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?
When I first started reading This Man, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading this book. I was so hooked that I found myself wanting to read it at work. Yep, one of those books. We also knew Jesse had a secret, and as the book went on, I figured out what is was WAY before Ava.
About a third of the way into the book, I got so bored with all the sex happening that I skimmed. Yep, I said it. I skimmed. If it was a sex scene, I just went on to the next dialogue scene. The sex was boring to me. I personally do much care for books that insta-sex, then sex all the frackin’ time. Yes, in real life people hook up. Yes, in real life people have a lot of sex, but come on. He could get hard again at a moments notice. Let’s give women out there a little bit of reality in the book. It isn’t bad enough that she can cum on command?
Then, there is Jesse who is supper controlling. Ava is right to be scared. Ava is right to run away. That is not normal. That is not healthy. No matter how many times the author puts the disclaimer: “only with you Ava in there,” I’m having a really hard time getting past it. There is one thing to be an alpha male and another thing to be controlling…..and Jesse IS controlling.
So, did I like the book? Sure. Is it different from what’s already out there? No. Will I read the second book (there’s 3)? Not sure.
I would say this book is similar to The Crossfire Series and the Stark Trilogy, but even those Alpha men were less controlling.