Flirting with Disaster: A Loveswept Contemporary Romance

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In the latest eBook original novel in RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author 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 ...

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Overview

In the latest eBook original novel in RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author 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.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: How to Misbehave, Along Came Trouble, and About Last Night.

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After a brief, disastrous marriage, Katie Clark is trying to reinvent herself as action-Katie instead of solve-everyone’s-problems-Katie. She’s finally convinced the owner of Camelot Security (her big brother Caleb) to let her be the security consultant on a real case. Unfortunately, Caleb sends Sean Owens with her as backup. Sean won’t talk to her, and Katie thinks Sean hates her. Sean is silent because he’s never gotten over his high school crush on Katie. He left town to start his own high-tech security consulting business, leaving behind his hateful mother and his terrible stutter. Coming back to settle his mother’s estate brings back the stutter, too. He can’t talk to Katie, because he can’t say her name, and working with her is a nightmare. But the more they are thrown together, the more they realize that a lot has changed since high school. But Sean has a lot more demons to face than just his speech impediment, including all the reasons that have kept him in Camelot squatting in his mother’s old house while his company in Silicon Valley is falling apart without him.

Verdict This is a story about two people who have returned to their hometown because they have big issues to resolve. Their absolutely smoking-hot romance is not the solution to those issues, but it does highlight their need to get their acts together—even if they do it separately. Knox (Along Came Trouble) specializes in contemporary romance in which real people solve real problems while going through a major life experience and having a fantastically steamy romance. Flirting with Disaster is no exception. Well done.—Marlene Harris, Seattle P.L.
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345546661
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 829,136
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. After training to be a British historian, she became an academic editor instead. Then she got really deeply into knitting, as one does, followed by motherhood and romance novel writing. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award. Her four-book series about the Clark family of Camelot, Ohio, has won accolades for its fresh, funny portrayal of small-town Midwestern life. Ruthie moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so visit her website and drop her a line.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    Let me start by saying that I've really enjoyed this series as a

    Let me start by saying that I've really enjoyed this series as a whole. In fact, I was really looking forward to Katie's book. So, what happened? I can't really pin point it. I liked it, but I think I was going into the book with a different idea in mind. 




    So, Katie is on the mend from a recent divorce from her high school sweetheart. They had been together for a long time and Katie lost her own identity somewhere along the way. Well, now she's home and she's looking to reinvent herself a bit. She's gone to work for her older brother's security firm and she feels like she has something to prove. Katie is assigned  to a case where a famous singer is being stalked. Because it's her first real case, Caleb makes her partner up with Sean. Katie is ok with the pairing, but Sean seems to have a big issue with it. 




    Sean. Sean. Sean. My feelings about Sean are a little all over the place. Let me explain why. Sean comes across a bit cold. BUT, he isn't really. He's extremely shy and...still nursing a crush on Katie since high school. Plus, he has a secret that he's reluctant to share with Katie. So, I understood all of that and I had some sympathy for him. I'm not a shy person, so I can't relate in that sense, but I understand feeling insecure and Sean does have some insecurities. Especially around Katie. Here's my "huh?" moment with Sean. I felt like there was an abrupt shift in his personality. He's a bit off putting, but then he's like a total Alpha in the sack. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate a strong/aggressive Male, but it just confused me a bit. In the end, I did like the relationship that developed between Sean and Katie. They certainly shared some sexy moments and they are a sweet couple. 




    Are you wondering about the sex? Knox can write good sex. I've always enjoyed her sexy scenes and in this book, it was no different. I will admit that, because of that shift I felt with Sean, it was a little harder for me to find the connection. Still enjoyable as a whole.




    Overall, it was just ok for me. The beginning was a bit dull and I admit that I put it down several times. The second half of the book picked up and I found myself getting more involved in the story. I will say that this book does deal with a very serious issue and I thought the Author handled it delicately and respectfully. I do enjoy this series, so give it a try if you're looking for a steamy romance!




    Favorite quote:
    ~"Sean hasn't bagged me."
    "If you say so, sexy."
    He really needed to stop calling her "sexy," because they were not on television, and it was not 1978, and he did not have a mustache and a giant pelt of curly chest hair.-LOC 770

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    Flirting with Disaster is the third book in the Camelot series.

    Flirting with Disaster is the third book in the Camelot series.

    This was a cute, touching love story. I loved the way Ruthie Knox writes interesting characters with flaws personalities. Katie and Sean are both likeable but I have a soft spot for Sean, he stutters and it was heartbreaking to read how he deal with it. I don't remember ever reading a book that has a stutter hero, so this was quite refreshing to read.

    It has some angst but not too dramatic that would give you a headache. Sweet and steamy romance that would make you all gooey inside.

    Now my only complaint is that the story dragged a little bit, the beginning was engaging and I had a hard time putting it down, but halfway of the story turned a little slow and it took me awhile to finish it.

    Overall, despite not being able to read the first two books in this series, I still enjoyed Flirting with Disaster. I am blown away by this author and will definitely read her other books!

