Beating Ruby

Beating Ruby

Life hasn’t been quite the same for computer engineer Island Chaptal since March, an OCD-ridden professional killer, burst into her life to clean her bedroom and take her on a global chase for a legendary diamond. Sadly, the (hit) man doesn’t just break bones; he breaks hearts, too.Since then, Island has found solace in Alex—the perfect boyfriend—and Ruby, a software proje...

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Beating Ruby Reviews

  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★

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    - 5 plus stars

    Well, given I loved book 1, despite it being a cliffhanger and I loved this book despite it

    having what

    be described as a

    love triangle situation, I loved this book just as much.

    Again so many notes made in this book of parts that I loved.

    I did feel like I was waiting ages for March to show, but it suited the storyline, and later knowing things he had done changes he had been making, his non appearance to begin made sense.

    Again, I adored Island, being inside her head is a nerdy, whacky, quirky place to be and I love it.

    And this is a slow and I mean sloooooowwwwww build romance. But, it suits the characters and their history, especially March and I am am happy at where they are currently. Anything faster would feel forced.

    It so far is proving to be a hugely enjoyable series, full of suspense, action, romance and sexual tension all wrapped in a quirky funny writing style that is hard to not enjoy.

    So, waiting on book 3, which lord knows when that is due, but I shall be waiting impatiently for it....there are questions that need to be answered people! Will Island finally get what she wants and will March mind getting dirty to give it to her? Does Krakky actually lead a happy life in Ellingham's office despite his tragic background? Does Ramirez get Rica back in

    Does March read

    since he broke the seal and read

    Since March seems to be branching out into the book review world, would he guest review on my blog? (I am actually FULLY aware he is made up, but still, I can dream!) Will the Bad Sex Sloth memes make another appearance. Where can I get killer platypuses(Platypi!?)? What is the plural of Platypus?

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    7/11/15

    ooooh, guess what I am reading!!

    expected 2016!!??

    hmm......I need more March, and ostriches.

    Although if you are waiting for this, the author very kindly left a little snippet of this book on the conversation thread for my review on book 1, so feel free to check it out here -

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  • Christina ~ Brunette Reader

    Picking up six months later from where book 1,

    , left us and delivering the same action-packed, cleverly over-the-top, thoroughly enjoyable read.

    Island, the heroine, still narrates her adventures in a quirky and humorous voice and March, the hero, the cleaning-obsessed mystery man is starting to look at her with the same passion that shines in his eyes when he beholds a remote-controlled mop, so things are going famously in th

    Picking up six months later from where book 1,

    , left us and delivering the same action-packed, cleverly over-the-top, thoroughly enjoyable read.

    Island, the heroine, still narrates her adventures in a quirky and humorous voice and March, the hero, the cleaning-obsessed mystery man is starting to look at her with the same passion that shines in his eyes when he beholds a remote-controlled mop, so things are going famously in the romance department and life would be great if it wasn't for that half a dozen people chasing after them both with decidedly unfriendly intentions, but hey.

    An original and most entertaining Romantic Suspense series keeping me eagerly turning the pages and waiting for further escapades.

  • Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)

    Oh what fun! After reading (or listening to)

    last week I BEGGED author Camilla Monk for an ARC of Beating Ruby because I was extremely anxious to know what happens between March and Island. (Ok so I didn’t exactly BEG her, I sent her an email, and she was super nice… But I totally would have begged if I had to!)

    Island is back after her adventure with March the year previously. She nursed a broken heart for a while, now she has a new boyfriend named Alex, and got a new job helping to dev

    Oh what fun! After reading (or listening to)

    last week I BEGGED author Camilla Monk for an ARC of Beating Ruby because I was extremely anxious to know what happens between March and Island. (Ok so I didn’t exactly BEG her, I sent her an email, and she was super nice… But I totally would have begged if I had to!)

    Island is back after her adventure with March the year previously. She nursed a broken heart for a while, now she has a new boyfriend named Alex, and got a new job helping to develop a new computer system “Ruby” that is going to revolutionise banking security. However, when her boss is murdered it sets off a chain of events that brings March back into her life. So now she has Alex AND March both trying to keep her safe, AND she needs to find who killed her boss, plus what exactly is Alex hiding anyway? And will someone FINALLY pop Island’s cherry already??

    Now I am not usually a fan of love triangles. But she masterfully works this one. Its not exactly a competition for Island’s affections, as there will only be one spunky South African in her sights. But I really enjoyed the way she brought Alex into the story. I felt very sorry for him, until the fateful lunch, then I didn’t at all.

    I loved the continuation of March and Island’s saga. Loved all the violent action scenes, mysteries to solve, and the sparking tension that is always between Island and March.

    This is not your average romantic suspense. The series actually has quite a complex, interesting plot, weaved into an extremely entertaining, quirky and funny story. I absolutely love Monk’s sense of humour. There were many moments of this book where I was laughing out loud, having come upon an unexpectedly funny part of the story, such as a mini octopus wearing a hat of shaved salad, or a pool full of flesh eating platypuses. Yes I am serious, and yes it actually works, even though the platypus is a native animal of my country (Australia), and in my opinion way too cute to be flesh eating. But I guess that’s the point!

