REVIEW                                            THE PROTECTOR by JODI ELLEN MALPAS

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Title: The Protector

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 6th September, 2016

Published by Orion Books

 

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Blurb:

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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Four Stars

 

**ARC kindly received by Orion Books via NetGalley for an honest review**

We’re both huge fans of Jodi’s books so when were invited to read and review her new offering, we jumped at the chance. Different from what we’ve read before since all previous books have been trilogies, our delight was tenfold seeing that this is her first standalone. Told from dual points of view in present tense just happens to be at the top of our list, too! So what more could we possibly have asked for? Well, there’s no doubt Ms Malpas has delivered. Her words have a way of getting under your skin, draw you into the story to such an extent that we were left overwhelmed and wanting more. The banter isn’t overflowing though. We thought we’d miss it; however, the authors’ modus operandi which isn’t her usual one, effectively allowed us to get inside the protagonists’ heads giving us the opportunity for an in-depth look into their personal issues. Putting it lightly, we have to say that we were taken aback by them.

“Does it swallow you up like it does me? Does it consume you so much you think you might never break free? Tell me you feel the same. Tell me I’m not alone.”

Jake Sharp and Camille Logan’s backgrounds aren’t at all comparable. Not an insta-love by any means, the chemistry kicks in almost instantly. It’s a very hands off situation they’re in. Neither of them are over the moon about spending 24/7 together for reasons to be divulged, although we couldn’t help but love the friction this caused. The age gap. This detail didn’t concern us in the slightest. In fact, it gave a depth and realism to the story which we easily related to. Albeit the plot being an extremely well-thought-out one; strong and perfectly structured, it took us a while to really get into it. That being said, the element of surprise is there and shook us. The blurb. We read it before reading the book but would suggest that future readers don’t do the same so as not to be influenced. Regardless, it only scratches the surface of a really complex love-entangle. One factor which swayed us was the metaphorical phrase, ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Taken in its pure sense, it couldn’t have been more fitting when a scene kicks in depicting this outstanding couple. Jump for joy, we did! And if it were ever possible to fall even more head over heels for Jake, we did, too!

. . . I haven’t a burning need to unravel the puzzle that is Jacob Sharp. I want to know so I can help him. Because I love him.

Him…Lord above! As you can see, it’s obvious that we’re enamoured with Jake. We felt ourselves melting into his arms so can you imagine you how Camille felt? Most of the time this sassy, independent and truly sensible lass had no idea what was going on around her or who would steal her heart. Hmm… Jake is cold, totally professional and has had a really daunting past he’s still having trouble coping with. Yet this drop-dead gorgeous bossy man who’s constantly punishing himself in ways you will see, has a job to do and it’s not exactly what he’s used to or to his liking. What he wants isn’t up for discussion when the carrot is dangled in front of him. He accepts the challenge by someone he has little respect for and discovers that there is much more to the assignment than meets the eye. Investing in Jake as the saying goes, was piece of cake. Investing in Camille was a yes underlined!

“I’m not going to tell you that it isn’t true. I’m not proud of it. I screwed women. Nothing more, nothing less.”
“Stop.”
“No, I won’t. When I couldn’t distract myself with work, that’s all I had. They were faceless women, angel. I see you.”

What sold us was despite her privileged upbringing, she’s not spoilt, stands up for herself and doesn’t want to rely on anyone for anything. She’s also had her fair share of problems and only her iron-will to overcome them keeps her on the right path. She certainly earned ours and Jake’s respect. She’s so much more open with her feelings. He’s a closed book, not proud of a past happening and it’s going to take a lot of patience on Camille’s part to get through to him. The gravity of his mistake is revealed well into the read, and only then did we realise why he was so affected by it. But his confessions aren’t going to stop Camille giving him a run for his money… pun unintended! Camille’s a tad annoyed that she’s had her wings clipped and it’s not until a very unfavourable event takes place that it’s brought home to her that all this bodyguard business is not just a double-edged sword. Of course, there’s plenty of cloak and dagger goings on and far too close to home for comfort. The cause for nail-biting scenarios is right under her nose and made us squirm. To think that someone you trust could go to such lengths to cover up their tracks at the cost of someone dear we found horrifying.

