Misbehaving (Sea Breeze Series #6)

Misbehaving (Sea Breeze Series #6)

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by Abbi Glines

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An unexpected affair leads to mind-blowing harmony in this Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Jason is sick of living in his rock star brother’s shadow. So when he ships off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he’s looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow off some envious steam. Falling for the local bad girl


An unexpected affair leads to mind-blowing harmony in this Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Jason is sick of living in his rock star brother’s shadow. So when he ships off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he’s looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow off some envious steam. Falling for the local bad girl was definitely not the plan. But as the new duo enjoys some naughty fun in the Alabama sun, Jason learns that even though Jax is the musician in the family, he’s not the only brother who can rock someone’s world.

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VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Elisabeth W. Rauch
This sixth book in the Sea Breeze series features Jess and Jason. Jess has had a hard life, and her boyfriend, Hank, has only made it harder. When she decides to teach him one final lesson and smash up his beloved truck, she gets caught and finds herself being chased. As she flees with her baseball bat, a sexy young man in a Porsche picks her up and delivers her home. Now, no one has any proof she did it. Jason really needs to get away from it all when he heads to his brother’s vacation house in Sea Breeze, Alabama. He does not expect to find hot girls running around with baseball bats, and the moment he lays eyes on Jess, he must pick her up. Luckily, she leaves the bat in his car, giving him an excuse to see her over and over again. Jess and Jason come from very different worlds. When they collide, they try to go their separate ways more than once, but neither of them can bear it. The whole story is a longer version of their meet-up, with cute Jason getting to play the role of white knight. The entire basis of their relationship is Jason’s attraction to Jess’s hot body and his uncontrollable need to keep anyone else from touching it. His jealousy gives Jess the tools to manipulate him out of or into her life as she needs him. In this romance novel, their passion is expressed many times in detailed steamy sex scenes. Reviewer: Elisabeth W. Rauch; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 11 Up—A girl from the wrong side of the tracks meets a respectful rich guy, and lots of sexy twists ensue. Jess is a student at the local community college and works as well, grateful to her single mom for supporting them both as a stripper but desperate not to follow in her footsteps. But Jess is far from sweet and innocent; as the books opens, she is trashing her ex's truck with a baseball bat and swearing that he's cheated on her for the last time. She runs from the scene and finds Jason driving by in his rock star brother's Porsche, providing her perfect getaway. As the story twists and turns, the two of them have steamy sex and plenty of unnecessary misunderstandings. Can they overcome the odds against them and make a relationship work? Most readers won't care as long as the drama keeps coming. The cast of characters is large and it's hard to tell each protagonist apart. Plenty of teens will love the happily-ever-after ending as well as the explicit sex scenes, but the simplistic story line and mostly two-dimensional protagonists will be off-putting to those looking for depth. The graphic detail makes this novel appropriate for mature readers.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

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Simon Pulse
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Sea Breeze Series, #6
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5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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Chapter One


I should’ve known better. But I was an idiot. All it had ever taken from Hank was one pitiful bat of his eyelashes and a pout, and I came running. Well, not anymore. I’d forgiven him for becoming someone’s baby daddy. But there was only so much a girl could forgive.

Hank Granger had just screwed me over for the last time. I wasn’t one to be a doormat. My momma had taught me better than that. It was time I stopped letting our history play on my emotions. He was nothing close to being a real man. The boy I’d grown up loving had become a low-down good-for-nothing. He’d never settle down, and I was done letting him trample all over my heart.

He thought parking his pimped-out truck behind the bar was smart. The boy should know better than to think I wouldn’t know where to look. Jackass. I’d found him, all right. We were supposed to have gone out tonight. He had promised me dinner. A real date. But then he’d called two hours ago and canceled, saying he wasn’t feeling good. Being the dutiful girlfriend, I’d decided to make him some soup and take it over to him. Big surprise that he wasn’t there. Not really. I think deep down I’d known he was lying.

I stepped out of the trees I’d walked through for over a mile, and into the darkness of the back of the local bar, Live Bay. I didn’t want my truck to be seen here tonight, and it would be easier to run on foot into the darkness if I needed to make a fast getaway.

I gripped the baseball bat I’d borrowed from my cousin Rock two weeks ago when I’d had to go pick Momma up from work because her car wouldn’t start. Three in the morning outside a strip club wasn’t exactly safe. Momma kept a gun, but I didn’t have a clue how to use it. When I had asked her to teach me, she’d laughed and said that I’d end up shooting Hank’s balls off one night in a fit of rage and refused. Not because she cared for Hank, but because she didn’t want me in jail.

Feeling the weight of the bat in my hands, I smiled. This bad boy would do some serious damage. Then there was the knife in my pocket. The paint job was also going to hell, and if I had time, all four tires were going down.

