This Man (This Man, #1) - Jodi Ellen Malpas Buddy read with Sara and Jo★★★★4 Stars Given to This Man★★★★My Jesse (because I have been waiting for a character to use this delicious man as character inspiration)My AvaAva, an interior decorator, is hired to decorate the new rooms built during at expansion project at The Manor. During her consultation for the project, she meets the owner Jesse Ward, with whom she has an instant spark with. While Jesse decides that he must make Ava his own, Ava is doing her best to fight the attraction.Jesse... Jesse... Jesse... I really LOVED him :) This man is HOT, confident, secretive, mysterious, determined, possessive, protective, and above all else, an uber ALPHA male! At first sight, he determines that Ava is the woman he must have and he is going to do anything to get her. I know there are quite a few people out there who view Jesse as stalkerish and I can definitely understand where they are coming from. Some of his actions regarding Ava are extreme and over the top but you will have to read this book to find out what I am talking about. Jesse is one of those characters that you are either going to love or he is going to drive you crazy. Two of my favorite things about Jesse are: 1)The age game he plays with Ava; and 2)He tells her to "watch your fucking mouth" whenever she cusses. Ava... Ava... Ava... Honestly, after reading this book, I was one the fence about how I felt about her. I loved the fact that she was feisty, independent, and stood up for herself. I could totally understand why she would be weary about a relationship with a man like Jesse. He is rich, is a known womanizer, and he can be really intimidating with how he acts around Ava. I would probably be the same way. I think my biggest problem with her was that she wouldn't be honest about her fears to Jesse and instead of trying to talk to him about issues, she would run away and refuse to talk to him. Overall, I really enjoyed reading the first book in the This Man series and I would recommend this series to anyone who likes to read steamy stories about the mysterious, rich, alpha male pursuing the girl next door heroine. Memorable Quotes"God!" I scream."No baby, that's me." *~*~*~*~*"I'm going to fuck you until you're seeing stars, Ava." His voice is harsh as he grinds his hips against me. I whimper. "You won't be going to work tomorrow because you won't be able to walk. Get in the car."*~*~*~*~*"You think I belong to you.""No, I know you do."*~*~*~*~*"You're different. I told you, Ava. I'll trample anyone who tries to get in my way. Even you."