Flirting with Disaster: A Camelot Novel

Flirting with Disaster: A Camelot Novel

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by Ruthie Knox
     
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL AND RT BOOK REVIEWS • In this scorching-hot Camelot novel from RITA finalist and bestselling author Ruthie Knox, a no-strings fling looks an awful lot like falling in love—or flirting with disaster.
 
Fresh out of a fiasco of a

Overview

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY JOURNAL AND RT BOOK REVIEWS • In this scorching-hot Camelot novel from RITA finalist and bestselling author Ruthie Knox, 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.

Praise for Flirting with Disaster
 
“Knox’s Camelot, Ohio, books showcase just what this author does best, create love stories that feature real people in situations that readers can understand and with which they can empathize. . . . Additionally, she writes absolutely smoking-hot love scenes! Her heroes and her heroines redeem and save each other. Love doesn’t conquer all, but it makes life a whole lot sweeter.”Library Journal

Flirting with Disaster is, at heart, a love story and it’s one that Ms. Knox makes sweet and sexy. The scenes between Sean and Katie are filled with wit and want.”—All About Romance
 
“What I love most about the way Ruthie Knox writes is her fantastic ability to turn the ordinary into something very special. . . . There were so many moments in the book that made me smile and laugh, and that’s the beauty of her writing. I was rooting for both Katie and Sean throughout the entire book, and I was very satisfied with how it came about.”—Paranormal Haven
 
“Two thumbs up for this author who has this girl crushing hard on her stories!”—Living in a Fictional World
 
“Her ability to infuse her writing with such humor and heart is what makes it so appealing to readers. I can always count on Knox to make me smile with one of her books.”—Under the Covers
 
“Sean and Katie are a couple that you must get to know. They’re charming together, a perfect fit and I loved their banter and play on page. Tack on a sweet epilogue at the end, and Flirting with Disaster is one very satisfying read.”—Happily Ever After-Reads

“A great new voice in contemporary romance . . . hilarious, heartfelt, and hot.”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins
 
“I’ll read anything by Ruthie Knox—her books are always sexy, funny, beautifully poignant, and honest.”—Molly O’Keefe, bestselling author of Crazy Thing Called Love
 
