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Release Day Review- Completely by Ruthie Knox

Completly

Title: Completely (The New York Trilogy, book #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Ruthie Knox
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Loveswept
Pages: e-book
Rating: 3
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 0
Description from Amazon:

Everest. If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere. Maybe even New York, where Ruthie Knox takes her charming rom-com style to new heights.

Beneath her whole “classic English beauty” appearance is an indomitable spirit that has turned Rosemary Chamberlain into something of a celebrity mountain climber. But after an Everest excursion takes a deadly turn, Rosemary is rescued by her quick-thinking guide, New York native Kal Beckett. Rosemary’s brush with death brings out a primal need to celebrate life—and inspires a night of steamy sex with the rather gorgeous man who saved her.

The son of a famous female climber with a scandalous past, Kal Beckett is still trying to find himself. In the Zen state of mind where Kal spends most of his time, anything can happen—like making love to a fascinating stranger and setting off across the world with her the next morning. But as their lives collide in the whirlwind of passion that is New York City, the real adventure is clearly just beginning. . . .

**
I’m a fan of Ruthie Knox and this series, but this offering is one I didn’t like as well as the others. Completely is more depressing than either book that went before. I didn’t really like Rosemary. I thought her selfish and self centered. Kal was a nice guy but really not hero material in the romance area. He seemed unfocused in his life and was in love with a woman who bounced from one focus to another. Of course this was well written and the characters drawn very well because Ruthie Knox is a terrific author. You will learn a lot about Sherpas in Nepal and New York City and some about Mt. Everest. I just never could get behind this romantic couple.

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Advance Review- Madly by Ruthie Knox

madly

Title: Madly (The New York Trilogy Series, book #2)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Ruthie Knox

Publisher: Loveswept, March 14, 2017 (preorder available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: ?

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.

Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Allie’s supposed to be in Wisconsin, planning her parents’ milestone anniversary party. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways. Winston doesn’t do messy. But after a pretty stranger ropes him into her ridiculous family drama with a fake kiss that gets a little too real, he finds out that messy can be fun. Maybe even a little addicting. And as the night grows longer, Allie and Winston make a list of other wild things they could do together—and what seems like a mismatch leads to a genuine connection. But can their relationship survive as their real lives implode just outside the bedroom door?

**

This book had me laughing at Allie’s “Meet Cute” with Winston.  She is in a bar spying on her mother and she might be recognized so she ropes in a stranger, Winston, for a fake kiss as her mother passes on her way to the Ladies’ room.  From there Winston becomes her aide de camp in her spying mission when he discovers he may have a key to her quest.

This story starts off with lots of promise.  It is rather a convoluted plot that sometimes left me scratching my head wondering “Why” or “What” it was always interesting and very well written.  There are some sexy, steamy downright kinky bits. Allie’s sister May and her boyfriend Ben play important roles.  Their story was in the first book of this series, TRULY. Also Nev, Winston’s brother, and Cath show up which is a definite treat since they were the H/h of Knox’s ABOUT LAST NIGHT a 5-star joy of a book. Winston had a role in that book also which is not billed as part of this current trilogy but worth a read.  Back to this book; it slows down a bit in the middle and really has some over the top drama.  Can this many characters all have this much angst? Yes, yes they can, and it is a bit exhausting.

You don’t need to read any of the aforementioned books, in and out of this series, to enjoy this book. But I do encourage you to delve into a Ruthie Knox book.  She writes fun, intelligent, sensuous contemporary romance that can be topped by no other.

The New York Trilogy Series:

  1. Truly (May and Ben)
  2. Madly (Allie and Winston)

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Recent Release Review-Truly by Ruthie Knox

Title: Truly

Truly

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Ruthie Knox

Publisher: Loveswept, August 5, 2014, e-reader

Source:  Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

May Fredericks hates New York. Which is fair enough, since New York seems to hate her back. After relocating to Manhattan from the Midwest to be with her long-distance boyfriend, NFL quarterback Thor Einarsson, May receives the world’s worst marriage proposal, stabs the jerk with a shrimp fork, and storms off alone—only to get mugged. Now she’s got no phone, no cash, and no friends. How’s a nice girl supposed to get back to safe, sensible Wisconsin?

