ALL I AM: DREW’S STORY (A THIS MAN NOVELLA) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
(June 18, 2017; Forever Yours ebook; $2.99)
4 Chain my Heart CROWNS
Jodi Ellen Mapas has delivered a novella that follows a man balancing two separate worlds, sex club and home life and bachelor and daddy. When his worlds collide, he struggles to find a new balance, but his struggle is one filled with emotion and a ton of self-realization.
Drew is a man who showcases no emotion. He likes to have sex, and sex alone, which is what draws him to Hux. Although he is devoid of emotion with what should be an intimate act, readers will love him because of who he is outside of the club. When they get to see him with his friends and Georgia, they get to see a real man. Plus, when he finally gets hit with feelings, readers get to see him fall, and does Raya make his trip a swirl of emotions. She is worth it, though, and she encapsulates all the attributes he needs in a woman to fill what he needs in all avenues of his life, helping him to find that balance, proving that, yet again, finding that one person out there who gets you and your desires is possible and makes life that much better.
I love these secondary characters. Not having read any books in the series before this one, I can say that the author still gives readers enough glimpses of them to understand their stories and see the friendship between the three men. Plus, Georgia is the cutest, and her desire for adventure at the end of the novel is too sweet.
This novella is well paced for a believable romance. The meet is set up that immediately places them in each other’s path, making their instant connection believable, and they way in which she continues to throw them together matches with their characterization. The fight between them to resist each other brings tension to the story, and it seems like everything possible in Drew’s life is attempting to get in their way of happiness, only elevating the will they won’t they get together tension. The anticipation doesn’t let up until the end, where balance is finally found.
As I said before, I haven’t read any of the books before this novella, and I didn’t need to do so. Jodi Ellen Malpas does an amazing job giving readers the background they need without summarizing the past novels. Readers will still be able to invest in Drew’s story and enjoy the journey. My only warning is that it will make you want to go back and read the previous stories because I know that I am intrigued by the previous couples.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas comes a new novella in the This Man series. You don’t need to read the series to enjoy this story, but if you’re already a Jesse Ward fan, just wait till you see the advice he gives Drew about falling in love.
I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong…
I don’t need a relationship. I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it – no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy… well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do.
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.
But Raya has no idea about my other life – my real life. That I’m daddy to an adorable little girl. My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. Once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?
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‘What do you want, Raya?’
She steps toward me tentatively, as if she’s questioning what she’s doing. And when she reaches me, her chest pressed to mine, she gazes up at me. ‘I don’t know.’ Her eyes are wild and unsure. ‘But I know that every time we’re close, something powerful takes over. And you’re trying hard to fight it. You’re warm and cold. What are you scared of?’
‘You.’ My mouth is on her before I can think better of it, and I’ve lifted her from her feet before my tongue breaches the seam on her lips. We should talk, but this is the only thing I know what to say right now, and when her arms circle my shoulders, her mouth opening up, inviting me in, I know she’s okay with it. I know she gets it.
With one arm around her waist holding her to me and one secured on the nape of her neck, I walk to my office, my kiss deep, my blood racing, my heart bouncing off my ribcage. I set her on her feet and take the hem of her dress, pulling it up over her head, losing her lips for just a second in the process. She wrenches my shirt open, scattering buttons in the process, her hands immediately finding my skin beneath. My forward steps encourages her backwards, our kiss deepening as she unfastens my trousers and I push her knickers down her thighs.
We’re all over the place, desperation getting the better of us, a mess of tongues, hands and bodies. I pull some strength from nowhere, seize her hands and break our kiss, breathing heavily. Her unsure brown eyes soon prompts me to start ridding myself of the rest of my clothes, all under her watchful gaze. Until I’m naked.
‘This wasn’t supposed to happen,’ she whispers.
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About the Author
Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands’ town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full-time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion, a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.
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