13 Mar '13

A Nix Review – Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox (4 Stars)

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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?

After reading About Last Night, I just had to request Along Came Trouble once I saw it appear on Net Galley. As in the afore mentioned book, the writing is fluent and lovely but this one has a light and fluffy feeling that I did adore. With a host of characters to warm to, there really is something for everyone in this one.
Caleb is…well, Caleb is just plain fantastic. An army vet who has returned to take care of his ailing fathers business, he starts up the security company that Ellen’s famous brother hires to protect her and his pregnant ex-girlfriend.  He tries so fricking hard with Ellen I think he wins the award for the most patient hero in romance. She is a giant pain in the ass about everything but he keeps on trying with her. I loved him. She fights him on her safety, on their relationship and on the situations that arise throughout the book; I’d have given up on her a quarter of the way through the book.  Instead he finds ways to negotiate through it all and ends up doing a pretty fine job inspite of her.  I loved his negotiation of their sexual relationship and the way he told her things he knew she wouldn’t want to hear about his feelings whilst she was…err…. engaged 😀 He was crafty, brave, loving and ever so sexy.
Ellen. Well, Ellen was a giant pain in the arse.  She found fault with absolutely everything the poor man tried to do and I periodically lost my temper with her.  I can understand the need to be selfish at certain points of your life, but not the expense of such a lovely man as Caleb. I know she had a lot on her plate, I know that they came across each other at a horrible time in her life, but there are no excuses. I didn’t think that she was good enough for him but he was set on his path. I did enjoy the protectiveness she had towards her charges, her experiences of her younger brother being screwed over by greedy agents giving her a fire that made her most appealing in that way.  She never really redeemed herself fully when it came to her relationship with Caleb, but in many other ways she was exactly the type of heroine I enjoy to read about.
Was there chemistry though? Yes, there certainly was. The sex was often, hot and very very dirty. In the bedroom was the only place I think they fit together properly. There were no compromises and no negotiation; they enjoyed each other and the pleasure they created. I loved the sex scenes, chocolate sauce and all!
There was a delightful subplot with the famous brother and his ex-girlfriend. In places (i.e. the stripping episode) this actually threatened to steal the book but the author did well in making sure that there was always something else to keep my attention firmly on the main couple.  I loved this part to the book and hope to see more of them in the third of the series.
This is a fast-paced sexy book which kept me happy until the end. With a host of fun characters, that have already sold me on the next book, it is a read that I would recommend to anyone that likes feel-good romantic contemporaries. I love Caleb….he is awesome 😀


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