Part I of the Women’s Erotica This Man Trilogy: This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

This Man, Erotic Fiction


Shades of Momma Rating: [rating=5]

If you thought Christian Grey was the most controlling man you ever read about in women’s erotica, get ready for Jesse Ward. First time author Jodi Ellen Malpas introduces a man you may hate and love in spite of yourself in the first part of her trilogy, This Man.

Ava O’Shea is a successful 26 year old interior designer who is just getting over the breakup of a four year relationship. She’s not expecting to find love when she goes for an initial consultation for a decorating job at The Manor owned by Jesse Ward. When she meets the handsome playboy who knows no boundaries, she realizes she should run, but she can’t shake her attraction to him. In the end, it almost doesn’t matter how she feels because Jesse is determined to have her, and he’ll stop at nothing.

Even though Jesse’s behavior is so extreme it would meet the legal definition of stalking, it’s not like Ava is any pushover herself. She stands up to Jesse and instigates her fair share of conflicts, but she can’t bring herself to walk away no matter how dysfunctional their relationship gets. The power struggle and sexual chemistry between them is so intense you may wind up sitting on the edge of your bed to read this one.

Lots of readers say that they understand Ava’s reaction because they have many of the same feelings about Jesse. His domineering ways are frustrating, but he also has a definite appeal. It’s clear that he loves Ava according to his own fashion. He just does not know how to express his feelings or communicate openly. You wind up being angry sometimes but sympathizing with him too.

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Maybe Even Hotter Than 50 Shades of Grey

As far as the sex scenes go, this novel may be even hotter than 50 Shades of Grey. It’s just as steamy, and the details are often more realistic so it’s easier to get caught up in the mood. It’s especially exciting when Ava and Jesse play this game where they give different acts different names like “the retribution” and “the truth.” Read it and you’ll see for yourself.

The author has no problem with her work being compared to 50 Shades. In one interview she said that she doesn’t see much similarity between the two books except for the dominant male. On the other hand, she thinks that E. L. James deserves a medal for opening up a new world for millions of women…I agree!

Jodi Ellen Malpas lives with her husband, two sons and a Beagle in the Midlands, UK. She worked in her family’s construction business for much of her life until her writing became a full time occupation. She says that the character of Ava is a bit like herself in real life, and she plans to keep writing more stories about sex and love.

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