Audie Award Finalist, Erotica, 2014
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
I really wanted to like this book. I was able to get through about half of it before I had to give up out of disgust. The male character, Jesse, was so abusive. The male dominate behavior was ridiculous and over the top. I felt like I was listening to an after school special about abusive relationships. It was impossible to get into the book because I was screaming the whole time about how this woman needed to run! Also, I was baffled by how quickly the female lead, Ava, proclaimed she "fell in love" with Jesse. I swear, she had sex with him twice, said about 10 words to him between each encounter and then all of a sudden was "in love". She came to this determination regardless of his crazy calls, stalking and scary "your mine" crap. It was just not at all something that seemed normal.
About 1/3 of the sex scenes needed to be replaced with an actual plot and dialogue. I felt like there was no plot, but rather just a series of similar sexual encounters. I bought the book in part for the sex scenes, but there should be some kind of a plot to the book other than having sex every 10 mins. It got to the point where I was thinking, "really, sex again?"
I would not recommend this book. There are some good sex scenes, but they become so frequent that there is little story left. Also, it scares me to think that anyone would find this kind of relationship to be a romance or even acceptable period. Jesse was abusive, controlling and an overall psycho.
No. I'm one of the Christian Gray recovery victims looking for a fill. This is not it. There wasn't much to the plot, and there was no dimension in the two main characters. He's over the top (as was Christian Gray), but he never gives a reason. Even the inner monologue leaves me unsatisfied. The last 1/8 of the book actually spins up curiosity enough where, sad to say, I invested in the second book just in hopes of getting any answer at all about why Ava and Jesse do the things they do. So far, the second one is much better, but I think it's pretty unfair to basically use a whole book as a means of being a cliffhanger for a second. I'll give it to the publishers for keeping the reader just curious enough to hope the characters have any reason at all behind their actions--it's a smart sales strategy, unfortunately.
See comments above. Make sense of the characters' actions and have a developed plot.
I literally don't have one.
No. I can't see anyone finding sympathy or empathy for either main character. Again, the only reason I am listening to the second one is because I am nosy and hate to leave things unfinished. A series definitely wouldn't work, and I wouldn't recommend a film.
I would've named the main character something other than Ava (a la Ana in 50 Shades), and with her being older and more experienced than Ana, I'd liked to have seen her make more sense. Mind you, there were several points in 50 Shades that made me crazy with the decisions Ana made, but they were realistic, based on the depth of character that was clearly painted. In this case Ava accepts a domineering man who really does nothing other than sex her up and send her flowers, with no understanding or communication about why--then her way of rebelling is by making and breaking promises constantly. I don't know these characters, other than the fact that they are physically attracted to each other, which was not established by words or situation, but by a literal electrical jolt between them when they touched the first time. From there, he bosses her around and she hates him for it, but loves him and does it anyway. Then she lies to him, breaks promises---oh yeah, I already said that. That's how the book feels. Ugh.
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!!!
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've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.
I don't know why I just couldn't connect to the characters in this story; especially after reading the reviews and seeing others enjoyed this book. The narrator did a good job but I kept drifting off and after a couple chapters I changed books.
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
The narrator makes me really laugh! The voice and the story are reminded me of a feisty and a bit dirty Bridgett Jones.
I loved the whole book series, I can't wait for the rest of the audio books. Please keep the same narrator!
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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.
Absolutely horrible. Having a dominating man in the bedroom is one thing but when they tell you what to where and start taking your BC pills then mentally disturbed comes to mind
It is to bad she had to read such an awful book. Hope she got paid well
Disappointment that any one even liked this and and that a women thought it was ok to write it. I kept thinking after I read it that it was a book used as sample of what an abusive relationship is like if the author I likes this type of relationship she needs professional help
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My eyes must have rolled every 3 mins. Both main characters' personality deficiency, while such flaws are necessary to connect the readers to the characters, was so unreasonably neurotic to the point of ridiculous that made the story unconvincing. Obsessive possessive control freak male can be sexy, and I'm sure that's what the author was going after, but in the case of Jesse, made him plain intolerable. I couldn't muster up a liking for the guy, and his counterpart's tolerance just ridiculous.
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