Author: Jennifer Lane
Series: The Conduct Series #1
Published by: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost. Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer's door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.
You want drama? Well here it is. With Good Behavior has it all – blackmail, physical and emotional abuse, betrayal, murder, romance, redemption, sexy time, and humor. I was excited to read this book because of the psychology and Navy connection, and it definitely incorporated both into the story, plus a lot more. Also, there are major Mafia connections, so you know that means dysfunctional drama.
The two main characters are Sophie and Grant. Sophie is a psychologist who couldn’t resist the bad boys, which ultimately led her straight to prison. Even though she made a bad choice, she was actually a very good, caring person. I liked Sophie, and was even a little freaked out about how similar we were regarding certain things, but there were many times I wish she would just buck up. Then there’s Grant, the hottie naval officer who would do anything to protect the ones he loves, even serve time. Grant was a total sweetie, but he seriously needed to grow a pair. I think Detective Marilyn pegged him when she said “…he has the self-esteem of a gnat.” I found him a little on the annoying side, but that’s just my personal taste.
When Sophie and Grant ran into each other outside the parole office, there were instant sparks, and that was when the real drama began. Little did they know, their lives were already intertwined, and they shared more than a parole officer. It was interesting learning how everything was connected, and how those connections unfolded. They were a little naive, but at least that was acknowledged and was part of their issues that needed to be worked on.
Honestly, my favorite characters in the book were Roger and Jerry. Roger was an old naval buddy of Grant’s uncle, and seriously reminds me of the men I grew up around out at the gun clubs. He was a gruff, smartass man with a total potty mouth. And Jerry was the no nonsense, tough parole officer with a soft spot. I’d love to read a book that revolves around these two, because that would be entertainment.
Overall, this was a pretty good book. The only thing that did drive me a little crazy, was how often “um” was said. The book could have used about 30 less of those. Otherwise, I thought With Good Behavior was a fun romantic drama. I will read Bad Behavior, the next book in the Conduct series, because I have to know what kind of shenanigans Sophie and Grant get into next.