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Here's the deal, Kristen Ashley has kind of ruined me for other authors because of the incredibly detailed and beautiful love stories she creates! And, let me say, THE WILL, the first of the Magdalene series was a masterpiece!
You have this incredible build up and chemistry between Jake and Josie. Both of their backgrounds were so interesting, and you wouldn't think that a high class, fashion-savvy babe like Josie could fall in step with Jake, a man who lives in a small town, owns a boxing gym (and another business that might be perceived as indecent), has a string of troublesome ex's and 3 kids, BUT THEY WERE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER. K.A. builds an incredibly beautiful love story showing just how perfect they were for each other. In fact, this will be one of my K.A. favorites.
I loved how Jake and Josie fell in love. Regarding Josie, though, I had to get used to her extremely formal way of expressing herself. Most of the time she sounded like a person with high functioning autism, or a pedantic, university professor. However, if her speech wasn't a problem for all of the other characters who received and loved her, it wasn't a problem for me....LOL
The way Josie bonded with Jake's kids was so tender and melted my heart like butter. She found a way into the hearts of Amber, Conner, and Ethan and it was such a treat! Now regarding, JAKE, OMG that man is a fine man who understood women well. That is to say, he seemed to understand Josie well and gave her so much in terms of love, patience, attention etc. It's a tricky thing to date a woman while handling his businesses, caring for his children etc., but he was smooth, and overall a very strong masculine figure.
One of the most touching aspects of this love story is how Josie's deceased grandmother seemed to be present everywhere in their story. It was absolutely incredible how Gran found a way to set up Jake and Josie. What a wonderful lady!
To me this story was perfection and I can't wait to continue with the series!
Narrator: Hollis McCarthy performed well, but I would like for her to work on her masculine voice a bit more. Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable K.A. novel.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
I Love Kristen Ashley Books. She takes her time and let's you get to know the characters. And before you know it your hooked. Josie and Jake were a little older, but you don't have to be in your 20's to fall in love.
The kids and their relationship were great. The book provides laughs, tears and shocks. I enjoyed every moment of it.
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
im one of KA's biggest fans and I loved this book but sadly not the audiobook. The reader, for me personally, ruined jakes part by managing to make him 'sound' more like an old man rather than a vibrant sexy man. It's a shame as this story was lovely and both deserved happiness. but the audio sadly was more annoying than enjoyable. Very unhappy to review unfavourably. .but the audiobooks are expensive enough to buy, even with tokens, not to be honest in recommending or not recommending.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Kristen Ashley or narrated by Hollis McCarthy?
I would definitely read more books by this author, unfortunately the narration lets it down badly.
If you’ve listened to books by Kristen Ashley before, how does this one compare?
First time I have read anything by this author.
Do you think The Will needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, the loose ends were tied up nicely.
Any additional comments?
On occasion the description of thoughts going through Josephine's mind were a little long winded and repetitive. Keeping it simple sometimes works best.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Love Kristen Ashley but the narrator killed this book for me. Sorry I hate to leave a bad review but the narrator was terrible.
Hollis did an amazing job!! Would definitely listen to another book narrated by her 😁