ARC Review: Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox

Posted March 11, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 5 Comments

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ARC Review: Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
Along Came Trouble
by Ruthie Knox

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Mar. 11, 2013
Series: Camelot #2
Published by Random House
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
 

I was glad to see the layering that Knox is so well known for. I just adore the way she is able to add so many dimensions to her characters. It really adds so much to the romance, making it stronger and memorable. ~ Under the Covers

ALONG CAME TROUBLE is book two in the Camelot series. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, HOW TO MISBEHAVE, fear not! The two books seem so different that I don’t necessarily think you need to read one in order to understand the other. Both are good as any other standalones.

Ellen Callahan is a driven woman who is a single mother and lawyer. She is tough as nails and Caleb Clark seems to enjoy poking fun at the attractive woman every chance he gets. When Ellen’s brother, the international pop star hires a body guard to keep her and her kid safe from the paparazzi, Caleb turns out to be that special man. Lucky girl!

Ellen and Caleb start off on the wrong foot. Ellen is peeved and wants Caleb out and away from her but the persistent Caleb enjoys making fun at the uptight woman and soon he is able to break down her barriers. For the first half of this book, I found it hard to get through. I wonder if it was some sort of funk I was in or if the pacing was just slower. Knox spends a lot of time on dialogue in this book and while it can be entertaining, I think at times it can go on for too long. The conversations that Ellen and Caleb have are the way they get to know each other. Caleb begins to chip away at Ellen until she breaks into a smile, so it’s rewarding to see an author who spends so much time on dialogue and the romance. But I also wanted something more to keep the pace going. Sometimes it lagged and affected my enjoyment of the book.

It picked up though and I was glad to see the layering that Knox is so well known for. I just adore the way she is able to add so many dimensions to her characters. It really adds so much to the romance, making it stronger and memorable.

I’ll be looking forward to reading the third book, FLIRTING WITH DISASTER. From the blurb, it seems that this one might just be another keeper from Knox.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Ruthie Knox

USA Today 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-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 also writes New Adult romance as RobinYork. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from you, so feel free to drop her a line.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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I really like the sound of this book…thanks for the review Ann!

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Thanks Timitra!

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Thanks for the review Ann.

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Thanks Lori

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This is definitely on my TBR. Thanks for the review.