Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Hampton, England
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: The Protector, The Controversial Princess, His True Queen
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.
Leave Me Breathless is the story of a woman in hiding who happens upon a man who specializes in personal protection. Their meet-cute is unique-he hits her with his car! Also, the intro to the story gives us a glimpse at Jake and Cami (From The Protector).
Hannah is on the run, but you don’t immediately know why. She is trying to take her life back and is opening an art store in a tiny town in the English countryside. Ryan is taking a sabbatical from private security and returning home. Both Hannah and Ryan have secrets but there is attraction and curiosity.
Ryan’s daughter Alex adds some levity to the story because anyone who has spent time with a 10 year old knows they think they are grown people and it’s funny. Hannah and Ryan’s story has all the earmarks of a classic damsel in distress story and that really works for me. Malpas writes in a lot of emotional depth with the characters and the story is her classic steam level of HOT. Leave me Breathless also has a touch of the crazy ex trope, because Darcy is just awful for most of the book.
Leave Me Breathless really won me over because of Hannah and Ryan. Their love is movie love. Its fairytale love. Its what you dream about and songs are written about. I was enchanted with their story almost immediately and read furiously all afternoon because I simple didn’t want to stop.
Until the day I die, I will consume so much of your mind, there will be no room for anything else. I will be the shield between you and your memories, Hannah. There is only happiness in our future. Only tenderness and love.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: a few
- Trope: on the run, domestic abuse, single dad
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Hannah was abused by a spouse but it is not detailed « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes but I would have loved an epilogue a few years later!! « Hide Spoiler
authors like CD Reiss, Meghan March, Sylvia Day, K. Bromberg…then you will probably like Leave Me Breathless!