Review: Making it Last by Ruthie Knox

Posted July 16, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 2 Comments

Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)

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.

Amber Mazzara has been married for 10 years and she feels like she’s lost herself. She takes care of the kids, takes care of her husband, takes care of the house but that’s about it. She doesn’t know how to fix what’s wrong, especially as she can’t put her finger on exactly what IS wrong. Her husband Tony doesn’t know how to fix it either and he just wants to make the woman he loves happy. He tries out a new strategy by acting as a stranger when he sees her in a bar. It works for a while but then they both realize they want their spouses only – and to work out their lives.

This is book 4 in the Camelot series and it circles back around to Amber and Tony who we read about in the first novella. This takes place 14 years after the couple first met and it shows us that while getting together and falling in love has it’s ups and downs, so does marriage. The story had much more depth than I thought it would and I loved that. The emotion that it contained and the emotion that it stirred in me was unexpected.

I could obviously tell that these were two people who loved each other deeply but didn’t know how to fix things. Better communication would have done wonders but even that wouldn’t have worked completely. Of course we as readers get to see both sides of the story and I could see where each character would have a hard time grasping what the other needed.

This was a really great story that I enjoyed reading. It was still very sexy and romantic but also down to earth and more realistic than your typical romance. This is one I definitely recommend that everyone read.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Ruthie Knox

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