With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane

Posted December 22, 2011 | 11 Comments

With Good Behavior by Jennifer LaneWith Good Behavior
Author: Jennifer Lane
Series: The Conduct Series #1
Published by: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Format: eBook
Pages: 410
Source: Author

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.


11 responses to “With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane

  1. Christy, it was great reading your review. LOL about Grant needing to grow a pair! And that's great feedback for me about the “um” quotient being a bit high (that's something that's hard for an author to see, especially in a long book like this one). I'm curious what parts of Sophie you could identify with. Thank you for your thoughtful review!

  2. @Jennifer – I don't know if other people notice “um” or not. It's just one of those things that make me clench my jaw when I hear people use it a lot in conversations. It's like how Obama used to say “uh” SO MUCH, and I couldn't stand it. He's cut back a lot, though. lol. One specific thing regarding me and Sophie, was the part when she was 'talking' about statistics. It made me laugh because I was/am way better at that, and even wish I would've followed in my grandpa's steps by becoming a CPA. I had to double check my 'about me' section to see if I had put that on there. lol. Thank you for commenting, Jennifer. I enjoyed the book.

    @roro – Well, what ever it is, I'm sure they'll pull through together. 🙂

  3. I have this book for review so I should be reading it soon. Now that you have pointed out how much they use “um” I will probably notice it even more. I'll have to try and forget about that haha

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  4. I'm on that usually picks up on little nuances, too. I don't mean to, but when it happens too much, I can't help but get annoyed. LOL

    Thanks for the review. I've been curious about this book for a long time. It's been on the old TBR forever. I'm happy to know that the secondary characters are strong. 🙂

  5. Great review! Kinda scary when you start noticing similarities with a heroine who ended up in prison 😉 but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think this might be a pretty interesting read, so I'll look forward to your comments on part two while keeping it in the radar.

    Thanks for sharing!

    ron @ Stories of my life

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