Title: Along Came Trouble
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Ruthie Knox
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, March 2013
Source: from the publisher for review
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from amazon.com:
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?
Ruthie Knox can write the sexiest, hunkiest, heroes. When I read her book, ABOUT LAST NIGHT I thought there could be no other hero who would woo me away from Neville, but along came trouble in the form of Caleb Clark. Caleb is hard to resist in spite of his sometimes overwhelming Alpha-ness. He’s as stubborn as they come when he wants what he wants. Then he meets Ellen Callahan who trumps his stubborn with her own brand of stubborn.
At times I became frustrated with the stubbornness of Ellen in regards to her and Henry’s safety. I did feel it was over the top even though we are given reasons for her attitude. Add to that the stubbornness of Carly, Ellen’s brother Jamie’s estranged girlfriend and it seemed that there was stubborn-overload.
I liked the instant chemistry between the two protagonists. I liked that they both ultimately found understanding of their problems. The side characters were well developed and integral to the story. Ellen’s two-year-old son, Henry, was a typical toddler so I’m assuming Ms. Knox has been-there-done-that. Ellen’s pop star brother, Jamie, reminded me of Justin Timberlake before I found out that he was the model for the character. I loved Nana, since I’m partial to feisty, outrageous old women. Caleb’s mother was annoying but his father’s understanding and love for her was touching. Ms. Knox brought all these characters to vivid life.
Other books about the Clark Family:
How to Misbehave (Amber Clark’s story)-novella
Flirting With Disaster (Katie Clark’s story)