Jodi Ellen Malpas
September 6, 2016
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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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This is my first read by Jodi Ellen Malpas and as such, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from it. But Bodyguard stories have long been my guilty pleasure and when I was given the chance to review this book, I jumped in with both hands held out…and I wasn’t disappointed.
Written in first person with dual points of view, The Protector is a fast-paced, suspenseful read that immediately draws readers into the story, and into the lives of the characters, Jack Sharp and Camille Logan. It’s a story about a man troubled by his past and a woman determined to make it on her own, and I absolutely loved it from the start.
Jake is a troubled man, weighted down by guilt and a past full of demons he can’t shake. He is haunted by his mistakes, but at the same time, driven to never make them again. He has vices he uses to distract himself from his troubles—work, alcohol, sex—but the truth is, nothing works for long. He truly is a man at the end of his rope, and yet, he keeps going, taking job after job in hopes that one of them will distract him from the nightmares he faces each day.
Headstrong and fiercely independent, the last thing Camille wants is her father interfering in her life, hiring her a bodyguard. But at the same time, she recognizes he’s worried about her. Of course, that doesn’t mean Camille has to make it easy on the man playing her 24/7 shadow.
Camille and Jake don’t have an easy time of it when they first meet. They clash more than they mesh, but their the chemistry between them is potent and grows stronger the more time they spend in each other’s presence. Except getting involved with the person he’s supposed to protect is a mistake Jake doesn’t want to make. It’s dangerous and foolish on his part. But it’s there, like lightning in a bottle, and no matter how hard Jake tries, he can’t shake the feelings Camille invokes in him.
I loved this book a lot. The story was interesting and suspenseful, the characters dynamic and real, and the overall feel of the book was truly sigh worthy for the bodyguard-forbidden-romance-trope lover in me. Funny, cute, sexy, suspenseful, Jodi Ellen Malpas’ The Protector truly had it all. Absolutely loved it.
A Must Read!
5 “Excellent Read!” Stars
About the Author
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 Converse & mojito addict, 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.
She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.
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