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This Man | [Jodi Ellen Malpas]

This Man

Welcome to the sensual world of This Man...Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire he stirs in her.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the sensual world of This Man...

Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.

Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

Read by Edita Brychta.

©2013 Jodi Ellen Malpas (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-30-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-30-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "This Man - Book One in The This Man Trilogy"

    He is very tall. His white shirt is casually rolled at the sleeves, but he still wears a black tie, loosely knotted and hanging down the front of a broad chest."

    "His dirty blonde hair looks like he's half attempted to get it into some semblance of a style but given up. His eyes are sludgy green, but bright and way too intense, and the stubble covering his square jaw does nothing to conceal the handsome features beneath it. He's lightly tanned and just... Oh God, He's devastating."

    Meet Jesse Ward ... The Lord of the Manor

    This seductive, erotic, frustrating, flirty, dominating, mind blowing, body tingling story will make you wish Jesse Ward were real and not a fictional character. The first book in the This Man Trilogy introduces you to Ava an ambitious, young woman making her mark in the world of interior design. Just off of a bad break-up, Ava has decided to focus on her career and stay man free for a while. Enter Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor, who hires Ava to work on his hotel. To say that sparks fly would be an understatement. The electricity between Ava and Jesse explodes taking you on a ride that you never want to end.

    "This man is so perfect, I'm almost in pain."

    The character development in this book is spot on, and you can visualize all of the characters created within this story. Larger than life characters to the bit players within the story, there is no detail that has been left unturned. You will find characters you would love to be friends with, characters you love to hate and hate to love. Characters that frustrate you, confuse you, and turn you on and turn your world upside down.

    With brilliant descriptions of the places within this story, you are provided with a perfect visual in your mind from the words provided by the author.

    Explosive is the word that would best describe the physical relationship between Jesse and Ava. With a bit of creativity the author transports us into the hot, sensual, erotic, and dominating world that is Jesse Ward. Creatively unique, heart stopping, body tingling, and wanting are a few words that come to mind.

    Jesse wants Ava. Ava can't resist Jesse. There are secrets that need to be told. There are twists and turns that will have you reading faster than your eyes can move. This story tempts, teases, and makes you want for more. I guarantee that once you finish book one, you will not be able to download book two fast enough.

    To uncover the secrets yet to be revealed, to entice your body and mind into the heart stopping allure of Jesse Ward, and to find out how Ava deals with all she has been dealt, don't miss the second and third book is this amazing story.

    Edita Brychta was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lucina Round Corner, Australia 06-06-14
    Lucina Round Corner, Australia 06-06-14 Member Since 2013

    I do not just want to read books; i wish i could climb in and live there.

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    "Love! Love! Love! this series."
    If you could sum up This Man in three words, what would they be?

    Crazy Mad God


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Jesse and Ava - Maybe Jesse just that little bit more. He is so passionate, sexy and just so unrelenting countdowns and all. 3 2 1 0


    Have you listened to any of Edita Brychta’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have seen her in many television programs. This is my first Audio book with her narration and I thought she was bloody brilliant. "MOUTH" Ava ...hahahah....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have but I never would have that sort of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series 3 times before and have been waiting for a long while for its release down here in Australia. I must have missed it when it was first released and found it by accident so I purchased all 3. Jodie is a great author and hopefully her next series will be just as good if not better!. Jesse will always rate in my top 5. <3 <3 <3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassie 03-01-15
    Cassie 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"

    This book left me wanting more can't wait wait to read the next and then the one after that great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 10-23-13
    Jane 10-23-13
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    "No. Best for Insomniacs"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator and oh, a better story.


    What was most disappointing about Jodi Ellen Malpas’s story?

    It was boring. How it goes for 17 hours is completely beyond me as I didn't get past the 8th. I do hope another reviewer who liked this book can tell me what happened at the end.


    What character would you cut from This Man?

    The Man.


    Any additional comments?

    I know its different strokes for different folks (pun intended). But this seemed like a poor and very tired persons version of the SOG trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Justyna
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    2/20/14
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    "A porn story for bored housewives"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More concrete action, less detailed sex scenes, which constitutes major part of almost every chapter


    Which character – as performed by Edita Brychta – was your favourite?

    Mrs Perfect meet Mr Perfect, characters not corresponding with reality


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Absolutely not


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona Woodall
    11/17/13
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    "Steamy story laugh out loud moments"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This man is believable his flaws push her away, but he is like gravity she cant stay away !!! The london setting is great makes a change to have a sexy english bloke as the hot lead character. cant wait for "Beneath this man" so come on audible lets have it !!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessie he wont give up he wont compromise he knows they should be together and he is prepared to fight for it>


    What does Edita Brychta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    she made the story even better especially the gritty exchanges between Jesse and Ava her accent is modern posh british so when she swears its funny


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just want her to give him a second chance so bring on book 2


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Izabela
    Aughnacloy, United Kingdom
    6/6/14
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    "Big no no"
    What would have made This Man better?

    deeper plot?more complicated


    What will your next listen be?

    definetly not the second part of this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    less predictible.


