Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: This Man #3
Published by Forever on July 2, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse's lives. She has accepted that she'll never tame the fierceness in Jesse-and she doesn't want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she's finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is. He knows too well how to take her to a place beyond ecstasy . . . but will he also drive her to the brink of despair? It's time for this man to confess.
And here we are with This Man Confessed, the final installment of the This Man trilogy – although Malpas released #4 earlier this year. What do you think, wifey? Shall we read #4?
I definitely want to read #4, as I got that this summer as well… Now that I’ve come to really enjoy the story, I’m ready 😉
Finally we got the character development we were both wanting. Did you think it was worth the wait?
Yes, it was worth the wait in many ways! But if I hadn’t already bought all three books, I’m not sure I would have bothered. I’m glad I did, though. Because we did get that character development, and we finally got to really know Ava and Jesse.
I agree that it was worth the wait. I loved that we finally, finally got to see who Jesse was, why he was the way he was. It made my really get behind him and Ava as a couple. And I fell for Jesse in the end. 🙂
Were you happy with the character growth for both Jesse and Ava?
Yes, I was very happy with both of them! It’s like suddenly, they both became adults. And while Jesse still did keep some cards close to the vest, he finally learned how to share. Also, his go-to phrase of that’s in my past didn’t work so well here.
Haha! Yes, it was like that, wasn’t it? It was as though they finally decided that to make this relationship work, they had to take it seriously, work at it. Jesse’s past molded him into the man he is so it was very much pertinent for Ava to know. I was happy they both, but Jesse in particular, pulled his head out before it was too late.
How did you feel about all Jesse’s confessions?
Oh man! He did have a lot to share with Ava. And some of those things, I think he should have shared before. However, I think the way he confessed his past to her was very endearing. The title – This Man Confessed – was perfect for the story.
I thought the title very apropos as well. Jesse did have quite a bit to reveal to Ava and I was proud of him when he finally did. Yes, he absolutely should have shared some of those things much earlier on. Things would have been much smoother between he and Ava if he had. But I also liked how he went about the sharing and it made Ava’s feelings for him that much deeper.
What did you think of the twists concerning Ava – particularly concerning a certain Dutch man?
I was so surprised! And during some of the things that happened, I wondered if she was bound to be on the receiving end of only possessive, slightly off men’s attention. I enjoyed that we had some added mystery here, though, because it didn’t take away from the core story. And that was Jesse and Ava all the way.
Yes, Ava certainly seemed to attract a certain kind of man. I was shocked, honestly. I liked that. All the twists and mystery added excitement to the story but you’re right, it didn’t take away from Jesse and Ava. It actually strengthened the bond between them when things came out. And I didn’t see it coming. That made it all the better.
Were you happy with how things were wrapped up?
I was very happy with how things were wrapped up! It wasn’t all neat – but pretty close to it. And I found that Ava had a lot more strength than I had thought. She was able to show Jesse that his way wasn’t the only way. And she also showed him what true loyalty looked like.
I liked how Malpas wrapped things up as well. I admired the fact that Ava stood more strongly and that Jesse softened a bit. It made their relationship more genuine in a way.
What did you think of the epilogue?
I absolutely loved the epilogue. It was so sweet, with a slightly more domesticated Jesse… plus some extra characters that enhanced the love between Jesse and Ava 😉
Gah! I loved the epilogue. It made me smile. It made me laugh. I adored getting Jesse’s POV. It was the perfect way to end the series but also makes me very curious about book #4. 😉
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