“You calm me, regardless of the fact that you’ve actually made my life the most chaotic it’s ever been. You’ve found me, despite the fact that I never wanted to be found.”

As per usual, Jodi’s character development is of the highest quality. We loved how she’d entwined witty comebacks into their dialogue and Camille teasing Jake not only exasperated him, but also made us laugh our socks off! Yeh, there’s no doubt whatsoever that he needed a little distraction in his life and she was the one to give it to him. Even though she has a complicated relationship with one of the members of her family, she’s blessed with other folk who are always concerned for her well-being. But what we really have to mention is our favourite part of the book and it was the ending! Never before has a chapter evoked such strong emotions from us and we were completely blindsided by it in a truly amazing way. Up until this point, it had all been about Camille and Jake, but on the fringes of their story we were given snippets of another character that plays a very significant role; nonetheless, we didn’t get to meet them. We couldn’t possibly tell you who this person is as it would spoil the book totally. What we can tell you is that it brought us to our knees!

“Where’s home?”
“Where do you want it to be?”
“You’re my home now. Wherever you are that’s my home.”

If you’re already a fan of this author’s works like us, or if you’ve yet to dip your toes into her marvellous world of alpha males, then we highly recommend you read this new standalone. We guarantee that you’ll be enthralled by this couple from chapter one to the very last page! Bravo Ms Malpas and well played!

 

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About the Author:

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.

 

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“LLtK is diamonds.”

Title: Long Live The King 

Author: WS Greer

Series: An Italian Mafia Romance Duet #2

Genre: Mafia Romance

Release Date: 5th September, 2016

 

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ALL IT TAKES IS A YEAR TO BUILD AN EMPIRE…

Dominic Collazo has taken the infamous Giordano crime family to even greater heights in the year since he became the boss. The Family is making more money than ever, and they’re doing it quietly. Things couldn’t be better for the young kingpin.

ALL IT TAKES IS LOVE TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ON TOP OF THE WORLD…

Alannah Sullivan may not have many friends, but when you’re lucky enough to spend your life with your soulmate, you feel untouchable. When the love of your life is the most powerful man in the city, you roll with the punches and proudly stand by his side.

ALL IT TAKES IS BETRAYAL FOR IT ALL TO COME CRASHING DOWN AROUND YOU…

There’s a traitor in The Family. Someone who knows everything. Someone who’s sabotaging business and bringing heat to Dominic that can only end in his fall from power. And everyone knows there’s only one way for a mob boss’ reign to end.

ALL IT TAKES IS A MOB KING WHO’S WILLING TO DIE TO PROTECT HIS QUEEN…

Dominic would never let anything happen to Alannah, no matter how dangerous things become, or how guilty everyone around him looks. Even if everyone he ever trusted turns against him and he has to burn it all down to save her. He’ll let it burn, even if saving her means he’ll be consumed by the blaze.

 

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It’s not often that KFF review a book which hasn’t been offered to us as an ARC and we’re not exactly proud to admit it, either. There’s always one in hand and more often than not, with a deadline. Saying that, we couldn’t be more grateful to those who choose us to give our honest opinion. Seeing that there are so many authors’ works to discover and since one of our fave genres is Mafia romance, we one-clicked the first book, Kingpin. We went in blind, we were enthralled, we loved it! WS’s storytelling modus operandi, his writing talent to construe characters that toyed with our emotions made us sit back and think. WOW, this guy knows what he’s doing! And now we have the finale of an epic romance.

Firstly, I have to say how much I appreciated the author mentioning all the characters in the first chapter. Trying to remember who is who in a sequel can at times be a tad arduous. And then I was thrown into the thick of Alannah Sullivan’s problems. Defending the love of her life causes quite a dispute; her way of dealing with it certainly earned my respect. This sassy opinionated gal is not alone regarding her man’s charms. You can imagine who else is!

