Title: The Protector
Series: Stand-alone novel
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
Release Date: September 6, 2016! 

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.
Jodi Ellen Malpas brings a mixture of suspense and romance in the stand-alone novel -- The Protector. This story follows Jake Sharp, an ex military veteran, and Camille Logan, a model/socialite. Both characters have their own sets of issues, yet they're brought together when Jake is hired by Cami's father to shadow her every move. Cami's dad is a ruthless business man who has made one too many enemies and unfortunately his daughter is caught up in the crossfire by a threat that he's perceived to be worrisome. Thus, Jake Sharp has been brought in to make sure Cami stays safe. 

Jake is a rugged, strong, and deadly fighting machine with reflexes and muscles that'll have you double blinking in delight. He's the very BEST bodyguard in the business. And when it comes to the very wealthy Logan family, they only use the best of the best. But when Cami and Jake first get together she is not pleased. 

Cami is a fiercely independent person who is not only modeling professionally, but is in the middle of trying to get her fashion line, with her best friend, off the ground. She doesn't want to be shadowed by a devilishly handsome and broody hunk of a man with deadly skills. But unfortunately for her, she has no choice. She's in danger. Jake needs a mission to keep him busy. And her life is about to take an unexpected ride. 

As time passes, sparks fly between our hero and heroine, and the mission to protect Cami gets a little more heated and a lot more complicated. Eventually, these two can't deny their attraction and the wicked web around them tightens, leaving them both gasping and hanging on for dear life.

This story is well written and there are many elements to the plot. Not only do we have the romantic push and pull between the characters but there's the underlying threats against Cami. Also add in the complicated dynamic between the characters, Jake's many skeletons, and you have a lot going on. Our hero is troubled, struggling with some seriously heartbreaking PTSD issues. 

And while overall the story has the romantic suspense down, I found myself a tad bit underwhelmed. I can't really put my finger on the why, it's not a poorly written book, but it just didn't pack the emotional punch I was expecting. 

And maybe that's my fault. Were my expectations to high? I don't know. But no matter how hard I tried to feel this book, it just didn't work. The romance felt dull and the suspense element didn't give me the rush, the heart rate dips and pulls, that I needed. So I guess, I wanted more. 

More romance. 
More action. 
More something.

I'm usually a HUGE lover of instalove/lust and over the top alphas but this felt bland, done before. So ... it wasn't bad, it wasn't good. It was just okay for me.

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

Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world. 

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