Review: Leave Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by Forever Romance.

There's a reason why Jodi Ellen Malpas has as strong a following among romance readers as she does. She knows how to capture our attention from the first couple of pages that promises the sort of story and characters that will make us want to spend two or three hours with them and then reels us in, backing up that promise with her brand of enticing storytelling. Her latest novel is a standalone--although Jake Sharpe and Camille Logan from The Protector do make an appearance here, but you do NOT necessarily need to read their story in order to enjoy this new one--and if you're familiar with Malpas's writing, you'll recognize those familiar elements of romance and suspense that she mixes in her unique creative touch to, making Leave Me Breathless yet another winner of a read.

Ryan Willis is undoubtedly one of the best in the security business. He's vigilant and he's always made an effort to be prepared for any and all contingencies. With him needing to constantly be on his toes while on the job, unwinding after each assignment is necessary, but a longer break at his secluded cabin suits him better after going non-stop with work recently. When Ryan meets a stranger in his small town, he is taken by surprise...and by her beauty. Hannah Bright is unlike any woman his ever met, and he's completely beguiled by and enamored with her. But Hannah is keeping a cache of secrets, and keeping Ryan at a distance is a must. However, once he begins to delve deeper into her past, there may be no stopping it from coming back to not just haunt Hannah, but far worse.

On the surface, this may seem like your typical story of knight in shining armor rescuing his damsel in distress, but there are layers to both Ryan and Hannah and their respective back stories, as well as the story they share together. The romance and suspense were above par, as always, but then what else can you expect from this author? Jodi Ellen Malpas balances it out with some lightheartedness courtesy of the supporting characters, particularly, Ryan's ten-year-old daughter, Alexandra. Naturally, we can't forget that Malpas always brings the heat, and Ryan and Hannah certainly don't disappoint. With great pacing, an intriguing story, and main characters I was  cheering on from the moment their paths intersected, Leave Me Breathless was three hours well spent. 4.5 stars. ♥

Release Date: 05 November 2019

Date Read: 23 September 2019

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