    What character would you cut from This Man?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    bad copy of 50 shades

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rainedon
    Essex
    6/5/14
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    "Brilliant start to a fantastic trilogy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Man to be better than the print version?

    Yes I would- I had read the trilogy twice on my kindle before I listened to this audio version and I found that the narration added even more to my enjoyment of the trilogy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Impossible to pick between the two main characters. Both so well developed by the author that they enthral you, irritate you, annoy you and captivate you.


    Have you listened to any of Edita Brychta’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to pick just one. I think Ava's total confusion over Jesse and her feelings for him


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • vicki
    5/8/15
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    "enjoyed it"
    Where does This Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    that's just it its a story not real life people tend to read book & think its not real life but when we were kids we read a book about a talking egg........... I'm not a bored housewife


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    he never gives up


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    i enjoyed it that's my personal choice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Paddon
    England
    4/3/15
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    "I utterly hated this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better understanding of this type of romance would help.


    Have you listened to any of Edita Brychta’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not sure I have done, but this one is fine enough. Good enough voices and the pace and feel of the book is done well.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the sex scenes were well-written, and some of the humour made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated this book for a number of reasons. The characters are truly loathsome. Ava is an airhead that does nothing other than whine in her head about not being able to think clearly. Even though she does think clearly, but doesn't act on it at all.

    The Jesse character is the worst though. He is the kind of guy that women should run screaming from. He is NOT dominate at all, but merely a scared child in a man's body that is trying to use control to try and avoid the chance that Ava might leave him. A couple of the scenes are truly creepy. If not for Ava relenting to his pressure my only conclusion to what would have happened would have been her in a hospital room with police waiting outside while a rape kit exam was done.

    I'm not sure if the author was trying to attempt writing a D/S relationship, but if that was the case she missed by a million miles. This could not be a worse example of what a dom/sub relationship should be like. This book merely portrayed the worst aspects of a creepy stalker that wants to control all aspects of another persons life out of fear.

    There are lots of other issues that I found with the book. Far too often the writer uses the same phrase, and has a very limited vocabulary with her sex scenes, which means they seem to all seem very similar. Not to mention both characters swear a lot but the author can't use adult words for male and female genitals, which is a bit childish I found. I hate books where you get lines like, "he licked up the centre of my core."

    The plot point of Ava's assumption at the beginning of the book was dragged out far to long. The whole hotel plotline was transparent to every reader at the beginning and even more so after every visit, and yet Ava is clueless till it slaps her in the face at the end.

    I could go on forever. Really horrible book, and I'm not sure why on earth women would rate this highly given the type of character Jesse is. This type of relationship is utter poison that can only end with the police or a shallow grave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    3/19/15
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    "recommend"

    I really loved this book. I am a big fan of The fifty shades trilogy so was dubious. but this book did not disappoint

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • reece
    2/9/15
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    "did finish but didn't rush to"

    it was OK felt it went on too much and not enough to keep me up to keep reading! didn't like narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    1/13/15
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    "The man is crazy"

    First off, it must be said that the writing is above average and the narration is excellent. The romance is strong and the sex scenes are hot. Those who like the dominant man mold will like the Ava / Jesse dynamic.

    BUT. Jesse goes beyond dominant. The man is a control freak! If Ava was my friend or daughter, I would tell her to leave at a run and get a restraining order. He tries to control every aspect of her life - what she wears (he chops up a dress he considers too short), won't let her see friends, tries to make her stop working and, unforgivably, steals her birth control pills to get her pregnant to tie her to him. He throws a tantrum whenever she tries to stand up to him - he counts to 3, for heaven's sake - like you do with a toddler! When she discovers that his hotel is actually a sex club and leaves him, he drinks himself into a stupor and blames her for it.

    Ava is an interior designer, living and working in London.She's completely swept off her feet by him and seems to lack the maturity to deal with it. Her complete surrender comes across as less uncontrollable love and lust and more as too young to stand up to him. He throws tantrums when he doesn't get what he wants and as for the 'watch your f***ing mouth' when she swears... like she's a badly behaved teenager.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaer
    Salford, United Kingdom
    2/16/14
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    "Really Disappointing Ending!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The last chapter is a whirlwind that could have had a great ending, but instead just stopped! After all the twists and turns and somewhat continual annoyance of the male lead, the story ends with stupid assumptions that boarders on ignorance. It is very similar to 50 Shades of Grey.


    What about Edita Brychta’s performance did you like?

    Edita had a very good voice for all the characters and emphasised the storyline where needed.


    Could you see This Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Not in the slightest. To begin with it is too much like 50 Shades of Grey, but a better ending to the story would have to be created.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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