Sunday, June 18, 2017

All I Am: Drew's Story by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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?

You don't need to read the series to enjoy this story. But if you're already a Jesse Ward fan, just wait until you see the advice he gives Drew about falling in love.

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Book 3.5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

All I Am is the fourth book in the This Man series. It is listed as a standalone but the storyline does make more sense to have read the previous books.

In All I Am we get Drew's story. Drew is Jesse's best friend. He's the ultimate playboy. He doesn't do relationships, he's not about commitments. All he wants is to blow off steam when he needs to at Hux, a new club he's a member of since Jesse's closing of the Manor. When he's requested by a new member she only wants two things, to forget and someone cold. Drew fits the description perfectly. Can he be the man Raya needs?

Raya isn't what he expects. She's young and gorgeous but almost a bit lost. She needs the release but without strings or questions. She needs to forget what's going on in her life even if it's just for a little while. Drew is everything she needs, but is he expecting more than she's willing to offer?

This Man, the story, that world, and its characters, regardless of time, have stuck with me. I am glad to see we get to revisit it, even if only for a short while.

I loved everything about the This Man Trilogy and couldn't wait to get my hands on this gem. Although this is Drew's story, we do get a little bit of Jesse and Ava. And I was not disappointed at all.

Drew was a mystery to me because the series was more about Jesse and Ava and we only got little tidbits of Drew. Well hang on because you will learn more and understand him more in this novella. While Drew doesn't do relationships, he is comfortable with his life. Going to Hux, the local sex club since Jesse no longer has the Manor. He goes there to let off steam and that helps him relax. And he isn't looking for anything more. Until he is handed a piece of paper with a name and phone number on it.

Raya only had two requests, to forget for a while and someone that is cold and not emotional. And Drew fits the bill. But when they meet, the sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But they don't want to be attracted to each other.

Can Drew give Raya what she needs without losing his heart? What happens when Raya learns about his secret? Can they move past the pain of the past and make a future together?

I love this book and hope you enjoy it too.

This is a fabulous little read which brought back memories of earlier days and the lovely This Man trilogy. It is also Jesse's chance for a little bit of friendly payback to Drew, who does not believe in love.

The blurb tells you enough of the storyline that I would not to wish to reveal any more – but I would like to say that I romped through it and felt it to be the very best type of romcom, with a side serving of chains in a couple of club visits. Throw in some wonderful moments of men giving advice over drinks, some madness and mayhem when following said advice, and the wisdom of a 7-year-old, and you can see that there is a lot packed into this short story.

I am now very keen to see what Ms. Malpas's new stand-alone novel is like, having got straight back into her easy writing style... but will have to wait until August.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Drew is still a playboy at heart. Despite his past, he's pushing 40 and still single. While his friends have all found their happily ever after, he's still struggling to trust. Given his past, I can see why. I loved his daughter though. Even though Cora is horrible and gross, Georgia is sweet, funny, and innocent. I love that she wants her dad to be happy.

Raya is hurting. She is reeling from a few life changing events and just wants to be taken out of her own head. She is given a name, Drew's. She meets and instantly, you can feel the chemistry jump off the page. While she wants a no-strings-attached arrangement, I'm not so sure she was cut out for that.

What ensues is short, but developed, an intense and emotional journey. Can Drew and Raya take the leap and find what they've been looking for in each other? I liked that you also were able to see a glimpse of the still domineering Jesse too.

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males.

Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion—a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

She’s a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author, and all six of her published novels were New York Times bestsellers, in addition to being international and Sunday Times bestsellers. Her work is published in more than twenty languages across the world.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of All I Am: Drew's Story (This Man #3.5) by Jodi Ellen Malpas to read and review.

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