    The only negative thing I can even think of about this book is that now I have read the second one before its even out, now I’m going to have to wait AGES for the THIRD one! BOO!!

    A fabulously entertaining series I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for all fans of things quirky!

    Many thanks to author Camilla Monk for an advanced copy of Beating Ruby in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Jill

    March, professional killer and ostrich admirer, is back. Along with Island Chaptal, computer engineer and romance novel enthusiast.

    It's been six months since March left Island...for her own good, of course....and now she has a new love interest, Alex Morgan. When Island's boss is killed and blamed for stealing nearly $700M, using

    March, professional killer and ostrich admirer, is back. Along with Island Chaptal, computer engineer and romance novel enthusiast.

    It's been six months since March left Island...for her own good, of course....and now she has a new love interest, Alex Morgan. When Island's boss is killed and blamed for stealing nearly $700M, using

    a computer programme he designed to test the security of financial software, Island jumps into the fray to try and clear his name, bringing March back into her life, and revealing a whole, new side to Alex.

    Although there is some recapping of the previous instalment, this really isn't a standalone, and should be read after

    . Despite a few of my friends disliking the new love triangle in this book, I didn't mind. I think it added to the story and the development of Island's character. However. If Ms Monk does a

    and Island ends up with the

    then a billabong full of platypuses may be waiting for her. You have been warned, Ms Monk!

    Though I enjoyed the first book a little more, there's no way I could rate this one less than 4 stars. March doesn't make an appearance until about a third of the way into the story. The very best scenes are when he and Island are together. Although Alex started off as an intriguing third wheel, he lost any hope of as a potential permanent partner to Island with

    scene...yeah, so very akin to the alpha in

    There are so many funny, cleverly-written scenes....dining in the Japanese restaurant....the attack by a horde of platypuses....March and Island discussing the plot and merits (or not) of

    and the parallels to their own relationship. I believe this series is a quadrilogy and I’m so looking forward to the next instalment,

    Camilla Monk is one of the very few talented new authors of CR/RS. Her characters and plots are original and she combines solid, mature writing and brilliant humour in scenes and dialogue. With plenty of action, adventure, mystery and romance, this

    series is well worth reading.

    1.5

  • Stacey is Sassy

    He jumped out of the car, running towards Island and my heartbeat quickened. Actually…he jumped out of the car that had been chasing them through the city, seeming to be on a mission to kill them. When he reached Island my heartbeat was on a stampede already…I thought someone was going to die. Mr November would make anyone’s heartbeat speed up…in awe…in fear…i

    He jumped out of the car, running towards Island and my heartbeat quickened. Actually…he jumped out of the car that had been chasing them through the city, seeming to be on a mission to kill them. When he reached Island my heartbeat was on a stampede already…I thought someone was going to die. Mr November would make anyone’s heartbeat speed up…in awe…in fear…in lust or in frustration.

    In

    we are back to following the crazy antics of Island Chaptal and her unfortunate luck. We start by finding out what has been happening to Island since March left her in Tokyo. Island’s working on a computer program called

    that will revolutionise online banking security, trying to pick up the pieces of her heart by moving on and dating a sweet and lovely guy called Alex. One day she comes to work and finds out that her boss is dead and the police are saying it was suicide and Island, the last to talk to him.

    Island, not one to let sleeping dogs lie, decides to do a wee bit of investigating because she’s not convinced it was suicide. She’s got spy blood in her… she won’t get caught…no-one will catch her…she’ll just sneak in through the air ducts and check out the scene. She just didn’t count on the rat stuffing up her plans. It isn’t just a case of suicide after all and getting caught by the FBI/CIA/Police means that Island is called up to help them find out what really happened. Her computer skills come into use and her history, connections and experience end up playing a big part in solving the crime.

    This book is FUNNY!!! At the beginning of every chapter, there is an excerpt from a romance novel. I’m assuming (guessing) they’re made up, but they are either super corny or over the top erotic drivel. Island’s thought processes also had me cracking up laughing and at one point and I accidentally woke my hubby up in the wee hours of the morning. When he asked what I was laughing at, I explained and for some strange reason, he didn’t think it was THAT funny. The poor man needs to read more.

    I really enjoyed

    , but, to be honest, it really only came to life for me when Mr November came on the scene. I love him. His OCD, clean obsession mixed with his killer (literally) instincts make him such an unusual character. It does have what you might call a “love-triangle”, but knowing and meeting Mr November, you soon realise there is really only one man in the race. The romance between Island and Mr November is

    and a little bit frustrating. I’m scared to say, but I think this author might even be a (fingers to my lips, squinting and whispering) “fade to black” type of author (THE HORROR!!!). But because we’re still getting there, I’m not 100% sure. I am not normally content with reading a romance without sexy times, but in this case, the storyline is so engaging and funny I can’t help but love it. I’m hoping (fingers and toes crossed) that Ms Monk might surprise us and give us a little bit of action in the next book.

    The series isn’t finished and we will be getting more from the lives of Island and her sexy man of the month. It doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but it does leave you with a ….

