WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; March 22nd 2018, Orion Books
Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man series!
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.
As soon as they announced that there would be another novel in the THIS MAN series we were excited. The prospect of returning to Jesse and Ava’s world was enough to keep this reader happy for the foreseeable. Any chance to read new material from Jodi Ellen Malpas cannot be passed up.
I started reading with high expectations, I mean the original trilogy was amazing, the best of a genre that is by far out selling it’s counterparts. Here we had a couple who for some reason resonated deeply in everyone who read their story, a feat only JEM can accomplish. It is safe to say I was not disappointed.
The premise of the story is one that begs to be believed, surely the beautiful Ava can’t forget the passionate and core shaking love she has with Jesse Ward. Heart breaking doesn’t cover how you feel at the idea of those memories being gone forever. JEM ensures that we start reading with a great sense of anticipation, rendering you useless to the outside world. Nothing can penetrate the bubble you fall into when reading this novel.
Jesse “The Lord” Ward is still as beautiful, arrogant and God like as we remember him, age has not tempered down the magnetism of this man what so ever. In fact the Adonis has only gotten better with age. Ava too, she is as feisty, defiant and beautiful as always. The love this couple have is palpable, you feel it with every page turned and not just between them but also the love they have for their family and friends.
Seeing Jesse as the doting Dad only made the character so much more attractive, the protective nature of his character increased ten-fold throughout the novel, this time more than warranted. JEM knows these characters inside and out, evident in the little nuances between them, the flashes back to the original trilogy and the not so gentle way we are reminded of all that’s gone before. Just as Ava is recovering her memories we are taking the journey with them both.
The clever use of both Ava’s narrative voice and Jesse works really well in this story, letting us, the reader understand the events as they unfold for Jesse. JEM took a risk here writing from his point of view, one that more than paid off. I loved reading the story from Jesse’s point of view, loved being able to relate to him on his own level and seeing his love for both Ava and his family through his own eyes.
Never before has an author created such an enigmatic couple, a man so dominant that you want to both slap him and kiss him, all at the same time. Sure you have your Christian Grey and Gideon Cross, but there will only ever be one Jesse Ward.
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