Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: All I Am: Drew's Story (This Man #3.5) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

All I am is Drew and Raya's story. The book started on the right foot and I was liking the story, but as things progress I became a little frustrated and annoyed. Before their night, Drew and Raya had never crossed paths and suddenly Raya was showing up everywhere and she always catching him in a bad moment. I feel like half of the book is about Drew running after her and trying to explain whatever she had misunderstood. The worst part is that I didn't get the chance to see Drew putting his baby mama in her place and doing something vengeful. I hated that woman.

There is something some people might not like (like me, even though this time I will let it pass). The book begins with Drew finishing doing something to another woman and later in the book, after he pushed Raya away, she goes to the club and lets someone flog her.

I know this is a novella and things are supposed to be rushed, but for me Raya was going on a way too fast pace. She broke up with her boyfriend a month before she requested an arrangement with Drew and their sheets were barely cold when she went to that other man. The lack of her point of view made me wonder what was on her mind a couple of times, but I liked seeing inside Drew's mind and his love for his daughter. I also loved finding our how Jesse's life is as a father. That part of the plot gave me a chuckle or two.

I cannot keep out of my mind, that Drew was raped. He was drunk when he and Georgia's mother slept together and it was implied that Drew wouldn't have done something with her if he hadn't drank too much. He never mentions the word rape, but for me this is what the situation was.

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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