Throwback Thursday: The Will by Kristen Ashley

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. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Will is CLASSIC KA -- perfection. This is a heartwarming, sweet and truly beautiful tale with lessons of love, loss, life, great big doses of humour, steamy hot sex and loads of vintage KA Alpha.

Jake Spear is ALL Alpha male: a hot, sexy, demanding, retired boxer who is pure sweet and did I mention sexy and hot?


“You are not a fool,” he whispered. “You can never be a fool. You’re total class from top to toe. You’re also a klutz. Own that, baby, because it’s cute and because it’s you. If you learn to accept yourself just as you are, learn to laugh at your quirks instead of hating them, show the world all that’s you without tryin’ to hide things that are not even a little unattractive, that makes you more attractive. What you got is a fuckuva lot. You own all of it and let it all hang out, you’ll go off-the-charts.”

And not only that but, he is also an awesome dad to his three kids – Conner, Amber and Ethan. All of them are great but the youngest, Ethan, is just the best. Loved Jake for so many reasons but his being a great father was the shit and that’s why Jake is among many of KA’s other great dads like Tack, Tate, Joe.

Then there is Josephine Malone (Josie). At first, she seems an unlikely match for Jake. While Josie does take a little bit of warming up too, just like she’s described in the book, once you get past the prim and proper façade, she is all sweet and warm and absolutely hilarious without even meaning to be!


“I’d give him everything. If I had the power, I’d give him the world.””There’s nothing better than Jake.”

In typical KA style, there are lots of memorable and heartwarming moments as well some very hot and steamy sex scenes. My favourite moment is (view spoiler)


“It’s never too late to reach for happiness and no matter what life has done to you, it’s never too late to find it.”


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