Beneath This Man

Beneath This Man

by Jodi Ellen Malpas


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Book 2 of the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man trilogy

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455578344
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Series: This Man Series , #2
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 42,514
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and mojito addict, and she has a terrible weak spot for alpha males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion — a passion she now shares with her devoted readers. Her novels have hit bestseller lists for the New York Times, USA Today, Sunday Times, and various other international publications and can be read in more than twenty-four languages around the world.

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Beneath This Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 195 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok - there is a whole genre of the Alpha/controlling male. I get that - I like books with that. However, this guy is just a jerk. In relationships that work that way - the idea is for the man to be in control, but in a way that he dominates and takes CARE of the woman. In this book, he's just insane. He does whatever he wants, then gives her mind-blowing sex and expects all to be fine. Never talks to her, deals with anything, or really listens to her AT ALL. It's just wrong.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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... MY REVIEW: I’m torn on this book. And I’m torn for a few valid reasons. Okay, first and foremost let me just get this out there: I could not put this book down. Despite my issues with it, I was fully engaged, and actually had to wait (because I refused to put them down) until I was well into the third book in the series, before writing my review. The drama really had my breath catching and with each page turned, there was some new twist that literally had me squeezing my e-reader tighter. Yes, it was that angsty. That being said, I have a few issues with this (these) books. One, the relationship these two are in is completely unhealthy. I have never had a hero and heroine that I have disliked so much or frowned upon so much in my entire reading life. That’s saying a bit, especially since Fifty Shades wasn’t so keen on the healthy relationships either. These two did more destruction to one another, hurt, and brought out the worst in each other more than any other couple I’ve read about or known. Which leads to my second issue. One moment the heroine would be strong, standing up for something she believes in, and rightly putting the hero in his place. In the next second she’d be on her back, having sex, and nothing would be resolved. It led to another circle altogether with additional issues to arise. It was extremely frustrating and I again, a huge turn off. The last issue was the writing. There was a lot of repetition and telling in this book, and I felt as if the two took me out of the character’s heads and reminded me I was merely reading the book, not experiencing it. Outside of those issues though, again, I would say I had to keep reading, and had to see what was going to happen next. I really wish I liked these two characters more, but if I’m completely honest, the only reason I continued to turn the page was because it was like a train wreck and I couldn’t look away. I will check out more from this author in the future, although if the characters are like this, I doubt I’ll finish them. All in all, I enjoyed this read. 3.5 stars out of 5.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
And here we are again! The craziness, the swearing, the whole shebang. The awesomess of it all!!! After finishing This Man , I jumped right into this book. Thank goodness that I didn't have to wait for it because I would have gone insane with wondering what would happen next. I've read a couple of trilogies where the second book kind of looses its way, so I was hesitating about this one when I started reading. I wanted it to be different, but yet as great as the first one. I am happy to report that it was everything I was expecting and then some. I loved it all! It was overwhelming, exhausting, exciting and terrifying all at once. I was overwhelmed by the emotions that were brought to the page. Especially since most of them were from Jesse and how he truly felt for Ava. Yes, Ava was emotional too. She always has been, but it was Jesse who finally opened up and let go...some. "As long as I have you, I have purpose and reason." At the same time it was exhausting reading the way they went at each other. Jesse's unreasonable demands, Ava's fighting him all the day and purposely defying him. It was everything I could do, not to throw my damn tablet against the wall. Never in all the reading I have done have I wanted to punch some sense into someone. I wanted to trample Ava AND Jesse both. Geez! Could they just get it together already. Yep, I am complaining, but I loved it all. Every verbal sparring, every retribution screw and every mess up. It brought them together in a sweet screwed up way and helped me get to know them better. "Unravel your knickers, lady." I was excited to see them finally trying to work out this relationship. Even with all the miscommunication, defiance and demands, they were still playful and sweet with each other. Most of all they were honest about their feelings for each other and their expectations for one another, the only problem was the way they went about expressing those feelings or communicating those expectations. They brought the worst from one another, but together they were perfect. "He disregards my opinions and wishes at every turn, with his neurotic, challenging ways, and now I fear I'm becoming neurotic and challenging as well. He brings out the worst in me, and I know damn well I bring out the worst in him." What I found terrifying was the lengths these two would go when confronted with their fears. Both Jesse and Ava needed to find some sort of healthy outlet for their pain because how they went about it, was truly screwed up. But I admit that I loved how Jodi Ellen Malpas finally allowed Ava to stand up and make her point across. She made her point clear, even if it cost her some pain and heartache. It took guts for Ava to do what she did and I admired the hell out of her for it, especially since it helped to deepen their love for each other. "With Jesse, when times are good, they are incredible, but when they are bad, they are unbearable. I feel damned and blessed all at once for having found him." Of course, this time around we also get the addition of the wonderful set of characters that appeared previously and some new ones too. They all added to the story and made it even more enjoyable. I still enjoyed John's view of Jesse's behavior, was amused by Kate and Sam and detested the hell out of Sarah. In some ways, I felt like I was a part of them, of the story, not just a spectator. So with everything that has happened thus far, I have to say that this book was not your usual second book in a trilogy. Hell, it wasn't even a continuation. It was like their relationship was re-established with new found hope for a future together - interfering exes, controlling boyfriend and foul-mouthed girlfriend included. "It's pure bliss, baby. Total gratification. Absolute, complete earth shifting, universe shaking love." I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate how the female lead is a weak little girl. Really pathetic.
hcollins1 More than 1 year ago
