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.
This book is hard to review. Not because I didn't like it, the opposite actually, but because there is a lot going on through the story, a lot happening, and a lot to process as you read.
Ryan and Hannah aren't your typical couple in a romance story, there is a lot they don't know about one another, and a lot that they think they know that maybe isn't quite what they thought.
And, this pretty much sums up my feelings about this book. I thought i knew where it was going to go, and how it was going to get there, a couple different times. And, I was wrong both times. But, in the best possible way as the direction it took worked better than what I was expecting.
Part of what draws me to titles by Jodi Ellen Malpas is the suspense. The not knowing what is going to happen, and the sense that she is an author who is willing to push boundaries, to let characters act in ways that maybe they wouldn't always in more "traditional" romance and this adds tension as you honestly don't know if it is going to work out for Ryan and Hannah.
I am also being deliberately vague as there is a lot in this book, and all of it could be an accidental spoiler...from the way they meet and the reasons they each have for maybe not jumping right into a relationship, to the ways the story arc builds...so I am going to be vague, and say that I enjoyed this title, and avoid all spoilers.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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