Published by Hachette Book Group on 06/18/2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A NEW NOVELLA IN THE THIS MAN SERIES!
You don't need to read the series to enjoy this story. But if you're already a Jesse Ward fan, just wait until you see the advice he gives Drew about falling in love.
I thought I had control. I was so, so wrong...
I don't need a relationship. I have Hux, a decadent club where I quench whatever raw desire I choose. I take pleasure and I give it - no strings attached. So when Raya Rivers comes in asking for someone cold, emotionless, and filthy... well, no man ever takes his wicked pleasure quite the way I do.
Only Raya is different. Vulnerable. And carrying some deep sorrow that gets past all my carefully constructed walls and inexplicably makes me care. Now craving controls me. Ice has given way to red-hot need.
But Raya has no idea about my other life - my real life. That I'm daddy to an adorable little girl. My two worlds are about to collide with the force of a supernova. Once Raya knows the truth, will she be able to accept all I am?
Includes a special preview of THE FORBIDDEN, a standalone novel coming in August.
I really enjoyed reading All I Am: Drew’s Story. Visiting old friends is always fun! If you have read the This Man series by Jodi Ellen Malpas, this is Drew’s story, but we get to catch up with all our favorite characters from the series.
Drew Davies does not do relationships. After being burned by a woman in the worst way possible, he keeps them at bay. He lost his favorite club when his friend Jesse sold his, so now he frequents Hux, where he can fulfill all his needs with no feels. Even though his closest mates are happily partnered, he is determined to stay single and devote his life to the only love of his life, his daughter.
I loved how we saw Drew grow during this novella. He was bound and determined to avoid relationships at all costs. He lived two separate lives. The one where he was a devoted father and a good friend and the one where he enjoyed women and sex. He kept both lives separate. But as he inadvertently spent time with Raya, he finds himself drawn to her and wanting to know more.
Raya Rivers is hurting. After several unexpected blows, she wants to lose herself in coldness and no feelings. She has plans and only wants Drew to forget. But he gets under her skin and as much as she also tries to deny it, she is drawn to Drew. I really liked Raya. She was determined to steer clear of emotion, but she was also vulnerable.
When Drew and Raya connect, the impact of what they feel blows them away. But neither is ready for this, so they deny what they are feeling. They attempt to avoid each other and keep secrets of who they really are and what drives them to keep that distance they are determined to have.
For a novella, I feel very satisfied with Drew and Raya’s story. I loved the story, the characters and seeing some beloved characters. I loved how Drew fought for Raya once he realized what he was truly feeling. And Jesse and Sam giving Drew advice was laugh out loud worthy and sweet as well. Overall a great read.
This was a very quick read, as in an afternoon, but I loved being back in the This Man series. Jesse, Ava and Sam make appearances and I love them just as much now as I did back when I first read the series.
Drew is a simple man, sex without strings, no attachments, loves his daughter fiercely and keeps his circle of friends tight. Until he meets Raya. She has him coming undone in a matter of minutes.
Both Drew and Raya have secrets, things they would like to leave in the past. However, the attraction and chemistry between the two is off the charts HOT. But with skeletons in both of their closets and a baby mama gone crazy, can Drew and Raya really make it work?
This book was a roller coaster of emotions and I enjoyed every moment!