#Review | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (November 5th 2019) @jennw23

Thank you very much to Social Butterfly and Jodi Ellen Malpas for providing a copy of the book to *M*

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

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

Review:

As you would expect from a Jodi Ellen Malpas novel, this is a rollercoaster of emotions, one that will leave you breathless. 

We meet our characters at a time if personal change, where they’re taking life into their own hands and making the best of it. I read this at a time that for me, on a personal level was also taking my life into my own hands. Preparing to take a huge risk in my career, reading Hannah and Ryan’s story only emphasised the importance of following your own heart. Here are two beautiful characters, both physically and spiritually, who draw you into their own little paradise. 

Whilst they create a haven for each other, JEM has done just that for her readers. Letting us take a nose dive into her vivid and brilliant imagination, so that we can explore these relationships without even leaving the house. It is the love she has as a writer for these characters that draws you, that wraps you up in their bubble and makes it so you never want to leave. 

I laughed, I cried, I swooned and I fell hard for these characters. And not just Ryan and Hannah but the other characters as well. Because one of the things I love about JEM is that she knows how to create the best side characters, the funny roommate and quirky neighbour. No matter what happens in one of her novels, it is the characters that compel me the most. 

I loved getting to know Ryan and Hannah, the dual narrative of the novel working very well at balancing the story out. Hearing both sides of the story, witnessing their descent into the never ending world of JEM was pure selfish indulgence. Because reading this book, at time when your personal world feels in chaos, was the perfect anchor in the storm. An escape from the stresses of everyday and getting lost in the “wonderland” that JEM creates. 

I cannot wait to add the paperback to my JEM shelf on my bookcase, it is the perfect addition. 

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#ReleaseBlitz | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JODIELLENMALPAS (November 5th 2019) @JENNW23

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“Perfect for those who love a good alpha male and a damsel in distress who doesn’t wait for someone else to rescue her.” Publishers Weekly

Leave Me Breathless, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jodi Ellen Malpas, is LIVE!

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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.

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About Jodi Ellen:

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.

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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.

#TeaserShare | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (November 5th 2019) @jennw23

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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.

#TeaserShare | LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (November 5th 2019, Indie Published #SocialButterflyPR @jennw23)

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.

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | GENTLEMAN SINNER by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (February 5th 2019, Forever @readforeverpub)

GENTLEMAN SINNER by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published: February 5th 2019, Forever Books

An all-the-feels novel of fierce love overcoming a dark past from the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling THIS MAN series.

Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she’s so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she’s been so desperate to avoid.

When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can’t help thinking she’s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane’s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he’s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.

As Theo’s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.

Where do we start with this novel, the latest treasure from one of my all time favourite authors Jodi Ellen Malpas.

Let me start by saying that I am utterly and completely in love with this story, with these characters and I did not want it to end. Theo Kane and Izzy White are every bit the couple we expect from JEM, beautiful, intriguing, sexy as hell and utterly swoon worthy. Here is an author who knows her audience, she gives the reader exactly what they want and so much more.

Theo Kane isn’t like other JEM alpha’s, he is bigger, meaner and yet even more desirable. Posing a threat to those around him, all except Izzy White. Here is a woman who will not bow down to a man, she stands her ground and will fight for those she loves. Their relationship isn’t without complications, as to be expected with any JEM novel but there is a raw beauty to their relationship that cannot be denied. The chemistry between them is palpable, emitting from every page, forcing us to read until we get to the very end.

There is something about Theo Kane that hits you, the reader, so far to the core that you want to be Izzy White, maybe not the horrid past she has had the power to overcome but the gentleness and caring nature she shares with Theo. This is a story that struck me to the core, in a way that does not happen often for this cynical reader. I can read some love stories and be utterly unmoved, but JEM has a way of writing that never fails to touch the reader.

I finished the book in a matter of days, a feat for me when 2019 has been completely kicking my ass so far. But this novel was the perfect escapism, letting me leave behind the stress of work and just enjoy reading, enjoy the characters, the talent of the author and forget about everything else.

