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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.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

“You possess me. You own me. You rule me. You are everything to me, Annie Ryan.”

Jodi Ellen Malpas is back with a standalone page turner; a story of intense, knee trembling passion, heartfelt emotion, a forbidden love story that saw us completely involved in Jack and Annie and their plight. This was a forbidden romance in every sense of the word, and it’s one we believed in.

“Stop fucking lying to me! Stop saying what your head is demanding and start listening to your fucking heart.”

Annie Ryan hasn’t never been swept off her feet. In fact, she’s never experienced love with a man. Intense passion? Emotional involvement? Not that either. Instead, Annie turned her attention to pouring her passion into her successful Architectural business she has built from the ground up.

However, whilst on a night out with her mates she’s blindsided when she experiences the intense pull and chemistry with Jack Joseph. His mere presence sends her heart racing, sends her knickers in a twist and sees them spending a night of unbridled passion, only for Annie to get cold feet and bolt without so much as a goodbye, the next morning.

“If I ever lay eyes on you again, Annie, I can’t promise I’ll do what’s best and walk away next time.”

As fate would have it, Jack and Annie’s paths cross again under complicated circumstances. It turns out Jack owns a construction business….that’s right, they’ll be working together! Now, Jack and Annie are compatible on every level. Physically, mentally and emotionally – they’re perfect for each other. So, when they meet at Annie’s party a short time after a night of wicked sex, they can pick up where they left off, right? Wrong! Jack turns up to Annie’s party, totally clueless to the fact he will once again come face to face with the woman who had recently shook his world.

Well, it’s her alright and things become awkward because Jack is there with his wife! Yep, Jack is married. He’s forbidden fruit! Albeit Jack’s marriage is anything but happy, but he’s married and therefore off limits. However, try telling Jack and Annie’s treacherous hearts that!

“I’ll hold your hand through this if you hold mine.”
“I’ll never let go, Annie. Not for anything.”

We lived and breathed the potency of this story, believing in the confliction Jack and Annie were both experiencing. The clandestine catch ups had us holding our breaths, the confrontations with friends and loved ones had us clutching our hearts. We understood everyone’s perspective and we desperately wanted Jack and Annie to find their happiness and boy, did we have to work for it!

‘I know that him plus me equals amazing. I can’t resist him; I’ve tried so bloody hard. I want him. Need him. ‘

We especially love Jodi’s male characters and in Jack, this author given us a man of contradictions, who brought with him so much depth. Sure, Jack displayed the alpha tendency this author is synonymous with, however Jack also showed a searing and beautiful vulnerability. Jack is a victim in his marriage yet this did not emasculate him in any way. Not in the least, it made him stronger in our eyes. A man so desperately unhappy in his marriage, and so blissfully happy when he’s with Annie, yet wanting to do the best for both. We felt everything he was going through.

“Don’t make me give you up, Annie.”

Fans of stories with angst, heartfelt emotion, scorching passion, and edge of your seat drama, you’ll l enjoy this one.


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“You’re the missing piece I wasn’t looking for, angel. And now I’m scared of being incomplete again. I’m so scared of being without you.”

A sexy, searing trilogy…and you need to meet Mr Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor!

“You’re mine, and mine alone, baby. Just for my eyes, just for my touch and just for my pleasure. Just Mine. Do you understand me?” 

this man trilogy

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This Man Book One : Amazon US | Amazon UK 
Beneath This Man Book Amazon US | Amazon UK 
This Man Confessed : Amazon US | Amazon UK  

A life without secrets and a passion without end . . .follow Livy and M’s passionate love affair.

“I’ll love you until there’s no breath left in my lungs, Olivia Taylor. For eternity.”

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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.

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The Protector

‘I cling onto him like he’s all I have.
Because I feel like he is. Strong.  Dependable. My Protector.’

When we saw one of our favourite authors, Jodi Ellen Malpas was writing a standalone we were ecstatic. When we heard all about our leading man being ex SAS turned Bodyguard, who breaks his rule of ‘no emotional connection’ we couldn’t contain ourselves! When we were offered a review copy by the publisher……well, turn us over because we were done! Torn between wanting to rush straight into reading The Protector yet wanting to hold off to savour it for a little longer, we decided we’d been patient long enough and set ourselves some valuable reading time getting to know all about Jake!

Jodi Ellen Malpas is a dab hand at delivering those swoony, intense dominant alpha males and Jake Sharp is no exception. This guy is quite the protector that’s for sure! He’s damn dreamy, but would we expect anything less from this author? We think not and on that note, she did deliver.

“Take it all,” he commands hoarsely, motioning down his tall body. “Please, just fucking take it all.”

