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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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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.

47 of 51 people found this review helpful

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  • Shannon
  • Dayton, TX, United States
  • 06-22-14

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

I’m conflicted on how to rate this book. I liked it, but there were parts that gave me the “eye rolls” and overall I thought the story was way too long.

I was really hooked on this book from the very beginning. The first meeting between Ava and Jesse was intense and mega swoon-worthy. I swear I was going to rate this book 10 stars just on the first few chapters alone. Ava and Jesse’s chemistry is off-the charts.

Although I really loved Jesse’s character in the beginning; gorgeous billionaire domineering hunk that he is, he sort of gave me the creeps by the end of the book. He was just too over the top. He became a rude, demanding, mean, immature stalker. Overall I just found him a little too extreme for my taste.

Parts of this book thrilled me and other parts annoyed me. It was too long and became too repetitive. Ava & Jesse are together, they fight, she runs away, he chases after her, they get back together, have great sex and then the cycle happens all over again.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

The story did become exciting again towards the end of the book (despite how predictable it was). Overall I’m still intrigued by Ava and Jesse and want to know how their story ends. I did download the 2nd book, but given the length of the story I’m just not ready to jump into another exhausting listen.

3.5 stars in my opinion

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Georgia, United States
  • 10-25-13

Power, intensity, true love....I think!

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!

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  • Justagirl
  • Tacoma, WA, United States
  • 11-13-13

Plenty of Hot... too little Plot

Oh I am sooo disappointed.

This started out with such great potential.....The sex was hot, the power exchange seemed eminent...and then....splat. Before I could saw "Hold the fish & chips!!" I was spiraling into the depths of a grown woman's whiney mostly internal dialogue and a man's brooding non-communicative obsessive love that we generally only see in books featuring sparkly vampires.

By the second half of the book I was so tired of listening to the indecision that I caught myself just tuning the book out......I would snap back into it with a "OOOHHHH that's hot" and within minutes I was trying to figure out what happened in the last 5 minutes of Supernatural that my DVR cut off.

Maybe I liked it, maybe I didn't....maybe I need it and that's really what the problem is...I'm putting it down, no I'm finishing it right now no, I'm throwing it Ya, you get the idea.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Stella
  • Concord, MA, United States
  • 12-11-13


Would you try another book from Jodi Ellen Malpas and/or Edita Brychta?

Not a very good story teller. I didn't relate to the characters.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Create more real tension not some stupid non existent reason to keep breaking up and having make up sex e.g. the male seems to have a thing about his age or the fact that he is rich or something that could be a real issue.

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

She could not pull of a convincing male voice

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I am well and truly mind F**K!

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 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 :(

29 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Michele
  • SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, United States
  • 03-01-14

Since when is abuse romatic/ sexy...

What would have made This Man better?

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.

Has This Man turned you off from other books in this genre?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Man?

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?"

Any additional comments?

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.

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I give this 5 out of 5 eye rolls.

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.

38 of 48 people found this review helpful

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I agree 5 Stars are not enough

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!!

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