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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Kristen Ashley (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

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.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Still three hours to go but I just can't finish it

What disappointed you about The Will?

Boring, poorly written, nothing ever happens.

Has The Will turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Hollis McCarthy’s performance?

She was ok

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Will?

The scene where the main character describes a woman of their acquaintance publicly performing oral sex on her husband and then suggests his girlfriend cultivate a friendship with her because she needs women friends. Yuck.

Any additional comments?

I love books where there is a will involved; ancient family secrets to be discovered by the descendants. This is not about that. It is strictly a romance novel, with ridiculous characters true to stereotype. The writing is so baddddd. The woman is described as a globe trotter, then in the next sentence she is "trotting the globe." There may have been a big surprise at the end where her long lost mother reappears but I couldn't get through it. You would have to be very easily entertained to find anything worthy in this trash.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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I Loved It

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.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Happy I Used A Credit

1. Some people complained about Josie speech. If you like the Harlequin old english type books kind of speech then this will not irritate you. She is very proper and speaks old english so yes there are some "thus" and "indeed", but not enough to irritate. 2. The narrator to me was fine. I could tell the difference between the characters and no ones voice was just too bad. 3. The story itself was pretty good, not too predictable, not too smutty but gives you just enough. 4. There were some bad guys but not any real violence. 5. The alpha male wasn't too overbearing which is good to me because I can only take so much of that. 6. The main female character while she has her submissive old fashion ways she is still strong and frequently speaks up which I appreciated. It seemed more real that way where some of these book makes the woman so week that well you start wishing it to be over...quickly.
This book is 23 hours long and I will admit that I finished it in 2 days which means that I lost a lot of sleep. But it was well worth the credit. If you liked "Breathe" by Ashley then this book may be what you are looking for.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Thus, I was very bored for almost 24 hours...

I think I will cringe every time I hear the word "thus" from now on. This was a very simplistic story that took way many words to tell. The overuse of profanity was also very annoying, not because I was offended, but because the author's use of the f numb and others made the characters sound ridiculous as opposed to tough or intriguing.

36 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Sorry I wasted my time and money on this book.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Cut out half of the swearing. Made Jake a nicer guy. Made Josie not so superior.

What could Kristen Ashley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written Jake and Josie as nicer people. Not so opposite. Jake is such a scum bag.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hollis McCarthy?

Anyone else.

Any additional comments?

I read the reviews before purchasing this book. I guess I missed what everyone else thought was so great. I have a new rule, If I don't like a book then its ok to stop listening to it. It won't get better.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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KA Rocks!

I love all books that Kristen Ashley has written, this one, for me, is by far her best. This book is so fantastic, I'd waste all 3 of my credits on it!

This story focuses on Josie and Jake and their struggles to overcome their pasts and move on together. Josie is left to Jake in her Grandmother's will, and this starts a nice friendship between the two of them and Jake's kids, and later leads into a beautiful family. I laughed and cried out loud several times.

Narrator is just "OK" I read this book on my kindle and have been waiting for the audio version. If you love KA, I would suggest reading the hard copy first so the narrator doesn't ruin it for you or prevent you from finishing. She's not terrible, she's just nowhere near as good as the other 2 ladies who narrate for KA. I am not struggling to listen, and I'm about 1/2 way through. But I saw another review where a credit was being returned due to the narrator. In my opinion, she isn't that bad - but hopefully KA goes back to one of the other two narrators for the next book!

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Horrible

Just horrible. Don't waste your time. Zero plot line, contrived, and pointless graphic sex scenes. Demeaning of women and. sexist.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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It was great until "He" opened his mouth.

Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Hollis McCarthy?

This story was so promising at the beginning and the narrator was great but as it went on and Jake started talking, it became tedious. This book probably would have been 5 hours shorter if the author had eliminated half of Jake's use of the "f" word. It really wasn't a bad story, it just got lost in his pathetic inability to communicate in anything other than four letter words.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kristen Ashley again?

