Saturday, July 6, 2013

Book Review: This Man Trilogy by Jodi Ellen Malpas

This Man (This Man, #1)

(This Man, Book 1)

Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?

**I had done this review last year when I first read the book, so I just passed it from GR onto the blog, fixed it a little, and added a few quotes I had highlighted on my Kindle 

5 Stars

"Just tell me one thing before you leave, Ava.” His voice prickles at my senses… His face is serious, but still stunning. “How loud do you think you’ll scream when I fuck you?"

Hellooo Jesse..!!! Ultra hot, alpha male! and BRITISH! *fans self*
I could not put this book down!! Seriously! Hooked!

The secrets Jesse keeps, the way he's with Ava, and the whole story line, keeps you turning page after page!!!!! 

"I lied, I’m sorry. I told you, I can’t stay away… I need to have all of you, Ava. Say I can have all of you."

And my oh my.. the steamy sex scenes?? YUM!!! HOT HOT HOT! .. 
needing-a-cold-shower kind of hot!

"You’ll always need me, Ava. I’m going to make sure of it. Now, let’s see if we can fuck some sense into you."

"You’re mine now, Ava,” he breathes on a deep delicious plunge. My head drops forward to rest on his. “All mine."

 This book was just incredible! It had soooo many things going on! I love a book with secrets, and this one is full of them! 
I even love the secondary characters!!! They are so funny!! You can easily relate to any of the characters in this books at least once, which makes it an even more awesome read.. I also love the fact that they are all British. Found it very refreshing and new compared to the books I've read lately. 

The ending.. CLIFFHANGER!! Kinda killed me, to be honest.. so I recommend you have book two handy *wink*

I really recommend this book.

"I want to look after you forever"

Beneath This Man (This Man, #2)

(This Man, Book 2)

She knew she was heading towards disaster. Every instinct told her to run, but Jesse Ward was a hard man to escape.
It has been five days’ since Ava O’Shea left Jesse drunk and raging at Lusso – left behind a man who drowned her in his intensity and blindsided her with his touch. Getting over this man was never going to be easy. And now he’s back in her life.
She has questions she needs answering, but her determination to get these answers will give the pleasure-seeking playboy the power to destroy her again. She needs to keep her eyes wide open and caution at the forefront of her mind, an ambitious intention when Jesse Ward is within touching distance. And he plans to be.
He’s dark, he’s broken – Ava knows this, but the only way to find out how dark and how broken is to get beneath the steely exterior of this man.

**I had done this review last year when I first read the book, so I just passed it from GR onto the blog, fixed it a little, and added a few quotes I had highlighted on my Kindle

5 Stars

"I needed you and you left me"

Be still my heart!!!! Jodi Ellen Malpas does it again!!!!! Outstanding book!!

Once you've started this book, (which is the second one in the "This Man Trilogy," so yes, you NEED to read book 1 first), you'll have a hard time putting it down. 
What a roller coaster!

It's well written and keeps you turning the pages wanting to know more! Talk about plot twists and huge secrets! I found myself feeling literally desperate to see the story unravel!! 
and OMFG.. SARAH!!???? ggrrrrr!!! I don't think I've hated a character more! But yeah, prepare yourself for some seriously angsty scenes because Sarah wasn't the only one that made me wanna scream...  there were also other female characters that made me want to hit something!! or someone
*deep cleansing breath*

Once again, the passionate sex scenes between Jesse and Ava are breathtaking and beyond steamy!!!! You can seriously feel the heat sizzle off the pages. 

"In his words, there is not a place on my body, that hasn't had him in it, on it or over it"

"You’re mine, and mine alone, baby. Just for my eyes, just for my touch and just for my pleasure. Just Mine. Do you understand me?"

This book was a true page turner!!
It ended in a wonderful place, but I'm still beyond excited/curious to see what book 3 brings us.. since of course, there are still things left unanswered. 
This is a must read!!!

"I finally understand him.
I've finally got beneath this man."

This Man Confessed (This Man, #3)

(This Man, Book 3)


The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse's lives. She has accepted that she'll never tame the fierceness in Jesse-and she doesn't want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she's finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is. He knows too well how to take her to a place beyond ecstasy . . . but will he also drive her to the brink of despair? It's time for this man to confess

5 Stars!!!

"I need him to confess everything willingly."

"This Man Confessed" was an angst-fest from beginning to end! A truly phenomenal conclusion to and incredible trilogy!!! 
After I finished reading, I had to let it all sink in before sitting down to write this review. Honestly, all I could say was: "OHMYGOSH!!!" . I seriously, could NOT say anything more! Totally speechless!

Well, anyway.. 
This book starts off 2 weeks after "Beneath This Man" ended. So yes, you need to read these books in order, they are NOT standalones.
Jesse and Ava's story was far from over.  Too many questions and too many secrets, but this third and final installment, answered and revealed each and every one. Once again, it was a wonderfully written book.
As you can tell by the book's tittle, here we truly "meet" Jesse.  And let me tell ya, I was floored.. The things that got revealed shocked me...I honestly never expected those confessions. If I loved him during the first two books, now, there are no words to describe what I feel for him!! If only he wasn't fictional! Because.. What-a-man!!!!

"You keep my heart beating, baby, but you can also make it fucking stop." -Jesse

"Don't thank me for looking after you, Ava. It's what I've been put on this earth to do. It's what keeps me here. Don't ever thank me for that."

Talk about drama! drama! drama!!! There were a lot of page-turning, palms-sweating, heart-racing scenes!!! A LOT !!!! I found myself literally freaking out during most of the book.
To summarize, this book was 'unputdownable'!!!! (Yes Bethany, I know that's not a word.. but it's very much TRUE) :)

"He doesn't think he deserves happiness, and he has been protecting me. But he's been protecting me from himself and the darkness of his history."

As usual, Jodi Ellen Malpas can write a sex scene.. steamy as hell!! And the secondary characters were as always, amazing. I'm not the only one that would LOVE for Kate to get her own book. *hint hint* That would be a really hot read for sure! Love Sam!! 

This trilogy is a MUST READ!!!

"I don't need to check that she's real. As long as my heart keeps beating, I'll know that she is. End of." - Jesse

About the author:
Jodi Ellen Malpas

First time British author Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, where she lives with her family. Working for her father’s construction business fulltime, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of This Man until it became impossible. She made time and found the courage to release her creative streak, unleashing the character Mr Jesse Ward, Lord of The Manor. 

Jodi took a chance on a story with some intense characters and exploded onto the self-published author scene at the end of October 2012, sparking some incredible reactions from women all over the world. Within two months of self-publishing This Man, Jodi made the decision to leave her day job to concentrate on her new and very unexpected career in writing. 

The second instalment of the This Man Trilogy, ‘Beneath This Man’ was published in January 2013 and fast became an Amazon Bestseller, holding #1 position in the chart of its genre for many weeks in both the US and UK. Now the anticipation for the third and final part of the trilogy, ‘This Man Confessed’, is rife and will be published July 2nd 2013 by Grand Central Publishing


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