on September 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Jodi Ellen Malpas is the New York Times and Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author of two romantic trilogies: This Man and One Night. Now, Jodi Ellen Malpas is back with her long-awaited next novel—and her first stand-alone story—THE PROTECTOR
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.
“I shouldn’t risk infecting her with my demons. Yet at the same time, I’m full of hope that she would be the cure that I hadn’t been looking for.”
Suspense dripping with sexual chemistry? Yes, please. A contract that is meant to be a distraction, turns into a need, perhaps its fate. Meet Jake Sharp, an ex-military sniper for hire, and Camille Logan, the beautiful rich model, both of whom are trying desperately to re-write their past. The broody bad-ass, and the lusty heroine. The ever sexy alpha male, and the damsel in distress.
“I see you.”
Jake finds his sustenance in work, women, and drink. He’s battling his own monsters and feels he’s unworthy of happiness of any kind. Cami is determined and independent. Ardently she tries to separate herself from her father and his influential business dealings, insistent on making her own way. That is until she needs a bodyguard… A well written story ensues. I really enjoyed the dual POV, as it afforded an aside to each of them. It was an easy read, that I completely enjoyed. I loved the quirky banter between Cami and Jake, often laughing out loud. No one writes an ending like Jodi, no one, and in true Jodi fashion this ending will leave your heart a puddle of goo, and a perma-grin on your soul. It was all of that and so much more. A broken man finds redemption in the arms of his angel.
“You’re the missing piece I wasn’t looking for Angel. And now I’m scared of being incomplete again. I’m so scared of being without you.”
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