The Protector – Jodi Ellen Malpas
Release date: US 6th September / UK 8th September
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.
Ok, so I’m a big JEM fan, Jesse Ward and the This Man trilogy being one of my all time favourite reads, I loved him, so was very excited to read this latest book by Jodi, this being her first standalone.
I was hooked within the first few pages!!
The book is told from the dual POV of Jake and Camille.
Jake Sharp, bodyguard with a reputation for getting the job done, ex-SAS, 6ft 4in of muscles. He has his own personal demons from when he was in the Army. He doesn’t do emotional connections. He works, fucks and drinks, period.
Camille Logan is the only daughter of business tycoon and property owner Trevor Logan. She models for the likes of Gucci and Hugo Boss and is a renowned party girl.
She is Jake’s latest assignment, to shadow her every move, he thinks she will be a spoilt brat, snobby, empty headed, but Camille turns out to be anything but!
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.
They have an instant attraction at their first meeting, which swiftly moves on to a love-hate relationship as she does not want a bodyguard and he has a job to do.
I love the dual point of view. Some very funny laugh out loud scenes as Camille winds Jake up with her behaviour and his responses back.
She’s doing this on purpose. I swear, all this girlie shit is turning my brain pink. All in all, I’m feeling pretty fucking pussy-ish right now.
There are really 2 storylines in this book, Jake and his relationship with Camille with the threat to her life, and then the past that Jake has buried and refuses to move on from. Its really well written from both aspects and keeps you on the edge of your seat to find out what has happened, right up until the end, which drove me a little crazy!!
There are some very intense moments in this book, very passionate. I loved their relationship and how it develops. I was worried I wouldn’t like Camille but she is fab, turns out to be a strong character, independent and nothing like you expect. But I really love Jake, broken by his past, strong, sexy, protective, just aching to be fixed!!
A definite must read, a great and captivating storyline, lots of twists in the plot, engaging characters, a bit of an emotional roller coaster of a ride reading this, at the end I was in floods of tears.
Jake is giving Jesse a serious run for his money in this book!!
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.