I was so eager to read this new novel that I ordered it in both paperback and e-book version, the paperback will go nicely on my book shelf, right next to the other JEM treasures housed there. As for the e-book, this is safely on my Mum’s Kindle. Already she is reading and falling in love with Theo and Izzy, enjoying the new adventures into the wonderful world created by JEM. I cannot wait for her to read it all, to fall for these characters on a level she hasn’t before.

If anyone asks for a book recommendation this year, this novel will definitely be the one I talk about. Already I’ve got my colleague intrigued and my fellow P Turners. No one should pass up the chance to pick up a novel by the amazing Jodi Ellen Malpas, because I can promise you this, every reader needs a little JEM in their life.

You can pick up your copy of GENTLEMAN SINNER at the following outlets (but remember to shop your local indie booksellers too!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas @jodiellenmalpas (August 10th 2017, Orion Books @orionbooks)

THE FORBIDDEN by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; August 10th 2017, Orion Books

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Annie has never experienced the ‘spark’ with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It’s not just a spark that ignites between them. It’s an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who’s had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he’s forbidden.

This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine who has been raving about Jodi’s books for so long so when I saw it in the library I decided it was time to give it a go.

My friend did not steer me wrong. From the second I read the author’s note at the start I was hooked and so intrigued to see what was actually Forbidden.

I am glad that nothing is given away until you are already hooked. I think if I had known the subject matter beforehand I probably wouldn’t have started it but by the time the discovery was made I was already invested in the story and characters to stop.

The characters are very likeable. Annie is shown to be a strong, independent, hardworking woman who most women would aspire to be. Jack is a little less likeable especially when we find out why he’s forbidden but as the story develops he is forgiven and you can’t help but lose your heart to him.

There were a few points during the book that I found myself frustrated with both Jack and Annie but Jodi writes in such a way that those feelings don’t last long before your back to enjoying the story again.

I found myself completely engrossed in Jack and Annie’s story and it’s completely different to the predictable romance novels I usually read. I think this has a slight predictablity about it but not enough to take anything away from the enjoyment.

I can’t say too much in the review because I want people to go in as blind as I was because it really adds that extra something so I will finish by saying….just read it!

 

You can buy THE FORBIDDEN from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (September 8th 2016, Orion Books @orionbooks)

THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; September 8th 2016, Orion Books

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People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

Ever since I was introduced to Jesse Ward in the THIS MAN series, *M* has made her personal mission to get me to read ALL of Jodi’s work and THE PROTECTOR is the one book that she has raved on at me the most about! Received as a gift for my birthday, it would have been rude not to delve straight in!

I firstly stand by all previous comments that this woman knows how to write!! Not just the plot, but the characters as well. It’s easy to get consumed by the emotion and depth of Jake and Camille. Both two sides of a coin with very different personalities and backgrounds, but work incredibly well as a pair.

As with all JEM novels, there is an almost thriller aspect to the story. The reason that Jake is recruited into helping Camille soon blows up in spectacular fashion, with both parties having to face some pretty ugly truths. The chemistry between the pair is enough to burn anyone that comes close and makes for a rather steamy read!

THE PROTECTOR is an ‘edge of your seat’ romance novel, with drama and action throughout! An absolute thrill to read and left me wanting more! That’s until I remind myself that Jake and Camille are coming to the big screen courtesy of Passionflix!

 

You can buy THE PROTECTOR from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | THE CONTROVERSIAL PRINCESS (Smoke & Mirrors Duet #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (May 22nd 2018, EverAfter Romance @EverAfterRom)

THE CONTROVERSIAL PRINCESS (Smoke & Mirrors Duet #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; May 22nd 2018, EverAfter Romance

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Her father is The King of England.

She is The Controversial Princess.

Regarded as down to earth by the press and rebellious by The King, Princess Adeline refuses to bow to the royal expectations her title carries. She knows better than anyone that the united front of the royal family is nothing but smoke and mirrors – lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to The King’s demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline’s determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated.

That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor. His ability to penetrate her defences overwhelms her – his touch is pure fire, and his allure overpowering. Nothing has ever made her feel so alive in a world where she’s otherwise slowly drowning. However, while Josh may be Hollywood royalty, he’s not actual royalty, and Adeline knows The King and his advisors will do everything in their power to keep them apart.

But Josh Jameson becomes the princess’s ultimate vice.

