This Man (This Man #1) by Jodi Ellen MalpasThis Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published October 2012
Series: This Man #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
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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?

I picked this book up just after reading the 2 first novels of the Blackstone Affair Series by Raine Miller, since I was looking for something to keep me waiting for the 3rd novel. And if you have read my review on the 2 first ones, then needless to say that This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas had to meet a demanding standard!

Well the setting sure was the same: contemporary London and the charm and language that goes with it. And here’s the plot: Ava O’Shea is a young interior designer and a mysterious man known as Jesse Ward asks for her specifically to redesign his manor. Even though she is not into rustique and old-fashioned design, she is somehow drawn to… well… not the job but man obviously! And well, the whole story is about him wanting to possess her, and her not wanting to be owned.

And the characters were, in my opinion really good. Especially Ava, a 26-year-old determined and slightly stubborn woman, who just got out of a year-long relationship and whose idea it is NOT to rush into another one so quickly. It is so great to read about female characters who are strong and intelligent, and NOT naïve and totally clue- and helpless when it comes to men (even though Ava sometimes is in front of Jesse, which can only be expected considering the description of his male features).

Jesse’s character is good too, but maybe a bit too predictable. He’s very comparable to Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey: he’s rich, mysterious, he’s a womanizer, possessive, a stalker etc… but he has more humour, which is a great thing!

Now as for the writing, it is great: full of feelings, very descriptive but not overwhelmingly and makes everything feel very real. The details are just what you need in order to “live the scene” and Jodi Ellen Malpas’ writing makes you really feel like the characters and the lush London life is just a touch away.

However, I will only be giving away 4 stars since this book definitely lacks in intrigue! I read on my iPad with the Kindle App, so no idea how many pages there are or where I am in the book but I had to read until about 75% of the book until something like an intrigue came up. And it was pretty predictable too since Jodi Ellen Malpasobviously made us anticipate this turnaround, but gawd this took a hell lot of time. So 25% of the book is intrigue and 75% is just back and forth between two lovers (the usual fighting and making-up), which is very entertaining and easy to read, but not as entertaining as the intrigue itself. And well, the first part of This Man obviously ends at its climax, leaving you wanting for more. (I did read too many of those books, didn’t I?)

For those who wonder how many intimate scenes there are in this book, I would say there are quite a few, but nothing too disturbing. However, the book is full of swearing, but this is part of the story and goes along with the 2 stubborn characters – you’ll find out!

So, the verdict is clear, it’s a great book, but only if you’re not bothered to read erotic romance until almost the end of the books in order to finally discover the beginning of the story behind the main character!

Detailed Rating
4 Stars
5 Stars
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars