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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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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

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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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.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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SMH

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Females that likes to be ran over simple minded Females that has no voice

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

Had Ava stronger not so submissive, had a voice and actually stood her ground

Which scene was your favorite?

I really can't say

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

Nope stupid female without a voice

Any additional comments?

Boo

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Really frustrating

While this is superbly written, except for one fatal flaw, and performed, and has great love scenes, I can't stand to finish it. What's the flaw, you ask? The flaw is another book with page after page of boohoo ing by another stupid female who would rather give up on the great guy who turns her crank than possibly, maybe loose the great guy at some future date. Come on. This author is smart enough to create angst with more teeth in it that that old cliche.

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Boring

I really had trouble getting into this story. Honestly it reminded me of several others I've read just not as good. Disappointing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Oh My Gosh, I would probably kill him

This was a very interesting book that gave me anxiety every step of the way. I understand dominance, but this is crazy, over-the-top dominance. Jesse is gorgeous, sexy, and extremely rich. But along with that comes crazy. Ava is beautiful, young, talented and must be crazy to fall in love with him. Despite all of this craziness, I really liked the book. I do believe that Jesse is a little psycho. But, he does love her and she loves him. I thought Jodi did a great job of building the characters. They were very understandable, even being crazy. What does that make me since I can relate? However, the story is a bit like "Groundhog Day". I enjoyed Edita's narration. Now, on to book number two.

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Not what I was expecting

Would you be willing to try another one of Edita Brychta’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

I thought this was a mystery, perhaps I read the description of the book wrong.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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my first ... and it isn't for me

I thought I was being adventurous to try a romance fantasy type book. I gave it a healthy effort making it half way into chapter 8, but I just couldn't do any more. I kept wanting something else like a plot and more complex and stronger characters with more character.

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Boring. So, so, boring.

What disappointed you about This Man?

I really don't understand why the reviews are fairly high for this book. It revolves around a 26-year-old prude and a wealthy older man. The main plot is that the wealthy older man owns a sex house, which is obvious from the start, it's not a spoiler. And what happens through the book is the female main character keeps getting frustrated by him, and keeps asking him about his age...and keeps ignoring obvious signs that it's a sex house. Nothing and I mean nothing of note happens in the story. It's a lot of sex and fighting about the same things over and over again. No one disappears, there are no true romantic rivals, there is no life threatening situation. It's..it's just boring.

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

If the story is about a prude and the audience aren't prudes then you are severely limiting the experience of the book since everything shocking to the character is not shocking to us. Everything mysterious to the character is plainly obvious to us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful