This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas (This Man #1)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

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?


At the insistence of a very good friend of mine, and her continued gushing, I picked up this book and gave it a try. While it was by far not a top favorite of mine, I could see what my friend saw in the characters and I found that overall I enjoyed the story.

My main gripe with This Man is that it’s so like a lot of other things I have read. You’ve got the mega rich hero who is hiding all kinds of dirty secrets and a heroine who just can’t walk away from him because the sex is just “sooooooooo good”. Sure there are a few twists that kept me guessing but at its core it doesn’t really differentiate itself from its competitors. The writing is well done though and I found myself drawn into the story despite my misgivings. Bottom line is that Malpas kept me interested. Maybe it was the speech of the book, the English dialect that was very well done or the imagery she  conveyed…whatever the reasoning I stuck with the book from beginning to end and found myself liking these sometimes unlikable characters.

Jesse Ward is one of those heroes that skirts the line between alpha guy and “you should kick him in the nuts for behaving that way” guy. He’s pig headed and completely determined to get his way with everything. From business to Ava he is single minded and willful to the point of me wanting to punch him in the throat. He had brief moments of sanity where he made decisions that Ava could live with, but my God, there were times when I thought she let him get away with too much. I also kept wondering how Ava was keeping her job just because of the sheer amount of time she spent with Jesse NOT working. How did her boss not notice this? I mean she’s off having sex with this man ALL THE TIME. Very hot sex I might add, but still there is not a lot of mention of her other clients except for one I foresee causing problems later on. For someone working for such a prestigious design company I figured she’d be a bit busier.

The last chapter of the book both pissed me off and ensured that I pick up book two. I kinda hated Jesse in that last chapter for trying to make Ava feel bad for something she knew nothing about and was not in her control. Ultimately he is to blame for his own decisions and for him to try and lay that on her was classic “user” behavior. Always looking to blame anyone but themselves. What it did do though is make me want to keep reading to watch him try and win her back. That ought to be some good reading.

This Man is one of those over the top books that has an angsty, this could never happen in real life, feel. It’s a good read for someone looking for something hot and fun. Malpas sets the scene well and engages readers with ease.

I give This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas 3.50 stars!


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