September 6, 2016

Review - The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas 
(September 6, 2016; Forever Trade Paperback and Forever eBook; stand alone novel)


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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My Review 

Jake Sharp hasn't really been living his life since his military career ended. Now working for a private security company he goes from one job to the next with no fulfillment or peace. He cannot forget his past mistakes and is living with regret. 

Camille is a model and heiress, to the outside, her life looks perfect. To be honest, she is pretty pleased with her life right now too. She has ended the relationship with her abusive ex and is focusing on building a fashion business with her best friend. 

Camille, still very much in her father's grasp is summoned to his office when he receives threats on her life. Her father wants only the best to protect his daughter, that's where Jake comes in. Jake and Camille do not hit it off immediately despite their attraction. Jake thinks she is a spoiled princess and she doesn't feel she needs a body guard. 

I love the build up in a story between a couple and this one definitely had me ready and waiting for more. Mainly because this story actually has so much going on. Jake has his secrets and then we also have the suspense and mystery surrounding Camille's threats. 

Personally, I would have loved more romance and less suspense, but that's just my preference. To me, the story would have moved more quickly with more focus on them together. However, if you are a fan of suspense and mystery this is probably right up your alley. 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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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