And although she bows to no one, she bows to him.

What do you do when a favourite author releases a new book? You make sure you buy a copy as soon as possible and devour it within a week. That’s what happens when I got hold of the new novel by Jodi Ellen Malpas and what a story.

Here we go on a whirlwind of a journey with our lead characters, the beautiful rebellious Adeline and the handsome, defiant Josh. A couple that due to their circumstances shouldn’t belong together but it is perfectly clear from their first encounter that they’re destined for each other. Never before has the British (albeit fictional variety) Monarchy been so delicious to read about. This is a woman who is fighting for everything, made stronger by the man beside her.

In true JEM fashion the relationship speeds ahead at a hundred miles an hour, something I’ve come to expect from this author, but also something she creates so beautifully. A slow burn isn’t required, you want it all from this unlikely couple and JEM delivers.

For me this is an author who can do no wrong, I go into every book unbiased even with my favourite authors but it is apparent that JEM will never fail to deliver a delicious couple. The leading lady is a strong independent woman, the ultimate English rose and with a sass that every JEM woman possesses. With this in mind it is only right that she has a leading man as strong as her, someone who can handle the sass and match her wit. Once again we have this here and there is something highly attractive with an assertive man.

JEM has a formula that more than works, it takes the readers into the heart of the story, gets you hooked after turning the first page. In a genre where we have an abundance of alpha men and their alpha women, here is an author who is head and shoulders above the rest.

I cannot wait to read the follow up to The Controversial Princess in August and am eager to see what the amazing imagination of such a talented writer will create for us next.

 

You can buy THE CONTROVERSIAL PRINCESS (Smoke & Mirrors Duet #1) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#RisqueReads | #BookReview | WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas (March 22nd 2018, Orion Books @orionbooks)

WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; March 22nd 2018, Orion Books

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Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man series!

Life is good for Jesse “The Lord” Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he’s in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He’s in full control, just how he likes it.

But Jesse’s perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman’s love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn’t end there. It’s only just begun. Because his wife can’t remember the last sixteen years of her life. That’s all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.

Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.

As soon as they announced that there would be another novel in the THIS MAN series we were excited. The prospect of returning to Jesse and Ava’s world was enough to keep this reader happy for the foreseeable. Any chance to read new material from Jodi Ellen Malpas cannot be passed up.

I started reading with high expectations, I mean the original trilogy was amazing, the best of a genre that is by far out selling it’s counterparts. Here we had a couple who for some reason resonated deeply in everyone who read their story, a feat only JEM can accomplish. It is safe to say I was not disappointed.

The premise of the story is one that begs to be believed, surely the beautiful Ava can’t forget the passionate and core shaking love she has with Jesse Ward. Heart breaking doesn’t cover how you feel at the idea of those memories being gone forever. JEM ensures that we start reading with a great sense of anticipation, rendering you useless to the outside world. Nothing can penetrate the bubble you fall into when reading this novel.

Jesse “The Lord” Ward is still as beautiful, arrogant and God like as we remember him, age has not tempered down the magnetism of this man what so ever. In fact the Adonis has only gotten better with age. Ava too, she is as feisty, defiant and beautiful as always. The love this couple have is palpable, you feel it with every page turned and not just between them but also the love they have for their family and friends.

Seeing Jesse as the doting Dad only made the character so much more attractive, the protective nature of his character increased ten-fold throughout the novel, this time more than warranted. JEM knows these characters inside and out, evident in the little nuances between them, the flashes back to the original trilogy and the not so gentle way we are reminded of all that’s gone before. Just as Ava is recovering her memories we are taking the journey with them both.

The clever use of both Ava’s narrative voice and Jesse works really well in this story, letting us, the reader understand the events as they unfold for Jesse. JEM took a risk here writing from his point of view, one that more than paid off. I loved reading the story from Jesse’s point of view, loved being able to relate to him on his own level and seeing his love for both Ava and his family through his own eyes.

Never before has an author created such an enigmatic couple, a man so dominant that you want to both slap him and kiss him, all at the same time. Sure you have your Christian Grey and Gideon Cross, but there will only ever be one Jesse Ward.
You can buy WITH THIS MAN (This Man #4) from the following booksellers (and many more! Support local booksellers where you can!);

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