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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 
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.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345541703
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/10/2013
Series:
Camelot , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
94,364
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. 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-based 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 also writes New Adult romance as Robin York. She 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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Flirting with Disaster: A Camelot Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Camelot series has another hit book I want to acquire the early books in the series. Men that are good at solving problems do not necessarily have the skills to solve the female problem of being a woman. Sean has other reasons behind the dent in his problem solving skills, one Katie Clark. She is back and his high school crush is in his face and he says not a word for fear of being remembered. For me the characters (Sean & Katie) grown or should I say make progress from beginning to the end. I believe as women we are expecting the men to grow more to accommodate our world, bit Katie made realizations of her own and took steps to make improvement in herself.  Knox writing captured me and keep me to the end. I found this one to be slight different from her other books that I have read. As I said above I would like to get more of this series and start over again.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I really liked the earlier Camelot books (How to Misbehave and Along Came Trouble) and I’m thrilled that this one was just as good.  Both Katie and Sean are interesting, with normal, detailed issues – both have low self-esteem, for different reasons.  Throw  in a little mystery over who is stalking Judah and it makes for a can’t put down read. Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress. (Complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A re-read. Wonderful story, developed characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the other books in this series and thought some others were better... I like Ms. Knox as an author but thought this one was stretched out too much... Katie had a gift for solving other peoples problems, maybe... I thought too much credit given... Sean was too smart to be so dumb in recognizing his problems and I didn't find the situation with the two gay guys either believable or all that interesting... Also I did not think she tied in the characters from previous books at all... Jamie who appeared quite often was never reintroduced as the famous heart throb singer he was... In this book he and Carly could have just been a couple of people next door...
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars from me! I did enjoy reading this story even though there were some parts that just seemed to go on and on. The story was quite predictable as well in certain parts of it. The characters were written well to a degree, but I was also left wanting for more from them during the course of the story. Katie’s character, I did enjoy her because she showed a large amount of strength during the book. She knew what she wanted and she had focused herself enough to go after it. No matter what anyone else believed. For that reason, I give her mad props. Even after a failed marriage, she still pushed herself forward and made something of herself, she only wanted to improve. Sean’s character, although there was something about him, I do think that the author went a little overboard with his stutter. The reason why I say that is because all the time that he was away from Camelot, his stutter was fine and almost non-existant, however it comes back to the point where he can’t even talk to Katie without it coming back out. This story had a good bit of romance and suspense that kept me turning the pages on it. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next and I am completely glad that I did finish reading the story. Review provided by Crystal's Many Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in this novel are honest, real, challenging characters that drive the story and make it come alive. Katie and Sean's love story is not smooth and easy. It made them more real and the book more enjoyable to read.
DEstudio More than 1 year ago
In the one corner is Sean the stuttering geek with angst ridden childhood issues. He overcome them by being this successful computer hacker and controls his stuttering in that environment. Except when he is around Katie who he has a crush on since high school. He loves puzzles that is why he is freelancing at the security firm. Katie is a self proclaimed doormat who is trying to change that. She finally divorced her high school sweetheart who left her and took their savings. She is so turned on by Sean's geekiness. When he talks computer he is more self possessed and confident. She actually likes puzzles too...puzzles of the human psyche. They work together at her brother's security firm trying to figure out a mystery of why a celebrity is getting threatening emails and from whom. Their story is so complex and filled with emotional depth. These are not issues that are usually seen in most romance novels. It is thrilling to find out how they deal with it. I am slowly falling in love with Sean as much as Katie is. And then there is the mystery of the celebrity stalker. Katie comes to feel strongly for Judah, the celeb, and wants to help him. She realizes that helping is what she is good at. If I continue to write more I will have to block this review as spoiler. Needless to say, this book has pulled me in so much that I can not put it down. When I do (because we all know life keeps getting in the way) I can't wait up pick it up again. These are lovable characters. And the sex is SO SMOKING HOT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author and this book is the latest to this series. Her characters are not perfect, but interesting. I like books with a touch of humor, action and mystery and this covered all three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think I would buy the phone book if Ruthie Knox was writing it! Sean is by far my favorite of all her heroe's. Ruthie takes the time in this book to let you really get to know Sean and Katie. You see the story from both points of view and it only adds to your connection to these characters. They are real, imperfect people who make each other stronger. Loved this story!!!
WiLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
