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Unbecoming Behavior Paperback – October, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Making It (October 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084395406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843954067
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,571,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is the author of more than 40 novels, including her popular Order of the Blade and NightHunter paranormal romance series, and her sizzling new Wyoming Rebels cowboy series about nine rugged brothers. Stephanie is a four-time nominee of the RITA® Award, the highest award in romance fiction. She has won many awards for her novels, including the prestigious Golden Heart® Award. She has received coveted starred reviews from Booklist, and Publishers Weekly has called her work "[a] genre-twister that will make readers...rabid for more."

In additional to her paranormal romances, Stephanie also writes a thrilling romantic suspense series set in Alaska. Publisher's Weekly praised the series debut, ICE, as a "thrilling entry into romantic suspense," and Fresh Fiction called ICE an "edgy, sexy and gripping thriller." Equally as intense and sexy are Stephanie's contemporary romance novels.

A life-long reader, Stephanie began crafting stories at age ten, but didn't realize it was her dream until she was an adult. Once the light dawned, she immediately left behind "work" as the world defines it and went to "work" as she defines it, which means getting up every morning with a smile in her heart so she can spend the day doing that which makes her spirit sing.

Stephanie believes in learning to listen to your heart in order to figure out what your dreams are, and then opening yourself to the inspiration that will direct you there. She believes we all deserve the right to enjoy life, and for the ride to be as easy as we want it to be, and that we all should accept nothing less than making our dreams come true.

Stephanie lives in New England, and spends every day doing her best to fill it with people, observations and activities that uplift her soul, which include writing, hiking with her rescue dog, friends, and her amazing family.

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Format: Paperback
So far I've been very impressed with the new "Making It" imprint from Dorchesterpub.com. "Unbecoming Behavior" by Stephanie Rowe is the second book in the series, and hopefully there will be many more novels to come from her. If you are looking for a novel filled with a sharp sense of humor, witty dialogue and very interesting characters, look no further - you've found it.

Meet Shannon McCormick, the witty and endearing main heroine in Unbecoming Behavior. Much to the chagrin of her mother, she isn't a lawyer, but does work at a law firm catering to the every whim of the interns. Trying to evade dismissal for the "Unbecoming Behavior" that the firm often let people go for, she slugs away at her thankless job, deals with rude interns, a demanding and ridiculous boss, and the knowledge that she is disappointing her mother. Her only reprieve is Van, the funny, friendly security guard in the lobby of her company's building. Shannon knows she doesn't want to become a lawyer, as she cannot stand them, but what other options does she have? She's not happy in her job and she knows time is running out.

While dealing with her work issues, she is also juggling her love life. She has just broken up with long-time boyfriend Max, who can't seem to leave her alone. Then there is Noah, her brother's best friend who seems to be avoiding her; Blaine, the hot new guy in her office who seems to prefer her best friend Emma; and Van, who is supposed to only be her friend, but with whom she clearly has chemistry with. And of course there is the ever-present Max who refuses to leave her alone.

What's a girl to do?

I absolutely adored this book. With an endearing and quirky cast of characters, a plot that keeps you on your toes, and wonderful writing, it is a great chick lit read.
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Format: Paperback
Initially this seemed like the kind of romance that I usually like. Quirky, funny heroine with a quirky best friend, overbearing parents, seemingly perfect siblings, stressful job, and horrible luck with previous men. That is the humorous romance formula. Problem is, other authors use that formula much more effectively than Stephanie Rowe did in this book. Rachel Gibson and Katie MacAlister and Jane Green pull this off with more panache.

I got two chapters into this book and asked myself "why is this main character so self-centered and thoughtless?" She works as the social director of a prestigious law firm in Boston and has a vivacious roommate who is living off of pin money from her parents. Her name is Shannon, by the way, but after a while I didn't really care what her name was...Her whole world seems to crumble with the arrival of a new herd of interns and a new senior partner in the law firm that she is initially attracted to, but who she thinks has it in for her. She proceeds to give him ample reason and manages to place herself into multiple situations to embarrass herself in front of him.

None of the characters are very likable here. And there are too many of them. Shannon's roommate Emma just kind of used Shannon to date the senior partner, Shannon kind of used the senior partner to impress her parents at her sister's engagement party, then Shannon proceeded to use her ex-boyfriend (who's stalking her) to get over being dumped by her brother's best friend. There's too much using going on here. Shannon's parents aren't lovable, either. I kept asking myself why she wanted to impress them if they were so adamant about putting her down, and so constantly.
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By AK on December 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shannon McCormick finds lawyers repugnant, but still,she works as the social director for a prestigious law firm. Her job of managing the interns and juggling egos as well as events becomes intolerable when a handsome new guy comes on the scene, appropriating all her secretary's time and making not only her work life difficult, but also her home life. He begins dating her roommate, driving a wedge between the long-time friends. The latest crop of interns is nothing if not pushy, demanding, whiny, and manipulative, on their best days. Shannon's ex-boyfriend refuses to accept his ex status, and her family is on his side. When she finds her friendship turning to something hotter with a long - time family friend, the guy realizes he would lose her entire family if they broke up, and she is just not worth the risk. The only one who understands Shannon and who is always there for her is Van, the security guard who is handsome, kind, and always has chocolate. Could there be something there? After all, what more could a girl want?

A popular store's commercials open with the classic rock song, Under Pressure; a feeling common to the heroine and the readers of her story. When that becomes your theme song, this is the perfect escape hatch. Everything is always going wrong for Shannon, and who hasn't felt things have gone so for them? Her story mirrors our own and offers a ray of hope.

Amanda Killgore
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It all begins with two little words: unbecoming behavior. Shannon McCormick is only one step away from being fired from her job at a snobby Boston law firm. So what if she accidentally flashed the newest hotshot attorney? The egomaniac spent his first day slamming doors in her face, usurping her secretary, and then going home with her roommate. And it's her behavior on trial!

Just to confirm there's no justice in the world, her younger sister, fresh out of college and starting Harvard Medical School in the fall, is about to become Mrs. Rich Plastic Surgeon; her mom invites her ex-boyfriend to all the wedding festivities to give Shannon one more chance at "Mr. Perfect"; and her crush for the last twenty years suddenly - now of all times! - notices her as a woman. And the only nice guy she knows - and her one true friend at the moment - she realizes she doesn't know at all.

Before she winds up unemployed and living in a cardboard box in the park, Shannon will have to take a stand and make a case for living on her terms. She's going to prove how far a little unbecoming behavior can take her.
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