Book Title: The Protector
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
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.
The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas will give you all the feels. I was sucked into it quickly and was sad to see it end. I’ve been a fan of Jodi’s since the This Man series and I can say that Jake gives Jesse a run for his money.
Jake is an ex-military man and she’s the daughter of an influential businessman but has gained her own success through hard work and determination. Jake’s hired to protect Camille from an unknown threat. He’s not thrilled about the job and assumes that Camille is a spoiled rich girl but he finds out quickly how wrong his assumptions are.
There’s an instant connection between Jake and Camille that he can’t comprehend and struggles with. Camille isn’t happy about having a shadow, especially one has gorgeous as Jake and is actually a bit annoyed by him. She does her best to get under his skin and it’s quite funny. I really loved the banter between the two throughout the book but especially in the beginning part of the book.
Jake though is fighting his own demons and doesn’t feel like he deserves anything good in his life and that includes Cami. His story really tugged at my heart and had me shedding some tears.
There’s lots of secrets and drama in this book that I won’t mention so that you can uncover and enjoy it for yourself. Totally worth the read.
*ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for honest review .
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.