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This Man (This Man Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Ellen Malpas
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Book Description

Book #1 of the 'This Man Trilogy'

Due to sexual content, this book is recommended to persons aged 18+

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 does not 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.

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: 1144 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jodi Ellen Malpas; 1 edition (October 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UFDYV8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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264 of 302 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abused woman point of view or romance?? February 11, 2013
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Wow, this was bad. I enjoy the whole male dominance, caveman attitude of protecting and possessing a woman as much as the next person (50 Shades), but this was horrifying! This Jesse guy isn't sexy or attractive in any sort of way. He was just a plain old psycho stalker! There was no conflicting confusion on his part for why is suddenly wants Ava. It's just BAM! I want to have sex all the time and I want you. There wasn't a whole lot of dialogue between the two other than Jesse telling Ava what to wear, what to drink, what she can't say (his weird obsession with her cursing is just odd). I mean, he cut up her dress with scissors because it was too short! Her birth control keeps going missing suggesting that Jesse is trying to trick her into pregnancy. He finally lets her have a night off from his psycho-ness, but with clear instructions NOT to drink or wear a too short dress and what happens? He has someone spying on her and when she misbehaves Jesse comes in and drags her back home! Ava was on the brink of standing up for herself so many times and I wanted her to tell him to F-off and get a restraining order so many times, but as soon as she showed signs of leaving or getting a sense of respect for herself, he would screw her and all would be forgotten and she loved him. Seriously?? He punched his glass out on his car when she tried to end it! That is not the sign of a stable man. Spoiler~the real kicker is at the end when she finds out about his weird sex house "business" she finally grows a pair and leaves him. That's when he punches his car window out and completely loses it. She actually goes to him to forgive him (I know!!) and he holds up his hand and says "you caused this by leaving me". He tells her he fell off the wagon and it's her fault for leaving. Read more ›
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542 of 642 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disturbing November 22, 2012
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I don't think I've ever written a bad review about a book before. I am including a few minor spoilers so I can be as specific as possible.

I'm honestly confused at the volume of positive reviews. This book seemed like the introduction to a domestic violence series, and I can only assume book 2 will feature Ava being slapped around a bit. I don't want to be pigeonholed as someone who hates Alpha-male Romance stories, in fact those are typically my favorites. But this crossed so many lines I was physically uncomfortable from around 50 pages in to the very end. The male lead (Jesse) makes Christian Grey look like an easygoing, unattached goofball .

First off Jesse is a domineering, obsessive control freak. And there are really no other positives; except maybe his wealth and good looks. Oh and the "instant attraction" they both felt. He takes zero consideration for Ava's feelings or wants, she repeatedly tells him "NO" while fooling around (which he ignores), and he is a total and complete stalker. And trust me, none of this is in "a good way". He even admits somewhere near the end that he doesn't care about her feelings at all his only priority is the obsession he has with her.

She very clearly says she isn't interested in a relationship or sex, and it doesn't stop him at all. And I don't care that her inner dialog was "conflicted" and she was too confused or nervous to voice her "real" feelings. If a guy doesn't at least slow his roll at this point and reevaluate the situation; I'm concerned.

I'm willing to accept a few quirks in characters; things they are knowingly weird about. Like the cursing thing. Jesse freaks out whenever Ava curses, but really for no real reason and for no real result. She keeps doing it, and he keeps yelling at her.
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70 of 84 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can not believe it is so high rated February 11, 2013
By ADiaz
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I am honestly shocked at the high review for this book. I'm mad that I paid for it. I read a LOT and love this genre. But these characters where just awful. Jessie is abusive, controlling and manipulative. You know basically nothing about him. He takes what he wants, when he wants it with bascially no regard to what Ava wants or feels. I couldn't understand why he possibly thinks he loves her. He won't even tell her something as basic as his age. Seriously, all they do is fight and have sex. And they just met! Ava is the weakest female character I have ever read about. She is a doormat who lets this man walk all over her. Why? Oh because he is good in bed. Is that seriously the only thing that would matter to a women? She is suppose to be a smart, successful women but none of that comes across other than people stating it. She basically puts all her other jobs on hold to have sex with Jesse. And whenver she gets mad about something all he had to do is give her a "reminder" screw and she doesn't care anymore. At one point she is telling him to not touch her and stay away from her, he of course doesn't listen and instead sticks his hand down her pants, even while she continues to tell him to stop touching her. But hey, then he just keeps having his way with her so she decides thats ok. That is NOT ok. That is assult! She just got out of a four year relationship with another man that constantly cheated on her and she isn't even mad about it. Jesse never once shows any real love for her and I can't imagine why she thinks she would be in love with him. I'm saddened that so many people seem to think this is a good relationship. I couldn't even begin to think of letting someone treat me so poorly. He controls what she says, who she can go out with, what she can wear. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved !!!!
Ava and Jesse will capture your heart and blow you away with their twisted, heated, emotional love story filled with enough twist and turns to keep you guessing what's going to... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by DA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 hours ago by Shannon Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't liking it at first
I must confess I didn't like the first half of this book. I came back to it a while later and loved the second half. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!
What can I say about This Man?

Well I effing loved it. Like a lot.

It is also, by far, one of the hottest books I think I've ever read. Read more
Published 9 days ago by The Never Ending Book Basket
5.0 out of 5 stars but the way Malpas writes I actually couldn't get enough of it - it...
I know I'm late to Jodi's books, but this series is now in my top five! I greatly appreciate that these are actual, full length novels and not short, quippy blurbs of sex and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down!! I was gripping from beginning to end
Published 17 days ago by S Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars this book just had something
There was something with this book that made me to read more and more in it. I couldn't stop reading.
Why I don't totally understand. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Vydnic
3.0 out of 5 stars Drama
Loved the way this book started out! But it wound up having way too much fighting in it.
Published 19 days ago by laurie carrico
4.0 out of 5 stars both of them are crazy...
They're both a good crazy, made for each other & can't wait to read the second book!!! Love it...Jesse rocks
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Hot Hot
I fell in love with this book from the first chapter, and could not put it down.
Published 21 days ago by Evlwife
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More About the Author

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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Beneath This Man
LOVED this book!!!! Cannot wait for the other 2! Could not put this book down-AWESOME job!!!!!
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all of the post I am linked to are stated Jan 18 but I cannot find how to pre order. I recently had the same issue with Up to Me (diff author) ... could only buy it on release day:(
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Second book is out 18 Jan 2013 and third book scheduled for Spring according to authors facebook page.
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can someone please loan me this book ??
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