The Will by Kristen Ashley: Review

The Will by Kristen Ashley: ReviewThe Will by Kristen Ashley
on April 8th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 375

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.



Casey Says…..

What a pleasant surprise from Author Kristen Ashley. While still being true to her writing style, she completely mixed things up with The Will and left me excited for more……….

This is a standalone romance with the second book having recently released. The second book moves onto different characters introduced in The Will as is typical of KA. I know I have said it before but this is one of the things I LOVE most about her. The intertwining of characters allows me to revisit places and people I fell in love with…….it’s like reconnecting with an old friend. So when I say my next read is without a DOUBT Soaring…..it most definitely is.

Magdalene, is a quaint town that holds “The Lavender House”- once home of Josie Malone’s beloved grandmother. Upon her death, Josie returns to the town for her funeral and the reading of “The Will”. Accustomed to the fast life working for a world renowned photographer, Josie is used to rubbing elbows with the elite. However, her grandmother and Lavender House is the only home she has ever truly known. Where she has always felt the safest from her brutal upbringing.

During the reading of her grandmothers will, Josie finds that her grandmother has an unusual and unique request that brings Jake into her life and forces her onto a path she would have not otherwise chosen for herself.

“I don’t understand what Gran wanted for you and me.”


“Maybe she wanted us to be friends? Maybe she wanted to know you got someone who cares, who’ll look out for you, listen to you, take your back when you need it and give a shit not just when you need it but all the time.”

Living small town life with his 3 children, Jake is anything but a simple man.  A man who was very close with Josie’s grandmother Lydia and a man determined to take care of his family. He is giving, caring, compassionate and SEXY…..wow is this man SEXY. With many obstacles to come, Josie and Jake eventually find their way, like a slow burning candle their love builds over time and it one that is breathtaking.

I cannot even begin to write all that I want to expound upon. I would quote the ENTIRE book if it were up to me. Kristen Ashley writes in a very distinct way that is very noticeable to her fans. I cannot recommend her enough- because I want everyone to experience the feelings she invokes into her writing.

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.