Overall Grade: More than 5 ⭐️
Over the course of the past two days, since I finished an early copy of Ashley Jade’s The Words, I’ve been trying to find the words for this review. It isn’t due to the book and its brilliance. It’s more about the mounting anxiety about finding the right words to express to other readers WHY they should use their time and resources to buy Jade’s newest book.
In a word: choice.
The Words is all about the choices we make whether it be the consequences of choice, the gravity behind the choices we make, or more frankly, the choice to love and be loved or to love ourselves. Strewn throughout her epic romance, Jade pokes at us to consider the depth choice has in our lives. To tell you more about the choices of this book would be to ruin it for readers, so I won’t divulge anything more. Simply know that you are getting more than you expect with The Words.
This book is quintessential Jade: misunderstood main characters, an eroticism that tears through the book at breakneck speed, a cavalcade of feelings that either tear you apart, uplift you, or make you laugh. Phoenix, her hero, and Lennon, her heroine, will imbed themselves so deeply into your soul that, like me, you won’t be able to find the words to express how much you adore this book. This is the norm for Jade’s books, at least it is for this reader. So much so, that I tore through her book, her lengthy romance with all the words, in almost one sitting. She compels you to with a story that ping-pongs between a hero who is more than you expect him to be and a heroine who asks him to be more. Be forewarned…Phoenix and Lennon won’t find their complete resolution until almost the last page, and that, my friends, is what keeps you turning pages, salivating for more, more, more. In fact, by the end, unlike her other books, I simply wanted more of Phoenix and Lennon because that is Jade’s magic in this book.
What I want to ultimately say about The Words is its almost autobiographical nature. If you’ve spent any time in Jade’s Facebook group, she’s been brave enough to share some of her truths. She is unapologetic and has been open in the past. As I encountered the honesty of her book and her characterizations, I saw her. I felt her. I knew she inhabited this book in ways that she hasn’t fully allowed in past stories. Because of this, The Words is a juggernaut of emotion beyond what you might have experienced in other books because you “see” Ashley Jade’s truths in it. For me, this grabbed me hard and held me fast to her book.
Earlier readers than me have called The Words her best book to date. I’m still a huge fan of Ruthless Knight which clouds my ability to say this about this newest offering. However, I think it’s Jade’s most honest romance. It’s real and raw and riotous for sure. And, quite honestly, you would be a fool to pass it up for anything else right now. My only regret about Ashley Jade’s The Words is that I finished reading it. Maybe it’s time to re-read it again.
In love and romance,