Probably not, I hate to waste my credits and be disappointed.

Have you listened to any of Hollis McCarthy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard any other books by her but she did a good job with what she had to work with.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Basically, this wasn't a bad story, it just got to be a annoying.

Any additional comments?

Could someone please explain to me what the excessive use of the "f" word adds to a story. Please note that I said excessive.

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

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I could not get past the language

I only listened to a few hours because I could not get past the continuous foul language. Every other word was F--- and they took the Lord's name is vain over and over. I realize that when desribing some characters some bad language might be needed to set the scene, but I could find no reason that Jake needed to curse continually. He was a father of three, basically a good guy, not an inmate, drug lord or hit man. It just did not make sense.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • KMD.
  • 02-18-15

needs a different voice

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

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  • lashesell
  • 02-26-15

awful narration

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.

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  • Laila
  • 02-13-16

Different reader

The book and story line is good, however I highly recommend another reader. I found myself thinking of reasons not to listen due to the reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-17

That voice!!! (No offense intended)

The role of Josephine was read well all other characters were PAINSTAKING to listen to.

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  • Angela
  • 02-18-17

Terrible

If I'd wanted a Mills and Boon I'd have bought one and expected a better story line. This was one of the most sycophantic books I've ever tried to listen to. The protagonists were the worst characters with the female character being the most sickening adaptation of women I've heard in a long time.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 07-23-15

Another great one from KA

KA books are on my pre-buy list at all times. I always buy the kindle version first then the audio to use in my office and when I'm travelling.

This is the first book in a new series and involves a shy, damaged woman who lives behind a shield and the man her grandmother knew would bring that wall down. Jake and Josie meet for the first time at the funeral of her grandmother Lydia. Josie doesn't know how she has never met Jake and his kids when they were so involved in Lydia life.

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  • Miss
  • 05-12-15

sweet book if overlong

Any additional comments?

I read reviews that criticised the narration before I listened to this but I had no problems with the narrator and I have returned books before that I simply can't listen to. Not as raunchy and a slower pace than some of KA's books but a sweet enough story. Could have done with some editing as got a bit repetitive and have seen it criticised for the heroine giving up a jet set lifestyle for a wife and kids one, but then I have personally known jet-setters who have got bored with it and craved 'normality' especially those that have lived behind a mask as Josie does in this. Those that feel that way will also probably not like Jake, especially his going ballistic at the thought of his daughter dating while allowing his son to string along 5 girls, but then again life is often stranger than fiction and double standards seem especially easy for alpha males. For those reviewers that say Josie talks like an Englishwoman - you have been reading too much Jane Austen. Come visit the UK and hear us swear and drop vowels left, right and centre and see that we are not all educated to dictionary-swallowing levels.

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  • Curlylonglocks
  • 04-17-15

Adorable and very touching!

This is an unconventional story. This includes the very catalyst by which the two main characters meet. This book keeps you guessing the whole way through. Whilst lulling you into a full sense of security, where you then believe you understand everything, before Ashley drops a very large bomb shell that flips the entirety of the story! It is a beautiful romance, whilst having an alpha male who has three kids; each of who are individually unique and wonderful and Josephine has two teenage kids of her own (I really hope Ashley will write a book for each of the kids - I want to know where they end up!) This is a book distinctly more mature than Ashley's other books where all the characters have seen much more of life, which simultaneously makes the book more grounded. Whilst the books starts: macabre, sombre and confused, this story progresses into battles and the reinvigoration of the protagonist as she turns her life around, being divorce, she doesn't let that word or her past define her and in the end she redefines herself! This story is not just a romance...It is a seamless story of self discovery and family.

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  • Robyn Fletcher
  • 09-08-17

Great book bad narration

Love Kristen Ashley but the narrator killed this book for me. Sorry I hate to leave a bad review but the narrator was terrible.

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  • Ruth Jacobs
  • 04-05-17

Freaking awesome!!

Hollis did an amazing job!! Would definitely listen to another book narrated by her 😁