Okay. We've established that Jesse is indeed CRAZY. Like, needing serious professional help kind of crazy. Yet I find myself utterly fascinated with and attracted to him. Gaah! Why am I always drawn to the broken ones?
First of all, I dove into this book not knowing much about it. The blurb hardly provided any information about the plot and I held myself back from reading reviews in case I come across major spoilers. I love it when I read something that allows me to formulate multiple theories on what big reveal or plot twist there will be. In the case of [b:This Man|16140036|This Man (This Man, #1)|Jodi Ellen Malpas|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352790466s/16140036.jpg|21970768], I kind of figured out the whole sex club ownership bit but I also thought that Jesse Ward might be another dom, or that he might be bisexual.
So let me list what I liked and disliked about this book. ***SPOILERS AHEAD!!!DISLIKES:
1. The repetitive cycle of Ava running away from Jesse and him going after her. It got old quickly.
2. Jesse's undisclosed age being an issue for Ava. I'm not easily bothered with age differences.
3. The emotional blackmail that Jesse uses on Ava in the end. For the most part, I overlooked his crazy, overly possessive and unreasonable behavior because of his obvious emotional instability and brokenness but I was so disappointed how he blamed Ava for his drinking relapse. *sigh* But I love the guy. I'm already making excuses for his behaviour in my head.
4. Numerous editing flubs. I really don't mean to sound preachy about this because I myself have imperfect writing skills and I have no qualms about giving 5-star ratings to poorly edited books that I love because, ultimately, if I loved the story and the writing I could care less about the technicality of things. In this case however, there were quite a bit of spelling, grammar and incorrect tenses and word choices that made me wince. LIKES: (Where do I begin?!)
1. The British-ness of it! I absolutely loved it! I've been imagining the characters speaking in that accent which I've always found so pleasing to the ears. I loved their expressions and the colloquial words used.
2. Jesse Ward. Oh how I loved this crazy, crazy, beautiful man. While I've certainly enjoyed the stereotypical rich hero types (broody, intense, collected and well-mannered all the time) I liked that we got a super bike-riding, mood-music-theming, snowboard-loving, JT-dancing, FUN guy with equally fun and young good friends surrounding him. Sure, he's flawed like the rest of them and he could be infuriatingly frustrating most of the time. He's oblivious and insensitive, yet he's sweet and caring and protctive. He doesn't hold back on apologies and he's not afraid to show his vulnerability and weaknesses. I can't say that I adore him but I have definitely fallen for him.
3. The hot chemistry and sex scenes! Off the charts sizzling!
4. The injection of music throughout the different scenes and the personalized ringtones. I love the influence music has over our moods and I found myself playing the songs in this book as I was reading. (I had to pause reading for a while to repeatedly watch Justin Timberlake dancing to "Lovestoned" on YouTube)
5. The sweet and tender moments e.g. The x's in Jesse's text messages, the bathroom scene where Jesses brushes Ava's teeth, the part when Ava was sobbing and Jesse holds her and tells her, "Hey, stop the tears. I'll get crazy mad."
, the many times when Jesse would carry Ava. I could go on and on!
I can't wait to read [b:Beneath This Man|16156709|Beneath This Man (This Man, #2)|Jodi Ellen Malpas|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1356866945s/16156709.jpg|21996351] and find out what happens to Jesse and Ava. Jesse is such an interesting character for me and I just want to understand him and know the reasons behind his actions. I bet he's behind the missing pills!
My Jesse Ward: Max f*cking Irons.