The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas is an angsty enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance between a hot alpha hero and his celebrity client

The Protector

by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Review of The Protector

True fact: the cover for The Protector and its premise struck a chord with my penchant for nostalgia.  I remember watching The Bodyguard on a first date back in 1992.  The guy I dated wasn’t very memorable, but the movie stuck with me all these years.  I definitely wanted The Protector to give me some Bodyguard/Costner-Houston vibes.





Gah, that gif!

The Protector Summary

Camille Logan is a model and the daughter of a money-hungry tycoon.  She has recently turned her life around after a short stint in rehab following a break-up with her drug-pushing ex.  

She is headstrong and fights for her independence from her domineering father.  Cami is in a good place, working hard to start a clothing line with her best friend.

Jake Sharp is a former military sniper who had a bad final tour.  He’s spent four years boozing and binging on nameless women to keep from feeling anything.  

Jake has also taken assignments as a contract bodyguard to fill his time.  

When Camille’s life is threatened, Jake is reluctant to take the call, since he assumes she is a spoiled socialite and nothing more.

What I liked and didn’t like about The Protector

The things I liked about The Protector:

Camille and Jake’s hate-to-love progression, Cami’s loyalty and work ethic, and the suspense aspect of the story.  

Cami had the potential to be annoying and I didn’t find that to be the case.  She has a smart head on her shoulders (except for the running away!) and seems to be a genuine person.

Things that didn’t work for me include:

Jake’s attitude about his previous relationships, Jake hiding the truth behind his secrets for so long, and Jake’s cocky attitude about his skills.  Basically, he’s kind of a douche and I didn’t like him very much.  

Once he and Cami stop fighting the feelings, things get a little better, but I still didn’t care for his character or his actions.

So, did The Protector live up to my expectations and my need for The Bodyguard vibes?  Not exactly, but I did enjoy the storyline and aspects of the characters.  

If you are looking for a suspenseful romance with a bodyguard theme, definitely give The Protector a try.

p.s. For a book by Jodi Ellen Malpas that I loved, check out my review for The Forbidden!

Thank you for the advanced copy of THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas.  All opinions are my own.

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About Jodi Ellen Malpas

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.

She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times bestsellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international bestseller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.

About the Book


date published : September 6, 2016

publisher : Forever

pages : 385

audiobook narrators: Alexandra Baldwin, Owen MacMahon

audiobook length: 14 hrs, 9 min

The Protector by 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.

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