ARC Review: The Will by Kristen Ashley

Posted April 8, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Will by Kristen Ashley
The Will
by Kristen Ashley

5 Stars


Released: 8 April 2014
Series: Magdalene #1
Published by Self Published
Format: eARC

This book was sweet and romantic, with a massive side order of sexy ~ Under the Covers

Josephine Malone is devastated when her grandmother Lydia dies, Lydia has been the constant rock in her life when everything has crumbled around her, which is why she was one of the few people she has ever trusted. And even beyond life Lydia has strives to give Josephine what she needs; Jake Spear.

I don’t know why I even read Kristen Ashley books before I review them, I know it is going to get the highest rating. There is just something in her books that keeps me coming back for more! I think it must be the great big dollop of heart she wraps her books in, because in my head I know her books can be completely over the top ridiculous and unrealistic, not to mention over long. But does that stop me from lapping up every word? No it doesn’t. It makes me come back for more, and all I can deduce from this is that is must be the complete love that Kristen Ashley has for her characters and her series shining through her words making it impossible for me not to fall in love a little to.

But, back to the book in question The Will, a first book in a new series of which I am already eagerly anticipating the next installment. This book was sweet and romantic, with a massive side order of sexy, Jake and Josie, although seem like opposites are such a great fit. Jake is a KA patented alpha male with all the droolworthy hotness that implies and Josie, although she seemed a a bit uptight was at times hilarious. There was also the kiddie angle, and we read as Josie gets enfolded into Jake and his three kids and having something she has never really had before; a family. It is all so damn adorable and sweet it was giving me cavities.

KA has also created a small community that is easy to immerse yourself in, it contained some interesting side characters, from Josie’s new BFF, to the sexy sheriff, I am definitely pinning my hopes on the latter getting a book of his own!

I enjoyed every word of this book, but I am an unashamed Kristen Ashley groupie, so you may want to take that into consideration when reading this. But, if you are after a sweet romance with an array of interesting characters and a likable main couple, than The Will is worth giving a shot.

* ARC provided by author

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About Kristen Ashley

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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the great review Suzanne

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose

Glad it was fab. I look forward to this one too. Thanks for sharing about it, Suzanne!


Thanks suzanne!

Amy R
Amy R

Is the Magdalene series a spin off from a previous series?


Great review! 🙂