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Beneath This Man (This Man #2)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  70,433 Ratings  ·  3,532 Reviews
Book 2 of the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man trilogy

Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O'Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape--and now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of
ebook, 528 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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Miss H
This will most likely contain spoilers, so if that isn't your thing, feel free to ignore this review entirely.

Apparently, I’m a glutton for punishment. Me and this book/trilogy are not friends. Not at all. It's like a train wreck—I don't want to look, but can't stop myself.

Only five short days have gone by since Ava left Jesse. Her entire world has ended. She's depressed and having a meltdown, reminiscing about her epic love. You know, her month-long relationship with Jesse.

Of course, this being

You spin me right round, baby
right round like a record, baby
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You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round round round

Dead or Alive







I am not sure where to start. Perhaps with this, Ms. Malpas, you are brilliant! Period.

After how This Man ended, I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on Beneath this Man. I was put through the ringer with the first book so therefore I really was expecti
~ Becs ~
This book is now live on Amazon everyone!! Full review, finally posted!!

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I want the woman with me who keeps my heart beating.


Wow! Just, Wow!

Before you read my review, please just open Massive Attack’s Angel in a new window and play it in the background as you read. This song features frequently during the book and is Jesse’s song for Ava. Play it LOUD!

This has to be one of the most anticipated releases of 2013. After the last desperate and devastating few chapters of This
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
This is what I call INSANE LOVE.

'I love you because you give me purpose.' - Jesse

Words to describe this book -
Over the top
Too much sex.

Kept felt like yelling 'CHILL YOUR TITS AVA'
Fuck, she can give a deaf person a headache!!


Want to know what happened in this book? What mystery was unraveled?
Well.. His age, we learned about his scar question, about his past & how he got The Manor, about his affairs and sordid ex-life. That about sums out what we learned in 8500+ kindle co
Jenny Levine
Jun 15, 2013 Jenny Levine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm on a Central Jesse Cloud Nine!!!

First of all, since I haven't been able to put casting photos in my review of This Man, I'm gonna do it here, so:

Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the one and only, The Lord of The Sex Manor--


I didn't think Jesse Ward can be more crazy but in Beneath This Man, the guy introduced us to a whole new level of CUHRAZY. It's bordering DELUSIONAL.

I didn't know how I managed to finish this one when the entire time I was reading, I was li

Im not sure about this book yet, Im giving it 4 stars I may change to 5...Ava got on my nerves quite a bit, but mainly the rating would bc of the steamy scenes...

Jesse is quite controlling and a tad immature in this book, but all his creativity regarding the sex in their relationship kind of balances my liking him.

They are at it like 90% of the story, and the other 10% is filled with drama at the Manor, at the PH, at the club. We finally find out how old Jesse really is :)

The sex is awesome, but
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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! Beneath This Man, book 2 of 3. The continuation of the in control yet so out-of-control, Jesse Ward’s intense whirlwind romance with Ava O’Shea!

“I look up into his green eyes and wisely note that he’s not in a fucking about mood. I want to bring to his attention that I’m not happy about his evasion of my enquiry, but I know it will get me entirely nowhere right now. Besides, I’m absolutely delighted to see my domineering man back. It’s been too long.”

This Man Series is the intense, epi


To be honest, I've never been this close to getting a headache while reading a book as I was with this one...

Seriously, this is one of the most frustrating and exhausting books I've EVER read.

Review might contain spoilers for those who haven't read This Man yet...

Ava and Jesse's relationship in a nutshell:

Ava and Jesse driving each other C.R.A.Z.Y.

Jesse hiding Ava's birth control pills.

Sex, lots of sex in all the different forms including:
Retribution f*ck
Apology f*ck
Truth f*ck

Feb 16, 2013 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: kindle
I don't know if there was a deep hidden message in this book, you know, some kind of deep meaning that I didn't get. But if there were, I could only come to the conclusion that my brain isn't developed enough to comprehend the value of it.

Let me tell you what I do know. I now know why the author chose the name Beneath this man, and it's because this 'story' is about a man walking all over a girl's life, self-esteem and dignity and ripping every ounce of rational thought out of her head (and I do
Jan 18, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Really need this book to come out.....

Update:just read the entire book again......still have over a month for the next one! Did I say I rrrealllllllyyyy need the next book?

So close, yet so far away!! Does it cause alarm bells to go off if I tell you I am planning my day around this book release??

