THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published; September 8th 2016, Orion Books
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.
Ever since I was introduced to Jesse Ward in the THIS MAN series, *M* has made her personal mission to get me to read ALL of Jodi’s work and THE PROTECTOR is the one book that she has raved on at me the most about! Received as a gift for my birthday, it would have been rude not to delve straight in!
I firstly stand by all previous comments that this woman knows how to write!! Not just the plot, but the characters as well. It’s easy to get consumed by the emotion and depth of Jake and Camille. Both two sides of a coin with very different personalities and backgrounds, but work incredibly well as a pair.
As with all JEM novels, there is an almost thriller aspect to the story. The reason that Jake is recruited into helping Camille soon blows up in spectacular fashion, with both parties having to face some pretty ugly truths. The chemistry between the pair is enough to burn anyone that comes close and makes for a rather steamy read!
THE PROTECTOR is an ‘edge of your seat’ romance novel, with drama and action throughout! An absolute thrill to read and left me wanting more! That’s until I remind myself that Jake and Camille are coming to the big screen courtesy of Passionflix!
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