Reivewed by Jenny and Gitte
Gitte: What an absolutely bloody perfect end to the crazy, emotional and passionate ride that was the ‘This Man’ trilogy. We’ve had so many theories and questions, and finally we’re let into some pretty heart breaking and tragic secrets. Secrets that answer every single question, and leaves us with an aching heart and a complete understanding of The Lord, The God, The Sexy and Cocky Man that is Mr Jesse Ward.
No spoilers from us as per usual, but you will LOVE the conclusion. It will have you melting, swooning, laughing and crying. Oh, and there are plenty of ‘WHAT?!’ moments too, moments that will have your heart racing and feeling fearful, at the same time. Jodi hit a homerun with Confessed. Pure class! This series just got better and better with each instalment and is without doubt one of my all-time favourite trilogies….and don’t get me started on how much I love Jesse….sigh!!!
“I want everything in the world with you, baby, and I want it all yesterday.” – Jesse
Jenny: Couldn’t agree more Gitte. What a brilliant end to a trilogy we have both completely devoured. And you’re spot on, because this Trilogy had it all. Questions, intrigue, passion (oh dear god…the PASSION!) – I had so many conspiracy theories going into this installment, my head was spinning. And we were afforded all the answers we’ve been dying to get to the bottom of. Yep, EVERYTHING was answered and we were handed a whole heap more as well.
“You keep my heart beating, baby. And it will only ever beat for you. Understand?”
No spoilers at all! Everyone needs to experience This Man Confessed in the way the author intended it and I truly hope readers are afforded the opportunity to do just that because I can tell you there were a lot of surprises for me – I did a lot of OMFG’s, cried, laughed and fanned myself. What a fantastic read this was. And yes, one of my favorite trilogies that’s for sure!
In This Man Confessed we have Mr Ward at his trampling best. Sweet baby Jesus….. that man! I’m devoid of enough words to describe him.
“Oh yes, there he is, my husband, looking like he’s just landed from planet fucking perfect.”
Indeed he did. And he took the express flight to planet perfect at that! Even though I wanted to throttle The Lord of The Manor at the start of This Man Confessed, this man made me laugh, cry and floored me with his tenderness and love. I can’t say enough how much I love this man!
Gitte: So, we start with a wedding, a wedding done Jesse style and we all know what that involves; trampling, controlling behaviour and bucket loads of passion and emotions.
“This man stops me breathing when he touches me and fucks me until I’m delirious. I can’t wait to marry him.”…”He used to cripple me with just his touch. Now he cripples me with his touch and his words. I’m destined for a life of crippling pleasure, melting tenderness and heart stopping emotion. He’s going to incapacitate me at every turn.” – Ava
“Do you feel that?…..It was made to love you, Ava…It swells with happiness when I look at you. It splinters with pain when we fight. And it beats wildly when I make love to you. Maybe I go overboard with my love, but that’s never going to change. I’ll love you this fiercely until the day I die, baby.” – Jesse
So expect to be happily sitting back enjoying that ‘Mario’s Most Marvellous’, watching this happy event unfold whilst completely crushing and clenching. Then….bam the floodgates open and the reader gets swept away in crashing currents of intensity; a thrilling eye opening ride that has so many high’s and low’s by the end I was exhausted. The epilogue though…BEST EVER!! It was GENIUS which you’ll read for yourself! Jodi surpassed any expectations I had and she just nailed it. After three books of drama, obsession, tragedy and passion, I finished with THE biggest smile on my face and tears of laughter still rolling down my cheeks….Actually some of those may have been from the impending loss of leaving behind Ava & Jesse too.
Both Jesse and Ava do some real soul searching, and I suppose, come to realise their own faults and limitations. Ava comes into her element and her strength shines in Confessed. A true heroine. As for Jesse, he just astounds me.
“We’re not conventional baby. But we’re special. What we have is really special. You belong to me, and I belong to you. It just is. It’s not natural for us to be apart, Ava.” – Jesse
Aaaaah, Jesse, well we all know he’s challenging, controlling and obsessive. But I love him for it; Ava loves him for it. The two of them circle each other through the magnetic pull between them. Neither can leave the other alone, never mind over long periods of time. Despite Ava trying to assert herself, needing the distance to sort her head out. The pair of them piss the other off at no end. In reality though, they need each other to breathe, to survive and to live.
In Confessed we see Jesse’s vulnerability, his intense need to protect what’s his because of his past. We see and feel his turmoil and understand his struggles. Some scenes had me in absolute tears as he exposes that vulnerability and uncertainty to Ava.
