Friday, August 16, 2013

How 'This Man' Trampled His Way Into My Life

It was November 16, 2012, and whilst browsing Amazon I saw a book in my recommendation stream. The cover was very lovely, no 'ish' about it. The synopsis looked quite enticing. I bought that book immediately and began reading it. That was the day I was introduced to Jesse Ward, The Lord of the Manor, and his lady love, Ava O'Shea, in the novel, This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas.

"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 effect 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?"

Five Fictionally Life-Altering Stars! *****

Two months later on January 15 the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man, was released. I devoured it within a day and this is what came to mind after finishing it:
"Beneath This Man is indescribably and tortuously delicious! Ava and Jesse's obviously detrimental need to be together may be what fuels the flames in this erotic novel, but, in Ava, the author created a heroine able to retain some sense of self and logical thought despite the hero's hot-blooded and controlling ways. So, even though Ava and Jesse appear to be impassioned beyond all reason neither character came across as beyond all hope. I consider This Man to be the most erotic book I read last year, and Beneath This Man to be not only steamy but intensely emotional, as well. I can't even imagine what Jodi Ellen Malpas has in store for us this coming spring with This Man Confessed (hopefully those "confessions" will explain Jesse's behavior satisfactorily), but I bet we'll all be sad to conclude the trilogy even with a happily-ever-after ending."

Five Oh-My-Lord Stars! *****

"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."

The adorable British author had some BIG news before the third installment was released—This Man Confessed was to be published by Forever (Hachette Book Group) and the first two books were to be re-published! On July 2, 2013, it was time to get answers to all those burning questions I had, to "hear" Jesse's confessions, read about their lovely wedding, and find out about Jesse and Ava's happily-ever-after! I was certainly beaming over the paradisiacal epilogue!

Five Beyond Amazing and Totally Swoony Stars! *****


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."

The trilogy may be complete but Jesse is too much...of everything to simply fade away. Besides, Jodi Ellen Malpas continues to be charming and interactive with her devoted readers. She offered a contest on her beautiful website—ten lucky people would be chosen to receive a copy of the limited edition, numbered, and autographed This Man Trilogy Keepsake Book. Let me just say this up front—I never win bloody anything! Okay, but now I have to take that back because I was one of the ten winners!  When I saw my name along with the other 9 ladies on August 4, I was astonished, giddy, and so freaking happy! Then, before I knew it the beautiful little treasure had made its way across The Pond to me!  Since it arrived yesterday, I've gawked over it, photographed it, and even shot some video. After looking at it some more I'll be archiving it to keep it safe, but know in this instance that out of sight will definitely not mean out of mind...because, really, who could ever forget Jesse Ward, right ladies?

SQUEE! There's More to See Here!

So, that's it...3...2...1...Zero, baby! :)

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