Making It Last: A Novella

Making It Last: A Novella

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by Ruthie Knox


In a brand-new eBook original novella, RITA finalist and New York Times 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…  See more details below



In a brand-new eBook original novella, RITA finalist and New York Times 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.

Praise for Making It Last
“Knox’s Camelot, Ohio, books showcase just what this author does best, create love stories that feature real people in situations that readers can understand and with which they can empathize. . . . Additionally, she writes absolutely smoking-hot love scenes! Her heroes and her heroines redeem and save each other. Love doesn’t conquer all, but it makes life a whole lot sweeter.”Library Journal

“It felt very realistic to me.”—Smexy Books
“I adored this book. It has the ‘feels’ and it made me tear up.”—Paranormal Haven
“There is no way I would have missed reading Making It Last. Seeing the evolution of their relationship, and their continuing desire and passion for each other despite what life has thrown their way was fantastic. If you haven’t read Ruthie Knox’s Camelot series, you are totally missing out!”—My Written Romance
“This was a story I couldn’t put down.”—Happily Ever After-Reads
“An insightful, intelligent look into a marriage gone stale.”—Fresh Fiction
Praise for Ruthie Knox
“A great new voice in contemporary romance . . . hilarious, heartfelt, and hot.”New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins
“Knox writes incredible romance.”RT Book Reviews
“I’ll read anything by Ruthie Knox—her books are always sexy, funny, beautifully poignant, and honest.”—Molly O’Keefe, bestselling author of Crazy Thing Called Love
“One of the reasons I so like [Ruthie Knox’s] work is because [her] heroines are women I personally can relate to.”—Dear Author
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from the Loveswept title Flirting with Disaster.

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Making It Last - A Novella (Camelot Series) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Ruthie Knox
DOWNS More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book and series. Love Ruthie Knox books!!! :)
DanielaC30KP More than 1 year ago
This is a epilogue...the characters first had a short story about how they met. This is about years later, married with kids, struggling with finances. He is working so many hours just to make ends meet, he is never ever home. She is so immersed in taking care of the kids and the home she has lost herself in the process. How does a couple survive this? How does a couple still love each other with all this? This is a beautiful, deeply moving story about how they try to get themselves back, how they try to get each other back. There were moments where I cried with her because I have been at the bottom too, every mother or caretaker has. I cried for him because he saw no way of getting out of working so much just so he can provide for the family.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Lovely!  This book is part of a trend I am calling mid-marriage books in romance.  Books like Summer in Sonoma, Under the Mistletoe, and  Alone Time. All very good.  These aren't really marriage on the rocks books (although they might take place in rough patches) or reconciliation books but more about  the deeper more layered falling in love that happens again  in the middle of a long term union that bustle with the everyday as  well as the extraordinary.  These books are achey and when well done raw and real but with the kind of happily ever after that is utterly believable.   In Knox's able hands, this love story from this theme is all the things that are great about it and we get to revisit a couple from the very start of this series which is always fun.    I put off reading this book because I don't always want to hurt a little bit but when I settled into into I found love, tenderness, and hope.  Who could ask for more?  There are a few parts of the book that read more like philosophical musing on marriage and take us out of the narrative and character a bit. They are well written and smart pondering but  this space could have been used for more couple time I think and less time in the  interior to make this a five star book for me. I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I read all the books in the series with varying opinions of them, I bought this Novella as the finale... My opinion (I am a grandmother of five) is that it is a dramatization of real life... When people get married and have a family there are trials of every sort and every magnitude that they must face... If you chose the right partner you survive... I think based on 58 years of marriage that this was a little too much Hollywood... BYW I am still in love with my husband and he tells me every day how much he loves me... Just didn't want anybody to think my review was sour grapes...
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Making It Last is a story I think EVERY married woman can relate to. It’s what I like to call a “REAL marriage” romance book. Ruthie gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of Amber and Tony Mazzara (from How to Misbehave), thirteen years after they’ve met. Those thirteen years include being married for ten years and having three very rambunctious boys. This is a story which will bring you to tears, if not just make you cry outright. It shows Amber losing herself to the life of being a stay at home wife and mother. It shows the struggles the Mazzaras endure with a bad economy and trying to stay afloat. This story shows what happens when a couple drifts apart through no fault of their own, but life itself. It’s a completely real story. Through a role playing game the two are able to get some spice back into their lives. But it’s through the real conversation they FINALLY have with each other that they are able to turn the corner and know that they truly have what it takes to make a marriage last. I’m going to go out on the ledge here and say that this book isn’t for the faint at heart. If you’re looking for a book that’s going to make you think that everything is magical and everything is right in the world....This isn’t the book for you. But if you’re looking for a book that is going to show you what marriage is really all about, the love and struggles, this is your book. This is the book that will allow you to believe in TRUE love. Tony and Amber through all the ups and downs, never once stopped loving each other. Good or bad, for better or for worse, they took their wedding vows seriously and make an agreement and plan that no matter what happens in the world, in their lives, with their family that it’s each other. No matter what happens, they will ALWAYS choose each other. I know that Ruthie probably has taken a lot of heat from some people because she wrote this book. But I’m very happy that she had the courage and conviction to write this and show what true love really is. Source: Random House/Loveswept via NetGalley
DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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. MY REVIEW: Oh. My. God. I’ve rarely had a book that makes me cry, and touches in a way no other. With Ruthie Knox, she somehow always manages to do it, and with this book, it was no different. This was such a sweet story that really hit on just what happens after the couple is married, and it also shows that happily ever after isn’t always the case. The way Ms. Knox gets you to care about these characters and just how much she can move you through words speaks of her talent and the amazing structure in how she places words together. I loved this story and fully recommend it to anyone, married or not, young or old, romantic or not. It’s one I can guarantee you’ll leave on your bookshelf for years to come, one you’ll fall in love with over and over again. And one that will leave you wanting more. Five out of five stars for a great job.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
I love books about marriage because there are so few of them out there. Making It Last was intense with real feelings and emotions and an accurate portrayal of what marriage can be like. I found myself relating to Amber a lot. I have been married for 14 years and have two children and there are times I just want a break. I thought Ruthie did a fantastic job of capturing Amber and Tony in this stage of their lives – married with children in a struggling economic environment.  Ruthie stayed true to their characters from How To Misbehave, and shows us that marriage is hard work but so worth it. In Making It Last, Ruthie writes about how deep love goes between two people and how life can test that love. Married couples will appreciate this book. Those yet to be married will get a glimpse of how intense marriage is – both on the positive and negative.  I think Tony and Amber show that for all those downs there are a millions ups. They also teach us the importance of communication and working as a team. We also get to see that intimacy can be even better when you are with someone you know so well. Making It Last was an incredible story. If you are looking for something beyond just fun and flirty, pick up a copy of Making It Last and see how two people learn how to make their marriage last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful. A must read.
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blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Last picks up fourteen years after Misbehave. Marriage and three kids have taken a toll on Amber and Tony’s HEA; the reality of managing life and children taking priority over coupledom and communication. Amber and Tony both are acting like human beings. They reserve their brief amounts of alone time for discussions about kids and family. Neither bring up the fundamental things that are bothering them. Tony’s construction company, a victim of the recession, occupies all his time; he works constantly to provide for Amber and the kids. Amber, after spending 10 years home raising children doesn’t know who she is or what she wants to do with her life now that their youngest has started school full time. They’ve lost what makes them great and while they both know they need to start talking to each other, their individual fears and insecurities prevent them from taking that step. Last is wonderful example of art imitating life. Lack of communication can be good conflict and by extension good fiction. The moments where you want to slap Tony and Amber for not talking to each other are overcome by the empathy you feel for them as Knox deftly brings you into their world and you understand why neither can take that step. Yes, all it does take for them to reconnect is locking them in a room together, but in life finding the time is not always that easy. Tony and Amber are every married couple you’ve ever known who drift apart as they try to live their lives. Their story is touching and human and you can’t help but understand their predicament and want them to regain their HEA. I do not recommend reading Last without first picking up Misbehave. They are truly two parts of the same story and without understanding the foundation built in Misbehave I don’t believe Last will carry quite the same impact or richness of story. You have to know where these characters began to understand where they end up. My one complaint is that this story ends too soon. Much like Misbehave that only gave us a glimpse of their HEA, Last ends far too soon. We see them reconnect, but don’t quite know that the lessons learned will carry them forward. They have plans for where they’d like to be in a year, but we don’t get to see them come to fruition. Does life interfere once again? Perhaps Ms. Knox will revisit these characters a ways down the road. I’d like to see them embrace their happily ever after. She was able to successfully tell a story about not communicating I think her skills would be up to a glimpse of a true HEA for these characters.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog You don’t see this happening often in series where an author returns to past couples and writes about their life ten years from now. That’s what happens in MAKING IT LAST, where we return to Amber and Tony from How To Misbehave. After attending Ellen and Caleb’s beach wedding, tired mommy Amber is needing her own vacation from her hectic life. Tony sees that so she tells Amber to stay awhile and enjoy her time while he takes care of things. In the end, Tony actually stays with her and this is where things get heated once again. While I enjoyed the sex scenes, there was one thing that disappointed me. It can be so easily solved with a few words and an open mind. Between Amber and Tony, there is a lack of it and I again go back to trying to ignore that and simply enjoy the story for what it is. But I just don’t see it as strong in any story. It’s a good thing that this is a novella and not a full installment into the series, otherwise I probably would have given this a lower rating based on the weak conflict. That being said, with Knox having How to Misbehave to fall back on, I think this conflict fits the story even though it may not be the most strongest one I’ve read. *ARC provided by publisher
The_Book_Queen More than 1 year ago
Oh, Ruthie, I think you may have wrote the book that every mother, every wife, can relate to. I'm neither, yet I still felt the deep struggles that Amber went through in Making It Last. Giving everything you have to these people you love, yet not knowing who you are anymore. Being the one that everyone relies on, yet secretly wanting time to yourself, time to rely on someone else for a change. I have yet to experience the things that Amber has, but that didn't stop me from understanding and relating to her in the book. Simply put: thank you for writing Amber and Tony's "after the HEA" novella! Like with all of Knox's previous books, Making It Last is very emotional (many readers say they cried; I'm rarely one to cry while I read, but I'll admit I was close a few times in this one!), very believable and real, not to mention sexy. There are a few fun, kind of light parts, but MIL is not a book that is going to make you laugh from begin to end. And that's okay, because that's not the story that needed to be told anyway. 4.5 STARS! Finally, a romance novel (er, novella) that takes place AFTER the infamous HEA, showing readers what life is like once the "I can't live without you let's make love for the rest of our lives" phase is over. Making It Last tells the story of finding love again, after years of marriage and kids and work and stress and, well, just life in general. It's the story of how Amber and Tony find each other again, as well as finding themselves a bit, too. I read it straight through, took me maybe an hour or so, and loved every minute of it! If you've read the rest of this series, you won't be disappointed! If you haven't read the previous books--what are you waiting for? Sure, you can read this one as a standalone, but you'll get a much better idea of how the couple came to this point in their life if you start with book 1. Plus, Ruthie Knox is such a talented and wonderful author that you will definitely enjoy exploring every new couple in Camelot! Now all I have to say is this: Ruthie, please write Patrick's story! Oh, and keep up the great work, I cannot wait to read your next book, no matter what it is! :D ~ * ~ * ~ For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace. I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. TheBookQueen
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I could see how Amber felt the way she did. I know I have felt like she did. This story hit home and made me really think. Tony was so good about trying to make things right, not all husbands are like that. It was well written and you definitely need a tissue to get through this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Making It Last is the fourth book in Knox's Camelot series, which follows the stories of the Clark siblings in the fictional town of Camelot, Ohio. It continues the story of Amber Clark and Tony Mazzara that began in book one, the novella How to Misbehave. For fans of the series, it's a must-read. As the author herself points out in her note at the end, romance novels tend to end at or around the wedding, and readers are to assume that together they will have a happy ever after which readers don't have to read to believe. This novella, though, takes place almost fourteen years after the characters' first one ended, so we get a chance to see what comes after "the end". Did they get their HEA? As the novella begins, we're thinking maybe not. As Ladies' Home Journal likes to ask, can this marriage be saved? For me, this novella was satisfying on so many levels. First, it was a very realistic look into what comes after--many years after--the "I do"s. It is heartbreaking in its honesty; for goodness' sake, even the author's note had me tearing up--let's not even discuss my mindset while reading the book itself! Oh, Amber. Oh, Tony. I just wanted to reach inside my e-reader and give them both huge hugs. And then smack them upside the head. And then another hug...or ten. The story ends on an optimistic note, but there's no quick fixes and easy answers there--again, wonderfully realistic. Amber and Tony's kids are delightfully demonic (Yay for the absence of perfect fictional children!)--and I loved seeing them both as parents. The novella manages to fill in many of the blanks in Amber and Tony's lives that don't show up in the other books, which was only fair since they didn't get their own full-length novel. And we get to see snippets of Caleb and Ellen's wedding (a very small one, but one nonetheless) and a few gratifying glimpses of Katie and Sean, who I adored in book three, Flirting with Disaster. Seriously, how Ruthie Knox can pack so much into such a relatively short piece of text continues to amaze me. I finished this story with a great big happy sigh. And then cued up How to Misbehave. Because clearly, I needed to refresh my six-month memory of how awesome the beginning of Amber and Tony's story was. Yep, it was still awesome. In a nutshell: fans of the series need to read this to bring the Clark siblings' stories to its finale. For those less familiar with the series, it's still a powerful story about how to survive the best and worst that marriage brings. Five stars. (I received a digital copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Amber Mazzara life has been stuck in a comfortable groove making her feel like she's lost herself. An exhausting family vacation leaves Amber at her breaking point. Her loving husband sees her pain and offers her a once in a life time chance, a few days at the all-inclusive resort in Jamaica by herself. Amber is approached by a handsome man in the hotel bar, he offers her nights of passion. Desperate to re-find the woman she once was, Amber heart jumps at this opportunity. Luckily the man is her husband, urgently trying to reignite the fire that has gone out in his wife's eyes.  Every once in a while you come across a story that strikes an emotional cord. Making It Last is just such a story. Every relationship has its ups and downs, Ruthie Knox hit the proverbial nail on the head...she captured the emotions, heart ache, growth and true love of a couple that is struggling through one of the down times in a normally wonderful marriage. I don't know any mom that can't relate to some part of this story. Packed into a fast paced novella length story, this moving and emotionally gripping plot is truly brilliant writing...seizing the essence and struggles of marriage, aging, love, life and family. Absolute a must read! I received this ARC copy of Making It Last from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 15,2013.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
How many of you have wonder after reading a story, "Hmm, I wonder what happen to them?" Probably not to often, but it Ruthie Knox's newest novella we get to see what happens to Amber and Tony Mazzara. You might remember Tony as "the Italian Stallion" and Amber as "innocent Bambi-like" from How to Misbehave. Well, we get to see their story 14 years later in Making It Last.  In this story, we get a chance to see how romance can survive after being together for so long. Yes, I did said "for so long." Since most marriages are lucky to last more than five years these days. Anyways, Making It Last is beautiful writing. I mean you get a real sense of Amber and Tony trying to make what they have last. I love how Ms. Knox doesn't sugar-coat a happy ending, but the characters really have to work at making their ending happy just like real marriages. So, I'm excited to see a story that could possibly happen. Don't get me wrong, I love those sugar-coated happy endings, but it's nice to see characters trying to make their relationship last. Here's the bottom line: If you have ever wonder what would happen when an author revisits past characters and gave them a little more depth to their stories, you might want to check out Making It Last. However, I would suggest reading Amber and Tony's start before jumping into the next chapter of their life if you haven't already. Copy provide by Random House via NetGalley
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Lisa Hines's review Jul 09, 13 · edit 4 of 5 stars bookshelves: netgalley Read from July 04 to 05, 2013, read count: 1 Making It Last by Ruthie Knox is the fourth book in her Camelot series. This book takes us back into the lives of Amber and Tony 10 years after we met them and watched them fall in love. They are in Jamaica for the wedding of Caleb (Amber's brother) and Ellen. Amber is close to having a meltdown and a well-off aunt arranges for her and Tony to stay in Jamaica after everyone else leaves sans kids and rekindle their marriage. Tony leaves too, however, worried that his company will fall apart and make money even tighter than it already is. The kids freak out that mom & dad are getting a divorce and Tony realizes that what he thought was just a chance to relax for Amber may be the thing that finally separates them for good. He flies back to Jamaica to reclaim his wife and then the role-playing begins. This book deals with old love. We all appreciate the warm and fuzzies with new love, but not many books deal with the tediousness of everyday lives after YEARS together. Thanks Ruthie! I loved this book.