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Making It Last

(Camelot #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,231 ratings  ·  237 reviews
RITA finalist Ruthie Knox returns with a brand-new eBook original novella, the finale of her delightfully sexy Camelot series!

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, exhau
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Published July 15th 2013 by Random House Publishing Group
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Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jill by: BamaGal

I wrote it because I wanted to tell a story about how life happens to love.
- from the Author's Notes

I really hope Ms Knox doesn't mind my quoting her, but it perfectly sums up - far better than I ever could - the basic plot of Making It Last - how life happens to love.

This is the final book in the Camelot series. Book #1 in the series opened with Tony and Amber's romance. This final book again showcases Tony and Amber's relationship, now after ten years of marriage and three sons.


5 Stars! What an emotional journey!

A wonderful portrayal of a married couple that lose each other to the stress and demands of everyday life. This was like a punch to the gut for me and I could relate to it on so many levels.

I loved Tony and Amber in How to Misbehave, and to see where they were at 13+ years later, broke my heart. Although still very much in love, they were living separate lives, not intentionally, but it’s what happens when real life interferes with the fairytale. It’s so ea
Duchess Nicole
"I wanted to write about how, in many marriages, there are these pausing points - ten, twenty, thirty years in - when two people who have committed to each other are forced to stop and think. To decide. Would they choose each other again? Will they?

And I wanted to show how this choice - if made correctly, with awareness and love and open communication - can give two people the courage to reframe their notions of themselves, so they can face the next stretch of road in front of them stronger, bet
4.5 Stars

Making It Last reunites us with Amber and Tony from How to Misbehave thirteen years later and to say their relationship has changed is an understatement. Now married with three boys all ten and under, Amber and Tony find themselves in a relationship rut. Tony’s working fifteen hour days in order to keep his construction company going during a struggling economy and Amber’s life revolves around taking care of the boys and their home. The only time the two really get to connect is the twe
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to KatLynne by: BamaGal
Book #1 gave us Tony and Amber's romance and how perfect to end this series ten years into their marriage, demonstrating how time along with everyday responsibilities affects a relationship. Normally, I like stopping at the HEA and skipping over the real life situations. However, Ruthie Knox did a great job making this work.

Tony and Amber now have three sons. The demands of parenting, Tony working long hours due to unforeseen financial strain, and the many other thousand little things that comm
Sam (AMNReader)
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is part 2 of Amber & Tony's story.

Subtitle: The Grind
Subsubtitle: How the invisible work of parenting and marriage make you unrecognizable

So, this isn't fluff. And that cover isn't doing justice to what feels like some pretty hefty and uncomfortable realities about love and marriage. It's a very sexy, very uncomfortable story. It asks important questions: what's worth your time?

It was very very relatable as a wife and mother. Painfully so.
This is what I have been waiting for again from Ruthie. While I loved How to Misbehave, the rest of the Camelot series hasn't knocked me off my feet. They've all been good, but I've come to expect great from Ms. Knox. Well, the rest of Amber and Tony's story didn't disappoint.

While this most certainly is a romance, this book is so, so much more. It's for every woman who's felt ignored, defeated, worn out, exhausted, lost, and just plain old beat up by life's day to day moments--the moments that
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
PREPARE A BOX OF TISSUES, it's that heartbreakingly sweet.

God, I forgot how much I love Tony and Amber. This story, not even a third way through made my heart soar and clench all at the same time.

Amber is lost. She's depressed and losing her own identity to her marriage and motherhood. Tony is just as lost, but doing everything he thinks is right to support his family. He just doesn't realize that by doing that he's losing touch with his wife. Losing that intense connection they share during t
Readers had the chance to read about Tony and Amber in How to Misbehave and witness the beginning of their love story but what happens after the happily ever after? All the kids, financial burdens? Making It Last is a novella that delves deeper into marriage.

