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Beneath This Man | [Jodi Ellen Malpas]

Beneath This Man

Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O'Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape - and now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man's steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more.
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Publisher's Summary

Book 2 of the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man trilogy.

Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O'Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape - and now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man's steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more. And it's exactly where Jesse wants her - within touching distance…

©2013 Jodi Ellen Malpas (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Katheryne MD, United States 01-28-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "This was all sorts of crazy!"

    First off, Ava and Jesse are one messed up couple. And Jesse is more than just a dominating alpha male, he is all sorts of crazy and twisted. I found myself screaming at Ava for being so stupid for hanging on to this relationship….seriously?? He might be rich and handsome but he is totally cray-cray! From hiding birth control bills to forcing a marriage proposal via sex… It was all just so over-the-top.

    This book was just as repetitive as the first one and did drag on and on with the sex, fighting, drama, etc. When there was an actual plot it was very good. I have such mixed feelings about this book. It was like the proverbial train wreck….I couldn’t look away, or in this case I couldn’t stop listening.

    Compared to others in this genre, I thought it was better than the Crossfire or Stark trilogies but doesn’t compete with the Blackstone Affair. I’m certain I will get the third book simply because I can’t stand not knowing how it all ends.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy 11-28-13
    Jordy 11-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "Mentally exhausted from this whirlwind romance!"

    Despite the fact that this book mentally exhausted me like no other book ever has, I did find myself spellbound by Ava and Jesse's unique and dramatic love life and I was unable to stop listening to their over-the-top crazy story. Eventually, I really did end up liking the second part of this trilogy much more than the first one. This book was so intense and I was utterly lost and transfixed in their world. Jesse & Ava in the depths of despair at the end of This Man. Both of them are broken by what has happened and their relationship is seemingly in ruins. They’re both in pieces and wrecked and, Jesse especially, hell-bent on self-destruction. This was done so very well – their broken hearts and intense overwhelming sadness leap vividly to life right off the page and their despair is palpable. They’re just lost without each other. Anyways, Jesse's friends come to Ava for help and so ensues the beginnings of their reconciliation. Eventually, Jesse is back to his arrogant, alpha, dominant controlling glory with sleepy sex, sense fucks, reminder fucks and now even retribution fucks. The steam factor in this book is through the roof!! I honestly didn't think Jesse Ward could seem anymore crazy but in Beneath This Man, the guy introduced us to a whole new level of borderline DELUSIONAL! At one point, I became appalled with their relationship but soon came to the realization that its just who they are(crazy in love). Throughout the book, the couple has their ups and downs. Jesse still held a lot of secrets from Ava until the end. Jesse finally opens up towards the end of the book and explains where he was AND what he was doing during those days he disappeared in the first book This Man. When he revealed this, my heart broke for Ava because she was devastated. Beneath This Man is a beautiful, captivating, conflicting, tortuous romance that had me completely consumed by their story. This book provides a wild ride, a rollercoaster of emotions, a train wreck and a beautiful prelude of what's to come in the next chapter in their story.... This book was definitely better for me than the first. I don't know what the third installment will bring, but I can't wait to find out!

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 11-29-13
    BluBumbleB 11-29-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "I WAS RIVETED!!"

    What a stellar follow up from This Man! Book 2 was excellent from beginning to end. I seriously didn't want this book to end. I have developed an unhealthy attachment to this series and these characters, and I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm totally in love with Jesse and all his neuroticism, but, I got pretty ticked off with him in this installment--quite a bit is revealed, and it made me want to spit nails, but, I pressed on :-) I laughed, I almost cried, my mouth kept flying open in disbelief, and I found myself literally holding my breath during various moments in the story this time around. The relationship between Jesse and Ava is so incredibly intense it's insane, but, I truly adore these two together. This is such a well written story, and although it's comparable to 50 Shades, I enjoyed it 10 times more. I highly recommend Beneath This Man, it's a keeper and definite repeat listen!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 12-11-13
    Leesa 12-11-13 Member Since 2014

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "I'm so involved"

    I have to admit this series has taken me. From the first book, to this one, I'm useless. I pay no attention to the outside world. This world has captivated me. Now I must wait until the next book. It's an amazing series and well worth you credit's; time; money; family/friend irritation due to your lack of inattention.... need I say more?

