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.
I would definitely read more books by this author, unfortunately the narration lets it down badly.
First time I have read anything by this author.
No, the loose ends were tied up nicely.
On occasion the description of thoughts going through Josephine's mind were a little long winded and repetitive. Keeping it simple sometimes works best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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!
"Love at all points in your life.,"
Lovely story. Ashley has done it again! Career focus woman and single sexy dad are brought together by a Will! The story shows there is truly life. In Death.. Love at all points in life.. You just have to be ready for it!
"It was great until "He" opened his mouth."
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.
Probably not, I hate to waste my credits and be disappointed.
I haven't heard any other books by her but she did a good job with what she had to work with.
Basically, this wasn't a bad story, it just got to be a annoying.
Could someone please explain to me what the excessive use of the "f" word adds to a story. Please note that I said excessive.
"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.
I read a previous review mentioning the over use off the f**** word. I thought that it couldn't be that bad! well, it was worse. hard to enjoy listening when that word is used so much that I could hardly listen. I will not listen to the other books in the series for that reason.
"Great But Flawed Story"
I've never read any books by Ms. Ashley before, and for the actual story it was great and but for two things I'd have given it 5 stars.
First, I'm really not much into bodice rippers, so about half way through the book I just started fast forwarding past those way too many sections.
Second, I do not believe the continued vile cursing is necessary. It is so much that even though I'd like to know the continuing saga of Jake and Slick, and the kids, and all the supporting cast I just refuse to subject my ears to the continuing hard-core cursing. A dear family member is a Marine (three tours in the Middle East), plus many more family and friends who are military and law enforcement, and in my entire life I've never heard as much cursing as one must endure in the 23+ hours of this book! I'm sure Marines can curse a blue streak, but rarely in "polite society," or around their spouses and children.
The really sad thing is if I had some way of sparing my ears all that cursing garbage, and over-the-top graphic sex I'd purchase any other books in this series immediately and devour them! I don't understand what Ms. Ashley could possibly be thinking to continue having Jake, who obviously is kind, generous, and loves Jessie refused to stop (or at least curb) his continued cursing when she told him on a number of occasions that she disliked it. He cursed so much that his children picked up the bad habit. The characters were all fantastic, and there were many times I laughed out loud, and a few times I got choked up. Sad, really sad!
The narrator was amazing...she was able to distinguish male from female voices, children from adults, and gave the various characters their own voice.
I'm sad I'll have to give the delightful characters up, but just can't stand all the cursing. I feel like I need to have my brain and ears washed.
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