Author : Jodie Ellen Malpas
Format: Paper Back
Print Length: 465 pages
Publisher: Orion (10 Oct. 2013)
Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward – a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries.
Ava doesn’t want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can’t control the overwhelming desire he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.
Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.
I found this book at random, i hadn’t heard about it or didn’t specifically go looking for it, however once i had read the blurb at the back of the book, i knew i had to purchase it and continue learning about Ava and this mysterious man who will stop at nothing to have her.
Ava is an interior designer and a young one at that, she has had her heart broken by a guy who just keeps sticking around. She has moved in with her best friend Kate and is trying to move on with her life. When we first meet Ava she is running around looking for her car keys so she isn’t late for an appointment with the owner of ‘The Manor’. This ‘Manor’ plays an important role in the book, it is what the majority of the book is based in.
Ava makes her appointment and is met by John the groundskeeper of the Manor, however as you read further into the book i came to realise this man plays a much bigger role in the life of the man who owns this prestigious Manor. Enter Jesse Ward.
Jesse Ward is your average sex god tall dark hair and ripped, oh did i mention he’s also a playboy. He has the nick name of Lord of the Manor which was given to him by his lovely (not so lovely) assistant. Ava is instantly affected by him and it appears he is too.
He spends a good majority of his time after first meeting Ava, following her. This may sound creepy but i wouldn’t mind a handsome, tall, ripped millionaire (possible billionaire) following me around and offering to buy me drinks. Ava resists she is scared to fall in love with him, he’s a client and she has been hired by Jesse to redecorate his ‘hotel’.
It doesn’t click with Ava straight away but she realises she is unable to walk around The Manor by herself and is always chaperoned by someone who works there, either Jesse of John.
Ava eventually gives in to Jesse however this isn’t until after Jesse tries his magic on her by showing her the room he wants to be redecorated and then tries to seduce her. It almost works but reality hits her like a tonne of bricks when there is a knock at the door and Ava is standing in the middle of the room completely naked except for her bra and panties. Ava disappears pretty quickly into the bathroom where she locks herself in and re dresses herself.
When Ava finally admits her feelings for Jesse it is when she is attending the grand opening of another building that she has been the designer of. Jesse asks for tour and when they reach the penthouse apartment Jesse makes his move. This is where the first graphic sexual encounter takes place. There are quite a few throughout this amazing book and each one is heart stopping and as breathtaking as the previous.
Jesse is petrified he will lose Ava, but what he doesn’t realise is that by trying to keep her with him all the time he is actually pushing her away. Ava is an independent woman who has relied on her own for too long, now a man has come a long and is trying to take over that and provide for her. Can Ava let him? can she rely on him?
This books is tantalising and such an emotional journey, Jesse is a very complex man and Ava might just be the woman to undo his guilt and fear, thats if she sticks around.
I loved every word and page of this book, i love the characters and the slow build to their relationship. The sex scenes are amazing and feel so real. This book really is a book shelf gem.