I’d like to start off by saying how much love I have for the THIS MAN series. And I was so excited to read this new series by Jodi. I went in with fresh eyes like I always try to do. And I made a strict rule for myself to try my best to not compare the two male characters. I love Jodi’s quirky writing style, and YES I find myself doing a lot of google searches in order to understand what the heck she’s talking about! I love that she doesn’t try and dilute her books with American-isms like so many other European Authors do. It definitely makes for a unique and completely entertaining reading experience. I had a lot of fun reading this book.
Olivia Taylor or “Livy” is a young twenty-something barista just trying to figure out her way in life. She’s had some major mommy issues in her past, and she just wants to get passed all of that. She doesn’t date and she hasn’t even touched a man for quite some time. (Hence the mommy issues) She sucks at her job, like really badly. She has a hard time making just about any coffee drink, but she owns it so I can’t hate on her. She’s sassy and cute and when Mr. Hot intimidator walks through the door she practically loses it. She can’t write, she can barely speak, and she most definitely just made the worst cup of coffee of her life. BUT. The connection has already been made. This Man “M” just gazed at her. So yeah, she’s done for.
“M” remains a mystery for a good portion of the book. But when he runs into Livy for a second time he can’t help but offer up a proposition. ONE NIGHT. 24 hours to be exact. He lets her know that he’s “emotionally unavailable” but at the same time makes it clear that he can’t stay away and just has to have her for these full 24 hours. No strings, no love blah blah blah. You get it.
Mr. Hot sexy and Mysterious obviously has a hidden past or a secret if you will. He won’t give up ANY personal information to Livy, yet he expects her to divulge her stuff. Which happens, but not with her consent. Livy has a pretty cool granny who likes to talk. And speaking of side characters—I actually really enjoyed her friends. They weren’t too overbearing, but obviously had concern for their friend and this dangerous rich man with whom she was so enamored with.
I really enjoyed the flow of this story. It was long enough that you were able to really get into the characters and storyline. But not overly long to the point of boredom. I did have some issues. I never fully connected with M just because he was such a mystery for most of the book. I also couldn’t help but notice some oddly close similarities between him and Jesse( This Man Series). They have completely different issues, but I felt that they were sort of the same in regards to their controlling mannerisms and distinct placement of words and phrases. Like I said before, I tried to go in with fresh eyes but that’s really hard after reading the first series.
With that being said, by the end of the book I actually fell for M a bit, and found myself more frustrated with Livy. She was such an open and honest person throughout the book, and the minute she found out M’s secret she turned major hypocrite on him. She also begged for something and then acted like a fool after she got it. I’m sorry, but if I’m craving a hot dog with the works—and I get it. YOU better believe that I’m going to feel grateful. I might feel a little guilty afterwards, but I most definitely will not be running to the nearest hot dog stand to throw a fit over the crap THAT I JUST ORDERED. I can’t stand rude customers. Read the book. You’ll understand.
Overall Jodi brings a very entertaining story. It’s sexy and kind of whacky but I have a soft spot for crazy overbearing men. If you’re into that kind of stuff I would totally recommend this book.
“He’s made me reckless and irrational. He may make me feel alive, but he makes me feel lifeless just as quickly.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
“It’s not courteous to break a deal.” “We didn’t shake on it.” “No, we fucked on it.”
Livy is your average girl next door, and her multiple pairs of converse will attest to this. She lives with her Nan (who was a great side character) and Livy is trying to get her life on track after her dark past. During one of her shifts at the coffee shop, the mysterious M leaves Livy a note, not a very complimentary one at that but it piques Livy’s interest.
‘M’ or Miller as we soon find out, wants Livy but you know how the story goes, he doesn’t want a relationship and can’t offer her a future etc. Instead, he wants Livy for twenty-four hours because apparently that’s enough to rid him of his craving for her. Livy is hesitant at first but M soon wins her over.
“Nothing about the next twenty-four hours is going to be difficult, Livy.” His hand slides across my cheek tenderly, pushing me to nuzzle into it. “I know being with you will be the easiest thing that I’ve ever done.”
As I was reading the story, I felt Livy and Miller shared many similarities with the MC’s from the This Man series, Jesse had his idiosyncrasies and although M’s wasn’t the same, I felt they were substituted for others. I wanted to see a big departure from the last series and I’m just not seeing that yet.
This is my third book by Jodi Ellen Malpas and I do struggle to get into the writing, mostly in relation to the characters. I love strong, independent women and Livy wasn’t displaying that for me. I liked the comic relief her Nan provided but at the same time I felt her presence made Livy feel younger than what she was. I also felt M and Livy’s ‘relationship’ took off at full speed but I wasn’t feeling it between them. With that being said, I did warm towards Miller and his aloofness intrigued me.
I did like the twist towards the end, unfortunately, I had accidently read a spoiler on someone’s GR update so I knew it was coming but even knowing M’s secret I thought it was well done as the clues were very subtle throughout. The revelation creates a storm between Livy and Miller and the fall out will continue in book two.
For fans of Jodi’s work, I have no doubt you will devour Livy and M within hours and crave the next instalment asap. I definitely seen potential, I’m just not completely won over yet.
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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