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✯✯✯✯✯ Perfect Stars
What does reading a Kristen Ashley novel mean to me? The short answer? EVERYTHING. I have release dates scheduled in my phone, and appointments are scheduled avoiding those release dates. I have teaser chapters downloaded. Heck, she even has her own folder on my kindle! KA is the absolute Queen of transporting you totally, completely and utterly into her World; and I have been fully transported to Magdalene over the last few days. The detail she uses in her books to describe, not only the setting, but everything from a room, to an outfit to a bowl just puts me in reading heaven. Soaring is 654 pages of pure bliss from the supreme best!
I am in love; perfect booklove. Soaring was KA at her very best. An epic love story that will be re-read and re-read. Soaring tells the love story of Mickey Donovan and Amelia ‘Amy’ Hathaway, but it is also so much more than that. This is the story of two broken families coming together. Something that happens all over the world, every day. KA stories are relatable; they feel real. Yes, we have the whole hot, knicker melting alphas that I don’t often come across in real life but I allow myself to be indulged!
It had been almost a year since we were last in Magdalene, and it was fabulous to be back. What I especially love with the Magdalene series is how the characters are older, usually divorced and already have children. Amelia is 47 and has two children from her first marriage to Captain Knobhead, Conrad; Auden and Olympia (Pippa), who were total little rat-bags to their mum at the start. Mickey is 48, and has two children Cillian who was adorable, and Aisling, who had heart-breaking issues of her own going on.
“You have absolutely no idea what I need. And the sad part about that is that you didn’t notice you’d already given me everything I’d ever need just letting me sit at your dinner table with your family.”
I felt incredibly emotional reading the first few chapters of Soaring. As a mother, to read about Amy’s broken relationship with her children was absolutely heart-breaking; and I loved how KA made the love story between Mickey & Amy a simmering, slow burn so these other issues could be handled.
“You know that’s bullshit. There’s something here. Something strong. Something I tried to fight but couldn’t. Something that draw’s us to each other. Something we’re both old enough and smart enough not to ignore. And there’s something you don’t even know that makes it more.”
There was some angst involved during the first part of the story, and because of this angst, I have to say I didn’t completely warm to Mickey straight away, but Mickey had his reasons which was an on-going under current throughout the story. However, when the moment came that I fell for Mickey, I fell HARD! Amy however, I loved from the start, and I was completely rooting for her. There were times reading when I wanted to high-five my kindle, but well, that would have been daft! I would go as far as to say she is one of my favourite KA heroines ever. She was spirited, humorous, a great mum, and completely selfless. I want to be like Amelia Hathaway when I grow up!! I want to shop at Wayfarers, and have burgers at Tink’s and work at Dove House. Oh and a hot fire-fighter / boxer would be a bonus!
“I am who I am. I have what I have. And one of those things I got that I wanna keep is you.”
Kristen Ashley writes with a humour that is just perfect. Mickey & Amy’s banter / bickering had me smiling big. Mix into that some funny kids, and some even funnier old folk and you’ve got yourself a winner.
“I’ll warn you, might make me crazy, might make me a dick, don’t give a shit, but I get off on goin’ head to head with you. So if you feel like keepin’ your gloves up, baby, bring it. ‘Cause I know after doin’ it for a while and then getting’ that kiss from you, you keep doin’ it, when I finally fuck you it’s gonna wreck you.”
As with pretty much all KA’s we come across previous characters in the series, with Josie and Alyssa being perfect friends for Amy. Alyssa, and her one liners had me cracking up. I would recommend that you would read the first book in this series; The Will before reading Soaring, as Josie and Jake’s back story is referred to occasionally.
Soaring was just perfect, with a sublime epilogue that was pure KA. Equal parts smiling and equal parts tears in my eyes (I had tears in my eyes A LOT during this book). Every loose end is tied up, and a couple of teasers dropped in for the next book in this series. I can’t wait!!
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THE MAGDALENE SERIES by KRISTEN ASHLEY