Leave Me Breathless

Leave Me Breathless

by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Overview

In this "very satisfying mix of dizzying intrigue and steamy romance, " the #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a novel that's " 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).

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538745212
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 15,763
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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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Leave Me Breathless 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 12 days ago
5 Star Review Leave Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas I have been looking forward to reading this new book by Ms. Malpas ever since she announced it. I found myself totally invested in Hannah and Ryan’s story. I also fell hard and fast for Ryan's daughter Alex; what a delightful and funny 10 year old she is. This is a spin off from The Protector and had Jake reprising his role as Ryan’s partner initially. It was great to touch base and see where he and his family are now and that added to my enjoyment of Leave Me Breathless. Truth be told, I enjoyed this book more The Protector as I found it easier to connect with Ryan and Hannah. Leave Me Breathless is told in dual POV’s and was well written and so descriptive that I found myself wanting to visit Hampton. The characters were likeable and well rounded and I found myself laughing at the banter between Ryan, Hannah and Alex. Ryan is ex-military and a man not to be taken lightly; add in a pairing with Hannah who is obviously hiding from a dangerous past and there are sure to be fireworks. Ryan is troubled by the fear that he sees in Hannah’s eyes and calls in a favour from his ex-employer, determined to keep Hannah safe at all costs. There is so much more to Jodi Ellen Malpas’s characters, they are flawed, human and not afraid to show their vulnerability and it is here that Ms. Malpas weaves her magic. Will Ryan’s ex cause even more heartache for them? What will happen when Hannah’s past comes back to haunt them ? Can they escape the past and make a future and a family together? One click and find out.
JWright57 12 days ago
If you love romance this is a must read because this is romance at its best !!!!! I was excited about this book from the time I started hearing about it but I was also a bit sceptical, I was afraid I would compare this book to previous books by one of my favourite authors, I should never have worried Hannah and Ryan’s story captivated me, it drew me in from the first page and there was no putting down until I had read the very last line, Hannah and Ryan maybe characters I fell for but I can’t leave a review without mentioning an adorable little girl named Alex who stole my heart. I don’t want to write a review full of spoilers because I believe you need to read this first hand with no preconceived ideas but I will say this is a spin off from The Protector and we do touch base with a Jake and Camille which for me was an added bonus to a story I was already loving. This book has all the feels you want and expect in a great read, it’s told in duel POV, it’s got wonderful characters, it has the perfect mix of love, passion and humour as well as a few twists and turns that will keep you guessing. I guess all that’s left to say is Leave Me Breathless is the perfect title for a story that really did leave me breathless... Once again this very talented author has weaved her magic and given us a book I urge all romance lovers to one click.
marongm8 3 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) - Forever in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. From the start of this book, my expectations were unknown. From the cover this looked like a romance novel but when I read the description, this looked like a thriller novel mixed with all sorts of drama which intrigued me right away. As I read on, there were some parts that were confusing and didn't blend well to the plot making it heard to put the pieces together. When I got towards the middle of the book, that is where the action sprung and everything started to make sense. The background of Ryan being in the protection division meeting a beautiful woman and then combining the story of Hannah owner of an arts and crafts store that turns Ryan's world upside down and all if forever changed. We will consider adding this title to our Romance collection at our library. That is why we give this book 4 stars.
poetriot 4 days ago
Another incredible, emotional, and sexy romance from Jodi. Ryan and Hannah are such amazing characters you will love from the very beginning. Hannah is such a complex heroine with so many layers and it is intriguing to discover each layer of who she is as the story progresses. She is not just an artist in a small town, but a women with a deep past you want to discover. Her actions are careful and deliberate and to see Ryan help her navigate the truth that comes to light makes you love them both more than ever. You will see old and new friends that add fun and warmth to the story. Such a great read.
KDRBCK 7 days ago
Leave Me Breatless by Jodi Ellen Malpas. When you liked Forbidden, then you're gonna love Leave Me Breathless. It's a story of heartbreak, pettiness, second chances, danger and drama put in a fantastic read by an outstanding author. Meet Ryan. He's an ex-ish MI5 man, who's working in a security agancy. He's pretty private and I learned about his personal life on the way through the book . And there are a few big surprises to discover, promise. He's heading home to his small town to be with his favorite person. What he doesn't expect is to discover there's a new art shop in town with an irresistible owner. Hannah Bright is new in town, art shop owner and she fears her own shadow, with reason. She hides from her past and her past mistakes. Leave Me Breathless is not a damsel in distess romance. It's a beautifully thought out, beautifully told and beautifully written story with a heroine who's strong when it counts and a hero who's worthy to be the next book boyfriend, a bit mangled and battered but not broken. Alpha. I recommend the book, 5 Stars.
