Title: The Protector
THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY AND ONE NIGHT TRILOGY!
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.
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Forever Source: Author
Published: September 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I have a friend who has been trying to get me to read Jodi Ellen Malpas for quite some time now. My answer has always been I’ll get around to it eventually. Then the opportunity to review The Protector came up and I figured now was a good as time as any to humor my friend. Survey says – The Protector was worth the wait
First off, the story was told from dueling points of view so you get to experience both sides of the main characters. Let’s start with Jake. Hello hottie! He has several underlining issues that we eventually find out what they are, that make him very standoffish. Actually, he starts off as quite the man-whore jerk in the story. He’s assigned to guard Camille, the only daughter to a very rich, prominent and ruthless businessman. Jake expects the daughter to be a spoiled rich girl but he’s in for a big surprise. Camille. Camille isn’t your usual standard rich daughter as she is standing on her own making her own money and most definitely does not like her dad telling her what to do. She’s charming witty and Jake just doesn’t stand a chance against her.
On a scale of one to five, I’m placing the Protector at a solid four. There isn’t a whole lot of originality here. Rich girl, ex-militarily, she’s in danger, he protects, forbidden love, she gets taken, he rescues her, kiss-kiss, HEA riding off into the sunset. Let’s face it, it’s all been said and done before. How you wrap it all together makes the difference, which Ms. Malpas has injected her own brand into the story. She has managed to take to characters, make them very human and have my caring what happens to them. Jake has his moments of ogre-ish moments while Camille is being rebellious. As you can imagine, there is a lot of head butting between these two. And as we all know, head butting leads to romance, steam and HEAs. Except this HEA has an added bonus, one that I really loved and had me aweing at the end.
I really enjoyed all the suspense as I speculated all thorough the book who was sending the threats about Camille. For the longest time considering how much her dad was trying to control her, and how much she fought his control, that the threats were actually fake. Nope, not fake, but then I was trying to puzzle out who the guilty party was since there were only so many characters. Everything really blew up at the end when the who/what/why came out. It was all Yikes, Really, and Oh Wows for me at that point.
My introduction to Ms. Malpas writing was a good one. Filled with suspense, mystery and romance, The Protector certainly did not disappoint. Fans new and old are going to enjoy this book.