‘The Protector’ – Jodi Ellen Malpas

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.

I had never read anything by Jodi before but I found this book after joining Passionflix, seeing it was next to be filmed. I ordered the book and I’m so glad I did.

I love Jake Sharp. He is an amazing character that you can’t help but love. He’s a broken man working as a bodyguard to distract himself from his demons. Assigned to protect Camille, who he assumes is a spoiled, rich girl, he is less than impressed but he always takes his job seriously. Camille is angry that her father insists on having this man shadow her. She thinks it is unnecessary and tries to make Jake’s job difficult. Neither are prepared for their attraction to one another and where it will take them.

The storyline is great, full of drama, suspense and romance. I was on the edge of my seat reading it. So many twists and turns. You won’t be able to put this down.

I was lucky enough to visit the set of The Protector movie this week, thanks to Passionflix, and it is going to be brilliant! Perfectly cast and well adapted. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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