    , kind of feeling. If you’re looking for a funny story with action, mystery and intrigue the Spotless series are definitely worth giving a go.

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  • Sharon

    --- I'm SO SOLD on this love story.

    This book is less crazy, scary, and confusing than the 1st book, but - yes, there are still

    and some

    moments. I prefer this book actually because I thin

    --- I'm SO SOLD on this love story.

    This book is less crazy, scary, and confusing than the 1st book, but - yes, there are still

    and some

    moments. I prefer this book actually because I think now that certain character and plotlines are established, you can really enjoy the fun moments.

    , and I’m just rooting for her to find her way and kick ass (and she sorta does in her own way). The mystery is rather fun in this story because of the clues the characters find and there is an amusing

    .

    It takes a whiiiiile for March to show up in this book (which is disappointing), but oh gosh when he does finally arrive, it’s everything I want it to be –

    She’s soooo adorable.

    – she’s absolutely wonderful. I love how at one point in the book, she realized that she was being weak and afraid, and she pumped herself up into acting and fight back.

    In the first book, I knew I liked him and was intrigued by him.

    . He’s just so weird and cute and protective! I mean…

    I love that he’s such a softie when it comes to Island, but he knows when to be serious and stern, and knows how to get shit done.

    There

    . I was OK with it. It made sense to have another guy, after the events of the last book. It’s bit of a relief to see Island trying to move on, after March rejected her before. It makes sense. Anyway, March and the other guy, Alex, both have merits and they both have flaws. I’m obviously #TeamMarch because I’m a loyal fan and I just think he’s better.

    However, even though this is Alex’s first introduction, he has already shown a lot of depth for his character. I’m wondering how his character will develop later on.

    The romance is definitely more evident in this book than the previous (fortunately). I like the developments we see in here.

    I’m giving

    (I might bump it to a 4 later, but I need to digest this a bit more). It’s such a fun book, and the characters are

    . They’re adorable and funny. I love watching the mystery unfold and seeing the different locations the characters have to travel (YAY for Switzerland <3).

    Overall, I’m simply

    this book – there are so many good elements to it, and I’m looking forward to see how the author will develop it some more in the later books.

    Is there a happy/satisfying ending?

    Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level?

    Tears-worthy?

    Humor?

    Favorite scene?

    What age level would be appropriate?

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    I just finished the 1st book, and I’m diving right into the second. #addicted

    Also, I can’t wait to find out more on a certain OCD hitman. <3 <3 <3

  • Lučka

    3.5*

    Not exactly a love triangle, since the h wasn't in love with the OM but he was causing "drama" and I hated him from the start. What's worst, he was constantly present till the very end. Not enough of March and Island time 😞, for my satisfaction. The book was missing the awesome humor from the #1 and I was spacing out at times as I didn't find the plot entertaining.😕

    Still, the writing style is very uniqe and humorous and I loved some scenes or found them funny.

    I'm hoping the next one will w

    3.5*

    Not exactly a love triangle, since the h wasn't in love with the OM but he was causing "drama" and I hated him from the start. What's worst, he was constantly present till the very end. Not enough of March and Island time 😞, for my satisfaction. The book was missing the awesome humor from the #1 and I was spacing out at times as I didn't find the plot entertaining.😕

    Still, the writing style is very uniqe and humorous and I loved some scenes or found them funny.

    I'm hoping the next one will work better for me.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I'm upset that I didn't enjoy this one because I really liked the first in the series, but this one dragggggged for me.

    I'm all for a quirky heroine, but Island got a little campy in this installment. A little "hokey geek" meets "I don't realize that I'm attractive but I AM" for my tastes. I was over her.

    I wish I felt the love like my other friends, but I'm out of the series at this poi

    I'm upset that I didn't enjoy this one because I really liked the first in the series, but this one dragggggged for me.

    I'm all for a quirky heroine, but Island got a little campy in this installment. A little "hokey geek" meets "I don't realize that I'm attractive but I AM" for my tastes. I was over her.

    I wish I felt the love like my other friends, but I'm out of the series at this point. I don't even care how the story ends, TBH.

    Oh, the audiobook narrator did a great job with the voices, yet again. Kudos to her.

  • Camilla Monk

    Once again, Camilla Monk bathes in the tears of her readers, and scrapes the fat from their discarded corpses to make soap. Except the readers who work out a lot and therefore can't be turned into soap. Those are ruthlessly trampled upon until their crushed bones mingle with the ashes of their burned houses.

    This, people, is how you start a one star review.

    Now, should one read Beating Ruby? Good question. One I believe can only be answered with a flow chart.

    As you can see, there is no good, decen

    Once again, Camilla Monk bathes in the tears of her readers, and scrapes the fat from their discarded corpses to make soap. Except the readers who work out a lot and therefore can't be turned into soap. Those are ruthlessly trampled upon until their crushed bones mingle with the ashes of their burned houses.

    This, people, is how you start a one star review.

    Now, should one read Beating Ruby? Good question. One I believe can only be answered with a flow chart.

    As you can see, there is no good, decent, valid reason to purchase and read that book. Which is why it should sell fairly well: Such is the power of filth!!

    KRAKKY LIVES!

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