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I loved the first book in this series, With Good Behavior. The two main characters, Sophie Taylor (a psychologist) and Grant Madsen (a Navy man), are both paroled from prison. They’re two good people who should have never been in prison, but for two very different reasons, both courtesy of the Barbieri crime family (Grant’s family), they each served time. They meet in their parole officer’s waiting room and the story takes off from there.
Lane has done a terrific job in moving seamlessly from With Good Behavior to Bad Behavior. In this second novel, she writes just enough to remind the reader what they read in the first novel or to initiate a reader who hasn’t read the first book. As in most series, they’re better enjoyed if you read all books, but this book would be very readable on its own.
The characters are well defined, and the story is well paced and always on the move from one place to another. Something is always happening both with the emotional growth of the characters as well as the action. I’m quite interested in psychology, so I was not only pulled in by the story, but I learned more about the psychology via the two characters who are clinical practitioners.
And yes, I already have a copy of the last book in the series!
Although the therapy sessions are good portion of this book, I think one of the highlights is the relationship Grant has with his teenage nephew. Ben is at an impressionable age, and Grant wants so much for him to not be pulled into the mafia life. He’s confused and hurting after all that went down with his father, Logan. The decisions Ben makes all add to the tension. Really, he has become one of my favorites in this series.
This book has less suspense than the first book, but the suspense that goes down pretty much unfolds spectacularly!
(Book #2: CONduct Series)
Rating: 4½/5 stars
Bad Behavior, book two in Jennifer Lane's CONduct series picks up just where book one, With Good Behavior ended. YAY!!! Grant and Sophie are still a very new couple and thanks to their parole officer, Jerry Stone (still love him!) the two are now attending couple's therapy and their therapist, Hunter (love him too!) has a crush on Grant. What could possibly go wrong there, right?
For Grant, therapy is just one more stress in his already stressful life. He is still in fear of his mafia family trying to pull him back into the fold, he is fearful his family may try to hurt Sophie yet again, his nephew, Ben is struggling after the loss of his father and, the cruising season is nearly over which means Grant needs to find another job or return to prison. The bright light in Grant's life is Sophie and even though they struggle from time to time, Grant is committed to keeping Sophie and being the best man he can possibly be for both himself and for her. Aaww Unfortunately, therapy is stirring up all kinds of emotions in Grant that are in turn causing him to act out in some truly uncharacteristic ways.
Sophie is still working at the university as a professor and is slowly adjusting to her new life. She is making a few new friends on campus but is also running into reminders of her past. Dr. David Alton is a dashing man whose classes Sophie enjoyed almost as much as she enjoyed crushing on the professor. Things did not end well between the two and running into Dr. Alton is not something Sophie is at all looking forward to. On a more personal level, Sophie is still trying to repair her relationship with her father and work through her feelings about her past relationship with Grant's brother, the man who sent her to prison. Thanks to couple's therapy, Sophie gets to do all this soul-searching with Grant right by her side. Though this sounds like an ideal situation full of built-in support, Grant has no idea Sophie actually shagged his brother. What could possibly go wrong here?
With the turn of nearly every page, it seems as if Grant and Sophie are hit with yet another mess they have to find a way to deal with. Grant and Sophie truly live by when it rains, it pours but luckily, both have figured out that it is more than OK to ask for help. Thank goodness because the drama is just beginning. As Grant expected, his family once again comes calling and enlists Grant, with some seriously uncool persuasion, to help them bust Grant's dad out of prison. Seriously?? The man went to prison for killing a kid!! As unbelievable as this twist may seem, it totally works with the story and all of the characters. This part of the plot line is one of the gems of this read and Lane beautifully pulls together all kinds of people and events in order to make this work.
The Bottom Line: Loved it!!! The two complaints I had about the first book, Lane totally eliminated from this read and it really improved the overall quality of the read for me. Even with all the crap he is dealing with, Grant has toughened up significantly and truly begun to deal with his past so that he can improve both his present and his future. On the flip side, I wavered where Sophie is concerned this time around. She has some really great moments of strength (her run in with Dr. Alton!) but also has some serious wimp moments that caused some disappointment for me. To be fair, I fully appreciate that Sophie is a work in progress and I still really like her; I just need her to follow Grant's example and toughen up a little bit more. I like that Lane brought back some of the minor characters from book one (Hunter, Jerry, and Sophie's dad) and further developed them as more significant characters. The dialogue is still sharp and often quite witty and the plot is entertaining as well as interesting. Overall, Lane provides a fine read with an ending you are not going to believe!! I am now fully and completely ready for book three, On Best Behavior.
The new story features lots of characters I came to love from the first book. The cuddly river cruise skipper, Roger; he of the potty mouth. Grumpy but soft-hearted parole officer Gerry. Grant's surrogate father and mentor, Uncle Joe. Feisty Detective Fox who, with Jerry, want to keep the couple safe. Kirsten, Sophie's devoted best friend; and many more characters, old and new.
Add to this Grant and Sophie are attending mandatory counselling together - which makes for some very interesting developments in their relationship.
Now they have to face more danger in the shape of Grant's Mafia family who want him to head the "family business". Will he escape their clutches? Will he be able to protect Sophie from them? Will they live happily ever after, despite their past mistakes? There's only one way to find out - read it!
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