THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas (September 6, 2016; Forever Trade Paperback and Forever eBook; stand alone novel)
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.
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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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Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Reading The Protector felt very much like watching an action film, breathtaking, thrilling and pacy. In the role of the bodyguard, Jodi Ellen Malpas has created the perfect alpha hero, alluring, tortured and so sexy!
Jack Sharp is a former military sniper, a veteran from the war in Afghanistan. He is now a top bodyguard protecting the rich and famous. He is hired by business tycoon Trevor Logan to shadow his daughter Camille, whose life is threatened. Logan is ruthless and has many enemies, potentially looking for revenge. Protecting Camille should be business as usual for Jack, except that she is not the shallow, spoiled socialite he expected her to be. She is headstrong and is neither compliant nor cooperative, constantly trying to give him the slip. She is definitely a master at the cat and mouse game!
The attraction between them is instant but Jake can’t let their intense chemistry distract him from his duty. He is haunted by flashbacks of the war and tortured by his past. His job is his lifeline and, as the story unfolded, protecting Camille has become his life mission. The enemies are lurking in the shadows and he can’t let his guard down.
Jack and Camille’s romance was incredibly sexy and simmering with deep feelings. Camille is tired of the image the media have created of her but Jack immediately sees her true self, generous, warm and genuine. Though they both fight their attraction, their emotional connection can’t be denied, they fall head over heels for one another. For the first time, Jake feels the need to face his demons, to protect Camille from his darker side. She is his game changer and his hope for a brighter future.
This book was highly entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The plot was well developed, with a gripping storyline, panty-melting sexy times and engaging characters. The author’s writing is evocative, I was fully immersed in this story. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, though, it felt somewhat rushed. Overall, this book was a great ride, angsty, addictive and enticing. Unlike the author’s previous books, The Protector is a standalone and is told in dual POV.
I have to give a special mention to the gorgeous cover, a beautiful rendition of a pivotal scene in the book.
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An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.