Released: April 8th, 2014
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.
"You good?" "Of course. I have you."
The first in the Magdalene series honestly did not disappoint me at all. The connection between the two protagonists in Kristen Ashley’s books is always so strong and they have extremely steamy romance. It comes with passion and aggression, everything that real love includes, and that’s just perfect.
I've been having a Kristen Ashley marathon so bear with me.
Fuck, I fell in love with the characters over and over again. Even with Josie’s grandmother. She sounded really awesome.
Jake has never met Josephine – or better known as Josie here – before her grandmother passed. And Josie, hearing that her grandmother left part of her inheritance for a stranger is shocked. Especially by the fact that her grandmother had left her to him. Like literally she inherited Josie to Jake. Fucking hilarious.
Jake’s got three kids he has to take care of and a streak of bad women from the past. He’s taught them well, but being a single parent is difficult and so, with Josie’s help, he managed to keep his family happy and healthy. Well, in the end at least…
She ignored her father, looked to me and announced. “I’m a vegetarian.”“Yeah, she decided that this morning,” Jake noted at my side.“Killing animals for human consumption is disgusting,” she informed her father.“Wonder what killing daughters for bein’ pains in the ass is,” Jake muttered.
Ah, can’t you just feel that deep family bond?
On the other hand, Josie has been travelling all around the world with a famous photographer and has met many influential people. She’s wealthy and successful. But when news of her grandmother reached her, she took a temporary leave from her job and took off for home.
Josie is one of those heroines who do not realize their potential and greatness. She’s very humble and sweet and I love that.
“Con told me about you. His dad’s new girlfriend.”At her words, I felt shafts of fire burn through me like spears were drilling from top to toe. This feeling was painful because this feeling was hope in the face of hopelessness.
She doesn’t believe that Jake would love her in such away, let alone like her. And I’m just like, “Woman, please. You’ve got this man wrapped around your pinky.”
4.5 – 5 APPLES!!!!!
♕ The Will (Magdalene #1) ♕
Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She 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!).
Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of 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 up, it keeps getting better.
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