Frankly, Ben Hausman couldn’t care less. Sure, it’s not every day he meets a genuine, down-to-earth woman like May—especially in a dive in the Village—but he’s recovering from an ugly divorce that cost him his restaurant. He wants to be left alone to start over and become a better man. Then again, playing the white knight to May’s sexy damsel in distress would be an excellent place to start—if only he can give her one very good reason to love New York.

**

Ruthie Knox has a way of making her characters so real that you swear she is telling a true story.  Her dialog is spot on and the personalities of her hero and heroine (as well as all the side characters) are, original, unique and authentic throughout the book.  This story rivals her fabulous novel ABOUT LAST NIGHT, which I felt was a 5-star read.  There is a slow, believable build to the romance even though it takes place in a one week time period.  May is in a situation where she is dependent on Ben and Ben is stepping up to be the white knight not because he is, but because he needs to assuage his quilt over his angry persona.  It is always a treat to read a well written book and with Ruthie Knox there is never a doubt.

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La Deetda Reads Top Reads in 2013

Deet’s Best of The Best Reads for 2013

There are two on this list that were not published this year but I just found the time to read them.  The others were published this year.  Of course, there are many good books out there.  I have enjoyed many more than are on this list. (You can see all of my favorites by clicking on the header above “Deet’s Favorite Reads”)  This list is, in my opinion, the best of the best that I have read out of a total of 134 books since last January.  If you want a good read, you can’t go wrong with any of these. Now in no particular order…..drum-roll please…

The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion,  reviewed  September 13, 2013

The Rosie Project

The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan, reviewed  July 19, 2013

(Brothers Sinister Series)

The Heiress Effect

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, reviewed September 2, 2013

The girl You Left Behind

It Happened One Midnight by Julie Anne Long, reviewed August 30, 2013

(Pennyroyal Green Series)

It Happened One Midnight

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean, reviewed February 6, 2013

(The Rule of Scoundrels Series)

One Good Earl deserves a Lover

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, reviewed February 27, 2013

Pride and Prejudice

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox, reviewed April 12, 2013

About Last Night

Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory, reviewed July 29, 2013

Untie My Heart

To find my review of each you can go to the month of the review in the “Archives”  to the left or you can put the title or the author in the “search” box.

 

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Review New Release- Making It Last by Ruthie Knox (novella, Camelot Series#4)

Title: Making It Last (Camelot Series, book #4)

making it last

Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella

Author: Ruthie Knox

Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, July 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating:  4

Sexy Rating:  5

Description from amazon.com:

A hotel bar. A sexy stranger. A night of passion. There’s a part of Amber Mazzara that wants those things, wants to have a moment—just one—when life isn’t a complicated tangle of house and husband and kids and careers. Then, after a long, exhausting “vacation” with her family, her husband surprises her with a gift: a few days on the beach . . . alone.

Only she won’t be alone for long, because a handsome man just bought her a drink. He’s cool, he’s confident, and he wants to take Amber to bed and keep her there for days. Lucky for them both, he’s her husband. He’s got only a few days in Jamaica to make her wildest desires come true, but if he can pull it off, there’s reason to believe that this fantasy can last a lifetime.

**

This is the romantic sequel to Ruthie Knox’s novella,HOW TO MISBEHAVE.  That one tells of Amber and Tony’s meeting and falling in love.  In this one, MAKING IT LAST, it is eleven years and three,  rambunctious kids later. This is the story of two people who love each other but are finding it difficult to go on with a marriage.  Knox has a deft hand at showing Amber’s utter exhaustion in caring for her family and her husband’s exhaustion with trying to keep his business afloat in tough economic times.  There are family burdens as well as economic worries.  All portrayed by Knox with a realistic modern day vibe.

I had already read HOW TO MISBEHAVE when I was offered this book and I was anxious to see how Amber and Tony faired eleven years later.  I was not disappointed.  I couldn’t put this book down.  I found their problems to ring true like so many married couples who are stressed to the max with kids and jobs.  Ruthie Knox can write a love scene like no other.  They are sensuous and filled with not only eroticism but they leave a feeling of true romance. This is a welcome addition to the Camelot Series that tells of the lives and loves of the Clark family.

