Series: A This Man Series #4
Published by Forever Romance on 3/20/18
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Life is good for Jesse "The Lord" Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he's in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He's in full control, just how he likes it.
But Jesse's perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman's love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn't end there. It's only just begun. Because his wife can't remember the last sixteen years of her life. That's all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.
Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.
This book tore at my heart strings but it also gave me deliciously giddy feelings as I got to sit back and watch Jesse and Ava fall all over again, revisiting the past in a way that makes me want to go back to the beginning and reread the entire series again and again. This book was so much better than anything I ever expected, so emotionally gripping, so completely addictive. I love Jesse and Ava even more than I thought possible after reading With This Man.
5 “This Was Everything” Stars!
When I first heard Jodi Ellen Malpas was releasing a fourth book in the This Man series, I was a bit nervous. I was nervous that it wouldn’t feel like a cohesive part of the journey between Jesse and Ava Ward, nervous that time might have changed my affection for this couple, nervous that With This Man might feel like an unnecessary addition to a perfectly complete series. Boy, was I wrong. Yes, there should definitely be nerves as you enter this book, but not the kind I anticipated. I should’ve been nervous about all I’d be made to feel on these pages. I should’ve been nervous for what Jesse and Ava would face. I should’ve been nervous about the heartache and the joy that would overcome me. But I never for a second should’ve worried about what a fantastic story Jodi Ellen Malpas had in store.
This was one of those books that called to me every time I was forced to set it down. It crept into my dreams and it demanded I pick it right back up when I woke. I was CONSUMED by the heartbreaking turn of events that evolves in With This Man. I was overwhelmed by how much I loved it, by how hard I’d fall for Jesse Ward all over again. I was so IN THIS STORY, engulfed by the intensity of Jesse, by the frustratingly difficult but exquisitely romantic circumstances in these pages. It was everything. Every. Thing.
JEM takes us into the current state of the blissfully romantic marriage of Jesse and Ava, showing us exactly where this unforgettable couple is twelve years after we last saw them. She reminds her reader precisely why Jesse and Ava intoxicated us with their gritty love story and why they remain a top favorite couple, but then she turns their world upside down and with it, she upturns the world of her readers, delivering a heartbreaking, wholly unforgettable story that I never wanted to end.
Jesse Ward is still the same controlling, protective, trampling sex God he was at 38. But now, at 50, he’s a doting father of preteens and a devoted husband whose world still revolves around his wife. The lace, the countdowns, the bathtub talks and the retribution sex pepper this story, taking the reader right back to where it all began, reminding us of why we love this couple so damn much. But with the tragedy that occurs at the beginning of this book, a horrifying accident that steals Ava’s memories and forces Jesse to start from scratch in winning her affections, a new, refreshing, unpredictable story is born. The forceful, mouthy Jesse has to change tactics. He has to bite back his demands and romance his wife in ways that aren’t always natural for him. And it’s beautiful to watch, gut wrenching to experience, and deliciously satisfying in the end. But true to form, secrets are kept, truths are withheld, complications arise and a messy story ensues.
This book tore at my heart strings but it also gave me deliciously giddy feelings as I got to sit back and watch Jesse and Ava fall all over again, revisiting the past in a way that makes me want to go back to the beginning and reread the entire series again and again. This book was so much better than anything I ever expected, so emotionally gripping, so completely addictive. I love Jesse and Ava even more than I thought possible after reading With This Man. This is the PERFECT addition to this series. Everything that drew me to the first three books– the sensuality, the treachery, the villains, the jealousy, the addiction, the dialogue, the romance, the friendships, the peanut butter, the obsession– it all comes full circle in this fourth installment and IT IS PERFECTION. I laughed. I hurt. I was infuriated. I was overwhelmed. This book is EVERYTHING I could’ve dreamed of getting from THIS MAN but never imagined I would. I absolutely LOVED IT.
About the Author
Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction.
Jodi went on to self-publish the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man in Jan 2013, just before Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, picked up the popular trilogy and the unknown Jodi. The third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time.
With so much love, enthusiasm and a thirst for her words from her readers, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. Her first stand-alone novel, THE PROTECTOR, released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Jodi’s next stand-alone novel. THE FORBIDDEN, is set for release in August 2017.
All seven of her published novels have hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as the Sunday Times list and various international best seller lists. Her work is now published in over 24 languages across the world.
Jodi 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 mojito addict, is famous for her obsession with Converse, and 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.