This Man (This Man, #1) - Jodi Ellen Malpas 4.5 stars. I tried to resist. I really did. But I FAILED! Big Time. I knew going in that this book was going to be a copycat of my Gideon and I was set to dislike it and laugh at it's feeble attempt to draw me in. I did laugh, but I was laughing with the characters and before long I knew I was caught in the web of one of my favorite romance formulas: the desperate, frenzied, frantic H. Over the top? Hell yeah! But when he was vulnerable I was captivated.

You know, I look at the alpha to the extreme H's just as I do H's that are Vampires and Werewolves, straight fantasy. I don't even try to pretend that they are realistic because if any man really acted so crazed and psycho I would predict that he was on his way to becoming an inmate in state prison and that any h that put up with him was in need of therapy.

Jesse, the H, is over the top. He is an alpha male that is desperate and possessive. I mean, seriously, he is crazed and frenzied to the uber extreme. And this man chases, fuck, does he chase. I have a weakness for the alpha male that falls to his knees because of his love/obsession for a woman. I love an H where the people that have been around him forever are stunned to see him fall and express vulnerability because of this woman. That is so hot.

What I don't like are contrived scenarios that are put in place just to create angst. If I don't believe in it then it falls so short and I end up disliking the book. I believed in the reasons why Ava ran and I believed in her reasons for staying with him anyway. Now I didn't say that I would follow her logic and do the things that she did but I did understand her pov. I believed in the angst and I love my angst. The good angst...without the constant whine and artificial drama. Very good book!