Katie is convinced that Sean hates her because he never speaks to her. Then they end up having to go out and work in the field together. They have to drive together, work together, and Sean won't talk to her. Katie is understandably irritated. Sean is so insecure about his issue, but when he finally starts talking to Katie her treatment of it is just what he needs. They compliment one another and make a perfect couple. This book has humor, suspense, and steam. I really liked the nerdy Sean, even though it takes him a while to stop being an idiot and just talk to Katie. This is part of a series, though this is the first I've read and it stood alone just fine. It did refer to events in other books, but just enough to make me curious.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute and funny love story. Ruthie Knox has fast become one of my auto-buy authors. I love everything she writes. Katie is probably my favorite Knox heroine. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is so compassionate and loving to everyone but herself. And while my favorite hero will always be City (with Caleb in close second), Sean is wonderful. I don't know that I have ever read a romance with a stuttering main before. I wish that less time had been spent on Judah and his story, but it is necessary to the growth of the main couple. I highly recommend Flirting with Disaster. And while it reads great as a stand-alone, I would start with the first in the series How to Misbehave. After finishing the Camelot series, be sure to go back and Ms. Knox's first few books - Ride with Me, About Last Night, and Room at the Inn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the one corner is Sean the stuttering geek with angst ridden childhood issues. He overcome them by being this successful computer hacker and controls his stuttering in that environment. Except when he is around Katie who he has a crush on since high school. He loves puzzles that is why he is freelancing at the security firm. Katie is a self proclaimed doormat who is trying to change that. She finally divorced her high school sweetheart who left her and took their savings. She is so turned on by Sean's geekiness. When he talks computer he is more self possessed and confident. She actually likes puzzles too...puzzles of the human psyche. They work together at her brother's security firm trying to figure out a mystery of why a celebrity is getting threatening emails and from whom. Their story is so complex and filled with emotional depth. These are not issues that are usually seen in most romance novels. It is thrilling to find out how they deal with it. I am slowly falling in love with Sean as much as Katie is. And then there is the mystery of the celebrity stalker. Katie comes to feel strongly for Judah, the celeb, and wants to help him. She realizes that helping is what she is good at. If I continue to write more I will have to block this review as spoiler. Needless to say, this book has pulled me in so much that I can not put it down. When I do (because we all know life keeps getting in the way) I can't wait up pick it up again. These are lovable characters. And the sex is SO SMOKING HOT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!  Awesome!  Awesome!  I loved this book so much.  If you haven't read Miss Knox before you should definitely start!  The whole series has become one of my faves!
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
This turned out to be a wonderful story with characters that have real human vulnerabilities. You really felt for Sean and what he was going through. You also knew they Katie wasn't happy about the way her life had played out. It was fun reading about how Katie and Sean cemented their relationship. A must read.
darjeeling44 More than 1 year ago
As I've come to expect, in Flirting with Disaster, Knox delivers nuanced, believable characters grappling with real problems (to an extent, both main characters in this book work to establish or accept their sense of identity in the wake of past issues) and discovering that they can be a comfort to each other without sacrificing who they are individually.  It's a lovely story, and I enjoyed every bit of it.  
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
This story Knox it out of the park! I was privileged to have received an early copy of Flirting with Disaster in exchange for an honest review. I say privileged because this is the first story I’ve read by Ms. Knox, but it won’t be the last. Ms. Knox has a fresh, straightforward, plain-speaking descriptive writing style that caught my attention and held it. I didn’t have to wonder what the characters were thinking or feeling…even without speech. It was so clear that I felt like I had exchanged my self for the characters’, felt their pain and anger and exhilaration. Their humanness was mine; their regrets, their insecurities, their fears and their triumphs were mine. It was wonderful. Toward the end of the story I was so proud of Katie and Sean and Judah that I cried. And the epilogue at the end clinched the deal…I felt like I had won a race right along with the characters.
Phyllis_L More than 1 year ago
Knox keeps up the good work with a fun, hot romance about a young woman, Katie, trying to rediscover herself after a divorce and a move back to her hometown. The hero of the story, Sean, is a guy she used to go to high school with who is only back in town because his mom (a narcissist who never accepted that he was imperfect - he has a stutter - and they haven't been in touch for 10 or so years) has died. Instead of clearing the house out and getting back to his life in CA, he's been hanging around, doing a bit of work for Katie's brother's security firm. (Oh, slight blip in some of the early stuff about his job, when he refers to a beautiful day as perfect Southern CA weather, but he's in the Bay Area, which is Northern CA. Maybe Knox meant that the weather was so nice, it was like Southern? And maybe it became clearer in the final edits?) When the story begins, they're driving to Kentucky from Ohio to interview a music star who has received some vague threats and wants to hire them, but refuses to tell them anything about anything. The musician has been flirting with Katie and she thinks she's going to get lucky - and besides, her partner hates her, right? Only he doesn't, but the stutter he has all but gotten rid of makes him tongue-tied around her. I really liked how they were sure they already knew each other, but were constantly surprising each other with the truth of why it was hard for them to get attached and how their pasts were playing too big a role in their lives. I had a few reservations: they were each attracted to the other and when they finally started to talk a bit, they were (almost) immediately in bed - it felt like it happened without quite enough build-up for a novel. It didn't feel casual at all from the start, so it seems they would have gotten deeper into each other's psyches before getting into each other's pants. I also felt that Sean should have started to work through his mom's death and his grief and guilt before he started dating Katie and then he worked through it instantly. It was funny and sweet and hot. I love Ruthie Knox's writing. I got a free, review e-copy of this book through NetGalley and if I'd paid for it, I might only give it 4.5 stars. Nah, definitely 5.