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Beneath This Man (This Man Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Ellen Malpas
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Book Description

Book #2 of the This Man Trilogy.

Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 18+

"Beneath This Man brings more passion, intensity and intrigue. Lives are changed and secrets are revealed. Jodi Ellen Malpas does it again. A gripping must read sequel which we just could not put down." - TotallyBookedBlog

Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O’Shea could survive, but she should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape. Now he’s back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared, but Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man’s steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more. And it’s exactly where Jesse wants her—within touching distance…

Editorial Reviews


"You can't help but fall in love with these characters."—

"I couldn't tear myself away."—

"This Man was a sexy, infuriating, wild ride. The back and forth in this book gave me whiplash ... I cannot wait for Beneath This Man!"—

"This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas really hooked me right from the beginning. It's erotic and passionate and romantic ... it'll also leave you wanting more."—

About the Author

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, UK, where she lives with her family. Working for the family construction business fulltime and with the prospect of taking it over once her father retired, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing a novel until it became impossible. She finally found the time and courage to release her creative streak and in October 2012 self-published This Man as an e-book. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters, notably Mr. Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor, and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Two months later, Jodi made the decision to give up her day job to concentrate on her new and very unexpected career in writing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 521 pages
  • Publisher: Jodi Ellen Malpas Limited; 1 edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1WP8T4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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143 of 161 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Man is Beyond Crazy January 20, 2013
By Miss H
Format:Kindle Edition

Apparently, I'm a glutton for punishment. Me and this book/trilogy are not friends. Not at all. It's like a train wreck--I don't want to look, but can't stop myself.

Only five short days have gone by since Ava left Jesse. Her entire world has ended. She's depressed and having a meltdown, reminiscing about her epic love. You know, her month-long relationship with Jesse.

Of course, this being the second book, it's obvious their separation won't last long. Just like that, they're back together. Shocked? Yeah, neither am I.

Not much has changed. Jesse is still a domineering, overly possessive control freak...times infinity. He's clingy and overly dependent. He wants all of Ava's time and attention all day, every day. She's a possession, a toy that he refuses to share. Jesse is a psycho. Nothing about his behavior is sexy. It's scary.

I'm tired of him always correcting her language. She's a grown woman. Ava already has a father. She doesn't need another one. But, just like with everything else, Jesse has absolutely no regard for Ava's feelings about anything. He does want he wants, when he wants.

Oh, and not to worry. He's not an alcoholic.

Except he is.

An alcoholic is an alcoholic. No matter how often he drinks, he has an alcohol addiction problem. Supposedly, he doesn't 'need' it, but he can't stop once he starts. He drinks himself into a coma. That's a problem. Alcoholism does not go away. An alcoholic is an alcoholic for life.

Everyone in this book is in denial.

1: "'No rehab.' John states firmly. 'He's not an alcoholic in the classic sense of the word. He's not obsessed with alcohol, Ava. He drank to lighten his foul mood, to fill a gap. Once he starts, he can't stop.
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109 of 123 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing January 19, 2013
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition
I gave the first book 5 Stars. I'm British, so I loved that it was by a British Author and set in England. The book received some flack from American reviewers about all the Britishisms. Well it would appear the author took note and this second book has definitely lost its British feel and it's sparkle.

I loved the first book because it was so witty. I loved Ava's interactions with her friends Kate and Tom. Unfortunately, this second book is not as witty and we don't get as much of Kate and Tom.

The first book had a lot of sex. This second book is just one great big sex scene. There is far too much sex in it. I got bored reading the sex scenes. I would say the sex scenes in this book are far better than in the first book. I did enjoy the sex scene set in the gym. I have never read one quite like that before!

I didn't find Jesse sexy in the first book. In this book, he made my skin crawl. He is far too possessive to the fact that I started to feel uncomfortable when I was reading it. There was a review on here of the first book where someone likened it to domestic abuse and I defended the author (and even got accused of being the author!). I stick by that as I didn't feel like that with the first book but I'm afraid in this book, Jesse did come across that way. He didn't want Ava to work, he didn't want her going out with Kate (he had to attend their lunch date as well). He told her what to wear. She wasn't allowed to drink. He showed up her work appointments etc. His reaction to stuff was very over the top and he wants to control Ava. None of this sat well with me.

Now to Ava. In the first book I liked her but felt she was immature and naive. Omg, in this book she did my head in!
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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This man is crazy January 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So at last it's here the much anticipated second book in the "This Man Trilogy".
After what happened at the end of the first book, I was eager to see how the author would resolve the situation between Jesse and Ava. To be honest this started really well, plenty of drama and angst. I fully expected for there to be a full and frank discussion between Jesse and Ava. But there was none, nothing. Instead what we got was sex and more sex. At a quarter of the way in, I kept thinking when's the story going to start.
There are a couple of things thrown in, that are probably going to feature more in the next book. But what really annoyed me was Ava's inability to get any answers to her questions, and not just from Jesse. That brings me to her BF Kate, she wasn't my favourite character in the first book, she seemed to be more on Jesse's side than Ava's. That was more apparent in this story.

The pace did pick up once I got two thirds in. There were answers eventually to some things, but that was anticlimactic. Jesse's character was way OTT. Dictating to Ava on just about everything, including what to wear. his posessive and controlling nature, was taken too far here. making him come across a crazy person, he was completely unreasonable. Ava's character was just smothered completely. Unlike some other readers who thought she was strong, I take the complete opposite view she was weak. As to the Manor, I thought it was incredulous how accepting everyone was. The only normal reaction came from Victoria IMO.

The writing was more smooth and polished, this time, but it also had lost a lot of the raw intensity that the first book had. I missed the wit and banter that Ava shared with her workmates they were hardly featured.
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Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father's construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. She's now a proud #1 New York Times and Sunday Times Best selling author.

Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion - a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

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Please let Ava have some back bone in the finally book. I know you might have already did most of the book, but please review Ava character. She needs to stand up to him sometimes. Let him work for it. PPPPPLLLLLEEEAAASSSEEE
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Why are Amazon UK making it so difficult to find? I thought it wasn't out yet too but it turns out it came out a day early according to one reviewer. If you go the This Man page and then click on the Jodi Ellen Malpas authors page's link you will find the book!
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