Making It Last
Author: Ruthie Knox
Series: #4 in the Camelot series
Review Copy Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
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.
Anyone who knows me and my reading preferences knows that I typically struggle with/don’t enjoy romances where there is already an established couple – mostly because I like seeing that spark and often it is just missing in the story. But for me, Making it Last worked because I had seen the couple before – this novel is set 13 years after How To Misbehave (the first book in the series). And we get to meet/see Amber and Tony again as they have meandered their way through wedded bliss and unbliss (is that even a word?). It is truly a slice of life type novella – and you see them at their worst – the struggles over money in a downturned economy (which most of us have likely experienced); three kids with needs and too little time, working long hours struggling to make ends meet. To me, the relationship that lasts through that is the one you want to be in.
At the same time, I loved the hotel bar scene – it kind of reminded me of the movie Four Christmas’ with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn with the role-playing out in public. That was probably the best part of the entire story for me. There was something just romantic about it…
I think I have to say with this series tying up, that Ruthie Knox has now pretty much earned her place on my autobuy list – and I’ll be interested to see what she comes out with in the future. 4 stars overall.