Review: With This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Reviewed by Debz

This is the 4th book and conclusion to the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Honestly, I thought this series had ended years ago and was very surprised to see it pop up in my Goodreads timeline.

If you’ve ever read any of the This Man books, you may remember that it was one of those series that came into the limelight after the shocking success of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. It ‘hard core’ sex scenes and was edgy at the time. This was just a more boring Fifty Shades of Grey, but with a different location…London.

Anyway, this book picks up about 10 years later. The twins are 11. Jesse and Ava have been married for a while and all is rosy. The husband is about to turn 50, though, and is going through a mini midlife crisis. All of a sudden, the wife is in a car accident and has amnesia. She can conveniently not remember the 16 or so years she has had with her husband, the birth of her children, etc.

The majority of the book follows his attempt to help her recover her memories and/or try to live a semi-normal life if she never gets them back. I honestly don’t know how I finished this book. The characters were so frustrating. I got tired of Jesse saying “watch your fucking mouth” or the “retribution fuck” and his count downs. I felt he was controlling in the previous books when he threw away her contraceptives in order to get her pregnant and trap her with him forever, and in the 10 years they’ve been married, he is not any better.

On the other hand, with as many amnesia romances I have read, it was still interesting for me to see her try to comprehend the fact that her mind might not remember her family, but her body did. Not just her attraction to her husband, but just waking up early to get the kids ready for school and normal daily life.

Of course, as with all other books in this series, the over the top villains continued to appear. In this installment, we were graced with a handsy staffer who didn’t understand the meaning of marriage and the pscyho ex back again to avenge the dead baby. It was all very dramatic for me, but I guess a book with so little going for it had to spice it up somehow.

It just reminded me why I skimmed through the other books in the series and I think it’s not a must read either. All in all, I give it C-. Without the cute kids, it would have been lower.

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With This Man
by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Forever


  1. Diann Miller says:

    Would you recommend reading the previous books first or just picking up the story with this one? I’m intrigued, I have made a bit of a pattern for myself, recently all of my book selections have been based on married couples vs. single, spontaneous encounters. I highly recommend my last read, Escapades by Lily Atlas. Lily out did herself, truly. That book had me crying, laughing and holding my breath through the steamy scenes while turning the pages as fast as I could. It was very real and very raw, not always easy to read as she covered some challenging topics but I will say, very well worth it. I found it here,, thank you for your reviews, I enjoy your honest feedback!

    • Hey Diann, you don’t have to read the previous books. I vaguely remembered them as I was reading this one anyway. The book gives glimpses to the previous books when you need it anyway. But if this is your genre, go for it.

  2. This is review is too insightful. I’m not abou to read something that’s not edgy. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for such an outstanding review. It popped up on my recommendations and now i know to steer clear. I love how you mentioned that it’s just a more boring version of the fifty shades trilogy but in London.

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