Flirting with Disaster – Ruthie Knox

Date read: March 26th 2014
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Release Date: June 13th 2013
Length: 448 pages
Format: E-book
Source: I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Flirting with Disaster cover

Goodreads description

In the latest eBook original novel in Ruthie Knox’s scorching-hot Camelot series, a no-strings fling looks an awful lot like falling in love—or flirting with disaster.

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.

My review

This is the third in Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series, and although you don’t have to have read the first two to thoroughly enjoy this title, I did feel at the beginning of the book that I was missing something. As the reader, you’re dropped into Katie and Sean’s lives unceremoniously, as though you should already know them, and at the start that was disconcerting. However, it didn’t take long to fall for the characters and to thoroughly enjoy their story.

As a lead character, you don’t get much of a sense of Katie’ life – but that’s how it should be, given that she’s suffered a horrible relationship and come back home to lick her wounds. She’s starting afresh, with her newly-engaged brother as support system, and boss. She’s desperate to move up the ranks of her brother Caleb’s security company, and thanks to a chance meeting with rock-star Judah, she just might get the chance.She faces a pretty daunting obstacle in the form of ex-classmate Sean, paired with her to get the details on a blackmail attempt, and determined not to talk to Katie at any point during the job.

Oh Sean… I loved him. Treated appallingly by his mother, but with no scars that anyone can see – they can hear them instead in the form of his stutter, which he’d worked hard to disguise. He’s managed it successfully – except when Katie’s around. He’s had a crush on her since high school, and is well aware that he can’t even say her name. So he doesn’t say anything.

I loved the interactions between these two, even before Sean was able to speak in front of her and used grunts and inclinations of the head to communicate. And Katie was just the person to help him get over all his issues, without him using her the way her ex-husband did. The story with Judah the rock star was predictable but none the less well written, and his turmoil was believable without being over the top.

I’m definitely going to seek out more of Ruthie Knox’s books – I started reading her novel serialisation Truly on Wattpad but didn’t get a chance to finish it before it was taken down prior to publication. I shall be seeking out the first two books in the Camelot series as soon as my enforced book-buying ban is over! Roll on Easter Sunday…

The love of the library

My name is Hannah, and I’m a book addict.

This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me (as a child, I was known in my mum’s favourite shops because I would bring a book with me and hide somewhere in the shelves. In clothes shops, I’m fairly sure I would actually station myself among the clothes on their rails until Mum was ready to go and had to track me down – either that, or ask an assistant if they’d seen me disappear into an aisle somewhere.

However, finances are tight in the household. And there’s nothing better than picking up a book, deciding you can’t live without it RIGHT NOW and taking it home with you there and then. Given that I have little desire to be a shoplifter, the obvious choice is the library!

I live on the outskirts of a fairly large town in the south-west of England, and am lucky that the county I live in has a deal with three other counties so I can request and borrow books from libraries in four counties. I discovered the joy of reserving books online about a year ago – they cost no more than £1 a book to get it sent to a library of your choice. There’s a small library literally thirty seconds walk away from where I work, so if I have a specific book in mind, I reserve it and it’s usually at the library within seven to ten days.

The best experience is going to a big library and just wandering, picking books up from the shelves and seeing whether it’s a book I’d like to try. There’s a large library in Taunton, where I used to live and where two of my best friends still live – so when I go to see either of them, I usually drop by the library for an hour before going to meet them.

(I NEVER remember to bring a bag for my books though. Libraries used to supply them but I think they got withdrawn due to budget cuts, and I’ve been caught out on more than one occasion because I’ve picked up about seven books and can’t carry them with ease).

Here’s a picture of my current library stack:

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I think about half of these were impulse picks and the rest were ones I requested specifically – I usually go through my Amazon wish-list about once every six weeks and see which books are available at the library before reserving them. It’s saved me an awful lot of money through the past year and introduced me to a few authors I wouldn’t have read otherwise.

(And this pic doesn’t include the library book I’m currently reading or the three that are waiting for me at the library… Oops).

A couple of years ago, the opening hours at a lot of the libraries in my area were cut – I think one only opened four days a week instead of six, and the giant library in Taunton I mentioned earlier closed at 1 on a Saturday instead of 5.  Luckily, the council saw sense (or was threatened with legal action – you decide) and most of the opening hours were returned to what they had been.  Libraries are an awesome way to discover new authors, as well as providing excellent social opportunities for all ages – I have fond memories of reading groups and challenges throughout the never-ending summer holidays in primary school.  Although I still purchase more books than I probably should, I will always check the library first now to see if the book I’m desperate for is available to borrow, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.