This Man Trilogy created and mastered by Jodi Ellen Malpas

*fans face* Just the fact these books were written by a British Lady and it’s set in London makes things better. It makes me wonder if there are people in Britain like these characters and this is possibly based on them.

Three books in the erotic romance, This Man Trilogy-

1- This Man.

2- Beneath this Man

3- This Man Confessed.

The books tell the story of Interior designer Ava O’Shera and Lord of the Manor, Jesse Ward. Just incase anyone gets the impression, it is set in present day London, Lord of the Manor is a name Ava calls him, but he does own a manor.

Ok, this was my reactions to these three books

Book 1- This Man Oh… My… God. JESSE WARD FREAKING MARRY ME… Must get Lace underwear. Also there was a moment were the two main characters, Jesse and Ava went shopping to Camden (London, UK, Planet Earth, The not so edible Milky Way) and I fell off the sofa laughing recognising that the, “Dance wear,” Shop they had entered was probably one of my favourite shops- Cyberdog. Jesse, Ava, Yes there are people out their who wear that stuff. However, as the book ends my reaction turned more into flooding my local boring town.

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Things get rocky between Ava and Jesse.

And women are- possibly first time in this book- encouraged to keep their -Lace- panties on. Jodi, leaves readers pining for the second book… and Jesse. Oh and in my case, I wanted to know about the adventures of Kate (Ava’s room mate) and Margo Jr (Believe it or not, this is not the guy Kate is having a relationship with, Margo Jr is the new pink van for Kate’s cake business)

For more on this book

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16140036-this-man

Book 2- Beneath this Man– …  

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For this book!

I’m not spoiling anything but this book also put me in the same fan-girling state as the first. Jesse puts himself in a state- Another flood warning, although my town hadn’t recovered from the one the day before- There is a lot of forgiving, in the characters and a lot of heartbreaking in the fictional world Jodi has created and in readers.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16156709-beneath-this-man

Book 3- This Man Confessed–  Was recently released- Now Spoiler, but I think Jodi had a genius moment when she thought up, handcuffs should be involved at a certain event… For those who haven’t read this before, handcuffs in sex is sort of done before obvious so it’s not in that situation.

Ava’s mother- “Get those handcuffs off my daughter… Jesse Ward, you try the patience of a Saint! Where’s the key?”

Jesse- “Somewhere you’ll never want to venture, Elizabeth.” 

Also, the, “Bad person.” In this series, was someone who had me questioning. And again my town got flooded towards the end of this book… On the other hand, I read some of this book before an interview and got the job, so, for me it’s a lucky book.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17255265-this-man-confessed

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Three books later, Fifty Shades of Grey, get out of the top selling Kinky Fuckery (Erotica to you normal people) section

Right I’m trying to decide if I’m going to swear or not. From this book you learn, swearing in front of the Amazing Jesse Ward can have angry and kinky repercussions.

I’ll admit this series is probably not for everyone, Jesse is very controlling and possessive, but in the end I don’t think a romance story can really cover the wants on everyone. It’s not like there isn’t any fight in these books, yes Jesse is possessive of Ava, but she does fight back, she’s not a submissive shy thing. And let’s be honest this is fiction, as much as some people would like, Jesse or someone like him probably will not exist…

The books have their perks and shows over and over and over and over and over…. again why it needs to belong in the erotica section, although I think take all the sex out, you could just put Jesse and his manor in the erotica section and I’d stillThis man 2 buy it. For some readers, it doesn’t just include sex. No, it’s not sex. Jesse, has labels for these different kinds of sexual adventures. Jesse, I have to swear now. There is-

  • Retribution f*ck
  • Apology f*ck
  • Making friends f*ck
  • Reminder f*ck
  • Sense F*ck
  • Truth F*ck
  • Sleepy Sex
  • Celebration Sex

Now, there could be more, there probably is. I just don’t go writing down the different types of sex that happen in these books, if I did the people I live with would be more than worried.

Yeah… we all need a Jesse. Also with Jesse you also get, a countdown, a manor, money, cars, an apartment, Someone who can transport you to, “Central Jesse- Cloud Nine,” super pantie dropping sexiness, a guy with a secretive dark past, and like I’ve said a super possessive guy who will tear up a designer £500 dress in front of you. Oh and with Jesse you also get a continuous ring tone change for your mobile phone!

To go with Jesse, we have Ava, the woman who tells the story- yes this is a first person point of view deal. Ava, is a feisty, well established woman, both career wise and personality. It is though her career as an interior designer she gets to meet Jesse and that is the equation, once you have added an out of this world writer, that gives you, This Man.

I’ve said in the Title that this book was, “Mastered,” By British Author Jodi Ellen Malpas, That’s because I believe this trilogy differs from the others of it’s kind. There are a lot of, ‘woman get’s attracted to rich business man,’ Erotica out there. But it’s not just how Jesse has become a millionaire that differs from the rest- this aspect revolves around the manor and Jesse’s past. Each book provides an emotional roller coaster. There are occasions where your heart may breakDoctor cry

Ok, at some points it does seem like Ava and Jesse are constantly arguing at each other or having sex, sometimes both, but there is something in the books that made me not want to put them down.

