life has been about being the almost 24/7 assistant to the man she has wanted for her own but knows is out of her reach (so she shut down those emotions), being surrounded by artists, photographers and entertainment types in a high-fashion job (perfect place to fit in with odd speech where normal is the worst insult ever) and having only ONE close relationship- with her grandmother who is in her 90's (and probably wouldn't think it odd for her to not swear and to use "old-fashioned" speech).
Not having an issue with her speech, I found Josie and Jake's story interesting and beautiful, if not particularly "exciting." It dug into a lot of real life problems, like dealing with the death of a loved one, divorce baggage, abandonment baggage, teenaged high school drama, stressed out parent issues and assimilating into a small town community, so it wasn't as "action-packed" as a lot of KA's other books. I think that may be why the reviews are what they are. As for the narrator, I think she may take a hit in the reviews because of those who hate Josie's speech, but I thought she was excellent. I have listened to her perform other books, and I thought she did great then as well. In fact, other than the mistake of "Own the Wind" (Chaos 1) not being done by the same narrator as the Dream Man Series which had a lot of crossover characters (fixed by Chaos 2), I think all the KA series currently on Audible have not only been narrated well but have somehow paired the perfect narrators with each series, and I think Hollis McCarthy will do well for the rest of the Magdalene Series. According to the author's website, Mickey's up next, and I look forward to his story.
Bottom line, if you like a well-written, well-narrated, character-driven, sweet romance set in a coastal Maine, small town, with a real-life feel, this is definitely worth a credit. If you are looking for your romance to be a little less realistic and to have more action, like axe-wielding maniacs, stalkers, crime lords, rapists, con men and the like being taken down by alpha, macho man badasses, go with the Rock Chick, Dream Man, Chaos and Colorado Mountain series. I like them all!!
- Erin "Audiobook Addict. It's all about the Listen. Mostly Romance, but I do branch out a bit. Reviews are my honest opinions-popular or not."
I don't get it
Do some woman really want to be talked to like this. This one sure doesn' t. I liked the story line. I could not finish due to the constant F--k. When it got to P___y. I was really done. My bad I guess. I didn't realize that it was a sex book. I'm all for some good sex. This was just vulger. I wanted to like Jake. If this was him showing how he loved her, I can do without. I prefer an author who can portray these scenes with a lot more finese.