However, The Protector fell a little short of our expectations.  There were times it felt reminiscent to Jodi Ellen Malpas’ previous books and this was both a blessing as well as a curse. A blessing because we love the passion she injects in her stories, this aspect never fails to grip us and her descriptive prose allows us to become a part of her stories. A curse because at times The Protector felt as though we were reading the same characters placed in a different setting and so The Protector had a tendency to feel a bit ‘samey’ for want of a better word.

There is a lot of underhandedness and twists in this story, some we worked out, some took us completely by surprise and overall we did enjoy the story, however, we sadly weren’t convinced by the instant intense connection between Jake and Cami which saw declarations of soul searing love being professed within 2-3 days. This, despite the fact Jake and Cami didn’t really know each other all that well.

‘I’m mad for her. I need to keep her. I need to protect her.’

Sure, they connected on a physical level, of that there is no doubt, but their love felt somewhat superficial as neither really knew anything about the other and left us feeling as though we needed more. More build up, more revelations…… just more belief in their intense relationship.  We needed Cami to force Jake into revealing himself before she gave her heart to him. After all,  Cami had witnessed Jake’s volatile side yet never thought to question it. Jake on the other hand knew Cami more on a second hand information basis than a soul deep level. Neither really got to the depths of who they truly were, what they were. The ferocity and timing of their feelings was too immediate and a somewhat  unbelievable. In order to believe it we have to feel it…and sadly we didn’t in this case.

“You’re the missing piece I wasn’t looking for, angel. And now I’m scared of being incomplete again. I’m so scared of being without you.”

In saying that, the story picked up with vigour towards the end and the latter part of the book was absolutely beautiful revealing the real inner strength and torment Jake had endured. This was proper heart-warming stuff!  We did feel that the dual POV worked to perfection as we were able to catch a personal glimpse of both Cami and Jake. Whilst this wasn’t our favourite by this author, we did enjoy much of the story as a whole, we just wish Jake and Cami’s characters could have been fleshed out more and their relationship allowed to develop more organically in order for us to really and truly experience the intensity of their feelings for each other.

3 Stars

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this man trilogy

This ManAmazon US | Amazon UK | Our review
Beneath This ManAmazon US | Amazon UK  | Our review 
This Man ConfessedAmazon US | Amazon UK  | Our review



One Night Promised : Amazon US | Amazon UK | Our review
One Night Denied Amazon US | Amazon UK  | Our review 
One Night UnveiledAmazon US | Amazon UK  | Our review

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ONe night unveiled


A life without secrets and a passion without end . . .The story of Livy and M’s passionate love affair comes to a stunning conclusion in the final book in the One Night trilogy!

Livy has never known pure desire like this. The gorgeous Miller Hart captivates her, seduces her, and worships her in deliciously sinful ways. He knows her innermost thoughts, drawing her ever deeper into his dangerous world.

Miller will do anything to keep Livy safe, even if it means risking his own life. But his dark history isn’t the only thing that threatens their future together. As the truth of Livy’s family legacy unravels, an unsettling parallel between past and present comes to light. Her world spinning out of control, Livy finds herself caught between the rapture of an all-consuming love-and a deadly obsession that could destroy them both . . .

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Jointly Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4 Stars

“Day or night, I see only you.”

First of all let’s start at the end, because we can. It has to be said; Jodi Ellen Malpas sure knows how to write a kick-arse epilogue. We had the tingles and our hearts went into overdrive as they both melted and swooned through happy tears as well as laughter. Again, what a stunning end to a trilogy. A beautiful present wrapped up in sparkly paper with a huge scrumptious bow. Perfection. Jodi Ellen Malpas is a class Author and a fantastic writer of stories that burrow deep, entertain and have you reaching for an icepack to cool those hot flushes right down.

“I’ll love you until there’s no breath left in my lungs, Olivia Taylor. For eternity.”

Right, now that’s said we have to say that we’ll NEVER forget the beautiful Mr Hart. He stole our hearts in Denied and he never gave them back and we’re perfectly okay with this. He’ll keep a tight hold of them forever. We loved everything about him; his idiosyncrasies; the way he loves with everything he is and his passion and devotion. His thing. Miller Hart was perfect imperfection and we’ll miss him. Terribly.

“I love your bones, Miller Hart.”

He was the ultimate highlight of this series. Our hearts broke for him; they rejoiced with him, they swooned for him and they ended up belonging to him.

“You are my soul, Olivia Taylor. You are my light. You are my reason to breathe. Don’t ever doubt that. Be mine for eternity, I beg you. Because I promise I am yours.”

Now, the sweet, slightly naïve and hot-headed Olivia Taylor. She really came into her own in this final instalment; we saw her strength yet again and she had us wanting to both hug her and applaud her sassiness. In some respects, for want of a better expression, she grew some balls and went all out to protect what’s hers – Miller Hart.

