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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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By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 10-26-13

4.5 CRAZY, POSSESSIVE, "WATCH YOUR MOUTH" STARS.

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.

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By Shannon on 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.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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