Review: Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox

Tuesday, March 12

Title:  Along Came Trouble*
Author: Ruthie Knox
Series: Camelot #2
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: E-book
Date/Year: March 11, 2013      
Reviewed by: Michele

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series continues in this sizzling eBook original novel, featuring two headstrong souls who bump heads—and bodies—as temptation and lust bring nothing but delicious trouble.

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?

My Musings:

Along Came Trouble is the second entry in Ruthie Knox’s new Camelot series, and the first full length novel. Its hero, Caleb Clark, is the brother of Amber, the heroine of How To Misbehave, the introductory novella to the Camelot series. Amber is now married to Tony, with three young boys, and they are running Mazzara Construction together. Caleb has only recently returned from his final tour of duty for the army in Afghanistan and is now attempting to start up his own local security company in Camelot, Ohio where they all still live. Camelot Security’s big break comes when Jamie Callahan, a local boy who hit the big time as an international pop star, returns home to woo his ex-girlfriend into taking him back. The chaos that follow in Jamie’s wake is nothing compared to what happens when Caleb meets Jamie’s sister Ellen and they both realize the attraction between them is something that can’t be ignored.

Ellen Callahan is everything Jamie isn’t: quiet, dependable, conscientious, and always concerned about others before herself. When their mother realized Jamie could be a big star, she made sure Ellen stayed behind the scenes and out of the way. It took the shock of her ex-husband’s betrayal and the need to protect her young son that made Ellen strong enough to resist any and all forces attempting to disrupt her life and their safety. When her strength meets Caleb’s force, it remains to be seen who will be the victor and who will lose out in the end.

I’ve already made it clear how much of a Ruthie Knox fangirl I am, so it’s no surprise how much I loved the story of Caleb and Ellen. Ellen has had to be the rock for so many people for so long that she doesn’t know how to be selfish, even when taking what she wants isn’t really selfish at all. Caleb, on the other hand, has always been selfish in his wants and needs, especially with regard to the opposite sex. The broken-hearted women he’s left in his wake didn’t get the nickname of “chiclet” for nothing. Caleb realizes that Ellen is different, and not just because he’s older and wiser or because she has a young son and a deep distrust for all men. The question is whether Ellen will allow Caleb to protect her from her brother’s paparazzi without keeping him away as well.

The only part of Along Came Trouble that I didn’t completely enjoy was the secondary story of Ellen’s brother Jamie, and his antics while trying to win back his pregnant ex-girlfriend. I realize that without them, there would be no reason for Caleb and Ellen to be constantly thrown together, but their story was almost too much of a distraction for me at times. I much preferred the company of Ellen, Caleb and the other Clark family members, and I’m looking forward to revisiting them in Ruthie Knox’s final Camelot book, Flirting with Disaster, which will be released later this year.


Overall: 4
Sensuality level: 4
(steamy but not kinky)

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Nikki March 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM  

I really like Ruthie Knox and am looking forward to this new book. Thanks for the review.

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