Ok, so we've had Christian and Ana, Gideon and Eva, now ladies and gentlemen meet Jessie Ward and Ava O'Shea.
Or rather - meet Jesse..... Ava, I could do without, yet another clueless young woman, completely oblivious to all the warning signs around her. An interior designer no less, in London.
I loved the fact that this was set in London - my favourite place in the whole world.
Ava has a meeting about some work at a place called "The Manor", that she thinks is a hotel - well, it does have a lot of beds in it.... Owned by this man called Jesse. Blond, built, rich sex god, who of course becomes completely obsessed with Ava. She's only just come out of a 4 year relationship, but she falls for him.
Yes, there's a lot of internal dialogue - believing she should leave him before he dumps her, believing that she's just his current flavour of the month. Her best friend is awful, she just wants to drink and screw.
Yes, there is a lot of sex in this book, but I found it rather clinical (if you like "standing up sex", then you'll love this book, because Jesse spends most of his time on his feet, carrying her around) - it didn't really do much for me (Unlike Crossfire or FSOG).
What made this book for me was Jesse, crazy mad one moment, crazy tender the next. So protective of Ava, but she just doesn't get it. He's a very different proposition as compared to Christian and Gideon (who is definitely my favourite now), a man with a very nasty scar, a bit of a complex about his age, a business that he feels the need to hide from Ava, even though he wants her to work on his building. He is oblivious to his effect on women, all he can concentrate on his Ava - take her out of the equation and he's set adrift, he doesn't know what to do.
Well, that's not strictly true - he does one thing and makes him extremely unpleasant to be around. Jesse seems more human compared to Christian and Gideon.
He can be violent, but never in Ava's direction.
There was one huge thing that really annoyed me - I don't believe the word "writher" exists. I've googled it, it's not in the dictionary on my kindle. It was used ALOT and it really got on my nerves. The writing in places felt disjointed, it didn't feel right sometimes.
Having said that though I'm hooked, I'm Jesse's girl now.... And that's why it gets 4/5.