I am still enjoying this series, even though Jesse gets a little more controlling and domineering! For starters it's a book not reality. So I thoroughly enjoy getting tugged along in Jesse and Ava's little train wreck of a relationship. I was up until 4 this morning reading this book because I couldn't stop!! Then I moved right on to book three which I have also finished. All in all I feel it was a satisfying trilogy and one that I will probably read again and again. Most definitely one I will recommend!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We spend countless hours trying to teach our daughters, friends, love ones, or family members that the type of relationship portrayed in this book is unhealthy and you don't have to be in a relationship like this. To see it written in this book and actually glorified is a huge disappointment and breaks my heart. Please keep this out of the hands of our future women. Abuse is NEVER ok no matter what type of abuse it is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The worst book ever. I hate the characters so much! The female lead needs a back bone and the male needs a knee to the junk. This is no fifty shades of grey. Save your money, you'll only be able to read a page or two at a time before you get so ticked off that I have to walk away from my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a piece of garbage, the people comparing this to fifty shades are crazy. The characters are so terrible. This stupid girl needs some back bone. What the fu€#, worst heroin ever. I hate this story so much. I hate everything about it, the characters, the story, everything. What a waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friends and I read the first book hoping the second would be much more interesting. I found it to be torture trying to get to the end of a 400 page book. The multiple pages of sex and smut were getting to be too much. I didn't even bother reading the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and enjoyed most of it. I started reading the second one and was so bored by all the sex and no story line that I deleted the book. I will not be finishing this seris.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, well written series. I would put this right up there with Fifty Shades. Everything is so well written. I have read other books that jump ahead and skip important parts that leave you feeling like you've missed something but in this everything is so welled played out. It's the perfect combination of romance, drama & hot steamy love scenes that leave you wanting more. I can't wait till the next book comes out but until then i will be more than happy to reread this one again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually, when I read a review and it's complaining a dom/sub relationship is abusive or the guy is a jerk, I never agree. People just don't understand it. But, this is the first book I've ever read where the lead male is clearly abusive. Emotionally and physically. I could hardly stand reading it. The female constantly thinks things in her head and the two never discuss any of it. She never fully confronts him and he continues to abuse her. He goes through her things, threatens to kill himself if she leaves him, bosses her like she's 3 to the point where he tells her how to talk. It's just horrid. Domestic abuse isn't sexy. And, I'll add I loved 50SofG. This is nothing like that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love romance novels but this book was EXTREMELY frustrating to read!! I read book one but stopped reading halfway through book two because I could not stand it anymore. I wanted to shake some sense into these characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put these books down. I could not wait to see what Jessie would do nexted. Maybe there should be a 4th book on Kate's love affairs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series has given me more heart-attacks and anxiety than any I have read lately and I’m absolutely obsessed
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
"Beneath This Man" is the second book in this trilogy, and Jesse Ward is still Jesse and Ava is still trying to figure him out. Jesse is more determined than ever to make Ava need him and only him, and Ava is beginning to see a little bit of the real Jesse Ward. This book finds them still battling with each other, Jesse telling Ava what to do and what to wear, while Ava fights him at every turn. I swear, these two are like oil and water, they just don't mix, he is too stubborn and she is too independent. Some crazy stuff happens in this book, things that made me wonder if Jesse and Ava would ever be able to find their happy place. Every time I thought I had Jesse figured out, something else happens that I never saw coming. But through it all I could see a different side of Jesse emerging. Once again the secondary characters played a big part in this book, and while I found myself really liking John, I had a love/hate relationship with Ava's brother and kept getting weird vibes from Ruth. Oh, and by the way the handcuff scene was priceless, talk about a crazy mad Jesse. Oh well, on to the last book in this series, although it took me a long time to read this series, now I don't want it to end!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved characters. Loved the series.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
To sum this book up just refer to the title. So much of it was the intimate details of Ava and Jesse’s relationship. I’m not a prude but I just wanted something substantial to go along with all the steamy goodness. Ava was less annoying this time around so I actually started to like her some. Jesse is the strong, protective, possessive, controlling alpha so many readers are looking for. The only problem I had with him is he is strong, protective, possessive and controlling. Yeah, I know. The things that makes him a great hero also make him psychotic and scary. As the story unfolds some, finally near the end, I began to understand why he behaved the way he did. I’m still at a loss about some of his reasonings but I will continue on into the next book. Heroine POV Not safe Possible triggers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Gah! The torment and sadness that comes into the story right at the beginning. Ava is finally convinced by Drew and Sam to look for Jesse. He has been MIA for almost a week! Ava is devastated to find Jesse at the lowest point in his life. Was it really worth the hurt? This story gets more intense by the page. How did Jodi do this? How did she write an amazing story where you continue to love these characters and your head stays spinning? Jesse and Ava have to work out through the secrets that recently came into light. I for one was not happy that Jesse kept these from Ava. I know there is so much more to be uncovered. I am afraid what will happen to Ava. Jesse can handle his own so I don't worry so much about him. But the story is making more sense. Why Jesse loves Ava in lace. Why Jesse hates when Ava curses. How he wants to keep Ava on a pedestal. They way he obsessed with this woman. These two try to move forward and Ava tries to come into Jesse's world. The Manor is all he has left of his uncle. And as I expected another secret comes to light and Ava is devastated. This time we almost lose Jesse to the lies. We will now see Sarah for who she is. At the end we are left with a huge surprise. I really did not see that coming until much later. Beneath This Man is more intense and emotional. I was drained at the end of the book and had to take time to recover. The way these two battle it out. The command behind the closed doors Jesse has. The fire in Ava when she fights back. And I know Jesse is doing something behind Ava's back that will eventually bite him in the Arse. I just won't say it in my review to keep it spoiler free. I am to this day still addicted to this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this trilogy so many times. Whenever I read them, its always like my first time ever reading them. I fall in love with Jesse all over again. Life always tried to get in my way BUT wherever I went, these books went with me. I just love how the story flows.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago