Thursday 7 February 2013

Review: How to Misbehave - Ruthie Knox

What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? Beloved 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 Centre, 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?

Camelot Series:
How to Misbehave (Novella)
Along Came Trouble
Flirting with Disaster
Making it Last (Novella)

Visit Ruthie Knox's website for more information.

Amber works as the program director for the Camelot Community Centre and she has been crushing on the sexy foreman in charge of the building extension ever since she first saw him. She has always been too shy to approach him but when a tornado warning forces her to take cover in the community centre basement with only Tony for company she isn't going to let the opportunity pass her by. Tony always thought of Amber as a good girl, someone far too sweet for him no matter how sexy she is but trapped together in a blackout he realises there is more to her than meets the eye. The connection between them is intense but Tony has a very good reason for not getting involved, can Amber convince him to forget his past and show him that they could have a future together.

Since I read Ruthie Knox's story About Last Night I've been slowly working my way through everything I can get my hands on by her. She has a way of writing such believable characters, people who are damaged by their pasts and reluctant to trust again but who are incredibly worthy of a happy ending. As soon as I heard about her new Camelot series I couldn't wait to read it, I love a series that allows you to follow a group of characters across a period of time and with these books each focusing on a different Clark sibling I knew it was going to be just my kind of read. Amber is the oldest of the siblings and her story is set several years before the next book takes place but this novella was a great introduction to the series and has definitely left me wanting the next instalment.

Amber has always been considered a good girl but she wants people to look past her image and see the person she really is inside. She wants to be naughty for a change, to do things just for the fun of it and now that she has set her sights on Tony she is determined to go for it. In a lot of ways Tony is her complete opposite, he was a wild teenager who spent his nights partying and drinking too much. He paid a very high price for his antics though and has spent years trying to make up for what happened. Amber has always made him think of a startled little bunny but trapped in the dark with her he needs her help when his panic starts to overcome him. Amber really surprises him with the things she says but he takes great fun in pushing her out of her comfort zone, never has dirty talk been as much fun to read about as it was watching these two bantering in the basement! There is an intense attraction between the two of them and the chemistry is fantastic but Ruthie Knox manages to create a believable romance and I was really routing for the couple to work through their issues together.

How to Misbehave may be a novella but it doesn't read like one and has everything that I want from a full length romance novel. If you are looking for a witty story with strong characters, great banter and dirty talk, fantastic chemistry and intense emotions then this will be right up your street. It isn't often that I rate novellas 5 stars but I couldn't give this one anything less - it really couldn't have been more perfect.

Source: Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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