REVIEW: With This Woman by Jodi Ellen Malpas


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The Manor – the heartbeat of hedonism and pleasure, the place where Jesse Ward lost himself for years in women and alcohol, escaping his past – was his life. His everything. Until the day Ava O’Shea walked through the doors and Jesse discovered something else to live for.


Their love affair was passionate, intense, and all-consuming. She became his heaven. His escape. And eventually, his downfall. When Ava walked away from him, he was destroyed, even more broken than before.

But she’s come back, and Jesse vows never to lose her again.

Except Ava’s only scratched the surface of his broken soul, and as their relationship intensifies and their love deepens, Jesse’s pushed to the brink of insanity when his past creeps into his present and risks destroying everything.

They will never survive his truths, and Jesse will never survive losing Ava again.

So he’ll do anything to shield her from his dark, soul-destroying past.

Absolutely anything.

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Jodi Ellen Malpas returns to The Manor in With This Woman, a retelling of Beneath This Man from the hero, Jesse Ward’s, point of view. Beneath This Man is the second book in the This Man series, her OG contemporary romance saga. With This Woman, however, is so much more than just a simple retelling of Jesse Ward and Ava O’Shea’s epic love story. At its core, this love story is a rollercoaster of emotions. The depth of feeling between Jesse and Ava is palpable and crackling with electricity, and it is impossible not to be swept away by their journey. Malpas’s skill in crafting complex characters and intense, sizzling chemistry is evident on every page, and her writing is sensual and evocative, immersing readers in Jesse and Ava’s world, their desire and their love story.

Malpas delivered an intensely sexy and profoundly emotional story in With This Woman. If you read Beneath This Man, you may think you know Jesse and Ava’s story, but I’m here to tell you that you’d be wrong. While I don’t want to give a single delicious detail away, I will tell you that this trip through the gates of The Manor was an entirely different experience. The characters’ connection is electric, and their emotional struggles are portrayed with authenticity and depth. Malpas skillfully wields her prose as she explores the complexities of Ava and Jesse’s relationship and their love in a way that will make you feel every moment of their journey. A love story that’s as deeply moving as it is scorching hot, With This Woman was a soul-touching, passion-igniting, emotionally-intense reading experience. Five smooches from me for With This Woman from Jodi Ellen Malpas!

~Danielle Palumbo




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