Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Review: The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

*****5 Stars*****

Oh wow! It's been a little while since Jodi Ellen Malpas released her last book, so when I heard about this one, I was giddy with excitement.
If you're unfamiliar with JEM's work, then I urge you to fix this terrible mistake. I was first introduced to this author through her This Man series and it floored me! It's a brilliant series that is popular worldwide and you wouldn't want to miss out. Next, I read her One Night series and it was just as good.
This author is talented and able to pull you into a story, turn your emotions upside down and take you on an unforgettable adventure.
When Jake is given his latest assignment, he's dreading it. Struggling with his own past, the last thing he needs is to babysit a spoilt socialite, who resents his presence. Tasked with being her bodyguard, he soon realised that the image the paparazzi portray of her is far from the truth.
Camille has fought hard for her independence and it's a daily struggle to keep her overprotective father at bay. She's accustomed to her father and his heavy handed business dealings but this time, it's Cami herself that comes under fire.
At first sight, Cami is drawn to Jake - who wouldn't be when confronted with a 6ft plus ex-SAS sniper - but still doesn't want his protection.
There are far too many secrets being kept by more than one person in this story and it can only lead to danger, heart-break and sorrow.
Can Jake put his past, his demons and his new-found feelings to one side and keep Cami safe? Or will the secrets and lies bring it all crumbling down?
I can't adequately express how much I loved this book. It's Jodi Ellen Malpas at her best. She weaves a story so compelling, so beautifully written that there's no doubt in my mind that you'll love this book as much as I did. There are plenty of twists and turns and more than one character you'll want to throat punch.
5 golden star from me for this incredible tale!

Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer

****4 Stars****

This has quite possibly been my most anticipated book of the year.
Jodi Ellen Malpas certainly had a lot to live up to with this book. I mean she's given us Jesse Ward and Miller Hart for God's sake. Well what I had to do was totally switch off from all of that and try to consider this book as a completely different entity, which is easier said than done when we have been spoilt with two monumental trilogies.
I do have to say however, this in so many ways was your typical JEM book. With certain British-isms that I find are so unique to her books, in other ways it was completely different. For starters, it's a standalone and not part of a trilogy or series. I also felt Jake didn't have the idiosyncrasies like Jodi's previous male characters and in part that did make him a little less endearing. However, it was eventually his protective nature that won me over.
Camille was a great heroine. It was clear to see she was perfect for Jake and he for her.
This book was a little slow off the mark for me and didn't have me as absorbed into Jake and Camille's world as I would have liked. The storyline itself had to progress quite quickly, which I felt on occasion was a little rushed in places, but certainly by the last half everything started to piece together. To be honest I didn't predict the outcome at all, despite having numerous attempts at guessing.
For me, there were elements that could have been better. Perhaps it would have benefitted from being a little longer, so the characters and certain scenes had a chance to develop more. But whilst this book didn't blow me away, I did really enjoy it and quite possibly my expectations were so high going into it and despite me trying my hardest not to, I couldn't help but compare it to the greatness that is Jodi's other books, because to be honest the concept was brilliant.
I cannot wait for more from Jodi Ellen Malpas, because despite me not rating this as high as I would have liked, she is still one of my favourite authors.

Reviewed by Louise Dale


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.

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