Gis_Spot_Reviews 10 days ago
O…M…G! Talk about literary nirvana! I’m sorry but I’ve got to be cliche and say that this book indeed left me breathless for all the BEST reasons! Unforgettable, mind blowing, heart and soul gripping, Leave Me Breathless has all the elements of an EPIC LOVE story and beyond! Only Jodi Ellen Malpas could take a small town romance give it a twist, and raise it to the skies with her very own unique brand of sophisticated über sexiness and the most delicious of JEM Alphas! PHE…NOM…E…NAL!!!!! Awww, I honestly could not be more in love with this book and its incredibly rich and characters. Going by the setting – LOVED the adorable small town of Hampton – and the premise alone I was hooked from the get go, but every single time a new character was revealed, a new layer of Hannah’s unveiled or their chemistry and magnetism punched us right along with them I was soaking up every single word. Witnessing and FEELING their passion blossom into the most beautiful of love stories was just…wow… Hannah and Ryan are the definition of #OTP! The perfection of their instant recognition, his swoon worthy words and actions, her sweetness and vulnerability coupled with an incredible strength and their declarations, their confessions… Each time Ryan declared her, almost from the very beginning, ‘his game changer’, ‘his heaven’, as ‘turn his world upside down’ and Hannah calling him ‘her cure’, ‘her peace’ even while maintaining she didn’t need a savior, was heart warming and soul emphatizing to the max. It is impossible not to fall for this PERFECTLY imperfect characters! No words could do it justice, believe me when I say that only reading it and experiencing it first hand is possible to feel the full force of their insta connection – and we all know how much I’m a sucker for that, lol – almost like instant recognition, but still so very realistic and relatable. All this intensity translate truly in an EPIC love story, and how could it not, we have have a ICONIC ‘romance in the raging storm’ scene *daydreams about those soaking wet declarations and heart pounding moment*! Yep, Ms. Malpas gave us everything we could have hoped for in this love story. Everything! Leave Me Breathless, is undoubtedly not just one of top reads this year, but one of my ALL TIME favs! I will never forget Hannah and Ryan, and for that reason I once again bow down to Ms. Malpas masterful writing, I don’t know how she manages it, but every single book she unleashes into the world, sears itself into the very core of my heart and souls. No exaggeration here, JEM’s words are THAT impactful! And for that very reason, I’m already counting down the hours until we get more of her enchanted universe, maybe even more of Hannah, Ryan and Alex?! Here’s to hoping! *she begs with puppy dog eyes*
Anonymous 12 days ago
4 solid stars for this Romance Well, I've been a fan of JEM since her very first book series. Yup, I fell in love with Jesse Ward. Since then, I've had some ups and downs as far as her books go. More ups than downs, but I'll definitely read her books because she brings the heat, she has hot alpha males that are sexy as hell and her story telling is on point. Leave Me Breathless is a spin off of another Malpas book, The Protector. You do not have to read that book to read this one. This is a complete standalone. They are really not related in any aspects besides them both being partners in a protection company. And to be honest, The Protector wasn't a favorite of mine unfortunately. But let's get back to Leave Me Breathless... This cover isn't...well, it's ho hum for me, but Ryan, the hero in this book? He's anything but ho hum. The book starts out with a job being done and a little excitement before we return to a sleepy town in England. Ryan is set to retire from his protection job and live in his cabin secluded in the woods with his very aware 10 year old daughter, Alex. Hannah, the heroine, is a new person in the small town and she has just opened up her own art store. She has a past and she has secrets that she cannot share with anyone. She is quirky, artistic, perhaps a bit accident prone and a ray of sunshine when she doesn't let her past haunt her. Even under all this, she is a strong woman that knows what she has to do. So when the "no relationship" Ryan and Hannah continuously bump into one another, will they combust or will they fizzle? I have a feeling we all know where this is going to go. If you like JEM's past alpha men, you will really like Ryan. He's a man's man. He is caring, protective, likes to build things with his own hands and, here's my selling point...he absolutely LOVES his daughter and will do anything for her. But when Hannah enters the picture, his life flips around. It's like nothing he expects and these two just can't deny their chemistry. His protectiveness kicks into overdrive, but all his questions about the mysterious Hannah do too. Will he find out about her past (which is a doozy, to say the least)? Or will he let sleeping dogs lie? Leave Me Breathless has all the important pieces to a romance story. We have an alpha male that is all protective, a woman on the run and a very precocious 10 year old. We have a secret being hidden, and we have undeniable chemistry between our two main characters. I enjoyed watching their relationship flourish, but I did get frustrated with Hannah at a few points. But it isn't a romance unless I want to rattle a character. :) We also have many side characters that hold small parts, but they make the plot move forward in such a way that we don't get stalled too often. One of them being an appearance by Jake and Cami and their kids. We also have Ryan's baby mama (I want to slap that woman), and some other town folk. They all make the story complete. Told in dual POV with a few chapters from Hannah's past, we get the complete picture for the story. Some of the story seemed to drag on a bit, but overall I got my romance and I got my heat. Perfect for a cozy fall night in.