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-18-14
    Justagirl Tacoma, WA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2011

    kimber0711

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    "What the ........ ???"

    The Damaged Dominant seems to be a running theme these days, but this one pushes that beyond the norm. The first book was enjoyable, this one...I wanted to choke the crap out of both of them.

    He's a disaster......with obsessive behaviors that border on abusive. The adolescent wall / window punching, trying to separate her from friends and family, jealousy driven outbursts manipulations and assorted other generally creepy attributes just start to grate on you about half way through. I'm not even delving into the Binge drinking / I'm not an alcoholic thread.

    Her acceptance of his sabotaging her career, beating up random men, and karmic backlash of his "reckless" Life are just a little much.

    Perhaps if we didn't push so hard for the trilogy this might have been ok......I would rather read one great book then three with random made up issues that border on psychosis to fill space.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cindy 01-09-14
    cindy 01-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "so very frustrating"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    NO, this book was so frustrating and annoying. The first book was great, but this book showed her to be weak and stupid and him to be an overbearing, egotistical, arrogant man.


    Has Beneath This Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, but maybe from this author


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

    Kate


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    if he hadnt been so arrogant


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Hamilton, ON, Canada 12-26-13
    Stacey Hamilton, ON, Canada 12-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it! Great follow up to This Man.."
    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely love this series and hope there is another one on the way! This was an excellent follow up to This Man. It pulls you in emotionally and keeps you addicted... I could't stop listening! Also the steamy explicit scenes are so HOT! I want a Jesse Ward for myself please, lol.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mia Lawson Rockhouse, KY United States 12-10-13
    Mia Lawson Rockhouse, KY United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No regrets on rushing to buy the 2nd book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend this book to others interested in the crazy of love.I don't usually find myself interested in books that have book 1, 2, etc., but these books do not disappoint! My guess is she wrote the whole thing as one book and some editor told her it was too much or too long for one book. They probably said they'll look at the time and think it couldn't work to maintain interest for that long. BUT IT WOULD HAVE WORKED FOR ME!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from the 2 main characters which had me hanging on, I liked John. He was really all Jesse had until her. It was what I liked about John, the people that stick by us.


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

    Accent, a perfect accent for a perfectly racy story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In each of the books I wondered if I'd be compelled to stop listening, but quite frankly they never delved so deep into the what could have been deemed "raunchy" and I just kept listening. If you buy it and you think something is going in a direction you find distasteful, I honestly urge you to trust the author's ability to stay true to Ava's character!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Just do this one and the first one, "This Man." You'll walk around with a buzzy feeling and energy that just feels good!~

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Heiner Utah 12-10-14
    J. Heiner Utah 12-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Longest.Book.Ever"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for someone who doesn't mind stories about abusive controlling men.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Ellen Malpas again?

    I doubt it.


    What about Edita Brychta’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beneath This Man?

    All the times Jesse was an a** to Ava. Which is the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    I like a good smut book. After reading 50 Shades I was on the lookout for new books of the same type. This book is not it. I listened to the first of this trilogy and wasn't a fan but not completely turned off so went for the second hoping it'd get better. Nope, it gets worse. Jesse is a controlling and abusive jerk. Ava is stupid for continually going back to him after all the stuff he does and says to her. I will not be listening to the third book. I finished this only because I can't stop anything halfway through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roadreader 07-11-14
    Roadreader 07-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Over and over and over"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The way the first book ended really made me want to get this one but I just can't finish this one. It is just the same thing over and over again. There is not enough to the story. It is just all about sex.


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

    I have not listened to anything else that Edita Brychta has done but I definitely would. She is really good.


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

    nope


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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