Monday, February 11, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW - Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox

Ellen Callahan
Caleb Clark
Jamie Callahan
Carly Short

SUMMARY from Goodreads:
An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?

Along Came Trouble is Book Two in the Camelot series.  This book is not a single story, but rather several stories woven into one narrative.  The primary story is between Caleb and Ellen.  Caleb is immensely likable.   He's the kind of guy who you would trust with your life, woo in your bed, and have a beer with. However, I found it really difficult to connect with Ellen's character - she is rather mean to Caleb and it takes some time to discover why that is so.  Once it is revealed,  it makes sense, (it reminded me of that scene in the Joy Luck Club movie when Rosalind Chao's character is sitting out in the rain telling Andrew McCarthy's character about how he doesn't "see" her) but I'm not sure Ellen's character ever truly rebounded in my eyes. 

The story that drew my attention the most was the one between Jamie and Carly.  Jamie is an internationally renowned rock star who falls in love with the girl next door, literally.  Needless to say, havoc ensues and Jamie finds himself in the position of winning Carly back.  It is fun and it is flirty.  

Ruthie Knox has a writing style that is engaging and characters that are always interesting (even if sometimes you want to rage at them) and oh, my, can this writer pen a bedroom scene - some of which does not happen in the bedroom.

Camelot is a time or place of idyllic happiness. Spread the joy and experience a little happiness with this newest addition in the the Ruthie Knox library.

Thank you to Ruthie Knox for the ARC via Netgalley.  

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