CrystalsBookWorld 12 days ago
Jodi Ellen Malpas words are magical! Ryan and Hannah show us how to love and move on from the past. They show what kindness is all about and how much love can bring out different emotions. Make you feel like a whole new person when you meet the one. Suddenly the earth's axis is tilted and you are under a spell. Ryan and Hannah did that for me. Took me to a place that had me mesmerized with falling in love all over again. JEM will not only give you the chemistry you crave with Leave Me Breathless, but you will have some suspense and action scenes that will play out. I knew this story would be something special and even though you go through many flows of emotion, you will be left breathless at the end
queenzany 12 days ago
OMG!!!! Leave Me Breathless is outrageously enchanting and oh so seductive! Where you’re thrown into the brilliant suspense, twist, and turns. Leaving you on the edge of your bloody seats! Just saying OMG! OMG!! Holy heck I will be forever lost in the magical world that Jodi Ellen Malpas has created!! Just Brilliant!
mamalovestoread22 12 days ago
Former MI5 agent Ryan Willis is ready for a slow down, so much of his time has been spent on the move to different countries, fighting bad guys, dodging bullets, and protecting his clients from the danger lurking around them. It has been so long since he has been home to his cabin, and there is no way his handler is changing his mind about going! Artist Hannah Bright believes she has found the perfect place for her new start, it's an out-of-the-way little town, where she can maintain the simple life she craves, one where she can live on her own terms. With her little arts and crafts shop she is able to earn a living, and spend her days doing what she loves, painting and creating beautiful art to sale. She finally feels like she can breath a little, and not look over her shoulder so much. Then a gorgeous stranger wanders into her world and turns it upside down. Ryan is everything she wants in a partner, he could really be a permanent fixture in her future. But when he learns the secrets she is harboring there is a good chance he will walk away... Leave Me Breathless is a beautifully woven romantic suspense tale that will hold you hostage from beginning to end. The words will sweep you away, embed themselves in your heart, and have swimming in feels. These two instantly had me in their corner, they were perfect for one another. Ryan brought a sense of peace to Hannah's world, and gave her a soft place to fall. She came to town with the hope of a new beginning and found that and more with Ryan, watching them embrace this unexpected development in their lives was quite entertaining. Both apprehensive to fall, but both too smitten to walk away, the push and pull between them was intense. I absolutely loved everything about this one, it was engaging, tender, sweet, suspenseful, and so good for my heart! Highly recommend this one, it's characters are certain to steal your heart and keep you thoroughly entertained! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 12 days ago
LEAVE ME BREATHLESS by Jodi Ellen Malpas is a contemporary, adult, stand alone, romantic suspense story focusing on former MI5 agent, thirty-nine year old single father Ryan Willis, and thirty-three year old, artist Hannah Bright. LEAVE ME BREATHLESS is the follow up story line to the author’s previous release THE PROTECTOR. Told from dual first person perspectives (Ryan and Hannah) LEAVE ME BREATHLESS follows the building relationship between former MI5 agent, thirty-nine year old, single father Ryan Willis, and thirty-three year old, artist Hannah Bright. Ten years earlier Ryan Willis left the MI5, and began working private security only to walk away following his latest assignment. Tired and hoping for some R&R, Ryan returns to his home in Hampton, England only to come face to face with his future when he accidentally runs her off the road. Enter artist Hannah Bright, and the woman with whom Ryan will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Hannah and Ryan, and the potential fall-out when Hannah’s past comes back hoping to destroy it all. Hannah Bright is on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of her past but a past that will do anything to end our heroine’s life. Meeting Ryan Willis finds Hannah with thoughts for the future, a future she knows could end very badly. Ryan Willis suspects Hannah isn’t who she claims to be, and therefore calls in a few favors, not realizing the trouble that follows in Hannah’s wake. Having fallen in love with our story line heroine, Ryan finds himself becoming lover and guardian in an effort to protect the woman that calls to his heart. The relationship between Hannah and Ryan is one of immediate attraction but their accidental meeting places Ryan in a precarious predicament when he discovers his attraction to a woman that is all kinds of wrong. With his precocious daughter in tow, Ryan begins to fall for Hannah Bright, a woman who is hiding much more than Ryan could ever have imagined. