The Protector Review


I just want to start out by saying Jodi Ellen Malpas is the queen of alpha males with tortured souls. She really knows how to pull at your heartstrings, and Jake Sharp is no different from her other men. He is deeply wounded by a past that just won’t let him go. Though it drove me insane wondering what happened to him, I thoroughly enjoyed his journey toward healing.

Camille Logan has a troubled past of her own, but she is back on her feet and trying to make a name for herself. Unfortunately her father’s ruthless business dealings have her in need of protection, and Jake is the only person who can do the job.

This book had me gasping, laughing, and crying through the entire thing. As with JEM’s other books, The Protector is full of suspense, drama, intense sexual chemistry, and fierce love. I’ll be hungover for weeks.

I am as in love with Jake Sharp as I am with Jesse Ward and Miller Hart. Part of me is disappointed that we don’t get to spend as much time with Jake as we did the other two, but a bigger part of me is glad we get the whole story in one book. I don’t think my heart could take waiting two more years to get the rest of his story. Now I just have to patiently wait until The Queen releases her next book.

♥ Mel

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THE PROTECTOR by Jodi Ellen Malpas (September 6, 2016; Forever Trade Paperback and Forever eBook; stand alone novel)


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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About the Author:
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.



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Learning and Growing

I got my first negative review on Given yesterday. Well, it wasn’t terrible. It was a 3 out of 5. There were some positive points and some not so great, but I’m not taking it personal. I can’t complain at all when the reviewer said they were sucked into the story enough that they stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish reading because they couldn’t put the book down. I will take the review for what it is…a chance to learn and grow just like I did with the first two Jagara books. Just like anything else in life, you can’t please everyone, but you can take the constructive criticism and apply it as you see fit.

Life is about learning and growing and when your job is to create for the entertainment of others, you have to consider their opinions with an open mind. I’m not saying you have to change everything to try to make everyone happy, because that is impossible. You have to stay true to your vision, but when it comes to the way you present your story, there is always room for improvement.

The opinions of my readers matter to me. Since this is only the third book into my writing career, I know I still have a lot of growing to do. I appreciate the review I got, and though I don’t agree with everything she said, I will be taking some of her opinions into consideration just like I have done with other people’s opinions in the past and will do in the future.

Now, don’t get me wrong, outright criticism and rude comments will just be ignored. I’ve seen too many authors give up on their dream because of asshats who like to do nothing but stir the shit pot. I am not one of those authors. I will not be bullied and I will not quit what I’m doing because someone decides to be an asshole. I write because I love it, and because I want to share my stories with others. As long as there are people who enjoy them, I will keep putting my stories out there. I will continue to write because that is what I love to do. I will keep writing because it is my dream and I will not let someone take it from me.

I just want to say how thankful I am for each and every one of my readers. I’m always excited to give yall another story, and I hope I continue to grow and everyone keeps coming back for more in the future. ❤

That’s all for me for now. Until next time…Do what you love, and never give up on your dreams. You have them for a reason.

❤ Mel

BDB Love

So, in preparation for the release of The Shadows, book 13 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels by the one and only J.R. Ward, I decided to reread the entire series…again. 🙂 I just wanted to post a quick overview of my experience with this series and then give a review (spoiler free of course) of the newest installment o the BDB series.


Book One: Dark Lover
Wrath, Son of Wrath, AKA The Blind King:

Every time I read this book, I fall in love with Wrath all over again. I was hooked from the moment he walked into the club to meet with Darius. His and Beth’s story is one that will stick with me for a very long time. To this day, I cant look out my back door at night without thinking of that leather-clad vampire king.

Book Two: Lover Eternal
Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage, AKA Hollywood, is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood:

I love a good story about a beast, and Rhage is one of my favorites of all time. Chaining the beast…one of my favorite scene’s in this book. That, and the scene behind the couch. He’s no longer the stray dog. Just saying… Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

Book Three: Lover Awakened
Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood: 

The ones with the tortured souls always make for the best stories. There are so many reasons to love Z. I cant even put into words what his story did to me emotionally. My heart melted for him.

Book Four: Lover Revealed
Butch O’Neal, a fighter by nature, A hard-living ex-homicide cop:
I love Butch and Marissa. Glad the cop finally found his place and Marissa finally realized just how strong she really is. Yes Butch, we really dig the leather too. 😉

Book Five: Lover Unbound
Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous son of the Bloodletter possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future:
Vishous is one of my favorite Brothers. He has a complex personality. And despite the way he has lived his life, he still has a vulnerable side that he only shows his woman. Doc Jane truly held his heart. 

