Published by Forever on 09/06/16
THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE THIS MAN TRILOGY AND ONE NIGHT TRILOGY!
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.
The Protector was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I’ve read all of Jodi Ellen Malpas’s books, and while I can’t say they’re the best written books or even the best stories, there is something about them that is incredibly addicting. So I looked forward to seeing what she would do with a new story. Unfortunately, even with average expectations, I was let down.
I think what is most disappointing is that it started off really promising. I liked the premise, it seemed pretty believable, and I was even intrigued by and drawn to Jake’s character. But slowly, there were minor things that were turnoffs for me. The first big thing was that Camille and her family reminded me so much of the Trump family. Talk about unappealing. The second thing was that Camille wasn’t a very likeable character. She grew on me a bit as the story progressed, but she didn’t have much substance and she acted pretty immature for her age.
So here I am, probably a third of the way through the book, and suddenly my worst (book) nightmare happens. Insta-love! Dun dun dun! Y’all… I hate it. I hate it. And this was the most incredible case of insta-love I think I’ve ever read. It was like once they swapped bodily fluids it was game over. I didn’t get the connection at all.
The more I read, the more unrealistic and unbelievable the story became. And it seemed like it was just exaggerated filler to get to the next sex scene. Sex scenes that I didn’t feel drove the story anywhere – they were just gratuitous.