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Reviews: HOW TO MISBEHAVE and MAKING IT LAST by Ruthie Knox

I have been reading romance for the past 2-3 years and am behind the curve when it comes to authors sometimes.  I have seen Ruthie Knox’s name around the web but have yet to read any of her books.  When Kindles & Wine had a recent post about her newest book, Making It Last, and I found out it was only $.99, I had to check it out. I did a little research and found that Making It Last was about a married couple and they were originally featured in How To Misbehave. So, I grabbed that one, too and read them both.

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In How to Misbehave, I fell in love with the heroine, Amber’s quirky personality. She is just like so many of us when it comes to who we are on the outside versus who we are (and sometimes want to be) on the inside. Many of us can relate to Amber, which always makes the story more real. I loved how Amber and the hero, Tony, flirted with one another, their honesty and lack of filter sometimes. The characters are well developed. They both have flaws and while they are not all “fixed” by the end of the story you knew they are going to help each other through them.

Amber and Tony have some awkward, intimate love scenes, which are the best.  Life can be awkward as can real relationships, new or established. Ruthie writes the intimate scenes to be very sweet and passionate, but also so appropriate for the two characters. How To Misbehave is a boy meets girl story with great dialogue and moves along at a great pace. Highly recommend!

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I love books where the main characters are married because there are so few of them out there. Making It Last was intense with real feelings and emotions and an accurate portrayal of what marriage can be like. I found myself relating to Amber a lot. I have been married for 14 years and have two children and there are times I just want a break. I thought Ruthie did a fantastic job of capturing Amber and Tony in this stage of their lives – married with children in a struggling economic environment.  Ruthie stayed true to their characters from How To Misbehave, and shows us that marriage is hard work but so worth it.

In Making It Last, Ruthie writes about how deep love goes between two people and how life can test that love. Married couples will appreciate this book. Those yet to be married will get a glimpse of how intense marriage is – both on the positive and negative.  I think Tony and Amber show that for all those downs there are a millions ups. They also teach us the importance of communication and working as a team. We also get to see that intimacy can be even better when you are with someone you know so well. Making It Last was an incredible story. If you are looking for something beyond just fun and flirty, pick up a copy of Making It Last and see how two people learn how to make their marriage last.

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About the Books:

Title: How To Misbehave (Camelot Series, #1)
Author: Ruthie Knox
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Release Date: January 28, 2013
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Official Summary:

What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox kicks off her new Camelot series with this deliciously sexy original novella, in which a good girl learns how to misbehave . . . with all her heart.
 
As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?

Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own—unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?

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TitleMarking It Last (Camelot Series, #4)
Author: Ruthie Knox
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Official Summary:

A hotel bar. A sexy stranger. A night of passion. There’s a part of Amber Mazzara that wants those things, wants to have a moment—just one—when life isn’t a complicated tangle of house and husband and kids and careers. Then, after a long, exhausting “vacation” with her family, her husband surprises her with a gift: a few days on the beach . . . alone.

Only she won’t be alone for long, because a handsome man just bought her a drink. He’s cool, he’s confident, and he wants to take Amber to bed and keep her there for days. Lucky for them both, he’s her husband. He’s got only a few days in Jamaica to make her wildest desires come true, but if he can pull it off, there’s reason to believe that this fantasy can last a lifetime.

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Have you read a series where the main characters in one book are brought back in another book as the hero and heroine again?  

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  1. Edie Ramer

    These sound like fun books. The blurb for Marking It Last made me laugh.

    I have read series like that, but I think they’re usually RS or PNR books, with a mystery or suspense element in the ensuing books.

    1. Amy

      I love series in general. I think Maya Banks did something like this – had a novella based on the characters from her first book. Always fun!

  2. Kindle Gal

    Great reviews, Amy! And I’m so glad our post on K&W led you to FINALLY read Ruthie Knox. 🙂

    1. Amy

      Thanks, KG! I love learning about new authors and your blog is great at introducing so many to us readers!

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