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Beyond undeniable passion is fierce love.... 

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, but she should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape. 

Now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared, but Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man's steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more. And it's exactly where Jesse wants her - within touching distance....

Includes a brand-new bonus scene from Jesse's perspective.

©2013 Jodi Ellen Malpas (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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This book is childish rubbish

How do I get my money back I couldn’t get past 3rd chapter. Absolute rubbish.

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The Lord of the Manor

I read the whole series and I have to say that I'm on central Jesse Cloudnine! He is so incredibly frustrating and possessive, and while I'd usually find this a massive turnoff , Jodi writes and positions it such a way you can't help but love this about him.
The story has a lot of ups and downs, but overall its a great with lots of laughs, a few tears, and some sexy times.

Edita is fantastic narrator. Overall, its worth the listen.

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  • Cas
  • 14-01-2020

Wow

This was a great second story. Such intense emotions from both sides. His possessive hold on her and her need to not be controlled. A great read.
Narration was awesome too.

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central Jessie cloud nine

This book is infuriating at times but I couldn't stop. Ava is a little much & so is Jessie but for some reason they just go together even though they seem to both bring out the worst in each other. but when they are good together it truly is being on central Jessie cloud nine 😉

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  • Lia
  • 27-01-2014

The Dysfunction Continues!!

I'm not even sure what to say about this book. I heavily defended the first book in this series (against the many bad reviews) because I felt like he was relentlessly pursing her because he knew that she wanted him, and she was just too afraid to admit it to herself. That book had lots of super hot sexual chemistry, and I enjoyed the funny banter in Ava's relationships with her friends. This book had none of that. It was like watching a train wreck slowly and painfully. It was actually difficult to get through at times.

Jesse goes far beyond anything that's remotely normal or attractive in his obsessive controlling of Ava. It was a little scary even. And Ava, good heavens, he apparently screwed her into the realm of brain damage. Someone could not be as crazy stupid and blind as she was. She couldn't even leave the room Jesse was in without him flipping his lid about not being able to touch her. Did this never throw up a red flag to her? Also gone was the warm funny relationship she had with her roommate Kate. What happened to Kate? She joined The Manor and forgot Ava existed. She hated Ava's prior boyfriend, yet she continued to watch Jesse control and manipulate Ava, but kept telling Jesse how much she loved him. I didn't get it at all.

I knew that Jesse had a dark past lurking to be found, but I didn't even really understand that. Yeah, so he lived a wild, out of control playboy lifestyle for most of his life. It just didn't seem like something that would cause someone to be as deeply disturbed as he obviously was. I was glad to see Ava finally take a stand and make Jesse answer some questions. I'm not sure I would have gone to the lengths that she did. I think at that point I would have been running, screaming for the hills. I can't really figure out why she loves him so much. There's never been any real love story. They don't even talk to each other much. It's Jesse's outrageous demands, Ava defying him, then insane crazy fighting, followed up by him screwing her until she relents, and that's just about it. That about sums up the first 29 chapters.

The final chapters of this book did shed some light on Jesse's behavior. It was able to pull my attention back around because I was really about to fall completely out of favor with this book. I did like that it ended on a happy note. I'm just hoping that the next book will go in a different direction. I don't think that I can subject myself to another book like this one. There was nothing attractive about Jesse Ward in this book. Gone was the sizzling chemistry. It was all just very disturbing.

Edita Brychta was great again with the delivery of the story.

I will probably listen to the third book of the dysfuntional relationship.

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  • Su C.
  • 05-12-2013

Sensational Sequel to This Man

If you could sum up Beneath This Man in three words, what would they be?

Blistering, Funny & Fascinating

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beneath This Man?

After Ava walks in on Jessie being whipped by Sarah, she flees absolutely devastated by what she has witnessed. But she then requires answers. Jessie confesses his deep flaws and sins to her but insists she cannot possibly understand how much he loves her and has let her down. After Ava has had herself whipped to show Jessie that it is possible to understand how much He loves her. That she loves him every bit as much. That He is the only one who can drive her away by hurting himself, and that if he does it again she will hurt herself again also. The absolute wonder of Jessie when he finally puts it together, that despite all his sins of his past life Ava really does love him and understands.

Have you listened to any of Edita Brychta’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Edita Brychta's performance of This Man and she continues her excellent narration. She is a joy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes very much so

Any additional comments?

Jodi Ellen Malpas's first book "This Man" was quite spectacular for a first time author. Her sequel "Beneath This Man" is every bit as spectacular if not more so. Quite a feat for a sequel novel. I can't wait for the third part of Jessie & Ava's story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-2020

glad i tried book 2.

loved it, completely absorbed this book in 1 day and I cant wait for the next one

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  • Vikki
  • 17-05-2019

Not bad but not the best

Books are easy listening but very similar to fifty shades series in the characters. Getting frustrated with the female character and how she doesn’t stick up for herself. Would also be more believable if the male character was read by a man as difficult to picture the story with a woman’s voice.

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  • Kate
  • 03-11-2018

Loved it

Beautifully narrated, lost in their world. More please, starting next book now, fabulous, can't wait.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-2018

Very Poor!

This has been my first audible purchased that I could not even continue listening to-very disappointing and a waste of time and money.The characters were totally UNBELIEVABLE and the story weak!

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  • Samantha
  • 16-10-2017

Addictive and HOT

The storyline is fantastic, read and narrated perfectly.

Only thing is that the narrator sounds a bit too old for the part but she did a fantastic job!

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  • A Dragota
  • 20-08-2017

Better then the first one.

It's a little bit better then the first one, more interesting, a little bit more action because you get to understand more. Still a lot of sex but in the same time you discover Jessie.

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  • HARAK
  • 27-05-2017

Weak storyline

Edita did.a good job but it is a weak storyline. It could be better. Hoping it will be better

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  • Natalie
  • 21-10-2016

My new fav

Great read. Absolutely enjoyed from start to finish x x x x x x x

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  • Yvonne
  • 15-05-2016

Brilliant

Everthing a book should be with a terrific narrators
Would not hesitate to recommend it's also a multi listen

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