Tony and Amber have been together thirteen years and married for ten. They have three kids and Tony works all the time because of the economy and Amber is left alone, ever since her youngest started school. She feels like nothing, like she i
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: A

Amber and Tony (How To Misbehave) have been together and married for nearly fourteen years. They have three boys, Tony’s construction business is barely hanging on with the downturn in the economy and he’s working long days to try and make ends meet. Their youngest son is now in school and Amber is losing herself. She’s all alone in their house everyday and she feels like she has no purpose or passion. Yes, she loves her boys and will do any
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I love it when authors give us a hero and a heroine who are already established. Even better, Ruthie Knox earlier this year gave us a novella showing us how Amber and Tony meet and fall in love in How to Misbehave (I gave it a B+ just like this book). Now we get this couple again, ten years later. Three kids later. And the magic of brand new love has worn off.

Amber is lost. She loves Tony and her kids but she is empty inside. Tony works really hard and very, very long hours in his construction b
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

5 Stars!

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Ruthie Knox, and Making It Last perfectly showcases all the reasons why. Making It Last is an honest, real, and candid look at the joys, pitfalls, and challenges of marriage. I honestly believe it is Ruthie’s finest work to date.

We first met Amber and Tony in the novella, (and first book in the Camelot series), How To Misbehave. It’s now almost 14 years later. Work demands, a big mortgage, and “life” have all
5 Wonderful, Amazing and Emotional Stars


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I really don't have words to describe how much i enjoyed reading this book. I absolutely loved it. Such a beautiful story and emotional. And i am not even married or have kids, but this book it's such an awesome example for every1 out there who is married, never to give up on love and to fight for they marriage.

With every book Ruthie Knox becomes a even better writer and delight us with her stories.

I recommend this book to every o
Jessica Scott
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I bawled from the minute I started straight through. A powerful story about finding the person you love, day after day, year after year. It's Ruthie's best book yet. Powerful. Heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful. ...more
5 stars. And a (hug) for Ruthie Knox for being so amazing.

You can see this review (and lots of others) on Pretty Sassy Cool .

I have to admit that I haven't read any of the other books in the Camelot Series, but that is something that I am going to remedy right away. I asked the lovely Eleanor if I could read out of order, and she said I could but that I had to read the rest asap. Even though I absolutely love About Last Night (with one of my favorite swoony guys), Ride with Me, and Big Boy, I
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read something that makes you feel not quite so alone in the world.

That happened with this novella.

Amber and Tony have been married for 10 years. During that time, they have had 3 sons and Tony's construction business has been hit hard by the recession. Times are hard and he is working 15+ hour days.

While he is working to provide for his family, Amber is left to handle the chaos that only 3 high-spirited children can provide. She is wife and cheerleader and teacher and doctor and m
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ruthie-knox
I actually finished this yesterday but it has taken me awhile to figure out what to say about this book. In the last 4 yrs I've been through something extremely similar to this book. Except my husband at the time made different decisions. I understand every single thought Amber had. I had 3 children very close together and it was like we were in a foxhole together for years. It was hard and at the time our marriage could not withstand the pressure. Life just happened. As it turns out, my ex and ...more
Michelle the Romance Witch
Wow, what a strange but intriguing take on a finale for a series. Though I haven’t read any of the full length novels that come before this novella in the series, I will say this story was interesting and a unique take on the romance genre. The series seems to be very fascinating and I would like to go back and read the previous novels, but even without reading them I can say this author has grabbed my attention.
Making It Last is a follow-up about the couple that came together in the first story
When I read How to Misbehave, I loved Amber and Tony and really wanted to see them make it. Throughout the other two, full-length novels in the Camelot series we've seen glimpses of them. Married, with kids and a dog. But that's about all we got. I was ecstatic when I saw there was going to be a follow-up novella.

This book ripped my guts out, over and over and over again. It had me near tears for the entire first 65%. You might wonder how that's a good thing, but the book totally paid off.

Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Making it Last by Ruthie Knox is a Kensington / Loveswept publication. This is short story/Novella. This is an update on Tony and Amber after ten years of marriage. I think the first novel they were featured in was "How to Misbehave". This book is set for a July 15th, 2013 release.

