Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: The Controversial Princess, His True Queen, Leave Me Breathless
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.
Jodi Ellen Malpas
Confession? This is my first Jodi Ellen Malpas book! Yep, I decided to take the Plunge with The Protector! Camille is the daughter of a very wealthy businessman in London. There is a threat against of her life so her father hires the best: Jake Sharp. Jake is a war veteran with a serious case of PTSD.
Camille is a model who wants to start her own fashion line. So cliche right? She isn’t super snobby which was nice. She does seem a bit immature in her actions. She is pissed about having a bodyguard (which I understand), but the ways she tries to annoy Jake because she is pissed are really bratty. She makes him endure a girls night, forces him to go shopping with her while she tries on lingerie, etc. Its really stupid and petty of her and made me annoyed with her from early on.
Once Camille and Jake give in to their feelings, the ‘I Love You’s come quickly. Plus, Cami is still in danger, her father is totally up to something nefarious, and her ex-boyfriend is a mega douche canoe. I guessed the entire time about who might be threatening Cami. In the world she lives in, it could literally be anyone. For real, I didn’t rule out a single person: her father, her mother, her brother, her best friend, her ex. The list goes on and on! So, in-between the explicit sex, there is real danger. Cami was less annoying as the book went along. She wasn’t behaving like a brat trying to piss off Jake and she wasn’t being immature any longer.
Jake was an interesting character. He is a bad guy by his own definition. His demons have demons. Cami had the whole “I can fix him with my love” thing going but I didn’t think Jake needed her to fix him. He really does it all on his own. Overall, I liked him a great deal more than Cami. The mystery of who is after Cami and why kept me guessing and while the overall plot was a bit predictable, I will say I was a bit surprised by the who and why of the whole drama! While I had guessed part of Jake’s secret, I was surprised by the whole secret. So, kudos for keeping me guessing!
While the Protector is my first Malpas book, I think she has converted me to a fan. I am curious about her other works and am looking forward to adding her books to my TBR!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: damsel in distress, bodyguard/protector, enemy to lover
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Camille mentions previous domestic abuse but it is not described « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: Stand Alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »No, this is a stand alone « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes, Jake and Camille end up together, engaged and happy. No epilogue « Hide Spoiler
books by Aurora Rose Reynolds, AL Jackson, or Meghan March…then you will probably like The Protector!