Published June 2013
Series: This Man #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape--and now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. 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...
After the huge (although expected) cliffhanger from This Man, I absolutely had to get my hand on Beneath This Man, the sequel by UK Author Jodi Ellen Malpas. The story obviously starts with the aftermath of Ava O’Shea‘s discovery: her lover Jesse Ward, wealthy businessman, is actually not a hotel owner! The Manor is actually a BDSM meet-up facility for high society with a penchant. This obviously doesn’t help, considering that Ava already knew and resented the fact that Jesse was a true womanizer before her. Who would have thought is was so bad? So she did what most main characters do in such situations and books: she runs.
And he doesn’t – instead he gets drunk in order to get over it and his associate and friends call Ava for help. So they get back together and try to figure out their problems and different intrigues come creeping up in order to spice up the book – and it works. The story itself, the plot and intrigues were very captivating: his personal assistant (and ex-lover-who-wants-him-back) Sarah, her ex-boyfriend, her new client – and everything which makes her jealous, and him possessive.
Oh yes, possessive he is. It’s part of the character, we get it, but it’s so annoying. She can’t have her way (especially when it come to the people she sees or the clothes she wears), he won’t leave her alone, and won’t trust her. No swearing allowed for her, yet he can swear as much as he pleases. Thank god Ava tries to have her way, but that hardly ever works out. It is always the same scheme: he says no, she still does it, something happens, they fight over it, she feels bad, and then she is actually the one who ends up being sorry. Or forgives him. All the time. Even the bad stuff. Duh – sense and feminism, where are you?
Oh and did I mention that Jesse Ward loves emotional blackmail – or “blackfucking” (that’s a term I invented, by the way, because that’s what it feels like). He loves nothing more than to “fuck some sense into her”. And they always bargain to have their way in a tit-for-tat style. How annoying but well…
At least the story is really really worth the read, and despite the sometimes predictable and annoying character traits, I really enjoyed reading this 2nd part! Again, there were some really hot sex scenes (have you ever heard of Retribution Fuck or Truth Fuck – if not, you’ll love the concept). The books definitely has lots of cheeky and funny moments and everything ties together in the end, in a very nice way, as in “not a cliffhanger”.View Spoiler » In this book, alcoholism is a really big issue. Well the main issue is that Jesse and co. are not willing to actually see it as one. He drinks himself into a coma when things don’t go well, and he says it himself. Sex and alcohol go together hand in hand for him. So yes, in the story what he feels for Ava allegedly makes him want to stop the habit, but I’m sorry. This. Is. Alcoholism. No other way to put it. And what’s the thing with Ava forgetting and loosing her pills? Well it’s obvious, Jesse hides them out of possessiveness so he makes sure she stays with him. She’s really naïve since she thought about that scenario already but doesn’t go any further despite all of his strange reactions (like “Are you eating for two”, “I don’t see any children in that car of yours” looking at her stomach etc…). Come on, after losing 2 sets of pills I would definitely address the issue. And by the end of the books there’s a shadow of a doubt she might be pregnant. Come one, we know what’s going to happen in the sequel! I also keep thinking what/who Ruth Quinn represents. She is present and pressing in the story, but hers is kind of untold so I wonder… Last but not least, this books has probably one of the hottest yet most romantic proposals I’ve ever read. Loved it. « Hide Spoiler
However there are some stories left untold (especially regarding Jesse’s past, but not only!) so I really look forward to read the 3rd part called This Man Confessed!
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