Mar 12, 2013

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Review: Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox (Camelot #2)

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Contemporary Romance
March 11 2013
eBook
350 pages
Random House
Received from publisher via NetGalley

Yummy Man – Caleb Clark
Kick Ass Chick – Ellen Callahan

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?

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Along Comes Trouble is the second (but first full length) book in Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series.  This series follows three siblings in the small town of Camelot.  Hence the name.

This installment focuses on Caleb, the middle sibling and the only boy.  He recently left the military and is now back in Camelot running a security firm.  He is hired by a national security firm to oversee the safety of two citizens of the town.  One is the sister of a crazy famous pop star, Ellen, and one is her neighbor and the pop star’s ex-girlfriend, Carly.

It took me a while to connect with Ellen.  Well, actually I don’t think I ever really did.  There is something about her that didn’t take.  She was married to an alcoholic and she pretty much let him lead her whole life.  Now she is divorced and raising their son and finally feels as though she is the master of her own life.  She is in no hurry to give that up and feels like anyone who comes into her life to make changes is her enemy and is trying to take away her new-ish found freedom.

Okay, I get that.  But the only reason I really got that was because I have read it before in other books.  I didn’t find it was well explained in this book nor did I feel it really went well with Ellen and her situation.  I mean, she knows her brother Jamie is a crazy famous celebrity.  She has paparazzi on her front lawn all the time trying to get a photo of her neighbor.  Things are complicated between Jamie and Carly and that means news to entertainment/trash magazines.  So when Jamie hires someone to come to Ellen’s house to make sure things are safe for her and her son, you would think that she would be at least a little bit open to the idea.  The book opens with Ellen getting into an altercation with a slimy photographer on her property.  And she has a two year old son!  Why would putting up a security system, heck even a few lights around her house, be such a bad thing?  I never truly understood Ellen’s apprehension.  It just didn’t make sense to me.  She is a mother and a devoted one at that.  I would think that her child’s safety would be front and foremost over her need for complete and borderline anal control of everything.

But other than that, I liked Ellen.  She is not a pushover.  She fought hard for what she has and you feel proud for what she does and what she has accomplished.  I really wish I was able to connect with her and not question her motives for most of the book.  Because I really think Ellen and I could be friends.

Caleb is the poor guy who has to take the brunt of Ellen’s freak outs.  I loved Caleb.  He is strong and proud but not so much that he is a big fat jerk.  Instead of putting his foot down and saying “Well you know what Ellen?  Tough sh*t!  You’re getting a light on your porch!” he thinks about ways to get through to her.  He negotiates with her until they are both at least somewhat happy with things.  I liked that about him.  You don’t see heroes like him all that often in books.

The only thing that sort of confused me about Caleb was why he was so hard on himself most of the time.  It just didn’t make sense and didn’t suit his character much.  Finally it is explained but only at the very end and by then, I sort of gave up on understanding him and was sort of going with the flow.  It all makes sense finally but still, it would have been nice to be able to figure him out a little bit sooner in the book.

The pace of the story was strong and the side characters were equally strong.  I especially liked the side story of Carly and Jamie.  It almost took the spotlight away from the main couple for me.  They are both strong-headed and Jamie is a little lost seeing he is used to everyone doing everything for him but that just added to the sweetness of the story.  I went ‘awww’ quite a few times while reading their scenes.  I also giggled a lot.

There may have been a few things that I didn’t love about the book but don’t go thinking that I didn’t enjoy it.  I did.  It was just lacking a bit here and there so I couldn’t absolutely love it.  I will definitely be reading the next book in the series though.  Flirting with Disaster is Katie’s book.  We meet her and her HEA in Along Came Trouble and her story is a good one.  That means her book should be a good one.  I already have June 10th 2013, the book’s release date, penciled in on my calendar.

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“Caleb folded his arms over his chest.  It hadn’t gotten any less broad since she last looked at it.  His biceps hadn’t gotten any smaller, either.  At some point after he left her house, he’d ditched the jeans and T-shirt for dark slacks and a pale gray dress shirt with white pinstripes.  The sleeves were rolled up in deference to the heat, which gave her a rather delectable view of his forearms, ropy with muscle and sprinkled with dark hair.

She was a pervert.  Only a pervert would get turned on by forearms at a time like this.”

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“When she dared to look up, he was grinning at her  ‘I’m standing right here, trying to figure out why I haven’t kissed you yet.’

‘You’re not standing, you’re slouching.  And you haven’t kissed me because we just met yesterday, so kissing would be way out of line.  Plus, you have a couple employees who are probably watching us right now, so you can’t even afford to look like you want to kiss me, much less actually go through with it.’

‘It’s going to be fantastic, though, when we finally do it.  Fireworks are going to go off.  Pyrotechnic kissing.  your hair will probably catch on fire.'”

Books in the Camelot series –
How to Misbehave
Along Came Trouble
Flirting with Disaster (June 10th 2013)

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  1. Readsalot81 says:

    I’m struggling with this one. I’m not connecting with Ellen’s character either.. and Caleb is SO GOOD, he’s bordering on saintly.. which kind of bores me. But I love her dialogue & the side characters..

  2. Readsalot – So we are on the same page. I am really hoping the next book in the series knocks it out of the park for me. 🙂

  3. Great review Julie. I’m sad to hear that you really couldn’t connect with Ellen’s character, but I’m glad that overall you did enjoy the book. Looking forward to hearing how the next book goes for you and hoping that you are able to connect wih it better. 🙂

  4. Deanna – 🙂

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