“Fuhgeddaboutit. Unfortunately, I know exactly what you mean.”

My first thought was would Dominic Collazo be able to live up to his reputation. Kings come and go, don’t they? I thought that maybe he’d gone a bit soft on me; however, I couldn’t have been more mistaken. He’s not the exactly same person I got to know, though. And seeing this slight change in him is quite understandable as he’s got other things on his mind. We were given a hint of things to come in the cliffy in Kingpin which figuratively speaking, made me throw a few choice words at the author! Still, in LLtK this snippet tangled and an event that follows slowly build up and is by no means in his favour. I certainly got the impression that strict rules within such an organised and tight-knit clan as is the Mafia weren’t going to be respected.

“The only reason you’re alive right now, is because I have all these fucking rules to follow.”

It becomes a make it or break it situation for Dominic with so much in play. Street-wise beyond his years, he prepares himself for the worst after Alannah voices her doubts about allegedly trustworthy people. Getting ready to take on the whole ‘system’, hands full juggling his legit businesses, his foremost worry is protecting the woman he loves. But would trying his hardest be enough? When the tough gets going, would she keep her thoughts to herself?

“Mercy? What are you, crazy? This is the Cosa Nostra, there is no mercy!”

Nevertheless, Dominic’s uncanny ability to sense imminent threats and where they lie will above all, help him to unravel a complex plot with all the odds against him. My, ooh my, in consideration of the foregoing, perhaps his negotiating skills were a tad, humph… unethical. I questioned his stance, but it didn’t take me long to realise that he had no option if he was going to survive the storm. A hell of a lot of the angst in his story; there is, and you definitely have to read LLtK to make up your own mind as to whether or not methods used were correct.

“No matter what happens, we’ll figure it out together. We’ll beat all of this. Because we have to. Because this isn’t just you and me…”

I was left aghast towards the end of this read that has plenty of vividly described scenes. Surprises abound—good and not-so-good. The cause of such devious goings on and so close to home has its aftermath, too, and simply knocked me backwards. Now to sum up this sequel. Theirs is a beautiful thing. I adored how honest both of them were with their feelings. How Alannah accepts her man for what he is with his traits included was for me, of utmost importance. His dedication to her, their utter devotion to each other, sold me. How they strived to reach their goal showed me love conquers all. The supporting characters’ personality development cannot be ignored and to say I could’ve gladly strangled some of them would be putting it mildly. The lingo used is appropriate, the banter really good and the storyline flows at a pace that I found very much to my liking. Sadly, this is arrivederci Dominic and Alannah. Bravo WS!

 

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Transparent LogoWS Greer is an international bestselling author of romantic suspense, and an active duty military member with the US Air Force. He’s been serving his country since 2004, and has been an author since his debut novel, Frozen Secrets, was released in 2013.

WS was born to military parents in San Antonio, Texas, and bounced around as a child, from Okinawa, Japan, to Florida, to New Mexico, where he met his high school sweetheart, who’d become his wife in 2003. Together, the two of them have two wonderful children, and are currently living overseas on the tiny island of Guam.

WS has tackled different genres throughout his writing career. From romantic suspense with his debut novel Frozen Secrets, to erotic suspense with his bestselling Carter Trilogy and Defending Her, to contemporary romance with Worth Saving.

WS has learned a lot about writing over the years, and his goal is to build a loyal and thriving fan base in the romantic suspense genre from here on out. His stories are deeply rooted in suspense, but WS loves the added drama of intense, emotional characters. Emotion, suspense, and drama is what WS does best.

WS loves connecting with his fans and readers, and does so whenever he gets the chance, and he would love to hear from you. You can find him on his personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Stay tuned, there’s more suspenseful stories coming from WS Greer!

 

Get ready for the roller-coaster ride of a lifetime!!

Get ready for Long Live the King

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