|Leave me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Pic by @glimpses_of_my_books
"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."
The Review: 4 Stars
Often times when listening to an audio book it is the narrators that make the story that much more special. That was certainly the case here, perfect casting! Their voices and accents added an extra oomph to a story that was otherwise rather generic. Girl is hiding. Boy happens to work for security.
Obviously that is a trope that works, otherwise it would not be used so often, and Jodi Ellen Malpass once again did a great job with it.
Hannah was adorable. She is artsy, fun, sweet... it is really not at all surprising Ryan falls for her. His character is also very likable. He is loyal, a great father, fun to be with. Their chemistry was spot on and their relationship moved at a good pace.
The suspense story happening in the background was in some ways rather obvious, but it did keep me entertained.
Funnily enough though the best character is Alex's 10 year old daughter. She was the single most hilarious little sidekick, and I don't even like kids on my romance books :)
Over all it was a great book, it just lacks some originality so it can't be a 5 from me. There were a few times I thought I was reading the plot to a movie I've seen before...