Camelot Series:

1. How to Misbehave (novella, Amber Clark’s story)

2. Along Came Trouble (Caleb Clark’s story)

3. Flirting With Disaster (Katie Clark’s story)

4. Making It Last (novella, Amber again)

 

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Review- How To Misbehave by Ruthie Knox (Novella)

Title:  How To Misbehave (Camelot Series #1)

How To Misbehave

Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella

Author: Ruthie Knox

Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, Digital

Source: purchase, $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?

Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own—unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?

**

Woo-hoo! This is one hot novella!  If you like your stories with sizzle then you are in for a treat.  Ruthie Knox is really good at writing the sexy stuff.  She’s also good at snappy, witty dialog and she will have you grinning if not laughing out loud.  This is a welcome addition to the Camelot Series about the Clark Family.  We have previously met Amber and Tony in books #2 & #3 of that series as they attend family dinners with the Clark family but now we know how they met and fell in love. I suggest you start with this one and work your way through the series.

Coming Tomorrow: A review of Book #4 in the series, MAKING IT LAST, again about Tony and Amber.

Camelot Series:

1. How to Misbehave (novella, Amber Clark’s story)

2. Along Came Trouble (Caleb Clark’s story)

3. Flirting With Disaster (Katie Clark’s story)

4. Making It Last (novella, Amber again)

 

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Review- Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox

Title:  Flirting With Disaster (book #3, Camelot Series)

flirting with disaster

Genre:  Contemporary romance

Author: Ruthie Knox

Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, June 2013

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

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.

**

Sean stutters and it has impacted his entire life.  He has overcome the it somewhat but when he gets nervous he stutters.  Katie makes him nervous so he decides to just not talk to her.  This becomes a problem for Katie when they team up on an investigation for her brother Caleb’s security firm.  Besides her being annoyed with the silent treatment Katei is drawn to Sean.  They fend off their mutual feelings until that doesn’t work for either of them anymore.

This story has a mystery but the main focus is the really scorching sexual tension.  Ruthie Knox is probably one of the best romantic sex scene writers publishing today.  The romance is well developed and good background stories are given for both protagonists.  Both are looking for meaning and self worth in their lives after troubled pasts.  This is the third book in the series and can be read without having read book #1 &#2 but reading those will give a broader background to the Clark family.

Camelot Series:

1. How to Misbehave (novella, Amber Clark’s story)

2. Along Came Trouble (Caleb Clark’s story)

3. Flirting With Disaster (Katie Clark’s story)

4. Making It Last (novella, Amber again)

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Review- Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox

Title:  Along Came Trouble

Along Came Trouble

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Author:  Ruthie Knox

Publisher:  Random House, Loveswept, March 2013

Source:  from the publisher for review

Rating: 4

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)

 

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Review- About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

Title:  About Last Night

About Last Night

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Author:  Ruthie Knox

Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, 2012

Source: Kindle purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she’s made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.

Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family’s banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine—even her name turns him on—with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.

When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?

**

This is what I call an erotic contemporary romance.  There is an abundance of sex but it is integral to the story and it doesn’t get just an “erotic” label because it does have a story.  It is not about people demeaning one another it is about two people loving one another.

Cath is riddled with angst and a tortured past.  So much went wrong for this 26 year old that she closes off Nev’s attempts to make her whole again.  Nev is a too-good-to-be-true hunk of a pinstripe banker who sees Cath everyday at the train station.  Late one night he brings a drunk Cath home with him from the station and puts her to sleep in his bed.

This is the erotic story of a lost soul not searching for redemption but finding it in the arms of a gorgeous man.  It is sizzling chemistry; a steamy love story that will leave you breathless.  I fell in love with Nev and if Cath didn’t want him I was ready to stake a claim.

This was the first time I have read a book by Ruthie Knox but it won’t be my last.  The superbly written story vibrates with romantic intensity.  I will add this book to my “Best Of 2013” list.

Note: About Last Night has been nominated for an award by Romance Writers of America.

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