Update: was almost painful to watch Jesse and Ava's relationship evolve. So many secrets, so many questions. Jesse wants all of the control as much as Ava wants her independence. They are so
Jan 19, 2013 Valerie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why for the life of me I keep reading these books, I must be sick in the head. Reading these two books is like exploring the mind of a certified nut job, how can any woman think this shit is romantic or better yet sexy?

Jesse, oh Jesse, here's a tip, just cause you deny you're an alcoholic doesn't make it true. Guess what? YOU'RE A FUCKING ALCOHOLIC ! I don't care how you dress it up, you have a problem and blaming other people for your actions is just stupid. No one forced that bott
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
4 (no-ish) BEYOND CRAZY Stars


‘It’s pure bliss, baby. Total gratification. Absolute, complete earth shifting, universe shaking love.’

A wild ride, a rollercoaster of emotions, a train wreck and in the end catharsis... This book had it all. Also had me glued upon it, with my eyes bulging and sometimes tears running down my face or head thrown back in laughter, this book (and THIS MAN) delivered...

After two books I can now say for sure. There are people out there, that are broken.


Damaged, crippled
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Not sure what to really say about this one. It flat out made me crazy.

The first half this was me...
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Then I was all .... Finally some movement!!!
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And then that evil *bleep* Sarah got involved...
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And then....holy shit...did not see that coming...
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.....and then the end....
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I'm just exhausted. I'm pretty sure if Ava and Jessie don't get some professional help in the next book, I'm going to need some.

Impatiently waiting for book th

5 Central Jesse Cloud Nine, Crazy Mad Stars!!!

Where to begin... Beneath this Man left off right where This Man ended. 5 days since Ava has seen Jesse. They are both broken. They are both a mess. They both realize that the need each other.

Jesse Ward- you are crazy beautiful, crazy mad, crazy possessive, crazy in love, crazy sexy... key word... CRAZY!
Jesse Ward
Lord of the Sex Manor.
Mr. Challenging. Domineering. Alpha male.
Sexy as hell. Sweet. ‘Easy going’ lol

Jesse was much more likable in this book than
Jennifer Kyle
May 22, 2013 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"Your not giving me the countdown!"


No Jesse I can’t stand you and Ava. Your both crazy and I’m not giving this book 4 stars!


Jesse stop, where are her birth control pills?


Jesse what’s up with you and that b*tch Sara? I think you’re a hypocrite for not firing her!

”Watch your mouth!”


Okay, Okay Jesse you have the power and a 4 star rating. Ugh!


I’ll admit it, I’m not a fan of Ava O’Shea a
Shell The Belle
Review of Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

1 Star - and that is only for the first few chapters. (For an explanation of my rating system, see my profile)

A word to trolls, would be trolls and anyone else who disagrees with me; This is my review; It is about how I felt whilst reading and after reading these books. It has no bearing on what you felt about them. It is my opinion. That is all. I am as entitled to my opinion as you are to yours. If you vehemently disagree with my review, that is y
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝

This book was intense, but Jesse kept me going and going....
We get closer and closer to Jesse and Ava.

Those two are so perfect!! Of course still steamy!!!!
Heaps of sex here *giggles*

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I really love this series, if you haven't meet Jesse yet, please do!!!!
Best part, the whole setting takes place in London!!! Home home, hence it is double close.

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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
reread August 2014

My Thoughts:

Finally, the truth comes out about his age. love how Ava got it out of him...hate who came to his rescue!

Finding out what's going on with Mikael and his wife

The times Jesse left & always ended up at the same place with the same person!

Black Lace & diamonds

All hell breaks loose at 85%...


...shocking, crazy & unbelievable!!

What's up with Ruth Quinn? Coral? And who is Sally dating?


Ava being cuffed...never heard that type of you-know-wh
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
Re-read with 1 pink lady, Deanna

Original review

Loved it! I can't wait for the next book. Ava was still a little dramatic at the beginning of the book but I don't care. Roll on Spring.

And Now....

This is still how I feel to a certain degree, although I warmed to Ava so much more during my re-read, she is on such an amazing roller-coaster ride with Jessie. There are terrible gut wrenching lows and magical, beautiful highs.

And gorgeous Jessie...if you have read the book you will know what an AMAZ
Shannon The Show Stopper
I can give you four words why this book is only getting four stars.....

Watch your fucking mouth

It's that much of an issue and source of contention with me. I loathe a double standard and this one really gets me all riled up.