As I walked around the truck that Hank had pampered and treated like a damn baby for the past four years, a sense of power ran through me. He’d hurt me over and over again. This time I was going to hurt him. Me. Not Rock. Me.

I checked the dark area around me and made sure no one was out here. The busting of the glass was going to make some noise. I wasn’t sure how much I could get away with before someone caught me. Hopefully, the local band, Jackdown, would keep everyone inside entertained enough that no one would leave anytime soon.

Biting back the roar of victory I could feel pumping through my veins, I held the bat back as I shifted my feet and focused on his driver’s side door window. It was going to be the first to go. With all the anger and pain that had consumed me since the first moment I’d found out the boy I’d loved since I was ten years old had been sleeping around on me, I swung the bat. The ski mask I was wearing protected my face. The laughter bubbling up in my chest burst free, and I continued to shatter every window on his pretty little truck.

High on revenge, I reached into my pocket and pulled out my knife and flipped it open. I decided to write a few choice words in the paint job with my sharp blade, then bent down to jam it into the front tire.

“Hey!” a deep voice called out, and I froze. It wasn’t Hank, but it was someone.

I picked my bat back up and pulled the knife out of the tire before breaking into a sprint back into the woods. He’d never catch me, but I still needed to get this stupid mask off so I could see. Running into a tree and knocking myself out wasn’t exactly a great getaway plan.

The sound of feet hitting the pavement let me know I was being chased. Well, shit. Not what I needed. I was having so much fun. Hank deserved that. He did. He was a rat bastard. I did not want to go to jail over this. Plus my momma would be pissed.

“Hey!” the deep voice called out again. What did he expect me to do? Stop and let him catch me? Not likely.

Other voices came from the distance. Great. He was drawing a crowd. I turned off the path I’d followed earlier and headed deeper into the woods. I wouldn’t have this cover for long. I’d be coming out onto a back road in a few more feet. I couldn’t get my truck because it was outside my momma’s house. I needed everyone to think that was where I was. I’d have to stay on foot and beat anyone there. Dang it.

I couldn’t hear the sound of anyone else’s feet hitting the ground, so either I’d lost them or they were talented in the art of stealth. Breaking out of the wooded area, I stopped on the side of the road. It was deserted.

Glancing back, I saw no one. Hank would know who to come looking for, but he would have no proof. Smiling, I took a deep breath. That would be the end of us. Finally. After what I’d done, Hank would never forgive me, so I wouldn’t be tempted to go running back to him. He’d hate me now as much as I hated him.

“JESS!” Hank’s familiar voice roared. Spinning around, I couldn’t see him, but I could hear him running through the woods behind me. Shit. Shit. Shit. He’d come after me. How’d he find out so fast? Panicking, I looked around to see where I could run to hide from him. There was nothing but miles and miles of road. No houses, nothing.

Headlights came around the corner, and I did the only thing I could think of: I ran out into the middle of the road and started waving my arms in the air, still holding on to Rock’s bat.

The car started slowing down and cut the bright lights. Thank God.

Wait . . . was that a Porsche? What the hell?


All I could see was a girl dressed in tight black clothing with lots of long blond hair, and she was standing in the middle of the road . . . holding a baseball bat. Only in Alabama did stuff like this happen. Stopping before I hit her, I watched as she ran over to the passenger-side door and knocked. The wild, panicked look in her eyes might have been disturbing if they weren’t a bright, clear blue with thick black lashes. I pressed the unlock button, and she jerked the door open and climbed inside.

“Go! Go! Go!” she demanded. She didn’t even look my way. Her eyes were focused on something outside. I turned my attention to the side of the road, where she was watching with such intensity. There was nothing. . . . Then a guy came bursting out of the woods with an angry snarl on his face and I understood. No wonder she was terrified. The guy was huge and looked ready to murder someone.

I shifted gears and took off before he got any closer.

“Oh my god, thank you. That was so close.” She let out a sigh of relief and leaned her head on the headrest.

“Should I take you to the police station?” I asked, glancing over at her. Had he attacked her before she’d gotten free?

“Definitely not. They’ll probably be looking for me in about ten minutes. I need you to take me home. Momma will cover for me, but I gotta get there quick.”

They’d be looking for her? Her mom would cover for her? What?

“It ain’t like he’s got any proof. The only thing I dropped was the ski mask, and it was a cheapo I bought at the Goodwill a couple of Halloweens ago. Not something he can trace back to me.”

I slowed the Porsche down as her words started sinking in. I hadn’t just saved a girl from being attacked. If I understood this babbling correctly, I had just become the getaway car driver.

“Why’re you slowing down? I need to get to my momma, like, now. She’s just two miles from here. You go up to County Road Thirty-Four and turn right, and then you take it about three-fourths of a mile to Orange Street and take a left. It’s the third house on the right.”

