Monday, July 15, 2013

Making it Last by Ruthie Knox

Title:  Making it Last
Author: Ruthie Knox
My Rating: B+ 

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series:  Camelot #4
Main Characters: Amber and Tony
Release Date: July 2013 
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
RITA finalist Ruthie Knox returns with a brand-new eBook original novella, the finale of her delightfully sexy Camelot series!

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 — where 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 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 only got 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.

My Review:
As someone who's been married for twenty-one years, I'll admit there were moments when this book was tough to read because it struck so many chords with me. This book is about Amber & Tony, the hero/heroine from book #1 in the Camelot series. In that book, their love/attraction was new and shiny and perfect. This book takes place 14 years later, ten years into their marriage and things between them aren't so shiny and happy anymore. This book is real, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. Because despite how tough marriage is with the day-to-day grime and kids and stress, these are two people who are still in love, although they both have moments of doubt. 

Up front, I will say, "Wow, I am impressed that Ruthie Knox wrote this book." This is not your typical romance novel and honestly I'm surprised that Random House published it. BRAVO for them, because it may not be typical, but it is still beautiful and yes, even romantic. It just takes a bit to get there. I loved getting to see Amber and Tony again, even when my heart was breaking for them as they negotiate this huge stumbling block in their marriage. They're real, but even in that reality, they are absolutely in love. 

I challenge any reader who's been in a long term relationship to not be affected by this book.It's inspiring to watch these two characters work through this tough time and come out stronger in the end. I personally loved what Ruthie did here.  Because the reality is that marriage is tough. It's not all romance and flowers and rainbows. It's kids and finances and problems and stress and it's so easy to lose sight of the love and the romance in the midst of all that. This book is a beautiful reminder of that. The fact that all that stress isn't worth it if you lose the things that matter most. It's about refocusing on those you love and not the day to day details that can suck the life and love out of a relationship. 

It was a beautiful way to end the series and I highly recommend the story!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This book sounds wonderful Christi! I am so happy to hear of a book that actually focuses on a couple who have been together for an extended period of time, one that deals with the ups and downs of every day life that comes with a marriage. It's always nice to read the fresh new romances, but we all need to be reminded that it's not always sunshine and roses throughout the entire relationship! :-) Great book, I'm definitely putting this down on my to be read list! :-)