REVIEW + EXCERPT : Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas
In the tradition of The Protector, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series delivers a steamy, suspenseful new standalone romance about a British alpha hero and the one woman who may be able to save him-as long as he can protect her from his dark past.
Gentleman Sinner, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas, is live!
Title: Gentleman Sinner
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she's so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she's been so desperate to avoid.
When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can't help thinking she's been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane's notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he's tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.
As Theo's demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.
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When this book hit my kindle, I was so very excited to read it. I wasn't sure what to expect as I went in blind. And I'll tell you that the start of this book had me completely intrigued. I wanted to know Theo Kane immediately and what made him tick. He's definitely an Alpha and if I'm being honest gave me those "Jesse Vibes". He didn't seem to take no for an answer and at times had those stalker/over bearing qualities. I think if you loved Jesse you will definitely feel some sort of way about Theo. Izzy, well she's definitely a survivor so I'll admit I'm a bit surprised at her quick willingness to even entertain the idea of Theo. But there's always that instinct in you that tells you that someone is safe, so I chose to believe that she's been through enough to know the difference. Now for me, my feelings on this book are a bit conflicted. One one hand I want to absolutely love it but on the other hand there were just a few things that prevented me from obsessing over it. Theo and Izzy as individuals both fascinated and intrigued me and I did love the idea of these two together. In a way I think they save one another. That being said, I found that this story took awhile to get to some of the things I really wanted to know. There was also one scene in particular that I found completely out of place and didn't really fit with the characters themselves and it threw me off to the point where it took me a bit to get back into it again. I'll also add that the secondary characters really stood out to me in this. I would love for Jesse and Callum to get a story and I'm hoping they do, I'll definitely read it. While I definitely enjoyed this book, I didn't quite feel that draw towards these two the way that I would have liked. I'm still glad that I read it and I am looking forward to what's next from Jodi.
My love for her holds me prisoner
Her faith leaves me in awe
Her hope encourages mine
And her touch reaches my soul
She is my peace
From Gentleman Sinner
Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on the story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters. Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction. Jodi went on to self-publish the second book in the trilogy, Beneath This Man in Jan 2013, just before Grand Central Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group, picked up the popular trilogy and the unknown Jodi. The third book of the trilogy, This Man Confessed, took Jodi to the top of the bestsellers lists, earning her the proud title of #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This Man has since been voted one of the top romance novels of all time. With so much love, enthusiasm and a thirst for her words from her readers, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. Her first stand-alone novel, THE PROTECTOR, released in September 2016 and has since been nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. Jodi’s next stand-alone novel. THE FORBIDDEN, is set for release in August 2017. All seven of her published novels have hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as the Sunday Times list and various international best seller lists. Her work is now published in over 24 languages across the world. Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a mojito addict, is famous for her obsession with Converse, and 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.