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.
I started reading this book at 11pm the other night, and as I tweeted then, that probably wasn’t the best decision, because it was that damn awesome that I wanted to finish it in one hit. In the interests of being able to stay awake at work the next day, I put it down. However, the minute I could, I picked Flirting with Disaster back up and polished it off.
All I can say is Oh. My. God. Ruthie Knox, you seriously dust the pages of this book with the crack.
This is the third in the Camelot series. Katie is finally dragging herself out of the ashes of a marriage that not only took her away from her family but slowly stripped her of her self-esteem and thanks to her errant ex, all her money. She has had enough of being the fixer of other people’s problems and is striking out on her own.
Then comes Sean. A bit of a man of mystery, he seemingly refuses to speak to Katie and this baffles her. When they get thrown together on the case of rock star Judah Pratt, Katie begins to peel back the layers. Under the strong, oft-silent exterior is a man battling against a painful past and a crippling stutter.
Sean has put his past in Camelot behind him, his life in California filled with success, power and confidence. When he returns to Camelot after his estranged mother passes, all the pain of his past comes flooding back – and so does his crush on Katie Clark.
Working together brings these feelings to the surface, and uncovers them in Katie. But will this be enough to make Sean believe in himself and put himself back out there? I’m not going to go spoilery because I want everyone to read this book, but how these two navigate their way through their pasts and the problems of the present to get to their HEA is all at once funny, smart, emotional, heartbreaking……oh, just read it – it’s awesome!!
I love that Sean has a stutter and that Ruthie Knox didn’t gloss over it or give him a miracle cure. Never once did I feel as if she was taking the piss. Sean has had so much to deal with in his life and he’s dealt with it with strength and bravery. He’s also just a bit sexy too. I love that Katie accepts Sean for who he is and never once makes him feel lesser because of his speech. Katie is such a caring, generous soul who despite her best efforts, can’t hide her feelings.
They have such a wonderful chemistry – the romance is lovely, the sexytimes are hot (as always, Ruthie Knox knows how to write the sexy) but what I loved the most was their friendship. Too often, there is so little concentration on the friendship side of a relationship – yeah, you can get freaky as much as you want with someone, but there’s no chance of a relationship working out if you can’t stand the person. Therefore it was so nice to read how their friendship develops as well.
As always, the secondary characters are fantastic. You get to see the old guard from the first few books, and see how they are going. We also get to meet Judah, who leads a very public existence but who has a very private (and heartbreaking) past. I love how he was written and how things work out for him.
I honestly don’t know how else to say it – I freaking love this book. Do yourself a favour. Buy it, read it, love it!!
My rating: 5 out of 5
Release Date: 10 June 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by Loveswept via NetGalley in return for an honest review.