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.
Flirting with Disaster
Ever since Ride With Me, I have been a huge admirer of Ms. Knox's novels. She never disappoints, there is always lots of humor, secondary characters that are very much a part of the story, and strong female characters. Flirting With Disaster is in my opinion her most compelling so far.
Katie Cook is trying to restart her life after a disastrous marriage. Her ex emptied their joint account and left Katie to clean up and close their business in Alaska. She is now back in Camelot working for her brother Caleb ( Along Came Trouble) in his security business. " Katie wanted to throw herself headlong into new experiences, skate the edge of recklessness, flirt with disaster". She is sent on her first assignment at the request of a very popular singer, who is getting mysterious threatening letters. Caleb reluctantly sends her with another operative Sean Owens. Katie and Sean have known each other since high school. He was always the silent geek with his nose in a book. She was already dating the boy who turned out to be the man who tore her world apart. She does not want to go with Sean, he never speaks to her, and she's sure he hates her. Caleb insists she go with Sean or not go at all. They are on their way.
Ms. Knox touches on many serious issues in this amazing story. Sean doesn't speak to Katie, at first, because he has a problem with stuttering. He has stuttered all his life, finally going for speech therapy as an adult. He seemed to have conquered the problem for the most part, except around Katie! Therefore, he doesn't speak at all. Sean had a very traumatic childhood, because of his speech impediment, and a mother he could never seem to please. He left after high school, moved to California with his best friend and started a very successful company. He has not spoken or seen his mother since then, and is in Camelot to clean out her home after she passed away. He just can't seem to make himself do it. Katie and Sean are immediately drawn to each other , but they have a lot of issues to accept about themselves, before they can accept each other.
As always, there is plenty of humor, visits with other characters from Along Came Trouble, and a beautiful wedding. I found myself fighting tears for Sean and Katie two damaged people who love each other, but just don't know how to make it work.
I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. It has a mystery, some very cozy adventures in cars and various places, and a beautiful love story.
Camelot is a wonderful town to visit!
I received this novel from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
Loved this book!
I was fortunate to win an early copy of this book. What a wonderful surprise. Even better was how much I loved the book!
Ruthie has a wonderful way of creating unique situations for her characters. Sometimes an author will start a series and by the third book you can see a pattern... how they meet or what will be the issues. Not with Ruthie. (I still hope that someday I'll get trapped during a storm in a storage room with a mysterious & gorgeous guy... but don't we all! - check out Ruthie's How to Misbehave if you don't get the reference.)
This book continues the Clark siblings stories. The youngest, Katie Clark is a mess and trying to rebuild her life. After reading the first two books about Amber & Caleb, I wondered where Ruthie would take Katie's story. I was worried it might be too simple: girl likes moody boy, draws boy out of shell, misunderstanding happens, make-up, all live HEA... right? We've read them before. Well, Flirting with Disaster is not that story. I'm not going to say anymore except "read it!"
P.S. Ruthie - I love, love, love Judah!