The Protector
Jodi Ellen Malpas     

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Hot

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.

Camille Logan has had her share of drama. Her sleazeball ex-boyfriend and her own wild antics has caused her enough pain. She is ready to push forward with her own career dreams but threats against her and her family, pushes her into another direction.

Jake Sharp, a former SAS sniper, is now living his life as a bodyguard. He needs the work to keep him focused on living and having a purpose. The pain of his past haunts him daily but he fights through it. His new assignment to watch a spoiled, rich, socialite is not necessarily his ideal job but he needs something to focus on. When he finally meets Camille, the only thing he can do is focus on her.

I’ve read books by this author before and she knows how to write an alpha male. Granted, they can almost be too alpha for me but she knows how to do it. Initially, Jake comes off as a typical alpha but he soon fizzles out to a grown man showing off. Some of the drama that occurs in the book stems from him trying to prove that he is some bad-ass bodyguard who can protect her.

Maybe I should not have gone into this book thinking I was going to get a modern twist of the movie Bodyguard and get all gushy. The story didn’t hold up for several factors. While the main characters had some insta-love connection, outside of their relationship they didn’t hold my attention. The romantic suspense element fell short because Jake, the ultra bodyguard, wasn’t really on his game as much as he protested to be. Jake’s issues added a bit of angst to the storyline but they didn’t draw me into his character.

~ Samantha