The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
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.
It’s hard to write a review about one of this authors books without talking about how much I adore the This Man books.
And unfortunately therein lies the issue.
I love this man books so much that I compare everything else she writes to them. When something is as good as Jesse is it’s incredibly hard to compete.
The Protector is a good story Jake is suitably broken; I enjoyed his gruff control and inability to resist Camisoles feisty independence.
I loved the dynamic between the two of them and the unending devotion he showed to her was incredibly endearing.
At times the story was a bit daft and I rolled my eyes on several occasions. Cough, cough the bluebell scene.
But there was also moments of genius where I was all in consumed. The action scenes and Jake being full blown psycho killer were amazeballs.
On the whole I enjoyed this story the twist of Abbie was a great edition and my heart did some twinging of emotion in the final chapter.
If I didn’t know Jesse existed I’d probably have loved this book. But I’m afraid he does and all hail the Lord!!
So as lovely as Jake is he only gets 4 stars from me.