“I need you with me, Livy. I feel like I’m constantly balancing on the edge of a black hole that’ll swallow me up and take me back to complete darkness with one slight wrong move.”

Unveiled is a book of revelations as every lie and secret comes to the surface. There’s some shockers in store as we finally learn the truth about Miller and the back story to his sweet girl Livy. Our hearts may have broken a little bit whilst wanting to jump into the story and kick some arse.

“I’ll be here for you, Always.”

‘I fucking love her! I love her. I love everything she stands for and I love how much she loves me. If any fucker tries to take her away from me, then I’ll fucking kill them. Slowly.’

Whilst we did love the romantic and passionate Miller time and sweet and funny moments with Nan who’s without doubt our fave Nan out there; we did find the build up to the final crescendo a bit slow. We think the main issue we’ve had with Denied and Unveiled is the repetition and tendency for verbosity. For us, sadly, once we got to the exciting and dramatic crux of the reveal it was over very quickly. However, we have to say that the epilogue more than made up for that and we finished reading with a satisfied smile on our faces.

‘An eternity of this still couldn’t ever be enough.’

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by Grand Central Publishing, with thanks**

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one night denied



The passion that burned between Livy and Miller in One Night: Promised may end up destroying them both in this new novel of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries…

He’s amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she’s never before known. For Livy, there’s no turning back. She’s determined to be the light in Miller Hart’s dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price… 

Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn’t come without sacrifices-but he won’t let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs…from his sins, his enemies, and especially himself.

But as their insatiable affair intensifies, the two attract the attention of an obsessive-and dangerous-third party. Discovering new revelations about Miller that rock her to the core, Livy will have to decide whether he’s ruined beyond repair. And he must face his fear that in order to save her, he may have to lose her after all..

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

G&J : ✯✯✯1/2 Stars

 “You’re my habit. You belong to me.”

So, it was the much anticipated ‘Miller Time’ again and to say we were excited is an understatement! We fell head over heels for Miller in Promised so were giddy to satisfy our curiosity and crush on this possessive beautiful and vulnerable man. Well he did not disappoint; he was as intriguing and addictive as in book one, which we loved. We switched between swooning over him and wanting to give him his ‘thing’. Miller still has so many secrets; a few were exposed and we have to admit to having tears at times as we found out about his childhood and the why’s of some of his fears and quirks.

“I love your bones Miller Hart.”

Olivia went through a change in Denied; from sweet and vulnerable to feisty and aggressive. At times she came over a tad too dramatic and we questioned her friendship with Gregory which in book one was one of the highlights for us. Gregory was her clutch, he calmed her, was her safe place bringing humour and a much needed counterbalance to the intensity and ferocity of Miller and Livy’s relationship. In Denied Gregory went through almost a complete personality change and his sexuality somewhat contradicted that of book one. Their friendship went through a change we found unnecessary and unbelievable. We ended up having a lot of questions at the end. Sadly for us this became an issue we just didn’t feel right with and is one of the reasons we didn’t enjoy Denied as much as we wanted to.

“We’re more broken if we don’t don’t have each other. Let me put us back together again.  I need you, Olivia. Desperately. You’re making my world light. “

We also found that the middle part of Denied felt quite repetitive with the back and forth which made it into that dreaded territory of the filler book in a trilogy. This; added to an odd choppy chapter change meant our hearts sank as we began to loose our excited momentum. We started to get really worried and heartbroken that we just weren’t enjoying this second instalment as much as we desperately wanted to.  After all we loved Promised which was a complete winner for us. Then, Jodi Ellen Malpas did what she does best; she pulled us right back in the latter part of Denied when we finally unravelled a little more of the mystery that is Miller Hart and we felt we were moving forward again. These moments where Miller bared his soul were quite simply breath taking and so incredibly beautiful we had tears. Also; toward the end of the book Livy finally showed us once more what we loved about her in Promise. She showed strength; resilience; compassion and honest love. Livy is a beautiful and funny girl and she finally shone for us again. The cliff-hanger was brilliant and genius; we are definitely excited to read the final instalment now; can’t wait. We are desperate for more revelations in Unveiled.

“What’s the most resilient part of you?” 
“My heart, Livy. My heart is the most resilient part of me.”

Denied had passion; mystery and some absolutely explosive moments. Most importantly of all is that it had some stunning moments of beauty and perfection that touched our hearts. Whilst it’s sadly not our favourite book by this Author it did have moments that showcased her brilliant and evocative writing and her ability to inject humour in the darkest of moments.

“We just painted perfect, sweet girl.”

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one night promised



Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair..


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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

5+++++ this is “our thing” stars!

 “You’re too serious…”
“Life is serious.”