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

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    Sean, Oh Sean! :) A Sexy and Fun Read.... Since Ruthie Knox deb

    Sean, Oh Sean! :) A Sexy and Fun Read....
    Since Ruthie Knox debuted last year , I've read every one of her books. When I see her name on the cover, I know I'm going to like the book. Even my “least favorite” is still a solid 3.5 stars. And my favorites are 4.5 and 5 stars. I've yet to be disappointed by her. Her books are guaranteed to have a few things in them. One, interesting characters. Two, plenty of steamy tension and sexy time. And three, a fun read overall, especially during the sexy times. :) Flirting With Disaster has all these things and more!



    Katie was a heroine I could like. She had a rough time; she married her high school sweetheart right after graduation, and followed him to Alaska. But after doing everything for him, allowing him to basically decide who she was, he leaves her, and their business. She's left to pack up, close up, and move on. Now she's back in her hometown, and she's not sure what she wants out of life, where she belongs. But she knows that she won't make the same mistake again; she's going to do her thing, live her life. Sean, at one point in the book, makes a sloppy attempt at proposing, and I loved how she threw it back in his face, simply because she was standing up for herself. Even though Sean wasn't exactly like Levi, her ex, the way he worded how their future would be sounded very close---it would leave Katie without an identity outside of their relationship.


    And the scene in the attic? Yeah, that one was great. Sexy and emotional and just all kinds of great. :)



    4 STARS! Another great novel by Ruthie Knox, Flirting With Disaster is sexy, fun, and emotional—guaranteed to satisfy! I'll be waiting to see how future books in this series turn out (especially the next novella, which brings Amber and Tony back!)
    I loved Sean. He stutters. He's not always confident or secure, though he tries so hard to be. And I loved him for that! He was different, yes, but his character seemed very real, and that matters. I found his stuttering sexy, and could picture him in my mind very easily.


    ~ * ~ * ~


    For my full review, including favorite quotes from FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.

    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

    TheBookQueen

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

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    I'm llloving this series! (Okay, so I've only read the first and

    I'm llloving this series! (Okay, so I've only read the first and third books so far. But believe you me, I've got book two in my possession, and it just put itself right up near the tippy-top of my TBR pile--and summer break is almost here! Whoooo hooo!)




    Ruthie Knox has a way of writing her characters that I just love. Her dialogue can be laugh-out-loud funny, but somehow even when Sean (who stutters) isn't speaking, the conversations still manage to speak volumes. There's a lot going on inside the characters' heads too, but even though some (okay, most) of their issues began--or at least have some roots in--their younger days, their internal conversations still manage to sound like...well, adults. There isn't a quick fix to anything here (and even knowing this was a romance and she HAD to give us an HEA, Ruthie Knox had me a little worried for a bit there, wondering how she could pull it off), but the resolution to their problems was totally believable. 




    Loved Katie, loved Sean. Even liked Judah--mostly. Can't wait to back up and read Caleb and Ellen's story, and to see what's up next from Knox. She's quickly becoming one of my insta-buy authors--I just wish her books were on audio, so I could read more, faster. ;)




    I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

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    All right, yesterday I finished the latest book by Ruthie Knox w

    All right, yesterday I finished the latest book by Ruthie Knox which is Flirting with Disaster. This is the third installment of Camelot series. So, we make our trip back to Camelot, Ohio where we will catch up with Katie Clark and Sean Owens. Yep, we better check in with these two.

    Poor Katie. She's definitely been through the ringer. Dealing with her self-doubts of being a desirable woman (all cause of her loser ex-husband). However, she has an opportunity to get ahead in her brother security company, but she needs to prove herself. In order to prove herself she needs to tag along with Sean Owens. Who doesn't say much her. Actually he doesn't talk to her. You're wondering how this is going to work? You would never guess that Sean is actually this self-confindent guy. However, when he gets around Katie all that goes out the window. 

    Goodness, I think Flirting with Disaster is the best in the series. I had a good laugh and it even got me choked up at times. I absolutely adore Katie and Sean. I think Sean is one of my favorite heroes. I love the stuttering hacker, because he's just adorable and lovable. Seriously, perfect with his flaws and all. Katie can be clueless at times, especially when she's around Judah. I was a little worry about Katie and Judah's relationship, but there was no need to worry. Let's be honest, I was clueless with Katie on that account. 

    Honestly, Ruthie knows how to write a witty charming story. Not only that, she's the queen of writing awkward situations and making them work. Absolutely, love this story. So, if you are looking for a fun story with a stutter hacker and a girl who can't stop talking at times, you will love Flirting with Disaster. Seriously, this is a disaster you don't want to miss. Really I couldn't put it down once I got started.

    Copy provided by Random House via NetGalley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

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    I greatly anticipated this third installment book in the Camelo

    I greatly anticipated this third installment book in the Camelot Series. What I didn't anticipate was the emotion I would feel for Sean. He was gorgeous, smart, skilled and successful all wrapped up in the perfect package. Except he wasn't perfect. And that to me was more interesting than any other part of this story. Finally, a real guy, with real issues besides just being afraid to commit. Sean and Katie were explosive together and they not only worked well at their jobs but at their chemistry.

