Jun 11, 2013

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Review: Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox (Camelot #3)

flirtingwithdisaster4 star

Contemporary Romance
June 10 2013
342 pages
Random House Digital
Received from publisher via NetGalley

Yummy Man – Sean Owens
Kick Ass Chich – Katie Clark

From Goodreads –
Fresh out of a fiasco of a marriage, Katie Clark has retreated to her hometown to start over. The new Katie is sophisticated, cavalier, and hell-bent on kicking butt at her job in her brother’s security firm. But on her first assignment—digging up the truth about the stalker threatening a world-famous singer-songwriter—Katie must endure the silent treatment from a stern but sexy partner who doesn’t want her help . . . or her company.

Sean Owens knows that if he opens his mouth around Katie, she’ll instantly remember him as the geeky kid who sat behind her in high school. Silence is golden, but he can’t keep quiet forever, not with Katie stampeding through their investigation. It’s time for Sean to step up and take control of the case, and his decade-old crush. If he can break through Katie’s newfound independence, they just might find they make a perfect team—on the road, on the job, and in bed.


Flirting with Disaster is the third book in Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series.  I will tell you now that I enjoyed this one more than the second book.  Not that the second book was bad…it’s just that the heroine drove me bonkers sometimes.  The heroine in this installment did make me scratch my head a bit here and there but when things are explained, the why behind some of her decisions, you totally get where she is coming from and why she does what she does.  Besides, the hero is so gosh darn cute!

The heroine is Katie and she is Caleb’s sister (the hero from the previous book).  He owns a security firm and Katie feels she should take on more responsibility there.  She is very excited when Judah, a rock star who is receiving not-so-friendly messages from a fan, requests her to handle the case.  What does not excite her is the fact that she is teamed up with Sean.  Sean barely says a word to her and she’s not sure why.  She is also in the middle of trying to find herself as she has never really had the opportunity.  Her story is not easy but it’s a good one.  But don’t worry; it’s not a giant sob story either.  That would be Sean’s story.  That one is not pleasant and it only made me want to hug him harder.

But back to Katie for a quick bit before we get to Sean.  As I mentioned, I did find her to be a bit much at times.  Some of the things she does or says are a bit off but you soon know that it’s all meant with good intentions.  And once she realizes what her calling truly is, it’s great.  She makes a great decision and her chosen career is absolutely perfect for her.

Now for Sean.  He is an extra smart and sexy geek.  Who doesn’t like one of those?!  His issue it that he stutters.  It’s quite severe at times and it breaks his confidence.  I enjoyed the story of his childhood and how he tackled his stutter and how Katie breaks him.  All of that was well done.

There is a side story about Judah.  It’s a good side story but I felt like it was supposed to do more for them main story.  Of course it does play an important role in the end but I just felt like it needed more…something.  I can’t really explain it unfortunately but it was an entertaining story and I did like Judah so I forgive the fact that there was a little something missing to it.

At the beginning of the book (and even in the last book) Sean is not speaking to Katie.  We don’t know why.  At first this adds a bit of mystery to Sean but soon it gets tiresome.  Really tiresome.  In fact, it takes chapters upon chapters before you find out what is up Sean’s a**.  Yes, he is cute as a button and I just want to squeeze any cheek he has available but waiting as long as he did before telling Katie what was up was frustrating.  A couple of chapters I could do but as long as it did take was too much.

Other than that, I enjoyed Flirting with Disaster.  The chemistry between Sean and Katie is great and I liked where they ended up in the end.  It suited them.  I also really enjoy Ruthie’s writing voice and the pacing of her stories.  Her characters are filled with angst and need but they never let it get them down.  Sean and Katie are perfect examples of that.  I hope Ruthie is given the opportunity to write more full-length book in this series.  I would definitely be reading them if she did.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“She had no idea what he was doing here, she didn’t know why he’d started talking to her, and she didn’t know why it made her happy.  But it did.

This didn’t bode well for her ability to forget he existed.”

Books in the Camelot series –
How to Misbehave
Along Came Trouble
Flirting with Disaster
Making it Last (July 15th 2013)


  1. I just bought it…great review, Julie! smiles….

  2. It sounds cute! BTW, I would kill for the cover model’s boobs! Wow!

  3. I agree with what you mentioned about ALONG CAME TROUBLE. That one was my second read after the wonderful ABOUT LAST NIGHT. I highly recommend you give that one a try. I’ll read this one and hope for better than A C T. Ruthie Knox is a terrific writer.

  4. Christi – I wonder what you’ll think of it lol

    Liz – I know, right!? Fantastic body! lol

    Dot – I read About Last Night (just never reviewed it) and adored it. Really a book I think all fans of contemporary romance should pick up. 🙂

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