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
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
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.
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
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!
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!!
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.
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?
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.
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.
no, but maybe from this author
if he hadnt been so arrogant
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.
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!
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.
Accent, a perfect accent for a perfectly racy story.
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!!!
Just do this one and the first one, "This Man." You'll walk around with a buzzy feeling and energy that just feels good!~
I don't think Ms. Malpas writes for an informed, independent and intelligent female audience so I would not read another book she authors unless I received a personal recommendation. I willingly admit I like to relate to a woman/character who finds herself swept away by a strong, imperfect, impossibly desirable man who loves her against all odds. But this book failed to carry me along in the fantasy. Ms. Brychta was a nice surprise; at first I didn't care for her particular accent for this book (I am sure she has a lovely British accent in person) but got used to it.
"Take Me" by Bella Andre. Ms. Andre hasn't disappointed yet in seven books I have read - empowered characters who share well developed inner monologues combined with sweet and steamy eroticism. That book promises a strong female protagonist and I love, love, love Grace Grant's voice.
Big John - Jesse's right hand-man/surrogate father. That's a reflection of my dislike for the main characters not Ms. Brychta. I think she did a great job flexing between the male & female voices.
No!!! I trudged through two books hoping for revelations, increased intelligence, character development or at least some enticing side stories on Kate/Sam and Sally/Mystery dates. The revelations came but the author failed to move the story along for a majority of the book. Ms. Malpas wrote insipid, shallow character responses to the extreme circumstances. I actually found my politically active self screaming about reproductive rights and education during the book. While book three promises all kinds of interventions from enemies of the Manor and its owner, I just don't care what happens to them. That's saying a lot for me because I am normally curious about everything.
The lack of story and character development early in the book resulted in no relationship, no empathy, no understanding and thus no enjoyment of the author's work. The vivid and rough sexual encounters became tedious and I actually started skipping forward to get to the next plot point. I am sorry because I know so many of my fellow Audibles loved the series (I bought based on their recommendations). I don't mean to offend and I think I have read a lot of well written and not so well written/recorded books so please believe me when I say to others that they should be forewarned. The three part stories are sometimes formulaic and I never hold that against the authors. But this one failed to engage and was so repetitive. I think many who have found fault with Fifty Shades perceived all these same criticisms. But I felt far more empathy for Anna and found Christian's dramatic life story/development much more interesting and enjoyable.
Ummm the narration? Not really much else.
Ava is a complete doormat!!!!! She gives up too easily and lets Jessie have his way all for 30 minutes of bliss. I just don't understand it. It's extremely frustrating.
Maybe john? He is the only stable one.
Heck no!!!! I would never watch this!
I'm so disappointed in this series. There are way too many secrets and no answers.
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