Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Protector

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 (Forever; September 6, 2016; $15.99).

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 was the epitome of romance for me. These characters had me on the edge of my seat waiting for them to get their moment. You know the one, the moment that everything comes together for two people and allows them to be truly happy. And for Jake and Camille, their moment was brilliant. I felt a connection to them from very early in the book so seeing them finally get to be happy was the best part of my day. 

Jake Sharp may physically be in the present but in his mind, he's in the past. He hasn't been able to move forward from the things he's done and the people he's hurt. To keep himself somewhat sane he makes sure to always be working on a job as a bodyguard. His newest assignment? Camille Logan, model, typical rich girl, sure to be snob, and target of one of her father's enemies. 

When he meets his assignment though, Jake gets the shock of his life. Camille may be a rich girl, but she is far from typical. She's far from the stuck-up girl he's expecting her to be, and the surprise makes him notice her as more than an assignment. But now he has another threat to protect her from. Him. 

Camille actually surprised me just as much as she did Jake because I was very nervous about her character. The blurb mentions her stint in rehab for cocaine use and that she was a rich girl, so honestly I had the same thoughts that Jake did. That she was going to be some stuck up girl used to getting whatever she wants, and I was also nervous that her drug habit would come back up. But her character was actually very well written and I appreciated the fact that her past drug use wasn't brought into the focus too much. 

I really liked Camille's character and how responsible she was. There was never a moment where she gave up and let her wealth carry her through life. Instead she worked hard for what she wanted to accomplish and I admired her for that. Especially with her father always wanting to take care of her money needs.

The majority of the story focused on Jake more than Camille, and it was definitely needed. Out of the two he was the more complex character that we had to really dig deep to figure out. I loved that everything about him was below the surface and I wasn't able to guess it easily. In order to truly understand him I had to actually get to know his character and the personality he had. And when I finally got all of him, I loved him even more. 

Not only did this book have the romance that I was looking for, it also had suspense that kept me enthralled. Trying to find out who was after Camille and why was the big mystery and it was done very well. It didn't take over the story, yet it also wasn't shoved in the background until the very end. Throughout the whole book I was questioning everything and everyone trying to figure out what was actually going on. I loved that I wasn't able to figure it out and was kept in the dark the whole time, making me even crazier to find out.

This book made me sigh, it made me swoon, and it made me fall head over heels in love with these two fictional characters. I definitely recommend this book for anyone that likes a hot romance with a side of suspense.

About the Author

British talent Jodi Ellen Malpas sold hundreds of thousands of e-books of her passionately erotic trilogy This Man before landing a major US publishing deal and sailing straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers chart in a few short months. Success quickly followed in the UK, with thousands of readers falling head-over-heels for the devastatingly handsome Lord of the Manor Jesse Ward and his feisty counterpart, Ava O’Shea, as all three books became major Sunday Times bestsellers. This was followed by further success with her second series One Night, which introduced the irresistibly enigmatic M. 

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 and, mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males.  

About Forever:
Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, publishes romantic fiction ranging from light-hearted and contemporary to dramatic and historical, as well as erotic romance, romantic suspense, and enthralling paranormal. Authors include Jodi Ellen Malpas, S.C. Stephens, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis, Elizabeth Hoyt, Debbie Mason, and Rebecca Zanetti.  

For more information about Forever, visit Facebook.com/ForeverRomance 

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