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of colorful secondary and supporting charavters including Ryan’s ten year old daughter Alexandra, and her mother Darcy, and her husband Casper: Hannah’s friend Molly; numerous townies, as well as the reintroduction of Jake Sharp and Cami Logan, and Jake and Ryan’s ‘boss’ Lucinda. LEAVE ME BREATHLESS follows several paths including Ryan’s antagonistic relationship with his daughter’s mother. Darcy comes from wealthy breeding stock, and in this their daughter Alexandra is caught between two different worlds, miles apart. Hannah struggles with her past: the violence, the secrets and lies that threaten to destroy everything she has built but a past that refuses to accept the inevitable. LEAVE ME BREATHLESS is a story of betrayal and lies; second chances and falling in love. The premise is engaging, impassioned and edgy; the characters are edgy and energetic; the romance is sensual and intense. LEAVE ME BREATHLESS is a spirited and intoxicating that will leave you wanting more.
Robin2000 12 days ago
A rugged hero, sweet heroine, action, suspense and danger...what more could I want? Oh, steamy romance! Check!!! Ryan was one of those single fathers that you instantly fall in love with. He's a protective, fun loving, all-in father. Hannah is one of those quirky, creative types. I love that they both were kind of instantly drawn to one another. Ryan is use to dealing with people with secrets and Hannah is the worst secret keeper. This story was just a swoonworthy romance with the big protective guy you can just fall head over heels for. He's pretty much the kind of guy the sweet heroine Hannah deserves plus you get the bonus daughter Alex. She's a hoot! Much wiser than her years and so mischievous. She stole many scenes and definitely made me crack up laughing! Just a feel good read.
FS_Meurinne 12 days ago
A new standalone from one of my favorite authors JEM. Ryan Willis, an ex agent, now on private security and raising his 10 year old girl Alex. Hannah, new woman in town, who has demons she needs to overcome. Loved seeing one of my favorite couple within the pages of this story. An overall great read, the plot might not be unique but JEM certainly made it hers.
MaryJoMI 12 days ago
Perfect balance of suspense, humor and romance. Ryan has been in the military and then working protection for years. His last assignment, well, it was enough to make him realize it was time to stop. Returning to his hometown of Hampton to return to the daughter he loves and the comfort of his cabin and the wilderness. He never expects to run a woman off the road on his return. Hannah has a passion for art and has a vibrancy to her messy, unconventional approach to life. But when you look deeper, you see fear and trepidation are just under the surface. Moving to Hampton seems to feed her spirit in a way she didn't expect. When she encounters sexy Ryan, as he almost kills, her, well, she finds new feelings being awakened. Hannah is struggling to embrace this wonderful life she has built for herself while running from her past. Will she get a happy ending with Ryan? Or will her past force her to leave? Ryan's relationship with his daughter is fabulous. These two have an amazing bond. Hannah connecting with Alex through art was beautiful to experience and the three of them together find an ease that none of them expect. All of this adds pressure to Hannah as she navigates the now while running from her past. How this would end, well, I really didn't know it everything was revealed. Loved the journey to get there. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
BeckyRendon 12 days ago
If you loved The Protector, you will definitely be on board for Leave Me Breathless. JEM will have you smiling at the quirky paint covered shop owner and panting after the hunky, shirtless lumberjack. Or at least I was... Leave Me Breathless is a second chance romance with an edge of danger, a bit of trepidation, and plenty of paranoia. Ryan may have quit his job but this man is all about protecting. She is his new mission in life.
VPV613 13 days ago
As always this author does not disappoint. This story was full of love, mystery, action, and suspense. I definitely recommend this book and this author.