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This Man (This Man Trilogy) [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.

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"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: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Jodi Ellen Malpas; 1 edition (October 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009UFDYV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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227 of 259 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abused woman point of view or romance?? February 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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518 of 613 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disturbing November 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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113 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book One of Three November 13, 2012
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition
See my title? Of late, I have become to tire of books that make you wait for the outcome of the story. I also have so far resisted the likes of 50 Shades and The Crossfire Trilogy. So why did I choose to read this book you ask? Well it was mentioned on a discussion board and I read the reviews and the sample and I enjoyed the style of writing and the humour in the writing. I'm glad I decided to read it. It's certainly not perfect, but for a first time writer, I think the author has done a great job.

Ava is 26 and an Interior Designer. Her boss sends her to see about a job at 'The Mansion'. She believes it to be a hotel (although it is quite obvious to the reader from the get go what actually goes on there!) and expects the owner 'The Lord' to be old and stuffy! When she first meets Jesse Ward, there is an instant spark and an instant attraction for both of them. No he's not stuffy, he's gorgeous!

What follows is a game of cat and mouse with Jesse becoming obsessed (a little too obsessed in my opinion!) with having Ava. Ava however is under the misunderstanding that Sarah a woman she met at 'The Mansion' is his girlfriend. Once this misunderstanding is cleared up, they begin a 'relationship'. There is a lot of sex in this book (some of it quite repetitive) but there is also a lot of humour. I loved Ava and her flatmate Kate. I loved when Ava would swear and Jesse always replied with 'watch your effing mouth'!!

Ava is aware Jesse is older than her, she just doesn't know how much older. As the reader, I am assuming he is only in his 30's so I wasn't sure why Ava was obsessing about him being too old for her. What I did love is the first time Ava asks his age he replies '21'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book had me from page 1. Some people may not understand our Lord but he is amazing! He is intense and domineering and I love it. I love his count downs and domineering ways. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh This Man
I like Ava.. and Jesse is really hot. I love how he takes control in all things but he can be a little too controlling times. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by April Nichole Whaley
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy
If you like steamy sex there's lots of it here.
Published 3 days ago by Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Slow start but so many twists & turns!!!
Published 5 days ago by JPM
5.0 out of 5 stars True JEM!!!!!!
Its a toss up for me between Jesse Ward and Coalton Donovan!!!!!! I CAN NOT decide!!!!!! This Man is one of the best books I have ever read in my life! JEM you are a true JEM! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Stupid
This book is to stupid for words. The author tried to make this book on the style of 50 Shades, only this was a little light when it comes to the sex scenes. Read more
Published 7 days ago by KATHY
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The story it mighty be original but it gets very repetitive, too much.
Published 7 days ago by Elena
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok, but IT GETS BETTER …
First I have to say I read this book based on a recommendation from someone who loved it & based on all the great reviews. Read more
Published 8 days ago by RandiB
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Wow! I may have whiplash. Ava needs to make up her mind. Jesse is quite domineering. I can see why she fights it, but communication would cut down on some of the back and forth. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect!
FSoG fans this is a perfect follow up! Love Jesse and Ava and the sex is erotic.... Love the series...end of
Published 9 days ago by nicole
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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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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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