Even though the first book of this series, The Will, wasn’t a big hit with me and I kept saying that I will pass on reading any other books in the Magdalene series, I had to read this; It is Kristen Ashley after all and I can never resist, I’m so glad I did.
We met Mickey, our hero, in The Will and to be honest, I wasn’t a big fan. Having read his story In Soaring, I fell in love with Mickey. I loved Mickey and Amelia together, their banter, the fights, how their relationship progressed and their passion. As with every KA hero, Mickey has some scenes where he acts like a complete jerk, but boy does he make up for them.
Amelia is a toned down version of heroines from KA’s earlier work, but still fun to read. I hated how she blamed herself for many things to do with her relationship with her kids, I wanted to smack her children badly at one time. Amy was a perfect match for Mickey, she didn’t let him walk all over her, not that he wanted to but she held her own even early on when they first meet.
Soaring is a such an enjoyable book about a woman’s journey towards redeeming and finding herself after a messy divorce and past mistakes. It’s a great tale about a man willing to risk his fear and take a chance. This was not a fast paced story, the romance took time to build, these two had a lot to work through, but in true KA fashion, they did and gave me a much enjoyable story about second chances and hope- it’s never too late to achieve your dreams and build yourself up again.
“Fuck yeah,” he answered. “The mistakes we make in life don’t define us, Amy. The way we handle ’em after makin’ ’em do.”
As with all KA books, this was a fun read, especially when it comes to the family relationships, whether healthy or dysfunctional. Not to mention the female friendships.
As for the epilogue, what can I say but I loved it, for me reading a KA epilogue always leaves me smiling long after I finish the book; Heartwarming, fun and a perfect ending.
“Life isn’t always beauty,” he returned. “Most of the time it’s shit. But you keep fightin’ to turn it around, that says it all about you. And you’re fightin’. As a fighter too, I fuckin’ love that in you.”
|The Will (Magdalene, #1)
|Soaring (Magdalene, #2)
|Untitled (Magdalene, #3)
About This Author
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 shehas 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.