I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
Series: Camelot #2
Published by Loveswept, Random House on March 11, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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?
Ellen Callahan is a lawyer and single mother who could do without all the current drama surrounding her twin, megastar brother Jamie, and his girlfriend who lives next door. What she resented even more was the bodyguard Jamie dispatched when the paparazzi started getting out of hand. Caleb Clark, fresh out of the Army and Iraq, thought this would be an easy assignment but he hadn’t yet come up against a woman as stubbornly independent as Ellen. Nor had he expected it would be so hard to resist mixing pleasure and business.
For a time, Ellen’s stubbornness started to wear a little thin but the more I learned about her past relationships, I began to warm up to her character. She had many layers and had learned to be self sufficient as her brother garnered most of the attention even when they were growing up and her ex-husband was a piece of work. She had no appetite for being in another relationship and when Caleb emerges, she’s pretty comfortable about considering a no-commitment, sex only arrangement. He, on the other hand, wasn’t in the market and had a reputation for being footloose, but not really a player. Caleb’s very sexy and clever but she had him at hello.
It was enjoyable to have the tales turned for a change with Ellen not wanting a commitment and Caleb really hoping for much more. The sexual tension between these two was even better, complicating their lives in ways they never saw coming. I liked that we were able to have both of their points of view presented so I could be the voyeur while they figured things out. Be prepared for some very steamy times, though, when they do decide to come together.
The volatile romance between Jamie and his girlfriend, Carly, added another level of excitement and humor as he worked to get out of the doghouse. Ellen’s son, Henry, added an interesting element as he played an important role in the story. Of course, his father added to the drama and not always in a good way. I liked how the secondary characters were woven into the story in a way that didn’t distract but augmented Ellen and Caleb’s relationship.
I enjoyed Ellen and Caleb’s story, so much that I rolled right into the next book in the series. It is complex, aggravating at times, funny and had moments that tugged at my heart.