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Welcome to the sensual world of This Man...

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 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.

Read by Edita Brychta.

©2013 Jodi Ellen Malpas (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 12-30-13

This Man - Book One in The This Man Trilogy

He is very tall. His white shirt is casually rolled at the sleeves, but he still wears a black tie, loosely knotted and hanging down the front of a broad chest."

"His dirty blonde hair looks like he's half attempted to get it into some semblance of a style but given up. His eyes are sludgy green, but bright and way too intense, and the stubble covering his square jaw does nothing to conceal the handsome features beneath it. He's lightly tanned and just... Oh God, He's devastating."

Meet Jesse Ward ... The Lord of the Manor

This seductive, erotic, frustrating, flirty, dominating, mind blowing, body tingling story will make you wish Jesse Ward were real and not a fictional character. The first book in the This Man Trilogy introduces you to Ava an ambitious, young woman making her mark in the world of interior design. Just off of a bad break-up, Ava has decided to focus on her career and stay man free for a while. Enter Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor, who hires Ava to work on his hotel. To say that sparks fly would be an understatement. The electricity between Ava and Jesse explodes taking you on a ride that you never want to end.

"This man is so perfect, I'm almost in pain."

The character development in this book is spot on, and you can visualize all of the characters created within this story. Larger than life characters to the bit players within the story, there is no detail that has been left unturned. You will find characters you would love to be friends with, characters you love to hate and hate to love. Characters that frustrate you, confuse you, and turn you on and turn your world upside down.

With brilliant descriptions of the places within this story, you are provided with a perfect visual in your mind from the words provided by the author.

Explosive is the word that would best describe the physical relationship between Jesse and Ava. With a bit of creativity the author transports us into the hot, sensual, erotic, and dominating world that is Jesse Ward. Creatively unique, heart stopping, body tingling, and wanting are a few words that come to mind.

Jesse wants Ava. Ava can't resist Jesse. There are secrets that need to be told. There are twists and turns that will have you reading faster than your eyes can move. This story tempts, teases, and makes you want for more. I guarantee that once you finish book one, you will not be able to download book two fast enough.

To uncover the secrets yet to be revealed, to entice your body and mind into the heart stopping allure of Jesse Ward, and to find out how Ava deals with all she has been dealt, don't miss the second and third book is this amazing story.

Edita Brychta was outstanding with the delivery of the story

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucina
  • Round Corner, Australia
  • 06-06-14

Love! Love! Love! this series.

If you could sum up This Man in three words, what would they be?

Crazy Mad God

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Jesse and Ava - Maybe Jesse just that little bit more. He is so passionate, sexy and just so unrelenting countdowns and all. 3 2 1 0

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

I have seen her in many television programs. This is my first Audio book with her narration and I thought she was bloody brilliant. "MOUTH" Ava ...hahahah....

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could have but I never would have that sort of time.

Any additional comments?

I have read this series 3 times before and have been waiting for a long while for its release down here in Australia. I must have missed it when it was first released and found it by accident so I purchased all 3. Jodie is a great author and hopefully her next series will be just as good if not better!. Jesse will always rate in my top 5. <3 <3 <3

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome

This book left me wanting more can't wait wait to read the next and then the one after that great

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No. Best for Insomniacs

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better narrator and oh, a better story.

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

It was boring. How it goes for 17 hours is completely beyond me as I didn't get past the 8th. I do hope another reviewer who liked this book can tell me what happened at the end.

What character would you cut from This Man?

The Man.

Any additional comments?

I know its different strokes for different folks (pun intended). But this seemed like a poor and very tired persons version of the SOG trilogy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Justyna
  • 02-20-14

A porn story for bored housewives

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More concrete action, less detailed sex scenes, which constitutes major part of almost every chapter

Which character – as performed by Edita Brychta – was your favourite?

Mrs Perfect meet Mr Perfect, characters not corresponding with reality

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Absolutely not

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona Woodall
  • 11-17-13

Steamy story laugh out loud moments

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This man is believable his flaws push her away, but he is like gravity she cant stay away !!! The london setting is great makes a change to have a sexy english bloke as the hot lead character. cant wait for "Beneath this man" so come on audible lets have it !!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jessie he wont give up he wont compromise he knows they should be together and he is prepared to fight for it>

What does Edita Brychta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

she made the story even better especially the gritty exchanges between Jesse and Ava her accent is modern posh british so when she swears its funny

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I just want her to give him a second chance so bring on book 2

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Izabela
  • 06-06-14

Big no no

What would have made This Man better?

deeper plot?more complicated

What will your next listen be?

definetly not the second part of this one.

How could the performance have been better?

less predictible.

What character would you cut from This Man?

none

Any additional comments?

bad copy of 50 shades

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rainedon
  • 06-05-14

Brilliant start to a fantastic trilogy

Would you consider the audio edition of This Man to be better than the print version?

Yes I would- I had read the trilogy twice on my kindle before I listened to this audio version and I found that the narration added even more to my enjoyment of the trilogy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Impossible to pick between the two main characters. Both so well developed by the author that they enthral you, irritate you, annoy you and captivate you.

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

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to pick just one. I think Ava's total confusion over Jesse and her feelings for him

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  • ETSMOM
  • 05-27-17

Edita did a good job but .....

There was no storyline. Bought the whole series hoping it will get better. And also its toooo sweet, and when you have too many sweets you get a toothache.

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  • angela
  • 05-09-17

Erotic dialog not believable

Erotic dialog not believable and accents ...received pronunciation being 'posh' Ava's voice is very irritating ...
Not sure which came first Crossfire series or 'this Man' but Crossfire storyline, background story and dialogue is far superior
Gave up after 4 hours... really wanted to like it but kept making me cringe and laugh

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-16

loved it

I've read book and never thought I would enjoy an audio version which is handy for when I'm in the car. The narrator was very good. Audio opened up a whole new reading world

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  • Patricia
  • 09-23-16

A Bit Boring

Where does This Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I wouldn't listen to it again. The was not as good as the previous book I read by this author. The story was weak and lacked content. Lots of sex but no real back bone to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

it has to be the two leads because there rant many people in it

Which scene did you most enjoy?

it was all the same

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  • Mrs D Rowland
  • 12-13-15

This man

Loved this book, great characters and storyline looking forward to reading the next one in the trilogy would highly recommend

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  • TLL
  • 10-16-15

Persevered for 7 hours and then gave up!

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

This story has been done so many times before and unfortunately there was nothing new or original about this one, it was very repetitive "inner core" was repeated so many times it got annoying! Jessie just seemed like a stalker and it was not thrilling in any sense! The story just became irritating, was very unrealistic and after enduring 7 hours I refused to waste anymore time listening to it.

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

The voice's did not carry well and were just irritating which made it very hard to listen to from the outset.

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

Irritation! I tried really hard to get through it but it didn't get any better as the book went on.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing and unhappy that I wasted my money on this.