by Jodi Ellen Malpas
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Published by Forever Genres: Adult, BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Novella, Romance
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Source: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas comes a new novella in the This Man series. You don't need to read the series to enjoy this story, but if you're already a Jesse Ward fan, just wait till you see the advice he gives Drew about falling in love.
I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong...
I don't need a relationship. I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it - no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy... well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do.
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.
But Raya has no idea about my other life - my real life. That I'm daddy to an adorable little girl. My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. Once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?
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‘What do you want, Raya?’
She steps toward me tentatively, as if she’s questioning what she’s doing. And when she reaches me, her chest pressed to mine, she gazes up at me. ‘I don’t know.’ Her eyes are wild and unsure. ‘But I know that every time we’re close, something powerful takes over. And you’re trying hard to fight it. You’re warm and cold. What are you scared of?’
‘You.’ My mouth is on her before I can think better of it, and I’ve lifted her from her feet before my tongue breaches the seam on her lips. We should talk, but this is the only thing I know what to say right now, and when her arms circle my shoulders, her mouth opening up, inviting me in, I know she’s okay with it. I know she gets it.
With one arm around her waist holding her to me and one secured on the nape of her neck, I walk to my office, my kiss deep, my blood racing, my heart bouncing off my ribcage. I set her on her feet and take the hem of her dress, pulling it up over her head, losing her lips for just a second in the process. She wrenches my shirt open, scattering buttons in the process, her hands immediately finding my skin beneath. My forward steps encourages her backwards, our kiss deepening as she unfastens my trousers and I push her knickers down her thighs.
We’re all over the place, desperation getting the better of us, a mess of tongues, hands and bodies. I pull some strength from nowhere, seize her hands and break our kiss, breathing heavily. Her unsure brown eyes soon prompts me to start ridding myself of the rest of my clothes, all under her watchful gaze. Until I’m naked.
‘This wasn’t supposed to happen,’ she whispers.
Book Review: 5 What if there is? stars
I’m chained, make no mistake, but I’m the most free I’ve ever been.
Going back to your roots is one of the best and most bitter-sweet and heart warming feeling there is. And the This Man series is undoubtedly one of those. The first world JEM ever built and with which conquered my hearts IS BACK! And this time with a novella which not only will leave you swooning but also is P E R F E C T for Father’s Day with a dad who is his princess’s hero.
I know that most of you – including me of course – whenever you hear the words “Dad” and “This Man series” in the same sentence, your brain goes straaiiiiight to the one and only Jesse Ward and his beautiful family. But, this series has another dad who more than deserves our attention, trust me. So, who remembers Drew Davies? One of Jesse’s best mates and one of the top members of The Manor? Yes, THAT guy. And I could give you more hints about him that would make you remember him instantly but not going to spoil the souls who haven’t gone Jesse-Rogue yet.
“You always find something when you’re not looking for it.”
ALL I AM is a short novella in this forever-top series that unfolds the story of how Drew followed the example of his mates, Jesse and Sam, and fell hard and shut and triple-locked the door behind him for good measure. And damn if this trio aren’t masters on falling madly and insanely – with every meaning of the word – in love and worship their women; little ones and adult ones. And may this book be just a short novella but that didn’t stop it from being magnificent and waking up old This Man feelings and goosebumps and creating new ones. Raya and Drew pretty much nailed it!!
Jesse is right. I’m doomed.
First of all, there is only one face in this story who is even more irresistable and great than the lead characters. And that person hears at the name… GEORGIA DAVIES!!!! That feisty, energetic, vibrant little girl can only be described as priceless. Whenever she was making her appearance in the story, she was bringing a new level of light into it and was adding even more love and sweet moments like only a child can. Second, the reappearance of The Wards. I mean, duuuuhhhh! One of the most giddy moments in the book can’t not be a big deal. We are talking about Jesse and his “crazy” crew – Ava, Maddie, Jacob. The words are unnecessary when it comes to them.
I move back, in utter awe of the vision before me – my girlwrapped up in chains.
And now, the ONE EFFING CHARACTER who can get me out of my clothes and get my blood boiling – and definitely in the good way – faster than the steamy, sexy, BDSM escapades of the men of this series. I think all know who I’m talking about. And yes, you’re 100000% right. I’m talking about that b*tch, Coral. I’m not usually a hateful person and the book characters I have truly hated during my reading years can be counted on one hand. But damn, if Coral isn’t one of them. That woman is the epitome of evil. Her presence in a scene is never a good thing. Thank god for “a man in love is capable of everything.”
There is only one thing left to say so I can close this review; JODI ELLEN MALPAS CREATED MAGIC ONCE AGAIN!!!