Monday, 7 October 2019

Book review: The Protector | 'Most paramount erotic novel I've read in years'

50 Shades of Grey cast a bland shadow over the world of erotic fiction for years but Jodi Ellen Malpas is the author who is bringing word porn back from the dead.

So, what’s it about?

The Protector is written by Jodi Ellen Malpas, a New York Times bestselling author who has perfectly nailed bringing hot alpha men to life.

This epic love story follows Camile Logan, a glamorous London model who is used to being stalked by the paparazzi, appearing in magazine adverts and is frequently stopped for autographs.

She walks freely around as she pleases until her overbearing and powerful businessman father hires her a bodyguard, Jake Sharp and it’s not long before Camile falls deeply head over heels for the hunky former SAS sniper who has many secrets hidden between his biceps and sleeve. 

But with many twists and steamy sex scenes between these pages, the pair have some terrifying demons to overcome in the form of gangs, drug addictions and blackmail.


For some bizarre reason, many of us adore a bad boy but dealing with them is tiring so the best way (and safest) to get your fix is to pick up a book and live vicariously. 

In The Protector, Jodi has created the perfect blend of a bad boy. You'd love to hate him, but you just can't. 

Jake Sharp, I hated his character at first and couldn't get on board with his smug attitude and couldn't help but feel irritated by the way he treated women. But he quickly grew on me...

Jake's character will be like marmite to you. He will either grip you and you'll want to turn page after page to discover his secrets or his first approach of being a smug prick will turn you off completely. But I'm glad I stuck it out as his and heroine Camile's characters are actually quite in-depth and have a lot of layers to them.

This book has had a ton of, to be frank, really s**t reviews. However, personally, I loved the thrill of the action mixed in with some incredibly detailed and graphic sex scenes.

For me, it was exactly what I wanted 50 Shades of Grey to be but undoubtedly better. Unlike Christian Grey, Jake isn't controlling and it's a story of two people who have incredible chemistry and not just in the bedroom. 

For the majority of the book you watch on as Camile and Jake try their absolute hardest to resist each other and remain strictly professional. For me, it was the epitome of romance.


If 50 Shades disappointed you and you want something to daydream over, I'd add this one to your bookshelf. Or if you find porn boring or demeaning to women and want to return to good old fashioned erotica, this one will certainly get you in the mood. 

It's a 4/5 from me. 

Written by VavaViolet’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.



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