Blurb: 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.
Review: This is the closest I’ve ever come to not finishing a Kristen Ashley book. Not because the story itself was bad or anything but because I really couldn’t stand the main female character.
Josie is the most ridiculous character I think that KA has ever written. Her ladies are usually fun and quirky and a bit crazy, but in a really cool way. Josie was so not any of those things. The way she was presented kept making me think of a character that was either a literal alien from another planet or this person that got yanked out of a time period hundreds of years ago and dumped into the modern era. Since neither of those are the actual plot of the story, that makes her make no sense. She seems to know absolutely nothing about how the real world works.
I also had some major cringe moments when she first started interacting with the kids. Sorry, but someone meets my kids for the very first time and starts correcting their behavior and telling them what they should do and how they should behave is so not happening. It makes her seem as if she is this holier than thou person. The fact that Jake, the kids father, just sits back and lets her do that lessons my opinion of him as a parent.
She not only jumped right in on the kids, but with just about every single other character she ran across, yet everyone thought it was sweet and cute instead of thinking she was this uppity bitch that thought she new better than everyone around her. Her thought and speech quirks upped that level of snobbery even higher. You’d think she was royalty with the way she behaved around everyone.
Josie had the added background of being severely abused, not just as a child, but in a romantic relationship. The personality that she has and her reactions to people just don’t really reflect that. She has no issue whatsoever of having a badass get up in her face when he is angry, has no problem with him having an incredibly violent hobby/career with the boxing and, other than her lack of forming any real romantic relationship, she has zero real baggage from that history. Absolutely, people deal with trauma in various different ways, but there just weren’t ANY kinds of triggers or issues at all and that just didn’t add up for me.
I’ve seen klutzy characters before that made that trait a cute aspect of who they were. With Josie, it didn’t fit with this super elegant, appearance is everything, height of fashion person. Instead of being cute, it just came across as awkward and weird.
Trying to mesh all of those really random personality aspects created this incredibly confusing and unbelievable character that made no sense at all and didn’t give the reader anything to actually like about her.
I did end up reading the whole thing, though it was so close at a few points. I liked the story itself and it was on the sweeter side, but it was really difficult to overlook how much I disliked Josie to be able to enjoy the rest. I really kind of didn’t even like the kids in this one as much either. In all, this just snuck in on the okay level rather than the didn’t like, but only barely.