Review: How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox (Camelot #1)
January 28 2013
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Tony Mazzara
Kick Ass Chick – Amber Clark
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?
How to Misbehave is the first book/novella/prequel to the new Camelot series that Ruthie Knox will be releasing as of March 2013. This short tale tells the story of Amber and how she finally gets through to her crush/HEA Tony. Amber and Tony were great which is good seeing they will be making an appearance or two in the full-length books. You see, the Camelot series follows Amber’s siblings while they find their own HEAs.
How to Misbehave takes place in 1999. The references to Y2K and other pop culture ideas from that year was a cute touch and made me smile. Amber runs the community center and Tony is overlooking a renovation that is taking place at the center. The two of them are the only ones left in the building when the tornado alarm goes off so where do they have to go? Into the creepy basement. Alone. Amber has had a crush on Tony for a while now but has yet to do anything about it. She’s a ‘goody’ girl and Tony seems like just the type to teach her to misbehave. See where the title comes from now? So clever.
I thought Amber was a very cute character. Innocent but not to the point of being too naïve. It was fun watching her blossom and watching her discover what it was she wanted and needed out of life and out of a relationship.
Tony was a damaged character but not so much so that you wanted to throw something at him. He definitely had a yumminess factor to him that added to the story. I can definitely see why Amber had a crush on him and I enjoyed watching Tony soften his barriers and open up a little bit to Amber. His fear of the dark was just one of the things that made him a little extra charming too.
I did find it a bit odd how affected Amber was after Tony left at the end of their one-night-stand. He told her he would leave and he told her he didn’t do relationships and he told her all the right things to make sure she wouldn’t break down. But she still did, and seeing how upset she was…I thought it was a bit extreme. Then again, I think I would cry too if Tony took me to bed then left – even though he told me he would. I mean…hot! But in all seriousness though, I did find it a tad much.
The dialogue was smart and fun. I loved how Amber and Tony interacted with each other. Amber wanting to be ‘bad’ yet filled with saucy innocence was adorable. And Tony ‘level of bad boy’ went really well with Amber’s level of ‘lack of bad girl’. Their voices matched really well. And when they finally realize that they are meant to be together…very sweet.
Overall, I enjoyed How To Misbehave. A quick and sweet read, it has me looking forward to Along Came Trouble, the first full length book in the Camelot series due out March 11th 2013. This is definitely a series to look out for.
Books in the Camelot series –
How to Misbehave
Along Came Trouble (March 2013)
Flirting with Disaster (June 2013)