Today I’m wishing the happiest of book birthdays to Jodi Ellen Malpas and The Protector! Ohhhhhhh this book. I was obsessed. I think you will be, too.
The Protector Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 6, 2016
Format: ARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Believe it or not, The Protector was my first ever Jodi Ellen Malpas book! After I found myself totally wrapped up in the world, characters, story and the writing, I have no choice but to wonder why I’ve waited this long to read one of her books. I’ll definitely be perusing her backlist for more titles to love, so you should let me know if you have any recommendations. But I digress.
The Protector was definitely a “read in one sitting” type of book. I was totally intrigued by the gruff and grumpy Jake from the very start. I was a little worried that Cami would be too much of an insipid socialite for my liking, but I’m pleased to say that she was pretty much the furthest thing from that. I loved the idea of the woman and her bodyguard falling for each other, but at the same time, I hoped she wouldn’t be some total damsel in distress who can’t do anything for herself. That’s not Cami at all. She was spunky, feisty and totally capable. Jake was the perfect alpha – even with the secrets he was keeping. These two had wickedly hot chemistry and the sexual tension scorched my iPad. When it all gave way to sexy times? Dang. So hot.
I’m a total sucker for forbidden romance, so The Protector ticked that box right away. I loved how these two pretty much lived to push each other’s buttons in the beginning. They gave good banter. This thing between them was totally unplanned and, in some cases, rather unwelcome, but that didn’t make it any less real. I liked how they took on the unknown together. I was kept on the edge of my seat a couple times as I tried to work out what was really going on that caused Cami to need a bodyguard in the first place. There was enough suspense to keep it interesting and that, combined with the romance and the bit of angst, made me pretty much refuse to put this book down until I finished.
You want to keep someone safe, you hire me. I have a clean sheet. I plan on keeping it that way. My head is in the game.
I’m mad for her. I need to keep her. I need to protect her.
Have you read any of Jodi’s books?
Which would you recommend to a new fan?