Review: The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Review: The Protector by Jodi Ellen MalpasThe Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Forever Genres: Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
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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.

REVIEW: The Protector is the 2nd book I read by author Palmas. With this new book readers and fans of the author can expect the same quality of writing and style as well as drama and angst.

The Protector follows the life of two different individuals. Cami the daughter of a rich, ruthless and manipulative man who stops at nothing to get what he wants in business and life. Camille is a model, passionate and loyal.  She is making a name for herself as a model and as a fashion designer.

As the story develops we are introduced to Camille’s past, a past filled with angst and pain. She had been in the eye of the press after her breakup with her boyfriend Sebastian and her drug abuse, but while that is now part of the past Camille can’t deny the impact that made in her life. Now drug free and single Camille is concentrate on her work as a model and her entrepreneurship as a fashion designer. But while she is moving on with her life things start to unravel around her.

It is after her father gets a threat directed at Camille that she is brought to face her latest father’s decision. Jake Sharp is a man of action. As a sniper and body guard he knows his way around danger and it is for that reason that he gets hired by Trevor Logan, Camille’s father to protect her at all cost. But while Jake is a man of action his world comes to a stop when he meets Camille.

These two characters have a certain chemistry when they first meet, and as the story develops some aspects of their life come to play and we see their dynamics change. Attraction is instant but while they try to keep their attraction in check their bodies and hormones dictates otherwise. The story had  a good premise, but as many other stories in contemporary romance it falls short. These characters & their relationship evolve around the idea that they they need fixing and that the only way they will be whole and happy is if the person for whom they have fall in-love fix them.

Camille & Jake are good characters, but as  most contemporary romance they fall on each other to find the their purpose in life and the answer to their future. Everything around their life becomes secondary, giving the story a less realistic feel. The Protector didn’t bring the wow factor I have come to expect from contemporary romance with a suspense theme, Jake’s inability to accept the death of his wife did not convince me to believe his self impose penance and pain.

Overall, The Protector is a story of two characters that while very different fall on each other to fix each others life and chances to a future. Their story entwines and come to a very touching end which could be perhaps the best part of the whole story.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, but with some reservations
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