Review: Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox

Posted June 18, 2013 by Nima in 4 stars, Contemporary Romance, Rating A Tags: , , ,

Flirting with Disaster
Author: Ruthie Knox  
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Loveswept
Camelot Series #3
ISBN: #978-0345546661
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): Paperback (448 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
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.
What Nimas talking about:
I have to say, I may not even be rational at reviewing Ruthie Knox any more, but I love being her cheerleader. She never fails to deliver. Flirting with Disaster is the third book in her Camelot series, and she’s proven, once again, her ability to put the reader at ease with humor and then dive in with a serious knife, cutting you to pieces with very real emotion. I want to be Ruthie Knox when I grow up.
The plot in this book, the series really, has been slightly more predictable than in previous offerings by Knox.  There is a threat to one of the prominent characters, but it never felt like a real threat to me, I never felt the pressure of it; I was never really worried about something bad happening.  That fact, however, becomes incidental to the genuinely intense emotion between the main characters whom I was worried about.  Would they screw it up?  Could they get out of their own heads enough to communicate?  Communication itself was a legitimate challenge in a way that I’ve never seen presented in any other book. 
The point of view flips back and forth between Katie Clark, Caleb’s younger sister from Along Came Trouble, and our unlikely hero, Sean Owens.  Even in rapid fire situations, I didn’t get confused about who was thinking, acting, or speaking.  I think I mention it only because it has been an issue in other books I’ve read lately and appreciated so much the clarity Knox gave me here.
Both of these characters are flawed, but exhibit such courage in taking on their problems (one sooner than the other) and working to make much needed changes in their lives.  Sometimes those changes drive them apart and sometimes, wonderfully, they bring them closer together.  Also, when you have two strong characters, sparks are bound to fly—even in the snow on the side of the road!
In an uncharacteristic move, Knox gives us an epilogue.  I think I read somewhere that she hates them.  I can’t find that reference now, so I could be totally off my rocker.  That wouldn’t be a first with middle-age brain taking over my life.  In this case, the epilogue makes sense.  Once Katie and Owen know what happens next, we don’t need to see them make it happen; we just need to know how they felt about it.  I for one, like being able to have just a little more happily ever after.
Nimas Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)

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