I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Grand Central Publishing on September 6th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica, General
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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.
This book was a slow build for me but overall the main characters kept me interested with the heat between them palpable and honest. There is something about two people who don’t completely match what is expected of them. I also enjoyed that there isn’t a single moment that brings them together but is more a series of things that force them outside the boundaries they attempt to set on themselves.
Camile was a fun character as she doesn’t back down easily but isn’t completely stupid when it comes to her own safety. She does some stupid stuff at first but I can completely understand this as she’s fighting back at the restrictions from her father without the full picture of the threat. She’s very independent while still remaining close to family and her true friends. I loved seeing her make decisions based on loyalty vs money which is unexpected given her family ties. She’s also very drawn to our hero even as she tries to ignore it. As she gets to know him she realizes that he is hiding a lot of secrets which she’s willing to wait to uncover but… She won’t wait forever for him to fully let her in. Cami made me happy as she fought for what she wanted and wasn’t willing to accept anything less than all of him.
Jake was a mess… understandable as you get to uncover the secrets he hides from everyone… but a mess all the same. He’s hired to protect a woman that he believes will be a insufferable princess but when he meets her there is something that draws him to her. He’s drawn to her in a way that he fights against but as we all know this can’t stay unrequited for long. He’s going to break and when he does it was so hot. There are quite a few scenes where we see the build-up but those scenes were fun to read and react to. Cami tortures him as much as she can but he gets his own version of torture in against her. This sexy play back and forth made me happy as it showed that both of them were feeling the same things which led to some great tension. I adored the end of the book and while I did have issues staying with it at the beginning but I’m glad I stuck with it.
You’ll enjoy the tension while still trying to figure out what the exact threat is and when it comes out you will want to KILL someone. They are a piece of work who deserves more than what they got but hey …. what they got was bad enough.