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This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1 | [Jodi Ellen Malpas]

This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Katherine D. Williams Mount Holly, NJ 10-30-13
    Katherine D. Williams Mount Holly, NJ 10-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Love it!"
    What made the experience of listening to This Man the most enjoyable?

    The narrator makes me really laugh! The voice and the story are reminded me of a feisty and a bit dirty Bridgett Jones.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the whole book series, I can't wait for the rest of the audio books. Please keep the same narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Jonesboro, AR, United States 10-25-13
    Candace Jonesboro, AR, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "This Man consumed me until the end, & I want more!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Man to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


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

    No


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

    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.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB BayArea, CA 11-25-13
    BluBumbleB BayArea, CA 11-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "THIS MAN, IS THAT PHENOMENAL! 5+ STARS!!"

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Houston, TX, United States 01-15-14
    Dana Houston, TX, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "If you like women being treated like a doormat"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Absolutely nobody


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

    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


    What didn’t you like about Edita Brychta’s performance?

    It is to bad she had to read such an awful book. Hope she got paid well


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 11-14-13
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Couldn't Connect"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    misaki Long Beach, CA, United States 12-10-13
    misaki Long Beach, CA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Eye roller."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 06-22-14
    Shannon Dayton, TX, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I quit."
    What disappointed you about This Man?

    The whole story, up until I gave up was the same thing over and over. She barely knows him but she has sex with him. She's barely knows him but the sex is good. She barely knows him but she's in love with him. She barely knows him but he moves her in and the sex is good. She barely knows him and blah, blah, blah,..


    What could Jodi Ellen Malpas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Her idea of erotic is too close to creepy. It's one thing for the character to say he will tie her up and f**k her brains out and she will like it...but this character was saying he would tie her up keep her and never let her go. With the creepy voice she had for Jesse, it just made the whole story cross over into creepy.


    What didn’t you like about Edita Brychta’s performance?

    The voice she used for Jesse made it sound like he was a decrepit 90 year old man.


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

    I finally gave up on it. The story didn't seem to be going anywhere.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TG the Reader/Writer VA 02-09-14 Member Since 2012

    TG

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    "Great performance. Lacking story."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What could Jodi Ellen Malpas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See comments above. Make sense of the characters' actions and have a developed plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I literally don't have one.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy PANA, IL, United States 01-29-14
    Cindy PANA, IL, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2012

    Love Romantic Erotica with a twist , thrill, suspense and a great story !

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    "FRUSTRATING !!"

    The story appeared to have alot of background, however, after thinking it would be revealed at the next chapter, it never was. It just frustrated me, and Jessie was so (to much) dominating, his secrets were kept for you to wonder "why".....I would not have gone on to book 2 if I hadn't already purchased it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Marinaro Katy, TX United States 12-11-13
    Gina Marinaro Katy, TX United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2013

    ijmgmm

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    "Didn't like the narrator."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Edita Brychta’s performance?

    I didn't like anything..I had to stop listening after 5 minutes..esp her "fake" man voice..


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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