ALL I AM: DREW’S STORY (A THIS MAN NOVELLA) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
(June 18, 2017; Forever Yours ebook; $2.99)
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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4 – 4.5 Stars
Wow – this story is just all the smexy feels! Drew’s story isn’t long and drawn out but man, it packs a punch! I really enjoyed this story – Jodi Ellen Malpas delivers an emotional and sensual experience with Drew and Raya for sure!
Drew is an expert and cold and emotionless, but amazing, sex, it’s what he does. Even if his friends around him are settling down and starting families, that’s not what Drew wants. He has his amazing daughter, despite her mother, and his work and the club. When he gets a request from a woman for that exact specialty, cold and emotionless, he thinks he’s the perfect man for the job. What he doesn’t expect is once he meets Raya, everything changes and right from the start it all feels different.
I loved Drew and Raya, especially the way Raya completely knocks Drew on his butt! He doesn’t expect to feel and oh man does she make him feel. And since this isn’t a long read with a lot of build up I don’t want to take away from that journey so I’m just going to say it is hot and sweet and all kinds of wonderful! I laughed and winced and my heart pounded and it was great! Jodi Ellen Malpas really delivers for Drew even if he and that precious Georgia have to work for it! I loved getting that peek at Jesse and Ava and their family and damn if Drew didn’t steal my heart!
This really is a wonderful addition to this series, seeing Drew challenged by Raya and how it all comes together. These two certainly weren’t looking for love, but hey – it always comes when you least expect it! Another great read from Jodi!
ALL I AM: DREW’S STORY (A THIS MAN NOVELLA)
‘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.
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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