Title: ALL I AM: Drew’s Story
Series: This Man #3.5
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 18th June, 2017
Publisher: Orion Books
From 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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★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
“Jesus Christ, this woman could be my downfall. Could make me forget all that I am.”
The This Man trilogy is probably one of our all-time favourites. Therefore, you can imagine how excited we were to hear Ms Malpas was going to release a spin-off of the series and even better, we’d have the opportunity of meeting up with Jesse again. Of course, this little gem of a read wouldn’t be the same without Drew’s other die-hard friend, Sam, who’s as willing as Jesse to give their pal some advice about hmm… his nocturnal preferences. We honestly felt as if we were eavesdropping on their conversation which we have to say had us grinning from ear to ear. If we didn’t know the author was female, we’d think she was a fella because she certainly writes like one, thinks like one and blinkin’ heck; her leading man’s character was spot on! In fact, one of the most common pitfalls when narrating a story in first-person present tense is the reader’s given too much minutiae of everyday life. This never happened. Drew’s inner-thoughts are told in some very clipped sentences which we found all male. No matter how mundane his actions, we were mesmerised by them. Even when he’s a tad confused about his feelings, he tries to reason with himself and tries to get straight to the point without much ado.
“I hardly know anything about you.”
“Like I said, this isn’t a date. All you need to know is that I have a cock and I have ability, and with them I can blow your mind.”
One thing is for sure, even though Drew’s knocking on a bit; we wouldn’t dream of telling him that because he’d be more than offended, he still has no wish to change his lifestyle. Drew learnt the hard way when life threw him a curve-ball of such magnitude that the last thing on his mind is settling down. His mates have, his happy for them but it’s not even on his overflowing agenda. Actually, there is someone very special he’d do absolutely anything for, but isn’t the person who will bring him to his knees.
“You’re attracted to me.”
“Although you’re a little older than I expected.”
From the very beginning of his story, he’d made it very clear to us what he wanted, so we weren’t quite sure how he’d react to what was about to happen. You see, the author had other ideas for this drop-dead gorgeous alpha by not only spicing things up in the bedroom, but also complicating his very existence. The way Drew coped with his feelings was incredibly realistic and not surprisingly, he tried to fight against them. After what he’d been through, it was easy for us to understand why he’d always steered clear of emotional entanglements. No lovey-dovey, no strings, no drama. Just hot kinky sex!
“… I’m mad to question my decision.”
“Because if you don’t have anyone, you can’t lose anyone.”
Up until now, both of us had been enthralled with what we’d read; however, when Raya walked into the scenario is when it got really interesting. What she wants from him tickles his fancy, fits perfectly into his no romantic ties beliefs, but does open up his curiosity. You know what they say about curiosity, well. . . say no more!
“I’m a man touching forty and for the first time in my life, I’m in tatters over a woman. You, Raya.”
We are suckers for age gaps! Although Raya is quite a bit younger than Drew, we found her mature enough to connect with him on a deeper level. Nonetheless, it was a level she didn’t want for reasons to be revealed and would cause them both distress. Yet her sadness is a mystery, its routes he has to discover regardless of everything he’d shunned in the past. If a carrot had been dangled in front of his nose, he wouldn’t have been able to stop himself!
“Sweet? I’ve been described as many things, but sweet isn’t one …”
Ms Malpas’ descriptive writing is as such that she left us captivated and we can’t not mention the witty and hilarious interactions between Drew, Sam, Jesse and the adorable character we can’t mention. It has us in fits and tucks! We love banter in our reads and as usual this author did not disappoint. It was great to see such a fun side to Drew because in previous books he came over somewhat surly. He’d always stood in the background and both of us felt a little cheated we didn’t get to know him a little better. This book not only gave us Drew, but also gave us a glimpse into the lives of Jesse, Ava, Sam and Kate and for that Ms Malpas, we would like to say thank you. Bravo!
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Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers. She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.
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What do you do when you can’t control your feelings for someone? When you know you shouldn’t go there? Not even in your head.
Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.
Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she’s already in too deep. And Jack isn’t only dangerous. He is forbidden.
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