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So, if you’re into Alpha-male, erotic romances, give at least the first one ago

The Investigative Vampire

The current vampire trend, throws more of a romantic side to vampires. However, considering these vampires are often immortal, they probably need to do something with their time. Guess what, a vampires routine isn’t just wake up from sleeping in a coffin, go out, drink blood, have sex and then go back to bed- Trying extremely hard not to go down the route of going into what the Twilight plot line is about, because I have a feeling if I do this too much, I will have a bunch of screaming fan girls hunting me down. Although if they bring pitch forks and torches, I will be impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Twilight books are pretty good, I just don’t understand why it has turned human girls bloodthirsty.

There are two series that show an investigative side to the vampire race (ok there are probably more, pretty sure Mona the Vampire is another one)

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Bloodties is a programme based on Tanya Huff’s Blood Book series, which follows Private Investigator Vicky Nelson, who stumbles into the world of the supernatural, while investigating a murder. Enter *fan girl scream* Henry Fitzroy. The swoon worthy vampire, who also happens to be Henry VIII’s bastard son… Good looks, awesome personality, Romance writer/graphic novelist* royal lineage AND he’s a vampire. Marry me!

*He’s a romance writer in the books, graphic novelist in the TV Series

Henry, soon tags along with Vicky helping her solve the murder discovering it might have something to do with the supernatural. The murder victim was drained of his blood, the woman- Coreen, who becomes soon becomes a main character in the TV series-  who hired Vicky believes it was a vampire.

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It starts to get awkward talking about the plot line as the TV series and the Book Series have differences. I put it down to the books been that descriptive and in depth that the TV series couldn’t fit all of it in. But, both seem to get across that Vicki is this kick ass female, who even despite deteriorating eye sight- Retinitis pigmentosa, a condition where at the start of the series she is slowly starting to loose her night vision. The characters tend to remind her of their worry that with her condition she could get herself hurt but Vicki goes about fighting to finish her work. YEAH! US FEMALES CAN STILL KICK SUPERNATURAL ASS EVEN WITH POOR EYE SIGHT! The pairing of Vicki and Henry go together well, these vampires can’t go out in sunlight. Henry can work night, Vicki can work day. And meet together sometime in between. Although I have mentioned Vicki’s personality, she does go out at night too.

One thing what I love Tanya Huff for, is that she has given us a vampire who is actually comfortable with who he is- Someone please give Tanya Huff a hug- Henry doesn’t kill his victims and also only drinks from willing participants, usually when having sex… Sexy time with Henry Fitzroy :3

Henry’s blood drinking means Bambi survives, we have a good vampire and there is less crying in the corner thinking, “Oh God I’ll kill you… But I need blood,” So yes we lose that whole internal argument. The vampires in the Blood Books are territorial, so there isn’t much room for a plot of, “You attacked/are trying to hunt my human! You must die!”… That sort of sounded cavemanish… Vampires tend to stay away from other vampires, or else mass conflict will start out- unfortunately this fact becomes more important near the end of the series…

These books were first published in the 1990’s so, maybe majority of vampires have come down with a severe case of low self esteem and depression as soon as the century turned. Henry if you are out there, please do not have changed! But yes these books are older than Twilight and all those other new vampire books.

I recommend reading the books. Honestly, I couldn’t put them down. Or at least watching the TV series although unfortunately, it wasn’t renewed after it’s first season… I’m going to go cry now.

To read the start of the first book- Blood Price, http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Price-Investigator-Otherworldly-Specialty/dp/0886774713/ref=cm_lmf_tit_1

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Moonlight

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This is a TV series, like Bloodties it only survived one season. At Well Did you Evah, this is more Natarii’s favourite- I take the side of Bloodties. I found it a bit monotone.

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The Series focuses on vampire Mick St. John, who is also a Private Investigator, as he bumps into journalist Beth Turner, while investigating a crime where a lady was drained of blood. It is soon revealed that because of Mick’s ex wife, he and Beth actually have a past together- before anyone jumps to this conclusion, Beth was a Kid at the time and NO it isn’t that type of programme. Mick is a gentleman. The backstory connecting the two characters gives the plot line an interesting twist. Blood drinking wise, these vampires keep a fridge of blood in their, in most occasions, ultra expensive and modernly decorated apartments. Another, interesting thing about these vampires… they sleep in freezers. Oh come on it’s not that strange, how many times have you wanted to do that in the middle of summer?

Character Beth Turner is another strong female, willing to face anything, including death. Proving again, in a female plus vampire story, a woman won’t just fall for the seductive charm and good looks of a vampire.

Unlike Bloodties, this programme this one more focuses on the life of Mick St John and crimes committed by vampires. It carries this on well, with an impressive plot line that doesn’t stray from the fact that in the centre of this programme is Mick and Beth. You aren’t overloaded with characters, and questioning wait, “Where did he come from?”

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IT’S VAMPIRE WEEK!