The first 75% of the book is a lot of bickering back and forth and it really wore on my nerves. Just when I was getting fed up, I got totally gobsmacked. I'm talking a whole range of emotions:


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Jan 21, 2013 Ciara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agh I need to find out more of what happens. I hate all this business of waiting for books to come out I'm way too impatient.

thank God the day finally came when I got this & all I can say is wow. I can't wait for the 3rd now.
Dec 03, 2013 Catarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Crazy-ish Stars

This second installment starts five days after Ava found out about Jesse's lifestyle and job. She was obviously not happy about it.
But Jesse has an even worse reaction to her exit and drowns himself in sorrow and alcohol. He just wants her back.


But after that happens (No. This isn’t a spoiler. It’s pretty obvious, otherwise wouldn’t be THREE books.), things aren’t automatically easy and perfect. Jesse's past keeps coming in their way and Ava is starting to get a little (litt
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4 Jesse Ward is the MAN Stars



Coming straight off of book one (with my low rating), I'm surprised that I even started book 2. My friends told me not to give up on Jesse and I'm so glad I didn't! So many secrets were uncovered and I felt like so many layers of Jesse was revealed. He's truly unlike any hero I've ever read. When I thought I knew him, I'm hit with another surprise. I'm glad to say he's definitely grown on me.

I loved the back and forth bantering between Jesse and Ava. Their dynamic i
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J&G: We suggest listening to Angel by Massive Attack while reading this review.

Gitte: Three…..two….One….Zero …Yes Mr. Ward we are wearing Lace!!

I cannot even begin to say how satisfying it was to get the Lord of the Sex Mano
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

5 Missing-ish Birth-Control-Packets Rating

‘Where you’re concerned, I’ll try my best, Ava. I already told you, I’ve waited too long for you. You’re my little piece of heaven. Nothing will rob you from me. Nothing.’ He presses his lips to mine to seal his declaration. ‘As long as I have you, I have purpose and reason. That is why I won’t be drinking and that is why I will do everything in my power to keep you safe. Understand?’


But that is pretty much the romantic rambling of Jesse as he is t
3-ish Crazy Mad Stars. End Of.

This book was, in the words of Donald Duck, exasperating. Jesse is unreasonable & controlling, Ava gets stubborn and does the opposite of what he asks from her, Jesse gets crazy mad and then they make up. Lather.Rinse.Repeat!

When the ‘countdown’ didn't work there was tons of different types of f*cking:
sense f*ck
reminder f*ck
truth f*ck (my favorite, it involved hand cuffs and a vibrator… go Ava!)
retribution f*ck
apology f*ck
alfresco f*ck
‘making friends’ f*ck
((Lots of swearing is involved in this review; all spoilers clearly marked))

I don't know why I do these things to myself...
I knew what brand of bug-fuck-crazy I was going to get with Jesse Ward, and just sat here quietly and bought book two... as if I didn't know what was about to come at me.

I still found myself mentally yelling at the main character to run for her life from this absurdly shitty relationship... and yet I'm so stupidly captivated by this series I will probably still read book thr
★★Sara Lizzy★★
This was a BR with Jo and Sammy
(This was a re-read for me)

5 Stars!

If you haven't read the first book in this trilogy This Man or this book Beneath This Man I suggest you stop now and don't read any further as this book may contain some spoilers or reference things that happened in the first book in the series This Man.

No matter how many times I have re-read the first 2 books in this series, I can't get enough and I never get tired of reading about Jesse and Ava (I believe I've read This Man and
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
It's time for Jesse and I to make friends again. Jesse, baby, here I come ;)

Update 01.21.13
So my good friend, Rachael, kept me abreast of what was happening in this story. I literally just read book one, This Man, like a week ago. When I picked this up, I didn't get very far. It was like book one all over again. More questions, more showing Ava with no backbone, more possessive, manipulative and secretive Jesse. Didn't think I could handle it. Well from what I was told, I was right. I'm going to
Lisa Jayne

A berzillion, crazy, messed-up Stars, 'Watch your mouth' girlies and get ready for 'Beneath this man'.


This book had me on 'central Jesse cloud nine', WOW what a journey, this book is addictive to the extreme and unlike other trilogy's I've read the second in this series does not disappoint. Beneath this man held me captive from the first page. Talk about butterflies I had a million of them throughout this book.

Heartbreaking, dark, intriguing, intense, b
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