by Jodi Ellen Malpas
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Jodi Ellen Malpas is the New York Times and Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author of two romantic trilogies: This Man and One Night. Now, Jodi Ellen Malpas is back with her long-awaited next novel—and her first stand-alone story—THE PROTECTOR (Forever; September 6, 2016; $15.99).
People think they have Camille Logan nailed: rich kid, daddy’s girl, beautiful, and spoiled. But Camille knows that support from her ultra-wealthy and overbearing father comes with a price tag not worth paying for. She wants a life without his strings. Out on her own, she’s made a few 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 questionable business dealings. She has no choice but to play ball when he hires an ex-SAS sniper to protect her at all costs.
Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He had been distracted from duty once before and the consequences were devastating, both personally and professionally. He vowed to never let that happen again. Being the bodyguard to socialite model Camille is exactly the kind of low pressure job he needs. But he quickly comes to discover that Camille isn’t what he expected. She’s warm and emotionally generous, and she slowly succeeds in drawing him out of his tough exterior. Jake’s past haunts him. Camille’s presence settles him. But he can’t have both.
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The Protector is a new stand-alone novel from Jodi Ellen Malpas. I love her writing and I was so excited to read this one. If you love a fast-paced, suspenseful romance with a true alpha male and a strong heroine, this is the book for you.
Camille Logan may come from a rich family, but she’s an independent woman who does what she wants and is determined to make it on her own. Her father is a very rich and very powerful man and has a lot of enemies. When he gets a threat on Cami, he will do anything and everything to protect her. That means hiring the best of the best. Jake Sharp is a bodyguard and he is just that. The best. When he first gets assigned to Cami, he doesn’t know what to think. She does, though. She is not happy about this arrangement and does everything she can to evade Jake. This does not make Jake happy.
I love the back and forth between this couple when they hadn’t quite clicked yet. Their personalities do not mesh well at first, both are much too headstrong, but you can feel that spark between them growing as time goes on. Jake didn’t expect to feel this spark. In fact, it’s dangerous and forbidden that he does. The number one rule in protecting someone is not to get too involved. The more he’s around Cami though, the harder it gets for him to not be involved. The feelings he’s developing for her are real.
I’ve never felt so absorbed by a woman that she makes me want to sacrifice my soul in her honor. I’ve never felt this. Never.
There wasn’t only the romance aspect of this story, there was a strong element of mystery and suspense. I spent much of the book trying to figure out what was going on with Cami’s father and who was threatening her. There are a lot of secrets Jake has as well. Trying to figure everything out wasn’t easy- I liked that this was an unpredictable storyline.
There was nothing wrong with The Protector, I liked the book, it just didn’t hit any of my love buttons. I’m not sure if it’s because I wasn’t in the mood for suspense when I read it, or the fact that there were some parts at the end that didn’t work for me (I felt the ending was very rushed as well) but either way it was solid read for me. Not great, not bad, just an average read for me.
If you are in the mood for a romantic suspense novel with lots of steam, a broody male lead and a feisty heroine- The Protector may be right up your alley!
“You’re my home now,” I tell him. “Wherever you are, that’s my home.”
British talent Jodi Ellen Malpas sold hundreds of thousands of e-books of her passionately erotic trilogy This Man before landing a major US publishing deal and sailing straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers chart in a few short months. Success quickly followed in the UK, with thousands of readers falling head-over-heels for the devastatingly handsome Lord of the Manor Jesse Ward and his feisty counterpart, Ava O’Shea, as all three books became major Sunday Times bestsellers. This was followed by further success with her second series One Night, which introduced the irresistibly enigmatic M.
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 and, mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males. For more information, visit Jodi online at: www.jodiellenmalpas.co.uk, or www.facebook.com/JodiEllenMalpas, or www.twitter.com/JodiEllenMalpas.
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