Series: Camelot Series
Author: Ruthie Knox
Review by: Onnica
Basic Story: Katie Clark has decided to start over by returning to Camelot, where her family and old friends still live. Recently divorced from her selfish ex, Levi – and experiencing something of a drought in the love department – she’s keen to get her mojo back and her new assignment in her brother’s security firm could provide the opportunity she’s been looking for. The job: to look after famous musician Judah Pratt and find out who’s been sending him threatening mail. The downside: working with Caleb’s surly, silent and sullen colleague, Sean Owens. It’s not that she has a problem with him; quite the opposite. She’s been trying to pierce through his stony veneer for months, but to no avail. He won’t speak to her or even look at her if he can help it. Instead, he prefers to lose himself in computer coding and avoids any personal contact with her at all costs.
Determined that they will at least be civil during their assignment, she confronts him one night and finds that there is much more going on with the sexy computer whizz; most importantly that he doesn’t hate her – at all. In fact, he’s been crushing on Katie since high school, where he’d stare at her from the back of the class. He’s dealing with a lot of feelings he thought were buried. He’s back in Camelot to tie up loose ends with his mother’s estate and struggling to move on. Both confused and relieved by his admission, Katie wants to throw caution to the wind. A casual fling with a colleague before he returns to his life in California, while protecting a difficult and spoilt celebrity with his own problems; what could possibly go wrong?
Why you should read it: Hallelujah, a heroine I actually liked and could root for! They’re rarer than the red squirrel these days. Katie, despite her past mishaps is fun, with a great attitude and an open heart. I loved her – she owns her feelings and may indulge in the odd pity party, but it never lasts long and she doesn’t make others suffer from it. Sean – what can I say about Sean? He’s hot; he’s mostly silent, with so much bubbling under the surface. His silence is due mostly to the stammer he thought he’d conquered years ago. He has many layers and I really enjoyed getting to know him. There’s humour and sentimentality in equal measure in this story – both characters are masters of the one-liner and their vulnerability at times made me tear up – which doesn’t happen to me very often.
What you might hate: I don’t see there was anything to hate – Sean’s behaviour isn’t always stellar but there are reasons for it and I think are perfectly understandable – by the end all is forgiven!
Rating: 4/5 for a sexy, funny and absorbing story about love, how your parents can really do a number on you and the fact that it’s never too late to start over. I loved it – and I’m sad that we’re nearing the end of the Camelot series (with only one novella left) – I really like these characters for their depth and realism.
Flirting with Disaster is out on June 10th.