When Tony's brother gets married in a tropical location, the whole family is invited. Things don't work out for Amber the way she had hoped. No spa treatments, no time alone, no fun. Tony spent the whole time on the ph
Christi Snow
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Review:
As someone who's been married for twenty-one years, I'll admit there were moments when this book was tough to read because it struck so many chords with me. This book is about Amber & Tony, the hero/heroine from book #1 in the Camelot series. In that book, their love/attraction was new and shiny and perfect. This book takes place 14 years later, ten years into their marriage and things between them aren't so shiny and happy anymore. This book is real, but that doesn't make it any less
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just read and reviewed How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox almost a week ago. I think one of the last things I mentioned in the review was that I would like to read another one of her books but that I wasn't going to rush right into that. I enjoyed the story but it was this sexy, little, fun book but not particularly deep or memorable, or so I thought. ;) I started thinking about it and I'm not really one to leave a story unfinished, so when I discovered that the 4th book in the series was a novel ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I was really touched by this story. I think the author nailed it when it comes to demonstrating how time and the ups and downs of life can erode even the strongest of marriages. I am fond of a romantic element in the stories I read and many 'pure romances' deliver a HEA at the end of the book. However, most don't look back at the couple 5, 10, or 20 years down the road because that's the 'fade to fantasy' aspect of romantic fiction.

If you don't like the gritty facts of real lif
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galley-arc
5 stars

I am a huge fan of Ruthie Knox, I've read all her work and I have to say Making it Last might be my fav to date.

I don't know if it's the subject matter or just that Amber and Tony are close to my heart but I loved every word.

So many married couples go through what Amber and Tony are going through and I have to admit with 3 children I felt Amber's inner turmoil.
Seeing them reconnect made me tear up.

I'm so happy for them and for their gorgeous boys.
They make a wonderful family.

Thank you R
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't expect an escapist romance. It is really a story about everyday people and everyday problem, which is sounds like a criticism but it's not. It's good.

Tony and Amber are both doing their best to care for their family. Tony is a builder, but with the housing market down, he has to work long hours to support his family. Amber is handling the kids, meals, and house but feels lost now that her three kids are in school and she is alone in the big house.

Oh, the feelings. Ms. Knox hit us hard at
Wendy Marcus
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Actually 4.5. I LOVED this novella, but I'm taking off .5 points because I was disappointed that it ended at 89% on my Kindle. I wasn't ready for it to end. I wanted and still want more. But maybe that's the sign of a truly wonderful story... ...more
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can always count on Ruthie Knox to bring the unexpected. I thought this novella would be a cute story about a fun vacation for Amber and Tony. I'm still laughing at myself for being that naive :p I should have known better, since I'm no stranger to Ruthie Knox writing style. Some people write stories. Ruthie Knox write emotional journeys. It may be sad at first, but I'm glad this novella was not the perfect picture I imagined. It's still a beautiful love story.

This is the part of the fairy
Iza Brekilien
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are a twenty-something or less, are a bachelor, don't have children, are not married, this may not be a good book for you. Maybe be it would be, because it would give you a hindsight on what probably lies ahead in your life and make you more aware about how to deal with it for the best.
If you're like me, older, married or with someone, with children, with or without a job, you will most likely read this book totally relating to it, feeling like you're reading the story of your life.
We alr
nick (the infinite limits of love)

This was such a surprisingly emotional read for a novella. Amber & Tony made my heart ache and I loved watching them work through a difficult time in their marriage. And oh my goodness, Jacob. What a precious little cinnamon roll! <3

Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Book Harbinger.

Amber is slipping off course, and she can’t easily explain when or how or why. For one, the housing bubble popped and her husband Tony started working long hours. Then her brother-in-law Patrick quit Tony’s construction business. Lastly, her youngest son started full-day school, leaving her home alone during the day. Amidst all this their vacation to Jamaica for a family wedding was supposed to a treat, a luxury. But Tony still doesn't have time for her, ev
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USA Today bestselling author Ruthie Knox writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three at once. Her debut novel, Ride with Me, is probably the only existing cross-country bicycling love story. She followed it up with About Last Night, a London-set romance whose hero has the unlikely name of Neville, and then Room at the Inn, a Christmas novella—both of which were f ...more

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