Release Day and Review: The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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.

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*** 3 Star Review ***

This was my first book of Jodi's. Everyone is always raving over her books, so I decided to give this one a try since it isn't a part of a series. I wasn't totally disappointed, but at the same time I wasn't really wowed either.

This story has many layers to it. Between the reason Jake is hired to protect Camille, the building attraction between Jake and Camille, Jake's secrets, Camille's secrets, family secrets... you get my drift. There is definitely enough happening in this story to keep a reader's attention.

Overall, this is a very well written story. I just couldn't connect to it. The alpha male plot is overplayed. And I am not one for the "damsel in distress" so to speak. I expected a more emotionally-charged story. But it wasn't for me. The story overall was fell a little flat for me. Just when I thought things were going to get my heart racing, the story switched and evened out.

Even though I wasn't over the moon with this book, I am not opposed to picking up another one of Jodi's books in the future. She does write well. I think she just tried to make things more complicated than they needed to be. I want more emotion from her characters.

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.

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