Sadly, The Protector didn’t live up to my expectations at all. There has been a lot of buzz around this book, notably a damn good book trailer. Unfortunately, nothing truly grabbed my attention in this story, not the alpha hero, nor the feisty heroine or even the suspense plot. I’ll have to rewind to This Man to enjoy JEM again.
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.
Author : Jodi Ellen Malpas
Title : The Protector
Series : –
Number of pages : 384
Publisher : Forever
Release Date : September 6th, 2016
Genre : Contemporary, Erotica.
A new Jodi Ellen Malpas’ book is always pretty exciting news for me. I’ve read the blurb of The Protector and was absolutely sold about it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
I remember my love / hate relationship about Jesse, the Lord of the Manor from This Man . Infuriating OTT alpha but oddly charming in his caveman ways.
The Protector promised all kind of go to elements for me : The tortured hero, the forbidden love element, the feisty, spoiled, rich and misunderstood heroine… I was truly eager to meet Jake and Camille. Alright, especially Jake, I mean, JEM does write good alphas, right?
But I’ll be straight and honest about my experience reading The Protector. I had difficulties connecting with the characters fairly early in the book and began to tick at some description’s choices from the author. And if you know me a little as a reader, if I start to nitpick about things like this, it means nothing better holds my attention.
“Her pert breasts are tipped with solid nipples.”
“Then I feel her hardened nipples pressing into my chest through my suit.”
I’m all for physical reactions demonstrating arousal in erotica and romance books, and yes sometimes they’re exaggerated to the point of ridiculousness, but in this case, I just couldn’t get over the fact that the heroine must have hard steel nipples. No, titanium nipples. No… Bionic nipples.
But okay, moving on…
Well, I was trying to get over it, really, but a little later…
“Oh God, his cock is solid and pushing into my thigh and my nipples are buzzing, probably injecting his chest with electric shocks.”
Super Jaimie? Is that you?
Yes I’m nitpicking, but I did read past that, trying to focus on the character that interested me… Jake.
But I’m sad to report that there wasn’t much to him but a facade.
He’s presented as this tough and professional guy. Former SAS sniper reconverted as a bodyguard, he’s supposed to be the best of the best in his profession but kept acting like he had no clue what he was doing.
His actions didn’t match his reputation at all, all talk no substance kind of hero. For instance this little scene where he loses his shit against the heroine’s step-brother… He didn’t know who he was but supposedly previously ran a background check on the heroine’s entourage… Huh. Awkward, but the author needed a little tension there, or just needed to show us Jake was tough and good at “protecting” his client…
Several inconsistencies regarding the threats against the heroine, Jake’s inability to focus on his job because his dick was getting the upper hand… It just became ridiculous to me and I couldn’t care less about the main plot or the romance.
I didn’t mind the insta-love aspect. It was to be expected, but their relationship just felt forced.
I truly didn’t care about whatever was happening between them, I didn’t care about the so called threats against the heroine, I couldn’t give any credit to Jake as a respectable bodyguard…
The whole book was quite boring for me, I’m afraid to say.
It does sound harsh saying this but that was my experience reading The Protector.
I have no doubts I’ll be in the minority with my feelings and encourage you to read the book and see for yourself if Jake is as good as Jesse.
In the mean time I’ll be revisiting The Lord of the Manor soon…
Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012. She took a chance on a story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters.
Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction. With so much love and enthusiasm from her readers, and a thirst for more of her words, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international best seller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.
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
Thanks for your honest review. I’ve felt the same way about popular books.
It happens yes, sometimes some don’t live up to their hype. This one especially, the trailer was actually great, too bad the book wasn’t. (for me at least. )