‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold ,You’re yes then you’re no, You’re in then you’re out, You’re up then you’re down You’re wrong when it’s right, It’s black and it’s white, We fight, we break up We kiss, we make up You! You don’t really want to stay, no You! But you don’t really want to go-o
Recently my family has been a little obsessed with the Katy Perry movie. While I was reading This Man all I could think about is her song “Hot and Cold”. You can thank me later for making you sing it for the rest of the day. Haters beware because This Man is compared to FSoG and Bared to You and the comparison is a very apt one. Since those books are my personal crack, I absolutely ate this one up too. There is no literary genius here. No thought-provoking dialogue. Nothing that will make you want to change your life. It is 450 pages of good, old-fashioned alphahole smut paired with two characters that will make you want to beat your kindle or kick something. And I couldn’t tear myself away.
*MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*
Ava is a 26-year-old interior designer and is sent by her boss to do some work for “The Manor”. The owner of the The Manor has requested her by name because of her recent work. She arrives expecting to see a stodgy old man with one foot in the grave and instead meets Jesse. The attraction on both sides in instantaneous. Just meeting Jesse turns Ava into a bumbling idiot and she knows that she can’t take the job. She is coming off a 4 year relationship where her boyfriend was unfaithful and now is her time to be free and have fun. Nothing about Jesse says free and fun.
Another book, another billionaire but this one we know next to nothing about. When they first meet Ava questions how old Jesse is and he says 21. This is a game they play and the book ends with him at 30. That is still not his real age and he refuses to tell her what it is stating that she will think he is too old for her. All we really know about Jesse is that his uncle gave him The Manor and his parents have shunned him ever since. He has a scar along his side but won’t say where he got it. And he does not like bad language from Ava as he is constantly telling her to watch her language. Oh and he is hot with a ginormous peen. Billionaire, hot, ginormous peen. Check, check, check. Ahem, my list is complete.
The Manor- Let’s talk about that. Ava is called in to decorate some new rooms in the place. It is completely obvious the joint is a sex shop but somehow Ava misses all the clues. Jesse tells her the rooms need to be decorated with a big bed and a place to hang large wood decorations. St Andrews cross anyone? Ava wasn’t sexually naive like we so typically see so I never quite understood how all of the signs got by her. There was a communal room and odd people loitered around at all hours. I think Jesse should have just told her what the place was from the beginning because once they started the relationship it became impossible for him to say anything. There is a big FSoG ending to the book simply because of The Manor. It had a small twist that wasn’t the same so that was good. It at least differentiated it from the other book.
Because we had so little info on Jesse I am not sure where he stands when it comes to BDSM. He says that he is never possessive like that except with Ava yet he disappears for four days and he states that he was trying to work her out of his system. Sam, Jesse’s friend, says that he never looked at another woman after he hooked up with Ava but I think something happened in those four days that might cause trouble in the future. Guess maybe we will find out in the next book.
Someone call the doctor Got a case of a love bi-polar, Stuck on a roller coaster Can’t get off this ride, You change your mind Like a girl changes clothes….
My biggest issue with This Man was Ava and her inability to stick with a decision. She tried to break it off or run from Jesse every other chapter. She clearly wanted him and he wanted her. And seriously, does anyone doubt he is the one making her birth control pills go missing?
Overall this book was right up my alley. I am annoyed by the cliffhanger ending and will be chomping at the bit to get the next one. If you love that alphahole, slightly crazy, male and the weak woman he wants to own then this is the book for you. I saw that like it is a bad thing but I want you all to know that this book is Kristen Ashley like in its addictiveness. One a side note, the secondary characters are excellent. Ava’s bff, Kate, and Jesse’s friends are all great additions. Final grade – B
“You better stop with the blah-fucking-zay shit now, or I’ll shove this fork so far up your arse, you’ll be chewing metal.”