“You keep my heart beating, baby, but you also make it fucking stop….You said you couldn’t live without me…Then stop trying to kill me off.” – Jesse
“This woman is my fucking life.” – Jesse
Jesse also made me laugh so much in this instalment. I highlighted like crazy but for fear of spoiling the final visit with them, I can’t stick the highlights in here. Just know that this man is on bloody fire with his banter, his thoughts and his wise cracks. That, added to his passionate, arrogant and controlling alpha maleness…well…how on earth can you resist him?!
We find out just why Jesse is the way he is. Not immediately though. We still go through him hiding his past which consequently leaves Ava hiding things from him too. It all comes to a head as people are revealed for who they are and a thrilling drama ensues along with some pretty devastating truths.
“Why did you do it?” – Ava
Because I love you….Everything is because I love you.” - Jesse
Both Ava and Jesse frustrated me at times, they both make mistakes and their decisions are clouded by intense emotions, guilt and regret but ultimately love. However, the pair of them reminded me so many times why I adore and love them as much as I truly do. They are unbreakable!
“Tell me why the fucking hell you did this to me!” – Ava
“Because I wanted to keep you forever.” – Jesse
There are just so many ‘melt your heart into a puddle’ moments in Confessed.
“Today my heart started beating again. Today you became mine.” – Jesse
If you ever doubted the love Jesse and Ava have for each other, well doubt no more. These two will always have a special place in my heart as will Jodi for giving them their voices. Blindingly brilliant conclusion to a fantastic series…FAB-U-LUSH Author!!!
Jenny: I have to start by reiterating what you said about THAT EPILOGUE! Honestly, it was one of THE best epilogues I have read. It exceeded all expectations and I loved it so much I had to go back and read it again straight away. Perfection!
“There are a million things about this man that make me despair, but there are endless things that make me adore him. Some of those despairing things I even adore.”
Now Gitte, you and I always chat about books as we’re reading them and again when we’ve finished and we have burned up the phone lines throughout this series and no more so than during and after reading This Man Confessed. We can tell you readers…you will NOT be disappointed in how this series wraps up. Jodi Ellen Malpas has done a stellar job in this Trilogy and talk about bringing it home in this one! Well done Ms Malpas! A true winner! We are still discussing elements of this book and laughing or crying as we do so. Just brilliant!
“Knock yourself out, baby. But please, let’s just make this one a verbal trample.”
We learn so much about the man himself. So much clicked into place in this installment. Some revelations astounded me, some shocked me, some crushed me. Some I saw coming, some completely blindsided me and I definitely ran the gamut of emotions throughout this whole book.
“…right now when he’s pouring his love into me through our mouth contact, is his way of finding the strength. It’s his way of ensuring that I’m real before he off loads a past of pain.”
The passion between Jesse and Ava is second to none. You feel every emotion, get hot and bothered over the physical exchanges because these two totally burn up the pages and have a front row seat through all their ups and downs. Ava and Jesse are learning about one another and naturally mistakes are made along the way.
To see the growth of these characters throughout the series. To witness their struggles, their heated exchanges, their heartbreaking moments and to have it all culminate and conclude in this outstanding book….just wonderful!
“I don’t know how I ever survived without this. I existed, Ava. I didn’t live.”
Jesse and Ava gave me their all. You feel with every breath you take that theirs is a love to withstand all. The heat, the passion, the intensity, the hilarious banter – these two had me in fits -and Jesse’s humour was on fire! Their tender moments…sigh…talk about melting your heart.
I’m still on Central Jesse Cloud Nine and I may never leave! Once again I have to agree with my blog buddy. This Man Confessed. Was. Brilliant. Just. Bloody. Brilliant.
“And no more confessions because I have nothing left to tell.”
Gitte: 5 + Stars….End Of!!
Jenny: 5 stars and Ditto what Gitte said.
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Playlist for This Man Trilogy
This Man Confessed
Etta James – At Last
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned
Massive Attack – Angel
The XX – Islands
Rod D – Clubbed to Death
Amber – Sexual (The afterlife mix)
Mansun – Wide Open Space
Simply Red – Stars
Ed Sheeran – Give me Love
Beneath This Man
Temper Trap: Sweet Disposition
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Massive Attack – Angel
John Legend – Ordinary People
Oasis – Morning Glroy
The Stereophonics – Dakota
The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin
Enigma – The Principles of Lust
Otis Redding – Love Man
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
Snow Patrol – Run
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
Adele: Rolling in the Deep
Blur: Country House
Ministry of Sound: The Chillout Session (2001)
Massive Attack: Teardrops
Oasis/Noel Gallagher: Sunday Morning Call
Flo Rida & Sia: Wild Ones
The Source Feat. Candi Staton: You’ve Got The Love
Justin Timberlake: Lovestoned
Ian Brown: FEAR
Sam Sparro: Black and Gold
The Stone Roses: This is the One
Elbow: One Day Like This
Placebo: Running Up That Hill
Massive Attack: Angel
Mumford & Sons: Cave
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