Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Beneath This Man Review

Book #2 of the ‘This Man’ Trilogy.

Due to sexual content and heavy subject matter, this book is recommended for ages 18+

“Beneath This Man brings more passion, intensity and intrigue. Lives are changed and secrets are revealed. Jodi Ellen Malpas does it again. A gripping must read sequel which we just could not put down. - TotallyBookedBlog”

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 that 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.

First you need to know that the first book was crazy frustrating for me because of Jesse’s ridiculous overbearing possessiveness and Ava’s doormat tendencies.  But the ending was so gut wrenching that I had to read the second one.  And a lot of the same issues for me came up.
I really need to start this by saying I did enjoy both books, despite my bitching about the weakness of the heroine.  The story is told really well and it makes you want to turn the page, or in my case, tap your Kindle.  Let’s start with the negatives because I want to end on a positive note.
Maybe the issue for me is that I don’t enjoy seeing my heroines weak and used as toys.  And to me Ava is the ultimate toy.  Jesse constantly uses sex to teach her lessons that have nothing to do with the bedroom.  She can’t wear what she wants, regardless of how modest, she can’t drink without him, she can’t hang out without him, she can’t even do her job without his permission.  And the thing that pisses me off the most, she completely allows it.  In fact, in some cases, she encourages it.
Which leads me to Jesse.  His insecurities are numerous and sorta sad.  He lies to cover his bullshit and is manipulative to a fault.  He is not a guy that a normal girl would put up with long.  Yet he knows how to play with Ava’s head and heart.  He guilts her into staying (even if he himself doesn't realize he is doing it).  And honestly it sometimes is too much…
All that being said, the story is so well written that you have to see how these crazy kids will turn out.  And there are moments that are so tender and sincere that they will bring tears to your eyes.  And for those moments, and the promise that things will get better, you have to keep reading.  You will not be let down at the end of this novel.  Not so much of a HEA as much as a continued journey towards that HEA.  I enjoyed it.  I was frustrated by it.  When I feel strong emotions in a book, I have no choice but to recommend it.

As much as I recommend it, I also only give it a 3.5 lipstick rating...I'm so conflicted.....


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