Review and Giveaway: How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox


How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox (Camelot #1)
January 28, 2013
Contemporary Novella

Reviewed by Mandi

“Honey, somebody’s got to teach you how to misbehave. You’re doing it all wrong.”

How much fun is this novella? A whole lotta fun. The hero is nicknamed The Italian Stallion, need I say more? Okay I do, because Tony is an adorable, blue-collared hero who is this big lug of a man who is a little damaged and has fears and…well let me back up and set up the story.

Amber Clark is the community director in the small town of Camelot, Ohio. She has her eyes on the very sexy foreman, who has been renovating the center. She can’t stop lusting and imagining what she could do with this hunk of man that walks by her desk several times a day. Problem is, she is too shy to make a move. She went to a Christian college, and although when she left there she left behind a lot of her religion, and her virginity, she just plain doesn’t have experience with men. But when the tornado siren sounds, and it’s just her and Tony left in the building to go hide together in the basement, she is going to get real familiar with him quick.

Tony had a very wild and rough young adult life, and has tried to live a good, straight life for awhile now. He had a very dark moment in his past and he still carries guilt around him with. He has noticed Amber, he has actually noticed her noticing him, but he thinks he is too damaged and not good enough for her. To him, she looks like a little, virginal bunny, something he can break. But when he is in the basement with her, and the power goes out, he needs her more than ever. Having a great fear of the dark, he starts to have a panic attack, until she talks him out of it. They form a bond of sort – well, a sexual tension bond let’s call it…and they continue their sexual banter into the daylight.

For a novella, Ruthie Knox does a nice job building up great sexual tension between these two and then giving us a very dirty, and wicked pay off. Tony is just adorable. I can’t resist a blue-collar hero:

The way his hair stuck out underneath his hard hat and clung to the back of his neck, a few weeks overdue for a visit with the scissors. The way his hands always looked so beat up when he held the door open for her – a dark blood blister under his thumbnail, a crack in one knuckle.

Someone catch me while I swoon. And yes he carries around guilt from a past event, and he still beats himself up over it but fortunately, with a little push from Amber, he decides to stop letting life pass him by.

And speaking of Amber, she is a great heroine. She went to a strict bible college, and she doesn’t rebel from it but she has explored other aspects of her life. She has tried to date, but it hasn’t turned out so well. She is so in lust with Tony to start this book, that even though she is shy about a physical relationship, that lust pushes her to push him into trying something. Which of course eventually turns into true love.

And this book is wicked sexy. I’ll leave you with a short peek

“You’re hard,” she said, because she couldn’t quite believe it.

“Not now,” he muttered, and his mouth moved to her neck, his hands to her breasts, cupping them through her we shirt and her bra. His thumbs rubbed over her nipples, sweeping, pressing as he pushed between her legs and ground into her softness.

She was too turned on to think, but something didn’t quite make sense about his denial, “you are, though. I can feel your….your—“

“Don’t say that now, Amber, or I swear to God I will fuck you up against this tree, and you will like it.”

This is the start to her new Camelot series, focused on Amber and her siblings. The next book will be full length. If you have yet to read Ruthie Knox, She was a debut author last year and everything she has released has been really great. Don’t miss out.

Rating: B+

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After I babbled to Ruthie on Twitter about how much I enjoyed this story she said, hey! Why don’t you give away ten copies? And I said that sounded like a fab idea.

To enter to win an ebook of How to Misbehave, just leave a comment. I’ll pick ten random winners tomorrow (1/29) morning. Open to all.


  1. Marissa says

    Mmmmm Tony sounds like a man I’d like to get my hands on! Also, I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’ve never read anything by Ruthie Knox.
    Thanks for the chance to win, Mandi & Ruthie! :)

  2. Melanie says

    I’ve never read Ruthie Know, but I have faith in your recommendations. You’ve given me great recs in the past.

  3. TrishJ says

    I “found” Ruthie last year and absolutely loved her books. Her heros are different and to die for. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book.

  4. Lege Artis says

    Ruthie Knox is one of my favorite discoveries of 2012. Very refreshing author… Put my name in the hat, please!

  5. Jen G. says

    I love Ruthie Knox’s books, and as a non-religious former bible college girl myself, can’t wait to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Allison says

    What a fun book. I haven’t tried Ruthie Knox yet, but she’s been on my radar. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. j3nny says

    I love all her books! I’m not a fan of novellas (so short!) but I’ll take what I can get :D (such an addict~) Can’t wait till the full length one comes out~

  8. says

    So far everything I have read by Ruthie Knox was amazing, so I am very happy and excited that she pens a brand new series, meaning there will be several stories, yay! :-D Thanks for the great review Mandi, now I’m even more impatient to read this one! :-D

  9. Aurore says

    I’ve read fantastic reviews about Ruthie’s books but I still haven’t read anything by her. I really have to because they sound great. Thank you for the great review and giveaway.

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