“fast read, well-written, funny.”Andrea wrote this review Sunday, October 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ruthie Knox has been receiving a lot of buzz on her books and after reading this I can understand why. This novella was wonderfully written with a tight plot and well drawn characters. Amber is 24 yr old and has always done what was expected of her. She has fantasies of misbehaving especially with the hot construction worker she has been crushing on. Tony has issues and thinks that he is bad and has to atone for past sins. When a tornado alert forced them to take shelter in the basement Amber and Tony opened up to each other and both decided to have a short fling. While Amber is sexually repressed, Tony is emotionally repressed and both have to learn to deal with their issues before they can take a chance to be with each other. Ms. Knox has a great way with words so even Amber using some swear words is integral to the story. I am really excited to read the rest of the books in this series.”ALICE S wrote this review Tuesday, April 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“How to Misbehave is a short story between Tony and Amber. It was easy and light read. The story was quite good. I liked the connection I had with hero and heroine. Hence, it was easier to understand what both of them had been gone through especially Tony's. He's a damaged one and I'm sucker for tortured-soul, damaged kind of guy. I liked the instant chemistry too. Even though things went slowly, of course they were headed their way, their passion was so intense. It was very sizzling! Their moments were naughty and also cute. Yes, they made me grinning all the time and that was what made me loved them. I do love them still!
“too bad in a novella, could have been a great book”* Magy * wrote this review Saturday, March 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amber Clark has been a good girl all of her life. She made good grades in school, did all the right things...a parent's dream. But somehow, her life isn't working for her and Amber is feeling like she's missed out on some essentials, especially when it comes to sex and romance. For weeks she's secretly checked out Tony Mazzara, the building contractor working on the community center where she works and one evening they find themselves alone in the dark basement, riding out a tornado. They both unleash something in each other in that short time. Neither knows where it will go or how it will end.
I really enjoyed Amber and Tony's story. She's not quite the good girl and he's not the town bad boy he once was made out to be. The dialogue between the two while they were trapped in the basement was fun and daring. Both had early impressions of each other based on what they saw on the outside and the time in the basement exposed the reality of who they really were. Later, Tony's attention to "detail" was a real bonus to the romance and his back story gave him more depth.
This was a good prequel to the series as it quickly provided the background for the families in the stories to come. I loved how their being trapped in the dark laid them bare to have completely uninhibited discussions. It's what made their later romance and this story work.
(Received an ARC from the publisher)
“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.
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Knox’s words manage to transport you into another place where her wit, charm and ability to coax readers into falling in love each and every time you pick up one of her books, has made me a loyal fan. ~ Under the Covers
Ruthie Knox is one of my go-to authors for Contemporary Romance. Her words manage to transport you into another place where her wit, charm and ability to coax readers into falling in love each and every time you pick up one of her books, has made me a loyal fan.
HOW TO MISBEHAVE is the first foray into her new series called Camelot. Readers are introduced to a cautious program director for the Camelot community center. In the midst of a tornado, Amber Clark and the sexy hero, Tony Mazzara the building’s contractor are stuck together in the basement as they wait out the storm. Such close proximity forces both of them to reveal secrets about themselves that open up a new avenue for a possibly relationship.
Ruthie Knox has a knack of bringing two different people together and making them fall in love. One of the great things about her books is that she spends a lot of time making sure that the romance is shining and polished to perfection. It’s easy to fall in love just as the characters do when the author works hard to make sure the romance goes deeper becomes more emotional. It makes for a more belieavable relationship.
Although not my favorite Ruthie Knox story, HOW TO MISBEHAVE is a story that readers will need to check out. Sexy, with a touch of sophistication and fun and you’ve got a great start to a new series! I’m very much looking forward to reading ALONG CAME TROUBLE, book 2 in the series.
*ARC provided by publisher
“How To Misbehave was a very short novella. While it sounded like good girl paired with bad boy trope, it was a little more than that. I liked it, but in the end it was just a bit in satisfying.
Amber's crush on Tony seemed a little juvenile at first. I was surprised that she was 23, not 18. Some of her internal dialogue was funny, but I wasn't sure I liked her very much. She seemed too needy.
Tony just struck me as, well, as a jerk. He is an honest jerk, however, because he tells her up front he will hurt her. Amber's mother is right: he needed to do some serious groveling. While he made an impressive beginning, I felt his grovel wasn't nearly enough. At times it didn't feel like a grovel at all.
How To Misbehave was just OK for me. I was disappointed by the characters and the rather questionable HEA.”
“My 4.5 star review from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews dot com:
With every book I read by Ruthie Knox, I love her more and more and I'm very excited about her Camelot series. This book however is HUGE because it proves Ruthie can write a novella whose characters are well developed and memorable, but whose story is exciting, pleasurable, and damn hot! It also has me salivating for the release of the next two books!
I love stories that start out when two people are forced to spend time together during an emergency situation and in How to Misbehave, Tony and Amber must wait out in the basement of a community center during a tornado warning. However, instead of jumping each other's bones they wind up talking and sharing some pretty personal information. That's not to say they both aren't thinking about the bone jumping thing, they just hold off for a little while.
These two characters are fun and interesting. What I love is their outward appearance doesn't quite match what's on the inside. While it seems they come from completely opposite ends of the spectrum, she being a "good girl" and he being a "bad boy." It becomes quite obvious that they are perfectly matched in all areas. Tony really tries to do the right thing and steer clear of Amber but when she gets naked and practically challenges him, what's a guy to do? Even when he messes up, he does it with the best of intentions and it's hard to fault him. I really feel for Amber because her two previous sexual experiences were not good, so when she finally understands what it means to have great sex she's faced with all kinds of feelings she's not ready to deal with.
I love how Tony helps Amber learn to misbehave and prompts her into using crude language; it's equally satisfying to watch how excited Tony gets when she uses that language and her reaction when he does. Just remembering the scenes between these two characters brings an immediate smile to my face. Their intimate scenes are often out of control yet so touching that it's easy to see why they are both confused. Together they are combustible and you can just feel their passion with every encounter. Amber is pretty great as well helping Tony work through some pretty big past hurts and helping him learn to forgive himself.
This book moves quickly, but I never felt cheated both characters went through some pretty big emotional mine fields making the swiftness of their journey believable. How To Misbehave is another fantastic offering from the talented Ruthie Knox and if this is indicative of this series, I can only imagine how amazing the next two books will be!
“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 How To Misbehave was given to me by Random House Publishing - Bantam Dell Loveswept in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date January 28, 2013.”