Sunday, June 16, 2013
ARC review Making it Last by Ruthie Knox
In a brand-new eBook original novella, RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox takes her spectacular Camelot series to new heights with a tale of desire reinvented.
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.
Making It Last is a lovely story about life and living it, about marriage and how the "worse" in "for better or worse" is sometimes hard to define, and even harder to face. And its about how love can get you through those times.
Amber is in a bad place mentally. Her children are growing up, her husband is buried in work stuff and she's all alone to deal with her life. And try as she might to fix whatever is wrong, she just struggles with it. I felt her pain in this story. It was real and intense and familiar. I'll warn you now, if you are an emotional reader, you will need tissues for this.
Tony is swamped with work worries, money worries and family worries. He too, carries the weight of his life and everything going on around him. He's a good man, but that isn't enough. My heart broke a little for Tony because he's just as scared as Amber about where life was leading them.
This is a story about how love deepens and grows in the long haul. It's every bit as romantic as a "falling-in-love" story. I'd call this a power of love story, and Ruthie Knox doesn't take any short cuts or use any miraculous events to make everything magically fall into place. It is through the simplicity and strength of love that this story ends on a hopeful note, much like it does in real life, and that it what I loved most about Making it Last. Thanks Ruthie Knox for taking a chance with this. I think you nailed it.
I'd recommend Making it Last and the entire Camelot series by Ruthie Knox.
ARC courtesy of Random House/Loveswept and Netgalley