Tuesday, September 6, 2016

THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas - Review and Giveaway

by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Published by Forever
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher
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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.

My Thoughts

With a cover that cover that screamed "The Bodyguard" (the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner all-time favorite movie) and an opportunity to read to read a new-to-me author, I was all about reading THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas. 

I claim that I'm not really one for the alpha-male hero, but with characters like Jake Sharp, I'm beginning to reconsider. I'm not going to lie, I loved his take charge, protective role. He is intense and haunted, and like Camille, I was willing to take the time and have some patience as he dealt with his past and find out just who this man was underneath his rough and tough exterior.  

THE PROTECTOR is full of heat and passion and oh-so-steamy sexytimes. There was a lot of anticipation with MANY "explosive" rewards and I enjoyed all of that, but I wanted more of the suspense and danger that I expected to get.  

In addition to the romance, I love stories that include the best friend side-kick, and Camille had that in her BFF Heather. She doesn't play a major role in story, but her appearances are scene-stealing. One of my favorite moments is the reenactment of a famous scene from "Dirty Dancing", because I got to see the silliness of their friendship, and the youthfulness of Camille. 

A moment that claimed my heart:

"Look at me."

     I reluctantly open my eyes, finding Jake's dark gaze soft and reassuring. It only serves to make me feel worse, because he understands me so well.
 . . . .
"I see you."
     His sincerity can't be mistaken for anything less than that. I hear it, I feel it. (pg. 217) 

Another thing that I liked about THE PROTECTOR is that the image from the book cover is incorporated in a scene in the book - a very important, pivotal scene. I loved having that image to refer to and the added dramatic effect it had on the story.

While THE PROTECTOR is the first book that I've read by Jodi Ellen Malpas, I'm sure to seek out more books by her. I hear she has a habit of writing about alpha male protagonists, and if they are anything like Jake Sharp, this could be a good thing. 

Disclaimer:   I received this ARC for this blog tour from publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. Quotes were taken from the Advanced Review Copy and may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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 Timesbestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.

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