Book 1 of This Man Trilogy, the number-one New York Times best-selling series!
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 that 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.
©2013 Jode Ellen Malpas (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
Holy cow! I usually have no trouble writing reviews, but how do you describe a book that grabs you from minute one, makes you swoon, yell out loud...heck I shut it off several times because my mind needed time to process all the implications of what was going on!
The male lead is ALPHA, not just dominant, I mean he rules other alphas...he's the most all consuming character I have ever heard of. That distinction firmly belonged to Gideon Cross from the crossfire series, this man Jesse Ward is SO much more. I know I'm not really describing the book here, I can't help it! Let's see, hot, that describes Jesse, the Ava/Jesse couple, Jessie's business, jesses friends,the story and oh yes, Jesse!
Let me put it like this, when Ava decides this whole thing with Jesse is just too intense and she needs to back away from him and from them he grabs her kisses her and informs her that she obviously needs a reminder f**k, which he gives her in earnest! I can't tell if this relationship is healthy or a severe co dependency thing but it is hot hot hot!
Books 2 and 3 are written but not on Audible, and there is a cliffhanger, but if you asked me if it was worth a credit, oh heck yeah! I'm eagerly awaiting to preorder books 2 and 3!
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
Ava, an interior decorator, is hired to decorate the new rooms built during at expansion project at The Manor. During her consultation for the project, she meets the owner Jesse Ward. As soon as they lay eyes on each other, Jesse decides that he must have Ava for his own, Ava apparently is doing her best to fight the attraction. The story of Ava & Jesse basically consists of them getting together, then they have some huge argument (mostly whenever Ava doesn't follow instructions exactly the way Jesse wanted her to), she tries to run away from him, he chases after her (resulting in a lot of door banging and an endless amount of phone text/calls), they get back together. And the cycle repeats itself... over and over and over! I realize its all a bit predictable and admittedly, at times I thought it was just that until the last 25% of the story changes my opinion. Things started to get much more interesting and there were some surprising revelations that make me anxious to find out how the story will continue. So be prepared for very frustrating confrontations and for the intensity that is Jesse Ward... Overall, I ended up really enjoying This Man regardless of the cliffhanger. I definitely will continue with the second part of this series Beneath This Man as soon as Audible releases it.
Chalk up another victim of the Fifty Shades fad. I will never understand what is attractive about a male character who is an overbearing, disrespectful, won't take "no" for an answer jerk. Why is it entertaining to witness the disintegration of a competant, self-sufficient woman? This man goes beyond 'alpha' or 'possessive'. He's a freakin stalker. Not romantic. Its not that I found the sex scenes shocking, just unhealthy.
Guess I didn't do my homework and the publisher's description was, shall we say "incomplete".
If you are put off by the Fifty Shades sub-genre, skip this one.
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I have not read the print version.
An extreme reaction? I was immersed in this story every single minute! It has all the elements I love in a good "guilty pleasure" novel. The characters are charming, witty, intelligent, and not to mention sexy! The sarcastic but comical comebacks and observations between Ava and her best friend Kate are funny and well written. I loved that I found mysel laughing out loud during unexpected times throughout!
The relationship between Ava and Jesse was intense and extreme at times. You could feel the magnetic pull between the two characters. Ava fighting it and Jesse drowning in it. I was pleased that both characters were older than most in this category. It is a mature read and doesn't leave you feeling unsatisfied or turned off by extreme play in the bedroom. It has just enough fire without needing ice to cool it down a notch.
A real PLOT and not so much childish banter.
OMG this was just horrible I tried I mean I really tried and I just could not get into this. There was no real plot and the back and forth between the two were just so childish and annoying. The sexy time was even annoying. Towards the end, you get what the plot was but I was so over the book that I thought ok that was it really. Yeah...... NOT intrigued to move on to the next one. This one goes in the category of not for me for sure!
I definitely would not recommend you use your credit for this!!!
Love a good romance
Haven't read the book don't have the time I listen to all my books and really enjoyed it I actually find that I get a lot more out of listening to them, a good narrator can make a book the best or the worst and Edita Brychta was great
Just hate waiting for the next one which won't be out till the end of November and not sure if that is just the written version
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.
This is one of those books that a 5 star rating won't do it justice. Everything about it is just perfect. You just want to lock yourself away and listen from beginning to end and then get the next book.That's excatly what I did.Well worth that credit. Love it!!
Intense, addictive, emotional and yes erotic, it had me absolutely consumed and hooked until the bitter end. This listen should come with a warning - not because of it's explicit content, but because Jesse and Ava's story will take over your thoughts and your life as you become swept up in their emotional roller-coaster love life and the secrets held within.
As you're captivated by the gorgeous drool-worthy Jesse and his desperation for Ava you become torn between loving and hating him but, as his vulnerability wins out, you start rooting for him and hoping Ava will just give him a chance.
It's one of those rare listens that you just don't want it to end and when it does you're emotions are at breaking point and all you can think of is "it can't end, and not like that, I need MORE MORE MORE". Thankfully book 2 is out which I'm desperate to listen to but I owe it to my family and friends to at least say "hi" before I'm again consumed in this wonderful, tragic, passionate, sexy, gripping love affair.
Worth a credit? Oh boy, is it ever, YES YES YES.
This Man is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorites of 2013! It just so happened that I've purchased it on the cusp of the second installment being released and I am literally going to count the hours until book 2 drops. This is such a well written story--there's laugh out loud humor, steamy eroticism, and such intensity that you will be riveted on every word. Jesse Ward is quite the multi-layered man indeed, as is Ava quite the little lady, and the two of them together--OMG I just lost my mind with this book, I loved it.
If you've read/listened to Bared to You, FSOG, or Naked, it's definitely in that same realm but its seriously on another level of intensity in my opinion. If it isn't enough that the story is fantastic, the narrator needs an award--such a perfect pairing, Edita Brychta is delightful. I highly recommend this book, and would spend a credit on it in a heartbeat.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
This was the most intense, crazy emotional rollercoaster I have ever listen too, and boy... Whew!!! I loved every single minisule of it... I will literally pay audible to hire Brychta to narrate books 2 and 3, just so I can get more of Jesse Ward and Ava.
Jesse is up there in (Travis Maddox, Jake Wethers and Shy Cage) godness! Seriously!!
Jesse... well the only way to describe him is plain and simple... CRAZY... but the man is sooo intense... A good helping of Jesse smex had me panting, sweating, and just plain o'cheesing from ear to ear! I think at one point (the second bathroom scene), I literally had to get up and turn on some AC... It was that hot!
Now Ava... I liked her, but... I just wanted her to give in sooo bad... b/c you know Jesse + Ava was going to be off the charts... but Ava really held out... for a long time. Ava also had an inner monalouge about how crazy Jesse seem to be and how certin things would foreshadow...something was just not right about Jesse but she would get sucked under his smex spell and that was it... Her thought process was shot to hell!
I loved how Jesse had a smex or (*uck) for everything... Literally... a reminder *uck, sense *uck,crazy *uck, dom *uck, and the intense *uck... Whew!
This couple seriously was up and down the entire book... and just when you think Jesse rained in the crazyness... CLIFFHANGER ENDING!!!!!
I really really need books 2 and 3. It's not a want...it is most definately a need!!!
Narration was great. I loved Jesse's raspy voice.. perfect... and his smex sounds... WOWza!
This is a buy, credit or sale... a must! Remember... cliffhanger ending... so you might want to wait until at least book 2 is on here or you will be in the same lonely boat like me :(
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