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Bad Behavior

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

    Hooked on this series!

    Bad Behavior is the second book in The Conduct Series. If you haven't read the first book, With Good Behavior, I suggest you do so now, and DO NOT KEEP READING THIS REVIEW!
    The love story of parolees Grant Madsen and Sophie Taylor continues in Bad Behavior. This time they are mandated to attend counseling together. With their baggage from the past, they have a lot to deal with! Not to mention the baggage that Ashley dumps on their doorstep in the middle of the night! :P Jennifer Lane's experience as a psychologist becomes abundantly clear when you read the insightful therapy scenes. There's a fascinating scene where they bump into their therapist at a restaurant!

    Other interesting storylines are:

    ? The shifting dynamics within and between Grant and Sophie's families
    ? Grant's nephew, Ben: history is repeating itself - but is it Grant's history, or Logan's? :s
    ? Sophie's experiences with her friends and colleagues at her new job
    ? Will Grant have a job (and therefore stay out of prison) when the cruises stop at the end of summer?
    ? That BIG thing that was about to happen (which I can't tell you about!)
    ? The BIG thing that almost happened (which I can't tell you about!)
    ? The BIG thing that DID happen (which I can't tell you about!)
    ? The OTHER BIG thing that happened (which I can't tell you about!)

    I guess you'll have to read it for yourself! ;D

    I'm a big fan of this series and I'm very much looking forward to reading On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    A healthy romance with complex characters - entertaining & exciting

    At last! A romance that continues AFTER the couple "falls in" love. Placing value on a HEALTHY relationship, no less! So many heroines these days completely lose themselves when they meet their "other half" - want to die if they part - as if that were "romantic".

    I didn't realize how much I missed Grant, Sophie and the eclectic bunch of side characters until I delved into book number 2 of this series. Bad Behavior picks up where With Good Behavior left off and takes the reader on a journey / adventure of its own. The reader gains keener insights into the characters, in particular Grant, Sophie and Ben.
    At times it was heartbreaking: the realities and effects of child abuse, long into the victim's adult years. Yet the story also shows that the past CAN be overcome (so scratch what I said before, it's the "survivor's" adult years!) With Good Behavior reveals WHY Grant and Sophie are the people, in the position, that they are today, while Bad Behavior realistically portrays HOW they can change their 'fate' / shape a better future for themselves. It isn't easy!

    Bad Behavior is a highly entertaining novel. Unique storylines and a couple of intelligent twists kept my rapt attention. I love the very fluid way in which the story (and subplots) continue to unfold in this series. I am heavily invested in the characters. :)

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    FANTASTIC sequel!

    This sequel does NOT disappoint! Bad Behavior takes off right where With Good Behavior ended: Grant and Sophie are sharing an apartment and Sophie's big mouth has landed them in couple's counseling as a condition of their parole. It's the aftermath of the dramatic climax of With Good Behavior and Grant and Sophie still have a lot to learn about each other - and themselves.

    We get to know them a little deeper (by being a fly on the wall during their therapy sessions); their strengths and weaknesses. Two essentially good people with (understandable) imperfections, determined to maintain a healthy relationship with each other despite the past and the effect that it's had on each of them. It's gratifying to watch the individuals, and couple, grow during the course of the book.

    There are familiar faces (like Ben, Rog, Jerry, Marilyn, Joe, Will, Enzo, Angelo, "Tank", "Meat", Kirsten and Hunter); new jobs/careers; interesting new characters and storylines ...and insidious people from the past who just won't let go!

    Bad Behavior has some startling twists and turns that I did NOT see coming! (and I'm usually pretty good at predicting these things!) As in With Good Behavior, Jennifer Lane's perceptive and entertaining writing style morphs into some pulse-racing action as the book draws to a close.

    I loved the ending! The storylines are satisfyingly resolved, yet it's also clear that Jennifer Lane has something clever up her sleeve for the third installment of The Conduct Series, "On Best Behavior". (see the extract of On Best Behavior at the end of this book :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Highly recommended second in a series

    I ADORE this book and series!

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  • Posted August 18, 2014

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    My book journey takes me to Chicago again for more of my favorit

    My book journey takes me to Chicago again for more of my favorite ex-cons, Grant and Sophie! While the first book showed where the romance began for these two, Bad Behavior centers on our lovable couple working on their issues. Through couples counseling, the emotions fly high as old scars resurface.  It’s a good thing that their psychologist is so patient and caring. I gotta love Dr. Hunter Hayes as he helps them tackle their demons head on.  Grant, especially, had a huge mountain to climb, since being the son of an abusive Mafioso boss left such deep scars.

    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! 

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    Posted July 4, 2011

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