Title: All i Am
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing 6/18/17
Length: 155 Pages
Series: This Man #3.5
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?
I love the bigger series so it’s nice to have a novella that gives us a bit more about Drew since he was only teased in the other stories. So here we get to know a bit more about his life with his daughter, the one that came around because of a woman who was out to lock another man into being with her.
His life has time for her only, and work, and perhaps a few of his best friends, so it’s not until he’s been requested at his BDSM club to help out a new sub in a cold, no intimacy relationship. It’s what we’ve come to expect from him actually.
That woman, the one that’s requested him, Raya – has an interesting story to tell, and one that we don’t really get to learn about until half way through. Their one night is exactly what they both need, but they both soon realize that maybe there’s more of a connection than either wanted or hoped for and that complicates things.
The journey here is really about seeing Drew open up his world while trying to be the best father that he can, and Raya being incredibly private about what she does, wants and where she’s going in life. When paths cross again, seeing Drew as the man to sell Raya’s house and watching her walk out of his life forever,well we quickly learn what’s really important.
So as expected in a novella, it’s a quick read and not a story that gets too deep but it gives us something to enjoy. We also get the tell tale signs of Ms Malpas, our great author who is able to weave a nice story while also making sure to keep it just the right about of hot and steamy. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Enjoy!