Book Six: Lover Enshrined
Fiercely loyal to the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Phury has sacrificed himself for the good of the race, becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive:
I have to admit, I was a little thrown off by Phury’s story the first time I read it. I knew he had problems because of his past and his twin’s past, but it was really a shock to realize to what extent he was troubled. So much was going on in this book and I love the progress of all the characters. The BDB world hit a pivotal point in this book and I cant wait to see how all the changes affect the future for everyone.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide
Prepare to enter the dark passionate world of The Black Dagger Brotherhood and get up close and personal with each one of the Brothers…
I just love that J.R. Ward put this out. I like knowing more about the behind the scenes stuff and the slices of life and the character profiles.

Book Seven: Lover Avenged
Rehvenge AKA The Reverend:
Love Rehvenge. He is one of my favorites. This violet-eyed mohawked sin-eater, pimp who was a whore…stole my heart from the moment he walked in with his sable coat and his pimp cane. I love how his character progressed throughout the series.

Book Eight: Lover Mine
John Matthew:
Oh, John Matthew, how I love you. As usual, Ms. Ward outdid herself. Amazing book. The strength JM showed from the very beginning carried him through some terrible things, two lifetimes of tragedy, but he came out on the other side with his woman. Finally.

Book Nine: Lover Unleashed
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother:
Seeing Payne’s journey unfold was very surprising. Seeing the softer, vulnerable side of her was unexpected. I loved Manny from the first time we met him earlier in the series, and I’m so glad he came back into the picture. This book was intense. Loved it. There were some unexpected things with the secondary characters, but it’s refreshing to see that just because a couple gets their HEA doesn’t mean they have it made just because they are together. Every couple has issues they have to work through. Even Fictional ones.

Book Ten: Lover Reborn
Tohrment struggles between an unforgettable past, and a future that he doesn’t know he can live with…
I have to admit, part of me wasn’t looking forward to this book because of the guy’s history, but as usual, J R Ward made me love her all over again. Just like every other book of hers that I have read, I was deeply stirred. I laughed, I cried, and I will always come back for more. After the tragic journey he barely survived, I’m glad he found his heart and got the happily-ever-after he deserves.

Book Eleven: Lover At Last
Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.
This was the most awaited book in the series for me, and it didn’t disappoint. Qhuinn is another tortured soul that grabbed a hold of me from the very beginning. So happy these two finally came together. I couldn’t be happier for them.

Book Twelve: The King
After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle–with the help of his beloved mate.

I fell in love with Wrath all over again in this book…even though he frustrated the hell out of me with his stubbornness. 😉 So much happened in this book and I’m curious to see where the BDB is going from here.

And for Book Thirteen: The Shadows
Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny:

I have to be completely honest. Although this book was yet another masterpiece my the amazingly talented J.R. Ward, this one traumatized me like none of the others. Yes, even Z’s book didn’t affect me this much. After having slept on it, I still feel that I will probably never be able to force myself to reread it. All I have left to say is…

Just like in real life, sometimes, a happy ending isn’t anywhere close to what you want or expect. Sometimes your happily-ever-after comes at the end of your life, not when you find the one your heart belongs to.

So, in closing: I just want to add that I both dread and look forward to the next BDB installment, The Beast. I need closure on what’s going on with Rhage. And I also look forward to starting the spin-off series, The Black Dagger Legacy.

So, now that the trauma is over for me for now, I can focus on my current project…again.
Until next time,

Much Love,

Trying my hand at something new…The dreaded book review.

I decided to add a little something to my blog and start reviewing books I read. I’ve never done this before and as you know, I tend to ramble a lot, but I thought I’d give it a shot. So here we go. Up first:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon



The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


Okay. First of all… I am usually strictly a paranormal romance junkie. I’m all about shifters, vampires, werewolves and other awesome creatures like that, but I do have a thing for men with accents and Scotsmen are near the top of that list. My first was from Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander series. I may have mentioned that before 😉

So, here’s what I have to say about OUTLANDER:
Honestly, I hadn’t heard of the Outlander books until I saw the advertisement for the TV series, but it intrigued me enough that I decided to read the books first. I’d seen enough on the TV spots to know the basics of the story, so that combined with my impatience had me quickly asking myself, “When does it get to the good part?” This book was so full of detail that I thought it would never ‘get there’ but when it broke past that initial barrier, (which in reality, wasn’t that far into the book) I was on the edge of my seat. This book was a roller coaster ride. Things were intense much of the time and every time I thought things were settling down, something would happen and there I went again on another ride.

The Sex:
Being accustomed to the animalistic, raw way that shifters and the like show their physical love for one another, I wondered when, or if, Claire would ever have that with the rough-around-the-edges Scot. Well, I was so pleasantly surprised when it finally happened, I didn’t even know how to react.

My final thoughts:
Ms. Gabaldon has a way with words. Her style is so different from anything I’ve ever read, and I am forever hooked. I laughed, I cried, and in the end, all I wanted was more. I can’t wait to read the next book. I look forward to seeing where Claire’s adventures take her next. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes unforgettable characters, emotional ups and downs, and adventures that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Until next time…Happy reading.

❤ Mel