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
This Man is going to be listened to many times. The story is one that draws you in and make you hear more.
Three, Two, One, Zero Baby!!
Being able to listen to the story while I'm working or driving allows me to finish it in half of the time that it took me to read the book.
There is no way I could listen to it in one sitting as it is 19 hours long, but I would love to be able to do it.
A better narrator would have improved it-I definitely couldn't get into the story with the male voice performances. I tried four different times to listen to this book over several month period and still couldn't get through the whole thing.
Not even close to being realistic or believable, I rolled my eyes more in this book than I ever have before.
Well it's actually not Dan. It's his wife who can't figure out how to change that on the profile. But I love to read and listen to books.
If you don't like alpha male characters who's actions don't always make sense because they are head over heels in love, then don't bother. I don't get any negative reviews. His bossy erratic behavior is so beautifully explained as the series progresses. This is one of my very most treasured series. There are some hard parts to get through to see the wonderful on the other side. Please give this fabulous book a try. Jodi Ellen Malpos writes like you are their breathing right along with the characters. The audible (British accent yeah!) was perfect. Both Jesse and Ava's voice spot on. Not to mention Big John and more. Again take a chance and fall in love with Jesse and Ava!!
Editor Black Velvet Seductions Publishing
Judging from the reviews there are a lot of people who enjoyed this book. For me the hero did too many things that seemed straight out of books about what abusers do. There is a very fine line between a hero persuing a heroine who might not be ready for a relationship or who might be afraid of a relationship with him...or afraid of the chemistry with him but this hero seemed to cross that line not once--but again and again and again.
My next listen will be Humbled by Renee Rose
She did an okay job differentiating the characters. I expect it would have been a stronger performance had the story had more to offer. The heroine seemed a bit dim in not being able to say no and mean no and call the police if the hero didn't leave her alone. The hero had the problems mentioned above.
I'd suggest reworking the story. There are some stories that really need the hero's point of view...and this seems like one that really did. If some of the story had been told from the hero's point of view then the reader would have had more of a sense of his thought processes and motivations for continuing to pursue the heroine after she said no, not once but two, three, four, five times. Depending upon how this was handled, it could have softened some of the creepy stalkerish vibes coming off the hero.
I'm not a harsh critic and normally enjoy light erotic romance but this book was just so bad. There are plenty of sex scenes which were described in detail but there was not enough love story to make them fun. The dialogue was irritating especially all the discussion during sex about coordinating simultaneous climaxes. The narrators voice has a pleasant British accent. This book does not compare to Fifty Shades.
Well written, great narration, and all around great and angst filled romantic drama. And I do mean drama. I hate how things ended up for Jessie and Ava, but I know it will be ok. On to the best book.
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