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Posted January 28, 2013
This is a novella, a short story and it's about sex. It is sexy, sweet and detailed. Not cringe worthy graphic, but you can definitely imagine everything these characters are doing. This is a short story, which I usually hate. When I am finished with a book, I want to feel as if the characters are my best friends or enemies, depending on how much I like the book. I usually don't feel that way with novellas, but with "How to Misbehave," I really didn't care.
This story is a snippet of a love story. We drop in on Tony and Amber at the beginning of their romance. It's ripe, brand new and filled with possibilities. From the final page of this story, this relationship can become anything. I really enjoyed that. We go from the awkward conversation, to interest, to strong attraction and finally the realization that there could be more between them than just sex.
The thing is, every girl's first time should be with a guy like Tony. When I say first time, I don't just mean losing your virginity. Nope, every girls first time with a new lover, first time after a break up, first time after a dry spell, etc, should be with a guy like Tony. Tony is calm, he is patient and is never annoyed with Amber's inexperience. He explores her body, learns everything she likes while teaching her what he likes. I usually find sex scenes to be a little too much. There are authors who go on for pages and pages, until I am rolling my eyes and skipping the scene entirely. Not so in "How to Misbehave," Amber's sexual history is so boring; you are literally cheering Tony on. Someone had to teach this girl the correct way to misbehave!
Tony seems to do everything right. He is a confident, but fair boss. He is an accomplished lover and a guy who does not assault strange women in basements during tornadoes. Tony's lack of faith in himself didn't seem to add up with the man we experience. I wanted to know more and discover what it was in his past that made him distrustful of himself. Many times a characters dark past is something outlandish or ridiculous. I found Tony's past to be heartbreaking and filled with guilt that I understood and sympathized with.
"How to Misbehave" is a quick, fun and entertaining read. I am becoming a big fan of how seamlessly Knox writes romantic male leads who are strong and confident, without the borderline obsessive and abusive tendencies that other authors have embraced.
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Posted January 28, 2013
Community Center Director, Amber Clark, has led most of her life as a “good girl”, but she secretly has a crush on a "bad boy" construction worker expanding the Center. A tornado warning sends Amber and the hunky construction worker into the basement for safety. Giving them some up close time, Amber actually discovers her crushes name among other things…
Tony Mazzara was just seeking shelter from the storm but being closed in with the sexy Center’s direct was just a bonus. Knowing Amber is way to innocent for the likes of him, he can’t help himself from flirting. Their desire ignites, unexpectedly their union affects them both more than either of them anticipated.
A raw and straight forward story, with a naïve and sheltered Amber and a graduate of hard knocks life Tony try to work through their emotional pasts and find a place for each other in their lives. I found that even though this is a shorter story, the characters had depth and believable emotional connectivity. I am very much looking forward to more of Tony and Amber as well as more of this steamy series continuing.
This ARC copy of <b>How To Misbehave</b>
was given to me by Random House Publishing - Bantam Dell Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date January 28, 2013.
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Posted May 19, 2014
A delightfully spicy and short read, How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox is a fun tale filled with some great chemistry and completely endearing characters. Amber was every teacher and parent’s dream, quiet, caring, a great student, never caused trouble, but inside was a woman wanting to cut loose and live life on the edge for a change. Tony has a reputation, having had a hard life growing up. When they are trapped in a dark basement during a tornado, they begin to share their innermost thoughts and fantasies. Talk about opposites attracting! These two have some wonderful, emotional and heart pounding moments as they find some interesting ways to pass the time until the storm passes.
Ruthie Knox made this short read feel like so much more! She mixes two seemingly opposite characters and comes up with the perfect heated romance that just begs to burst into flames.
Posted July 24, 2013
In How to Misbehave, I fell in love with the heroine, Amber’s quirky personality. She is just like so many of us when it comes to who we are on the outside versus who we are (and sometimes want to be) on the inside. Many of us can relate to Amber, which always makes the story more real. I loved how Amber and the hero, Tony, flirted with one another, their honesty and lack of filter sometimes. The characters are well developed. They both have flaws and while they are not all “fixed” by the end of the story you knew they are going to help each other through them.
Amber and Tony have some awkward, intimate love scenes, which are the best. Life can be awkward as can real relationships, new or established. Ruthie writes the intimate scenes to be very sweet and passionate, but also so appropriate for the two characters. How To Misbehave is a boy meets girl story with great dialogue and moves along at a great pace. Highly recommend!
Posted July 17, 2013
Posted June 13, 2013
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sigh! What a cute story. Very little drama, quick read, hot guy, happily ever after. Just what I was in the mood for!
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox is a novella introduction to the Camelot series.
I was first introduced to this author on a 1-click spree in full on cover-whore mode...