    It was a fun read, kind of slow in a couple of spots but nothing to distract from the overall flow. I really hope this will not be the last time I get to visit Camelot with this series. All the characters make Camelot a fun place to visit.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

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    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Knox

    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
    Knox’s ability to infuse her writing with such humor and heart is what makes it so appealing to readers. I can always count of Knox to make me smile with one of her books. ~ Under the Covers

    FLIRTING WITH DISASTER is the third book in the Camelot series and is by far my favorite of them so far. Who knew that a stuttering hacker hero would be the key to my heart?

    Sean Owens is the nerd hero. He stutters. He likes to read sci-fi. He’s a computer geek. BUT HE IS HOT AS HELL. I loved reading about his feelings about Katie. It just burst my heart wide open and I just fell in love with his character. He’s also got a bit of a possessive streak as well which is an interesting and incredibly hot combination.

    When Katie gets hit on by Judah, the hottest rock star around, Sean realizes that, okay he may be in over his head, but nothing – and he means NOTHING – will keep him away from Katie any longer. The ride together to meet Judah has already riled him up and Sean realizes that he can no longer resist Katie.

    At the beginning, I really loved Katie. Her POVs were hilarious and she seemed like a very likeable character. Towards the middle, when we learn about why she married Levi, her ex-husband, that’s when it became a little wishy-washy for me. I still very much liked her, but learning some truths about her past also changed my opinions on her.

    The whole mystery concerning the threats on Judah was interesting. It made me flew by the pages. But I always thought Judah was a very odd character. I couldn’t understand his motive at first, but I think Knox intended him to be that way.

    So while Judah and Katie’s character were good, it was Sean’s character that really made this book for me. In fact, I may admit that Sean may be one of my new favorite Ruthie Knox heroes next to City from ABOUT LAST NIGHT.

    I also wanted to touch on Ruthie’s writing. Simply put, she is a great writer. But I was in a terrible mood when I chose to read this and found myself smiling and laughing out loud as I breezed through it. Her ability to infuse her writing with such humor and heart is what makes it so appealing to readers. I can always count of Knox to make me smile with one of her books.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

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    Katie Clark is starting over. Her ex-husband took all her money

    Katie Clark is starting over. Her ex-husband took all her money a left her stranded in Alaska. Now she is working for her brother in his security business. Her brother gives her a shot as a field agent but he sends along his very sexy employee Sean Owens to help Katie learn the ropes. The last thing Katie wants is a man in her life so why does Sean push all her buttons...

    Sean Owens has come home to settle his mother’s affairs now that she has passed. Tormented by his past failings and a speech impediment, Sean thought he left this all behind. Now he gets reacquianted with Katie and all the training to keep him from stuttering has gone right out the window. He can’t even say her name without stuttering. To make matters worse, Katie was his dream girl in high school. 

    Flirting with Disaster was a pleasurable, entertaining read. What a fabulous experience, watching Katie and Sean’s building arelationship and watching them face the stepping stones along the way. The chemistry between the characters and romantic encounters were combustible, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Flirting with Disaster was truly a wonderfully enjoyable romance, flooding your senses and taking root in your imagination.

    I received this ARC copy of Flirting with Disaster from Random House - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication June 10, 2013.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Ruthie is not only a fun person to follow on Twitter, she is bec

    Ruthie is not only a fun person to follow on Twitter, she is becoming one of my favorite writers because of the seamless ways she finds to make her characters human...and hot!  This is the third book in her Camelot series and is about newly-divorced baby sister Katie and Sean the stuttering hacker.  I know....ever heard of a stuttering hero?  Not me.




    While Katie has been separated from her husband for awhile, she just recently went through the divorce.  Now she all about not being a doormat and improving herself after the years she spent playing "helper" to her ex-husband.  Since her older brother Caleb owns a security company, she decides that her empowerment needs to take the form of moving from office manager to bodyguard.   I loved how Caleb equally supported her and was worried sick about her.  He pairs her with Sean, a consultant who is helping Caleb with computer issues.  What he does not know is that Sean spent the last 2 years of high school crushing on Katie.  While Katie and Caleb's family dynamic is enviable, Sean's family is where the dysfunction is.




    Sean's left Camelot and never looked back in order to get away from his mother.  Ashamed of his stuttering, she refused to even consider speech therapy and told everyone that he had severe social anxiety.  So Sean just stopped talking until he escaped with an older friend to college.  They went on to have a successful Silicon Valley company.  But when his mother dies, Sean has to come back and settle her affairs and gets...stuck.  His stutter is back and he can't seem to get anything packed up at his mom's house.




    The story is about how these two help and heal each other.  There is also a secondary love story involving Judah, the rock star they are guarding.  Things between Sean and Katie are HOT and unfold in a believable way.  I love it when the hero falls in a book before the heroine does.  Actually, Sean's stutter makes him even hotter when he finally starts talking to Katie.  Before that, he communicates through texts and one hilarious note in a hotel lobby!




    My favorite quote: "She felt grounded around him, soothed and appreciated in a way that she wasn't accustomed to."  As someone happily married for almost 18 years, that is more important than anything!




    I would recommend reading the series in order since previous characters show up later.

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