Leave Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Title: Leave Me Breathless
Series: Follow up to the standalone, The Protector
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 5, 2019
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series comes a sexy and emotional follow up to her wildly popular standalone romance The Protector.
Ryan Willis has spent years in the protection business, a job that requires constant vigilance and quick thinking. His only chance to truly relax is at his secluded cabin in a small town where there are never any surprises. So when Ryan returns after an assignment and encounters a beautiful stranger, he isn’t only surprised, he’s also instantly intrigued.
Hannah Bright is a breath of fresh air, and Ryan is soon completely consumed, unable to stop from falling for her. As the two grow closer, his instinct tells him something is amiss. Yet nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he starts digging into her past.
Hannah spends her days painting, running her arts and crafts store…and hiding too many secrets. It’s why she won’t let the ruggedly handsome bodyguard get too close. But their chemistry is undeniable, and Hannah quickly finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Ryan. He is peace personified, a balm to her battered soul. Yet the gorgeous, captivating man who has swept Hannah off her feet doesn’t even know who she really is. And the moment he finds out, both their lives are at risk.
5 iScream Cones
“I’m uncomfortable with how comfortable this woman makes me feel. She’s like a precious box of adorableness.”
As I’m sure is the case with most of us, the buzz about this author started with her This Man series, we were curious to meet Jesse Ward, right? She definitely has a gift for writing beautifully broken characters. What I found interesting about Leave Me Breathless is that it’s the female that is broken.
Hannah is most definitely adorable. She’s a creative free spirit that loves to escape into her artwork. She surrounds herself with color. Her painting, her wardrobe, and her heart. Despite the fact that her past is absent of color, full of darkness, she still has the ability to shine her light on others. I couldn’t help smiling while reading about her, she’s just that awesome of a character. Which makes it that much harder to imagine what she might be running from.
She hides it well, but Ryan has worked in security long enough to read between the lines. He knows she’s got secrets that are keeping her from letting him in fully. He can see that she feels the same attraction that he does. The desire between them is intense, but she’s fighting the idea of a relationship between them. What is she afraid of?
Of course, the less she shares, the more he wants to know about her. “—as if her wildness isn’t enough of a draw to me, the secrets I sense she’s keeping are only amplifying my curiosity.” IKR? Mine too! I was hanging on the edge waiting to learn the details as the story unfolded.
I found myself thrown back and forth between heartbreak and hilarity. Sighing one minute and laughing the next. I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t read it yet, so I’ll just say that the females stole the show in this one. I’m totally in the girl crush zone here, unable to stop smiling at their antics.
Don’t get me wrong, Ryan is perfection. And he’s oh so smart as well. He knows when to advance and when to withdraw. She’s like a skittish colt and he doesn’t want to risk spooking her. So, I’ll just call him a ‘Hannah Whisperer’, though he’s just as effective when silent. “He said nothing. But everything I needed to hear.”
This story has just enough sweet, sassy, sexy and suspenseful to leave you sighing in satisfaction. Did you catch that? Five S’s and five stars. Fingers crossed that this one will end up as a movie on Passion Flix too! 🤞
Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her husband, boys, and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and mojito addict, and she has a terrible weak spot for alpha males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion—a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.
Her novels have hit bestseller lists for the New York Times, USA Today, Sunday Times, and various other international publications and can be read in more than twenty-four languages around the world.