Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
~ Grab your current read
~ Open to a random page
~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
~ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My teaser today comes from Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox, a small town romance I read during my recent holiday and enjoyed very much.
Everything about her was so casual tonight, it was throwing him off his game. He’d come over here prepared to do battle with Amazon Ellen, and instead he got this woman with the butter-soft body and the seductive smile.
An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.
Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined–and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?
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Review – Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox
Along Came Trouble is book two in Ms. Knox’s Camelot series. I haven’t read the first story in the series and didn’t feel that I’d missed out on series details related in the earlier book.
Ellen’s pop star brother has fled Camelot, leaving his ex-girlfriend and his sister at the mercy of paparazzi looking for a newsworthy story. He does, however, arrange for a local security company to provide protection for his sister and ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Ellen is also dealing with her ex-husband and his shenanigans.
Caleb, the security guard wants to do a good job and get his business off the ground. Ellen wants her privacy and the security guard gone, despite the zip of attraction she feels for him.
I enjoyed this novella very much and read it in one sitting. The characters are likeable and well-rounded and the secondary romance between Carly, Ellen’s neighbor and Jamie, Ellen’s brother adds to the charm of this story. Jamie comes across as selfish and careless of those who care for him, taking them for granted. He’s made to work for what he wants, making me cheer. Caleb with his strong and steady manner is very compelling and likeable. Real hero material wrapped up with sex appeal. My only slight niggle was with Ellen. At times I felt she took her need for independence to extremes, despite her motivation.
The plot moved along at a good clip with everything tied up neatly at the end. I also liked that Ellen wants a no-strings affair with Caleb while Caleb wants something permanent with Ellen. The shift from traditional agendas made for an interesting read.
If you’re a fan of contemporaries and small-town romances you’ll love Along Came Trouble. Highly recommended.
This book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.