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I'm not even sure what to say about this book. I heavily defended the first book in this series (against the many bad reviews) because I felt like he was relentlessly pursing her because he knew that she wanted him, and she was just too afraid to admit it to herself. That book had lots of super hot sexual chemistry, and I enjoyed the funny banter in Ava's relationships with her friends. This book had none of that. It was like watching a train wreck slowly and painfully. It was actually difficult to get through at times.
Jesse goes far beyond anything that's remotely normal or attractive in his obsessive controlling of Ava. It was a little scary even. And Ava, good heavens, he apparently screwed her into the realm of brain damage. Someone could not be as crazy stupid and blind as she was. She couldn't even leave the room Jesse was in without him flipping his lid about not being able to touch her. Did this never throw up a red flag to her? Also gone was the warm funny relationship she had with her roommate Kate. What happened to Kate? She joined The Manor and forgot Ava existed. She hated Ava's prior boyfriend, yet she continued to watch Jesse control and manipulate Ava, but kept telling Jesse how much she loved him. I didn't get it at all.
I knew that Jesse had a dark past lurking to be found, but I didn't even really understand that. Yeah, so he lived a wild, out of control playboy lifestyle for most of his life. It just didn't seem like something that would cause someone to be as deeply disturbed as he obviously was. I was glad to see Ava finally take a stand and make Jesse answer some questions. I'm not sure I would have gone to the lengths that she did. I think at that point I would have been running, screaming for the hills. I can't really figure out why she loves him so much. There's never been any real love story. They don't even talk to each other much. It's Jesse's outrageous demands, Ava defying him, then insane crazy fighting, followed up by him screwing her until she relents, and that's just about it. That about sums up the first 29 chapters.
The final chapters of this book did shed some light on Jesse's behavior. It was able to pull my attention back around because I was really about to fall completely out of favor with this book. I did like that it ended on a happy note. I'm just hoping that the next book will go in a different direction. I don't think that I can subject myself to another book like this one. There was nothing attractive about Jesse Ward in this book. Gone was the sizzling chemistry. It was all just very disturbing.
Edita Brychta was great again with the delivery of the story.
I will probably listen to the third book of the dysfuntional relationship.
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If you could sum up Beneath This Man in three words, what would they be?
Blistering, Funny & Fascinating
What was one of the most memorable moments of Beneath This Man?
After Ava walks in on Jessie being whipped by Sarah, she flees absolutely devastated by what she has witnessed. But she then requires answers. Jessie confesses his deep flaws and sins to her but insists she cannot possibly understand how much he loves her and has let her down. After Ava has had herself whipped to show Jessie that it is possible to understand how much He loves her. That she loves him every bit as much. That He is the only one who can drive her away by hurting himself, and that if he does it again she will hurt herself again also. The absolute wonder of Jessie when he finally puts it together, that despite all his sins of his past life Ava really does love him and understands.
Have you listened to any of Edita Brychta’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have listened to Edita Brychta's performance of This Man and she continues her excellent narration. She is a joy to listen to.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes very much so
Any additional comments?
Jodi Ellen Malpas's first book "This Man" was quite spectacular for a first time author. Her sequel "Beneath This Man" is every bit as spectacular if not more so. Quite a feat for a sequel novel. I can't wait for the third part of Jessie & Ava's story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The storyline is fantastic, read and narrated perfectly.
Only thing is that the narrator sounds a bit too old for the part but she did a fantastic job!
How do I get my money back I couldn’t get past 3rd chapter. Absolute rubbish.
This book is infuriating at times but I couldn't stop. Ava is a little much & so is Jessie but for some reason they just go together even though they seem to both bring out the worst in each other. but when they are good together it truly is being on central Jessie cloud nine 😉