Beneath This Man Review by Naughty Heaux
She knew she was heading towards disaster. Every instinct told her to run, but Jesse Ward was a hard man to escape. It has been five days’ since Ava O’Shea left Jesse drunk and raging at Lusso – left behind a man who drowned her in his intensity and blindsided her with his touch. Getting over this man was never going to be easy. And now he’s back in her life. She has questions she needs answering, but her determination to get these answers will give the pleasure-seeking playboy the power to destroy her again. She needs to keep her eyes wide open and caution at the forefront of her mind, an ambitious intention when Jesse Ward is within touching distance. And he plans to be. He’s dark, he’s broken – Ava knows this, but the only way to find out how dark and how broken is to get beneath the steely exterior of this man.
Beneath This Man picks up exactly where it left off with Ava having walked out on a drunk Jesse, and the realisation that Jesse has not been seen for 5 days. When Ava finds him she realises that he has been on a mad drinking binge and is totally comatose, looking like he is dead to the world.
Dear ‘Lord’ if you think Jesse’ behaviour is erratic and crazy in THIS MAN you have not seen anything yet. In BENEATH THIS MAN he steps it up several notches, is even more possessive and determined, and will do everything in his power to keep Ava safe. He tramples over anyone who tries to get in his way and makes no apologies whatsoever. Yes Jesse is still the ‘arse’ we have come to love!:)
Ava knows his weakness for her and cannot help but fuel his madness! She isn’t afraid to give Jesse a taste of his own medicine at times, and without giving anything away lets just say she had me howling with laughter when she brought a little black diamante vibrator into the bedroom. I love that about Ava in this book, she begins to stand up for herself and becomes stronger and more feisty. As the story progresses Ava is not averse to a bit of trampling herself, when she realises just how consumed with jealousy she is over the many ladies of the Manor that want to prise Jesse away from her. It is at this stage that the strong and ‘don’t mess with me’ Ava surfaces. I really enjoyed Ava coming into her own and it added humour to the drama which was all encompassing.
Of course I love Jesse even if he is prone to craziness and madcapped outbursts. He absolutely adores Ava and when I was on ‘Jesse Cloud Nine’ there was no one to light a candle to him. He is sweet, sexy and so endearing. There are many heart melting moments that left me in a puddle of mush I can tell you.
With that said, Jesse has many demons to conquer and Ava is only coming to discover how much these demons have come to shape the man that Jesse is today. It is also a learning curve for him and since he has never been in a proper relationship he has no idea how to act in one… hence the crazy behaviour. He has to learn to believe that Ava truly loves him, and that he is deserving of that love. He needs to let go of the control he hangs on to with a vice-like grip.
The story isn’t all madcap drama, even though there was enough to do me a lifetime. The book is awash with sexy scenes that I have to say left me breathless. Umm, let’s just say I will never look at a Rowing Machine in quite the same away again 😉 The sex in this is off the wall hot and steamy!!
I love Jesse and the drama that surrounds him. The drama is like a runaway train,and I have to say I spent most of the time sitting at the edge of my seat, totally gripped waiting to see what was going to unfold next. I cannot wait for THIS MAN CONFESSED which is due for release in July of this year. Well done to Jodie Ellen Malpas for an amazing series. Read it, I promise you will not be disappointed.
NAUGHTY’ RATING 5.