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This Man (This Man, #1)

This Man (This Man, #1) - Jodi Ellen Malpas description

Meet the Lord of the Manor.


And his Ava.


This is their story.

It was supposed to be a normal meeting where Ava will design rooms for the Lord of the Manor, but heck if it is a normal one.

He smiles. I swoon.

Jesse was definitely not the fat rich old man that Ava imagined and Ava is surely not what Jesse imagined.

With his looks, confidence and talent in the pleasure department, he’s a sure fire way to a broken heart.

‘Understated elegance.’ he says softly.

Jesse was Trouble with a capital T and Ava was determined to stay away from him.

‘The Manor, they want you, flower.’ He shrugs, returning to his computer screen.
No, he wants me.

But Jesse wasn't gonna sit and watch Ava run away because he had decided that Ava is his and he had to have her. Thus start the game of seduction from the master itself.

‘Just tell me one thing before you leave, Ava.’ His voice prickles at my senses, and I find my eyes travelling up the leanness of his body until our stares meet. His face is serious, but still stunning. ‘How loud do you think you’ll scream when I fuck you?’

She tried hard to stay away but Jesse tried harder to keep her close.

Yes, proceed with extreme caution, Ava.

And then once she caved in just to freaking get him out of her systemm, she got proven that things couldn't be that easy when it came to Jesse Ward.

‘You’re mine now, Ava.’
‘I’m going to possess every.single.part.of.you,’
‘There will be nowhere on this beautiful body that won’t have had me in it, on it or over it.’
His touch is addictive, he is addictive. I’m totally addicted.

...I know deep down that this could all end very messily for me – not him.

And what makes things worse (for Ava) and better (for Jesse) is he had a ways of making her agree with his crazy plans.

He cripples me with pleasure, and now he’s got me saying crazy shit.

Lust, want and passion take over, and before you know it, ridiculous words are flying out of your mouth.

But how could she handle the intensity of the crazy monopolizing controlling possessive Jesse when she couldn't think straight whenever he touches her?

‘Jesse, what’s your problem?’ I’m stood in the shower, hot water pounding me, cold air blasting me, and facing a brooding hunk of a male.
‘YOU!’ he yells.


‘I’m afraid you have me at a disadvantage.’ I tease.
His eyes sparkle with delight as he squats in front of me. ‘It would seem your disadvantage would be my complete advantage.’ he winks.

She was in too deep..

He has a flashing, neon sign the size of London on his forehead, saying, RUN. But I can’t. He won’t let me, for a start. Besides, I don’t think I want to.

Confusions started becoming her friends when it came to Jesse and his secrets..

I’m so confused by all of this. If I had the courage, I would just come outright and ask him. Why can’t I do that? I know why. I’m worried about what he might say.

It could end badly, and she knew it..

Why did I have to go and fall in love with the ultimate, unreasonable, challenging control freak?

‘Do you trust me?’
‘Yes.’ I answer immediately. I trust him with my life. It’s my sanity I don’t trust him with.

She knew that he loved her but is love gonna be enough for them to handle all the crazy stuff thrown their way?

‘You make me so happy.’
Do I? ‘I thought I made you crazy?’
He pulls back and looks me in the eyes, his forehead shimmering in sweat. ‘You make me crazy happy,’