Anyway, I loved that book and couldn't wait to read this series. Of course I had to (wait) as they weren't out at that point in time. Finally, I picked up Book 1 today and loved it. There is a hot guy, a needy but not too needy hot girl, a small dramatic twist, and then BOOM, Happily Ever After!
So...moving on to book 2, Along Came Trouble.
Posted May 29, 2013
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Posted April 11, 2013
Great read! Nice job on the characters, storyline, and humor. The intense attraction was a bonus. This was a quick page turner and i can't wait for the other stories!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2013
Posted March 9, 2013
I think I saw somewhere it is about 100 pages. Shew...there is a lot in those pages. Terrific lead characters. Amber, sweet, totally out of her depth, but as with some great romance reading, she meets that guy at just the right time.
A quote I wrote down....Tony Mazzara had a dazzling smile. Like a toothpaste commercial dipped in a porn movie.
I laughed out loud at that one. I could not help but think that if they had met at another time in either of their lives, perhaps they would never have come together. Perhaps either one of them would have been too afraid of the other. But the perfect timing. Like the perfect storm. Brings it all together.
Classic Ruthie dialogue. Fabulous story. I am glad it is leading into more stories. But even if it weren't, this is how a short story should be done. As always, Ruthie has an amazing cover.
PS--Hope you aren't afraid of the dark.
Posted March 7, 2013
How to Misbehave is an introduction to Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series. I was a little disappointed to discover that the Camelot series wasn’t about Tony Mazzara and the rest of his siblings, but about Amber Clark and her siblings, Caleb and Katie. I’m pretty sure an argument can be made for the Mazzara’s having their own books.
Amber Clark is a twenty-four year old Program Director for the Camelot Community Center. She’s VERY inexperienced and has an interest in Tony Mazzara, only she thinks his name is Patrick Mazzara. Tony is almost thirty and is use to people getting him confused with Patrick, since they are both close in age and both known to be trouble.
The story starts out with a tornado siren going off and takes place in July of 1999. Why 1999 instead of present day, I have no idea. But at least for this story, I don’t think it matters. Amber and Tony are the only two people left in the center and are forced to ride out the tornado in the basement. While waiting for the all clear, Amber and Tony use this time together to get to know each other.
Amber lets Tony know that she’s attracted to him, but Tony tries to fight his attraction to her. Tony knows how he is and he doesn’t want to hurt her. Eventually, Tony, the Italian Stallion, teaches Amber, the little bunny, how to misbehave in more ways than one. Honestly, I don’t think I will ever think about pouring rain and an oak tree the same way anymore.
I love the way Tony and Amber are able to grow in such a short time frame. I am definitely looking forward to more of them.
How to Misbehave is H-O-T, so be prepared. Once you start reading this book, you are not going to want to put it down.
Source: Author Contest Win
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Posted February 23, 2013
How to Misbehave........by Ruthie Knox. **
Welcome to Camelot. Oh wait, not that one. Camelot, Ohio July 16th, 1999. It's a college town, " full of liberal professors and spoiled rich kids". Amber Clark is the Program Director for the Camelot Community Center. She went to college close to home, lives in an apartment very near work and her Mom. She's decided she's getting really tired of trying to be good, but has very little experience in being any other way. Until today.
There is construction going on in a new wing, and quite frequently she has to wait for the foreman to finish up, so she can lock the doors and leave. She knows no one other than the foreman the " Italian Stallion" is in the building with her . The tornado siren starts blaring, and they need to take cover in the basement. She learns that the foreman is Tony Mazzara, one of two brothers working the site. As they settle in for an uncomfortable wait, the wind picks up and the lights go out. Amber and Tony learn all sorts of interesting facts about each other in the dark. Tony is uncomfortable in the blackness, but tries to deny it. Amber decides to throw caution to the wind and tell Tony her story. Hearing of her experiences, or rather lack of , he tells her " Honey, somebody's got to teach you how to misbehave. Your doing it all wrong!"
I enjoyed every page of this novella, especially knowing there are more Camelot stories to come. The banter back and forth between Amber and Tony is delightful, and made me laugh out loud. But it also has a very sexy love story, very sexy.
I have read Ms. Knox 's previous novels, each one different than the next, but all a wonderful read. If it has her name on the cover....it's a winner. I highly recommend How To Misbehave .
I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher. No compensation was offered or accepted.
Posted February 10, 2013
Posted February 4, 2013
Amber, the female heroine, is an innocent yet not a virgin that it too constricted by her good girl persona. Tony is the Italian Stallion Hunky, sexy hero who can teach her to misbehave just right.
This is a great read. There is a good amount of character development to make it interesting. Ms. Knox is a new author for me. After this I can not wait for the next in the series.
Posted February 3, 2013
Quick read but highly entertaining. Was worried when the author started talking about religion but she didn't get deep into it. And you needed it for the story line. Just hope it doesn't contunie in the new ones coming out. I will be buying the next story in March '13