Ok, it isn’t an official holiday so put way your fangs and dramatic black cape… if you really want to. If that sort of thing is normal for you then, keep doing what you are doing. For the next week, we at Well Did You Evah will be writing about something Vampire Themed  every day for a week to celebrate the anniversary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula being Published 27th of May 1897.

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To you modern day 21st century people, yes there were vampires before Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight- Believe it or not The Vampire Diaries (Books by L.J Smith) were out before Twilight. Vampires were first created to be scary and not in the Edward Cullen – (the character played by Robert Pattinson in Twilight) style of, “Oh I need to scare you off because I am no good for you, woe is me. I want your bloood! No I keep away from me Bella!!”- I’ll stop there… The original vampires would have killed Bella on site, or they might of possibly raped her first… depends if you are taking an Anne Rice take to vampires. Well Did You Evah is celebrating a week of blood, and occasionally energy, sucking undead. As it’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula  116th  birthday! -on the 27th of May- (the book, not the author or Dracula, of course if that Dracula is real, he will be much older than that and Bram Stoker will be slightly older than that… or has someone proved if Bram Stoker was a vampire?)

The myth of the Vampire was originally created in Europe, for those who need reminding of geography there is a really unclear map, just below, just to give you an idea of where Europe is. Most of the whole area included in the map, is Europe.

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Moraine_le_vampireEach country has their own myth, but each one relates to beings who carry traits of the undead and prey on the blood of innocent humans, most older stories showed these beings as ruthless, uncaring people who seduced and killed, hence why many were killed. Many believe there are not just one type of Vampire. Psychic vampires are vampires which are believed not to bite and suck blood, but only suck the energy out of people, when coming to horror movies though it’s not really that dramatic, plus there is occasionally confusion with this type of vampire and energy sucking, “Demons,” Such as Succubus’ (Watch Lost Girl if you want to see some awesome Succubus action).

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Bram Stoker’s novel, is well known for popularising the, “Vampire Race,” Without this novel, Whitby Abbey wouldn’t be as famous, Romania wouldn’t be a Vampire hunting spot and many more vampire connections wouldn’t have made. We wouldn’t have seen Bela Lugosi perfect Dracula in the 1931 adaption, We wouldn’t have been able to drool (or in Well did you Evah’s ritual- drink Sake) watching Gary Oldman be sexy Dracula in the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And we have to mention Leslie Nielsen’s awesome and hilarious performance in Dracula: Dead and Loving it. There are hundreds of connections to Dracula, from books, to stage to TV/movies.

Although in Classics sense Dracula is the most popular fictional vampire story, it wasn’t the first. Before that there was a story about a Lesbian Vampire-  Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and  a more, “Dracula,” Like character was introduced in The Vampyre by John Polodori. Even in film Dracula wasn’t the first. The Silent Movie Nosferatu was made 1922 almost a decade before Bela Lugosi crept on our screens as Dracula.

Back to this century-  *Gets in TARDIS*

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The past few years young adult fiction have seen a more, “Friendlier,” Vampire arise, though series such as Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, House of Night By P.C and Kristin Cast, L.J Smith’s The Vampire Diaries (becoming more popular the past few years, originally the books were released in the 1990’s) Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses series, Richelle Mead’s The Vampire Academy series, (I’ve been told to point out that this includes dhampir’s=Half Vampires). They do introduce the old roots of the bad vampire but occasionally these just pop up to ruin the romantic connection, sounds corny but most of these books are that well written it does make you cry when some thing tragic does happen. Examples in Well Did You Evah’s lives breaking down because of this happening in some of these books= Natarii with Dimitri and Rose (Vampire Academy) and Cat with Alexander and Raven (Vampire Kisses) We will cry every time, but we will still keep re-reading them.

There are some authors who have tried to stick with the more eviler vampires such as Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series (Or True Blood, if that sounds familiar but you only watch the TV series) and Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires, we will only praise Rachel Caine, I have met her twice she is a lovely lady. Dark Ink Chronicles By Elle Jasper, Night Huntress by Jeanine Frost and occasionally Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neil will throw and evil vampire readers ways.

Links to these books-

Twilight- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41865.Twilight

House of Night- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6167746-marked-betrayed-chosen-untamed

The Vampire Diaries- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/395922.The_Awakening

Vampire Kisses- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5489684-vampire-kisses

Vampire Academy-  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6339989-vampire-academy-collection

Sookie Stackhouse- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9077707-true-blood-collection

Morganville Vampires- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6571723-the-morganville-vampires-vol-1

Dark Ink Chronicles- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7832325-afterlight 

Night Huntress series- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1421990.Halfway_to_the_Grave

Chicagoland Vampires series-  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4447622-some-girls-bite

This is the reason The Dracula Book’s birthday has turned into a week! With the recent vampire hype, there are tonnes of TV, movies, books, manga/anime that can be mentioned. Natarii will be sure to do a post celebrating the Vampire Academy Movie, so look out for that, she probably has all the latest gossip and possibly the location on some of the actors/actresses involved.

Each day for the next week, we will be blogging on some thing related to Vampires, be it in book form, TV or film.

But I think I have explained enough goodbye for now…

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If you want to suggest something for us to write about, we are open for requests!