REVIEW – THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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SYNOPSIS:

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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 “I See You” Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Jake Sharp is a 35 yr. old ex-SAS sniper who loathes himself. He’s still living in the past & getting by via indulging in drinking and sex. He suffers from flashbacks, PTSD, & anxiety. He’s tortured by his nightmares & needs to stay busy. He needs a purpose to keep his past horrors and demons at bay.

As a trained soldier, he now works as private security for a security firm in London. He hasn’t had work for the past two weeks & is losing his mind without an assignment. When he’s offered the job as bodyguard to Camille Logan, the daughter of one of the most ruthless, powerful businessmen in London, he takes it. He’s relieved to have a job, & be able to focus on a mission again.

Jake is the best of you want to keep someone safe. He has an impressive reputation, but Camille Logan could care less. She is angry her father has hired her a full-time shadow, even if he’s absolutely gorgeous. She isn’t taking the threat seriously, & just wants her life to stay the same as it was. As a successful model & daughter to Trevor Logan, she is already hounded by the paparazzi & has little privacy.

Camille & Jake clash as he tries to do his job, and she continues to make things difficult for him. Jake soon learns Camille is an extremely strong, independent woman, who wants to make it on her own. She isn’t the spoiled, shallow heiress the media makes her out to be. She’s a kind, compassionate, stunning woman.

As they are together day & night they are insanely attracted to one another, & their want for each other just intensifies. Jake is so tempted by Camille but tries to keep things professional & remember she’s a client.

-Oh my days, he’s stunning- so tall, solid under that grey suit, but not bulky, and his long legs are spread a little, his stance wide. He looks powerful. Strong. Fucking delicious.

-He is just about the most perfect man I’ve ever seen.

-“I know I shouldn’t be attracted to you like this.”

-“But I can’t think of anything right now but you.”

-I want it. All of it. All of him.

Jake & Camille grow closer & she becomes used to him being with her & starts to rely on his protection as threats against her grow more serious. His instinct to protect her becomes more primal than driven by duty. As they give into their desires for one another Jake feels powerless against his feelings for this woman. She makes him want a future, & he’s totally devoted to her. She brings his broken soul back to life & teaches him to love again. I really loved this book & thought what this couple shared was beautiful!

-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.

-Many words are trying to wrestle their way into my twisted mind, but only one is making it through. Mine.

-She is all I see, all I feel. She belongs to me, every piece of her spirit, her body, and her heart.

-I’m keeping her forever.

“You’re the missing piece I wasn’t looking for, angel.”

*****Dee’s Review*****

4.5 ALPHA STARS****
(ARC provided by author via Netgalley)

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Leave it to Jodi Ellen Malpas to create yet another panty-melting, Alpha hero that will infiltrate your heart and dreams without asking for permission. An exquisite story about a broken man who found peace in the arms of an angel…

Jake Sharp is an ex-military man, who came back from war carrying a lot of guilt and heavy secrets. Heavy darkness that haunts him day and night, but he tries to tune it out through work, sex, and alcohol.

When he learns that his next assignment is to protect a young socialite, he immediately declines it. He takes his job as a strategic security specialist very seriously, and he doesn’t feel like babysitting a daddy’s girl, even if she is gorgeous. But his demons are about to suffocate him, and he desperately needs a distraction from all the pain that’s eating at him, so he ends up taking the job.

Camille Logan is more than what people usually think of her when they meet her. Yes, she’s a beautiful super-model, yes, she’s rich, and yes, her father is a very powerful man, but she has a talent for fashion and is after a career, and establishing a name for herself, without her father’s help or influence. She doesn’t just want to marry a rich guy and become a trophy wife; she wants to run her own business and thrive on her own.

Camille’s father has hired Jake to protect her from the death threats he has been getting against Camille. She can recognize that her new bodyguard is dangerously sexy, but also he is extremely alpha and infuriating. A battle between Cami and Jake will unravel as he tries to protect her from harm, but the more they fight, the more the lust ignites between them until one night the carnal desire for each other will win over anything else…

Can Cami fall for her dark and secretive protector?

Jake’s mission is to protect Cami, but can he save her from his own darkness?

This is one sexy tale of a forbidden love born when least expected. In the end, both Cami and Jake will save each other but it won’t be an easy road. Unpredictable and highly enjoyable, The Protector will fill your dreams for endless nights.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

All my subjects were a job. A duty. A way to maintain my selfish purpose. I needed to forget everything about my previous life. My subjects gave me focus.
Camille Logan spun that on its head. She gave me a reason to confront my demons. She made me feel and love again.

 

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The Protector is a brand new standalone by the incomparable Jodi Ellen Malpas. I seriously worship this lady because she created “The Lord of the Manor”!! In the past, I would take off from work on the release day of any of her previous books. Her writing just calls to me. I have to be honest, while I liked this one, I didn’t fall madly in love with it like all of Jodi’s previous books. However, my two co-bloggers adored it. I’m not sure if maybe my short vacation and feelings of jetlag might have contributed to my level of enjoyment of the book or not. I will make a point to re-read this book another time to see if my judgement changes. With that being said, I still found the book to be enjoyable and you will be given some decadent steam that only JEM can deliver!!

Jake Sharp is an ex-SAS and currently works for a security company where he provides his services as a bodyguard. Jake suffers from PTSD which stems from his time with the SAS and he’s haunted by a tragedy that occurred in his personal life. Jake throws himself into his job and his meaningless one night stands to avoid dealing with his troubles. His next assignment will bring into his life the woman who is about to change things in a big way for him.

Camille Logan is a socialite and high fashion model. She happens to be a really sweet person and nothing like the woman that most would stereotype her to be. Her father hires Jake to be her bodyguard after he receives a threat against her life. At first, neither are thrilled with the assignment. Jake presumes that Camille will be an uptight and pretentious snob, and Camille is not thrilled about having her life invaded by a stranger. But when they meet, they feel a strong attraction for one another which helps to change their opinions on the matter.

Throughout the story there’s a mystery as to who is the threat to Camille and everyone, including her own family, appear to be suspects. Jake and Camille ultimately give in to their physical desires and it seems that love blossoms rather quickly between the two. But there are obstacles that stand in the path to their HEA. Jake is tight-lipped about his past and it only ends up making Camille feel alienated. Also, there’s the matter of Camille’s life being in danger 24/7.

Will Jake track down the guilty culprits who are determined to harm Camille, and will he trust Camille enough to let her all the way into his life which includes the past, present, and future???

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