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.
Out of all Jodi Ellen Malpas´s books, The Protector is my least favorite. Don´t get me wrong- The story was good… it was only less what I expected it to be.
Any fan of the author knows her stories are beyond exciting and entertaining ( especially when it comes to the bed sport department ). Her latest story, The Protector, felt in comparisson to her previous stories flat.
Why? I can´t really say. As I´ve stated before- the story was good. The characters were great as well. So, why am I not loving this read as much as I loved the This Man Trilogy or the One Night Trilogy?
Maybe it´s because her other stories were trilogies and a reader got a chance to dig deeper into the characters lives. Maybe it´s because I didn´t really buy the torn Hero act. Maybe the threat in this story wasn´t threatening enough? It could have also been the fact that certain events didn´t receive enough attention ( for example: Camille´s dream to become independent ).
What I´m positive of is the end. My God. That was heartwarming and just…. beautiful. A picture perfect scene I wish alot of books had.
The bottom line- It was a good read for inbetween but nothing more for me.
The Cover – 3 stars ( I like the simplicity but I dislike the dead-giveaway image. When I saw the cover my first thought was „Kevin Costner?“ )
The Story – 3 stars ( Although the story had alot of great elements I still felt the story lacked alot of points. I hoped for more depth.)
The Charatcers – 3 stars ( Each figure had their position. The rich Heroine who wanted indepenence, the battered Hero who needed a purpose in life…. It was good just not good enough for me. The Hero was a bit too extreme for my taste. If his character had time to develope then I´d have somehow accepted his ways a little more but not within 384 pages. )
My emotional state after finishing this read– Overall okay. I wasn´t in love with the story nor did I hate it.
I´m giving The Protector, by Jodi Ellen Malpas, 3 out of 5 stars.
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