Gitte: One Night Promised had me laughing till I had tears, melt into a passionate puddle; followed by huge ugly crying. Ultimately though, it made me realise that any initial fears I may have had upon starting this new trilogy from Jodi Ellen Malpas were completely unnecessary and unfounded; my expectations were met, challenged and won over.

‘He’s no danger to me, except, maybe, to my heart.’

Jodi managed something not many have, in my opinion, which is to surpass what made me fall in love with her writing to begin with. Truly, this is exactly what Jodi did by bringing M and Livy into my life. One Night Promised was extraordinarily flawless, written with such humour, passion and beauty. The story was sexy and emotional; it was intriguing and mysterious. It was bloody fantastic!

“I know being with you will be the easiest thing that I’ve ever done.”

Every single character in this book stood out in their own right; adding humour, intrigue, friendship and love. Starting with the brilliant Nan, a character we all know and love; Nana rocks, along with her sidekick George. And Greg…sigh, we’d all love a mate like him!!

“Beautiful things should be savoured… not rushed.”

The banter, the comedy element, the emotional bonds and connection to the reader. Well it was spot on and came across effortless. How hard did we fall in love this time, Jenny?!

Jenny: We certainly did fall HARD for this one Gitte! My first thought when I started reading this story was how much Jodi Ellen Malpas has grown as a writer. Sure, the  trademark idiosyncrasies of her characters and writing is still there but something has changed, whatever it is I loved it and One Night- Promised completely eclipsed all my expectations. Jodi took a story and characters, shook them up and managed to bring us something distinctive and enthralling and in the process showed us what a talent she by grabbing us and hooking us into this new trilogy!

“I want to drown in you, Livy.”

One Night – Promised was captivating, heart-breaking, intriguing, emotional, passionate and consuming. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this story or the writing – everything was faultless. It flowed beautifully and it was effortless to read. Oh and I certainly sobbed a time or two. I think I experienced just about every emotion possible throughout this story!

‘It was a catch twenty two situation – fall asleep and have nightmares, or stay awake and live them.’

Oh Nan! What a fantastic and amusing character she was. In fact, as you said, all characters were essential and each played their part in making this story such an overwhelming success. From the camaraderie of friendship, the love of family and the gripping and passionate relationship between M and Livy.  The characters and their words were superb!!

Gitte: Now Livy, what can I say? She’s become one of my favourite heroines out there. She’s incredibly vulnerable yet has an inner strength and resoluteness that makes her extremely lovable and admirable. She’s got a brilliant sense of humour, she’s sweet, quirky and so very real. I completely connected with her and have to say that she very quickly found a place in my heart!

“You are my perfect.”… “I have to have you…”

This girl is no pushover, she stands up for herself, falls in love despite her best intentions, she understands and accepts her limitations and weaknesses. Livy’s not had it easy, hence she’s made some consequential mistakes, a combination of which has marked her and is shaping her life. A life that’s suddenly changing after just one night….

“Promise me you won’t abandon me..”

M is fascinating, he’s powerful, vulnerable, very lovable, endearing, beautiful, mysterious, supremely sexy, mesmerizing and so very charming. Need me to go on? Didn’t think so! I fell in love, I fell in lust and I fell at his feet! M is not This Man. M is THE man and I desperately want and need more of him!

“Every time I touch you I feel I need to do it with the utmost care…”

The beginning to M & Livy’s story was surprising, humorous, captivating, passionate and addictive. It was the beginning of something that I know is going to be pretty amazing, right Jenny?

Jenny:  Livy was a brilliant character and I adored her. I felt so much empathy towards her and in the same breath I admired the grit and determination she displayed, and her sweetness and susceptibility had me wanting to protect her.  I agree Gitte, she may just be one of my favourite heroines.

‘He may make me feel alive, but he makes me feel lifeless just as quickly.’

M. What a brilliant character!  Helllooo new book boyfriend! I’m going to say this first off…..I loved M more than Jesse Ward. There. It’s out there. There was something so unique about his character, something so positively captivating! Possessing a masculine prowess, he was mysterious, alluring, irresistible, sensual and charismatic man who left me with an overwhelming desire to learn more about him!!! I agree Gitte…I was intoxicated with love, lust…you name it, I felt it all with him! M = mystique, masculinity…mmmm….mmmmm.

“Have you thought about me?”

Jodi Ellen Malpas fans prepare to have your minds blown by this story and these characters! For readers who didn’t find This Man was their cup of tea, you really need pick this one up and give it a go! The build up to, and the way the revelations were uncovered were delivered with mouth watering perfection! This book was certainly amazing, addictive and everything else you mentioned Gitte! I Absolutely loved it! Roll on November, because we NEED MORE!

“Take me as I am, Livy.”

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