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.
Every time. Every freaking time. I said this about Ruthie Knox in my last review of one of her books. Every time I read one of her books, something flows from the pages (I think I described it as the crack – thank you whoever you are for that word) and it makes me not want to finish it, because finishing means my time with the book is over.
Making It Last brings us back to Amber and Tony, who we first meet in How to Misbehave. It’s more than a decade later, and Amber and Tony are married. Their marriage has taken a back seat to a whirlwind of children (three active boys), house troubles and money worries. Rocky is an understatement for the state of the Mazzara relationship.
After the disaster that was their Jamaican vacation for Caleb’s wedding, Tony gives Amber the holiday she had been wishing for all along. Only problem, she’s on her own. However, soon a dark, handsome man comes along, ready to sweep her off her feet and away to his bed for days of debauchery.
Tony is trying her hardest to reignite the passion between them, and Amber’s passion for life, that he is willing to do anything …. even pretend he is a complete stranger. Can he pull it off? Will this save them?
Oh. My. God. This book just about made me bawl my eyes out. When I tweeted this after I read Making it Last, I found that a lot of people had the same reaction. It was emotional and heartwrenching, sexy and sweet…oh, I just loved it.
I saw so much of my own recent experiences in Amber. For much of the time she’s been a mum, Amber has felt as if her own being has been ignored and forgotten about – even by herself. She has retreated further and further from the person she wants to be and from the relationship she once shared with Tony. The first few months of parenthood was like that for me, so seeing it reflected in another’s story had a real impact on me.
Tony wants to help, to become more of a partner to her than he has been of late. But he doesn’t know what it is that is making her retreat and how it is that he can help her. You can just feel the love that Tony has for Amber and that he only wants for her happiness. This reminded me also of my lovely husband when I was having some problems – the value of having someone like that in your life cannot be understated…EVER.
This is quite a heavy read and one that made me quite emotional (in fact, just thinking about it again as I write this review is making me a little teary). But 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! Do yourself a major favour and read them. In order, of course – it’s so much better that way.
My rating: 5 out of 5
Release Date: 15 July 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by Loveswept via NetGalley in return for an honest review.