Special Excerpt from Ruthie Knox’ Along Came Trouble
*Squee!* I have Ruthie Knox here again! She’s a darling and a dear and has given Tartlandia 😉 a delicious excerpt from her newest contemporary romance Along Came Trouble. *swoon* I have a thing for bodyguard stories… *blush* This is on my must read soon pile!
The Queen of Tarts
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Hello, gorgeous Book Tart readers!
Thanks for having me back to talk to you about Along Came Trouble, which released on March 11 from Random House / Loveswept. It’s the second book in my Camelot series, but you don’t have to read the first one, How To Misbehave, in order to enjoy this one. (Though feel free to, especially if you like hot Italian men, basements, tornadoes, or sex.)
Along Came Trouble is what you might call a “Bodyguard Book.” But it’s a little different, too—at least to may way of thinking. The heroine, Ellen, is a divorced single mother of a two-year-old, and she’s got Issues about the possibility of getting into another relationship. Her plate is FULL. And okay, yes, maybe she’ll have just a smidgen of this man-dessert, but that is all. Whereas the hero is all things patient and compromising and Yeah, please, give me several more helpings of HER. And also there’s a pop star and a lot of chaos. 🙂
In this little snippet, Ellen and Caleb have had a long, only mildly hostile conversation on her front porch, and now she’s trying to convince herself to go to bed. It’s not going well.
Ellen stood up and gazed down at Caleb for one long, fathomless moment.
Bodyguard, she reminded herself. Bad, bad idea.
“I’m going to bed now.”
“In the morning, I want to install new deadbolts on your doors.”
She sighed. “If I’ve managed to make it through the night without getting slain in my bed, we’ll see how I feel about it then. At the moment, the answer is no.”
“I’m also going to go ahead and tell the a.m. shift they can pull the car into your driveway. I want a separate team on Carly’s place. If anything weird happens, it’ll be easier to deal with if I’ve got four men and two vehicles here.”
Did she care whether the SUV parked on the street or in her driveway? She was pretty sure she had, earlier, but she couldn’t remember why.
“Fine. That’s it, though. Don’t push your luck.”
He stood up, putting him much closer than she’d been ready for. Close like that time in the market. Whoa close.
Her lips parted on a hitched inhale that might have been nothing but might have been an invitation. She wasn’t exactly sure, because with his face six inches from hers, she couldn’t think straight. His dark, devilish eyes blanked out her brain, and she didn’t want to think, anyway. She just wanted him to do things to her—to remind her what it felt like to let somebody else lead. He’d be good at it. He was tall and strong, and he smelled like fabric softener and wine and man.
Kiss me, she thought.
But he didn’t. He backed up, and she hadn’t been ready for that, either. She’d unconsciously shifted her weight to the balls of her feet, and as he retreated down the first of the porch steps, she lost her balance and swayed into him, planting both hands on his chest.
His firm, hot, way-out-of-her-league chest.
Get a grip, she told herself, but her libido had no claws, and the situation was slippery—a bizarre combination of socially awkward and inconveniently arousing. Just when she ought to have been letting go, she clutched at his shirt.
Caleb took her wrists in his hands and gently tugged until she released him. He backed farther down the steps as he lowered her arms, eyes on his shoes, his thumbs brushing over her knuckles just before he dropped her hands.
Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series continues in this sizzling eBook original novel, featuring two headstrong souls who bump heads—and bodies—as temptation and lust bring nothing but delicious trouble.
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?
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: How to Misbehave, Flirting with Disaster, and About Last Night.
Ruthie Knox graduated from Grinnell College as an English and history double major and went on to earn a Ph.D. in modern British history that she’s put to remarkably little use. She debuted as a romance novelist with Ride with Me—probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story yet to be penned—and followed it up with About Last Night, which features a sizzling British banker hero with the unlikely name of Neville. Other publications include Room at the Inn (a Christmas novella) and How To Misbehave, book 1 in the Camelot series. She moonlights as a mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia.