Thursday, January 3, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW - "How to Misbehave" by Ruthie Knox

SUMMARY from Goodreads: 
As program director for the Camelot Community Center, 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?

Ruthie Knox's novella, How to Misbehave,  serves up a perfect little amuse-bouche to start her Camelot series about the Clark family. This story is emotionally rich, with spicy sexual notes, and more than a dash of humor. Despite the fact that it is merely a "little taste", the Ms. Knox manages to get surprising depth with her characters. 

Amber Clark is a "good girl" and Tony Mazzara has a reputation for being a bad boy.  He is misunderstood, wounded and carries a certain "rep" around town.  Simply irresistible, right?   Mother Nature brings them together during a storm in the basement of the Community Center and they have to ride out the tempest. 

This story is more raw that Ms. Knox's previous works.  Amber is a little sheltered, a little naive, her previous experiences with sex are less than stellar, and Tony is teaching her to let-go, articulate her wants: "Tell me what you like," he said. "That's how we get good at this."  He helps in her sexual discover and it is hot.  She helps him forgive himself after a family tragedy leaves him agonizing over his reckless behavior.  She helps him find his second chance.

My one critique is that I needed more of Tony and Amber!  I loved this story and am looking forward to reading the series most especially  Caleb's story.  I can already feel a crush coming on...

Thank you to the author and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this little diddy.

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