Beneath This Man (This Man Trilogy)

Beneath This Man - Jodi Ellen Malpas ****4.5-ish Crazy Birth Control Thief Stars****



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"It's been five days since I have seen Jesse Ward. Five days of agony, five days of emptiness and five days of sobbing. There is nothing left in me. No emotion, no soul and no tears -- nothing."

--Ava

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This book picks up a week after the previous one. Ava and Jesse are both miserable without each other, but it seems Jesse is worse than she is. Sam, Jesse's best friend, hasn't heard from Jesse for days and is worried about the state Jesse is in. So, he asks Ava to help him locate him. Ava reluctantly agrees and they find Jesse passed out cold. She soon finds herself being appointed as the person to take care of Jesse until he is finally healthy again.

Jesse doesn't waste time in trying to get Ava back. But Ava knows they have so much to get past. Plus, she needs to know more about the man she has fallen in love with. Can she be okay with his controlling ways and his position in the manor? Or is it best they just part ways? Jesse is not giving up without a fight... or a sense fuck or two.




Jesse Ward

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"I knew you were the one the second I laid eyes on you."
"The one?"
"The one to bring me back to life."
"How did you know?"
He looks me straight in the eyes. They are bursting with meaning. "Because my heart started beating again." he whispers.

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I will be totally honest and say that I questioned my sanity alot while reading this book. Jesse was over the top controlling, possessive, and demanding. Just like in the first book, I found myself hating him and wanting to shove him back and strangle him for being so overbearing. But at the same time I loved him and wanted to hug him so close and kiss him to death for how sweet and tender he could be. The man was making me insane! Just like Ava was feeling.



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"You are mine and mine only and I am only yours. Do you understand? ...Fucking Hell. I can't tell you how much I love you."

--Jesse

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It was a long crazy ride, but we finally get to know Jesse a bit more in this book. I still feel like there is more to know about this man. I hope we will find out more in the third book. Jesse does some really stupid stuff in this book. I was not happy with how he handled some things. But he was also extra sweet. I love seeing him when he is vulnerable and when he opens up to Ava. It's weird how perfect he can be at times. However, he still needs to improve on some of his issues.



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"This is what every woman wants, and I have it. No one is taking him away from me... I'll trample."

--Ava

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Ava, I still don't like 100%, but I did like her a bit more in this one. I was waiting for her jell-o spine to harden and then she confronts Sarah. I FREAKING LOVED IT! But, she needed to stop letting Jesse manipulate her (sorry Jesse, but it's the truth). He would always get his way and it seemed like Ava's wants weren't always considered. This pissed me off. She also seemed to keep apologizing to him. Some of the things she did, yeah, she so needed to be sorry for. But somethings she didn't, because they were out of her control. Yet there she was saying sorry and feeling guilty. I'm hoping Jesse will be more understanding towards her, like how she seems to always be understanding towards him.



Ava had some brilliant plans on how to get back at Jesse but she didn't think things through. I loved it anyways!! And then there were moments where she was just plain stupid. *Shakes my head* Why she did some of those things she did, was beyond me. Although, I don't blame her for not being able to resist Jesse and his hotness. And again, what is up with her birth control missing?!?




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"I love this man, in all of his perfection and in all of his challenging, unreasonable ways. He took me hard and fast. He made me fall in love with him. He made me need him.
He was so unexpected, so passionate and so absolutely irresistible. And now he is wholly mine, and I am undeniably his.
I finally understand him.
I've finally got beneath this man."

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Oh My God!! That ending! Somehow *MAJOR SWOON* doesn't seem like enough, but that was what I totally did! I was so freaking happy! We finally get to meet Ava's family and I loved seeing them all together in the ending. This book was definitely better for me than the first. I don't know what the third installment will bring, but I can't wait to find out!