Shaking my head, I pulled over to the side of the road. “I’m not going any farther until you tell me exactly what it is I’m helping you escape from.” I glanced down at her baseball bat tucked between her legs, then up at her face. Even in the darkness I could tell she was one of those ridiculously gorgeous southern blondes. It was like the South had some special ingredient to raise them like that down here.

She let out a frustrated sigh and blinked rapidly, causing tears to fill her eyes. She was good. Real good. Those pretty tears were almost believable.

“It’s a really long story. By the time I explain everything, we’ll have been caught and I’ll be spending the night in jail. Please, please, please just take me to my house. We’re so close,” she pleaded. Yeah, she was a major looker. Too bad she was also bad news.

“Tell me one thing: Why do you have a baseball bat?” I needed something. If she’d knocked someone unconscious back there, then I couldn’t help her get away. They could be injured or dead.

She ran her hand through her hair and grumbled. “Okay, okay, fine. But understand that he deserved it.”

Shit. She had knocked someone out.

“I smashed all the windows in my ex-boyfriend’s truck.”

“You did what?” I couldn’t have heard her correctly. That did not happen in real life. Country songs, yes. Real life, no way.

“He’s a cheating bastard. He deserved it. He hurt me, so I hurt him. Now please believe me and get me out of here.”

I laughed. I couldn’t help it. This was the funniest damn thing I’d ever heard.

“Why’re you laughing?” she asked.

I shook my head and pulled back onto the road. “Because that’s not what I was expecting to hear.”

“What did you expect me to say? I’m carrying a bat.”

Glancing over at her. I grinned. “I thought you’d taken someone out with the bat.”

Her eyes went wide, and then she laughed. “I wouldn’t have knocked someone out with a bat! That’s crazy.”

I wanted to point out that smashing your ex-boyfriend’s truck windows and then running through the woods in escape at night was crazy. But I didn’t. I was pretty sure she wouldn’t agree.

“Right here, turn right.” She pointed up ahead of us. I didn’t bother putting on my blinker since no one was around us. “So, what’s your name? You look familiar for some reason, but no one I know around here drives a Porsche.”

Did I tell her who I was? I liked the privacy that Sea Breeze, Alabama, afforded me. I had a lot to think about over the next month, and making friends with the locals wasn’t on my agenda. Even if she was smoking hot.

“I’m not from around here. Just visiting,” I explained. That was the truth. I was here staying at my brother’s beach house while deciding on my next move.

“But I’ve seen you before. I know I have,” she said, tilting her head and studying me.

She’d figure it out soon enough. My brother was Jax Stone. He had become a teen rock star, but now that he was twenty-two he was a rock god. We looked similar. And the media loved to follow me around when they couldn’t get to Jax. While I loved my brother, I hated getting the attention. Everyone saw me as an extension of Jax. No one, not even my parents, cared about who I was as a person. They all wanted me to be who they expected.

“This is a Porsche, isn’t it? I’ve never seen one in real life.”

It was also one of my brother’s toys. I didn’t have a car here, so I just used the five he had in his garage. The house in Sea Breeze was where our parents used to make us spend our summers while Jax was juggling fame at a young age. But Jax was no longer a teenager and the house was his now. He’d turned twenty-two last month. And I’d turned twenty the month before that.

“Yes, it is a Porsche,” I replied.

“Turn here.” She pointed again toward the road ahead of us. I took the left and then came to the third house on the left. “This is it. Thank God no one is here yet. I gotta go. You need to get out of here so no one comes questioning you. But thank you so much.”

She opened the door and then glanced back at me one last time. “I’m Jess, by the way, and tonight you saved my ass.” She winked and closed the door before running off toward her front door. Her ass in those tight black jeans was worth saving. It was the nicest ass I’d ever seen.

I shifted the car into reverse and pulled back out onto the road. It was time I headed back to the private island where my brother’s house was. This night hadn’t turned out quite like I’d planned, but it’d been pretty damn entertaining.

The sound of something sliding across the seat and hitting the door startled me, and I glanced over to see the baseball bat. She’d forgotten it. I looked back at her house and smiled to myself. I’d be sure she got it back. Not tonight, but soon.

Meet the Author

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abbi Glines you are hands down my favorite author!!! I can't get enough of your books, they never disappoint. Misbehaving was excellent and I wasn't ready for it to be over. I loved getting to know more about Jason then just that he is Jax's brother. Jess is definitely my favorite female lead out of all of Abbi's books. She was strong, independent but yet sweet and insecure. My heart went out to her throughout the book, I just wanted her to get her fairy tail. If you haven't checked out The Sea Breeze series please do, the books keep getting better and better.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I feel like I've been waiting a long time for Jason's book. I've always just generally liked him. I can't quite say that I loved him the same way I love Cage, but Jason has a certain appeal that draws you in. Well, we got to see lots of his appeal and more. Finding out more about Jason was eye opening for me and...I did end up falling in love with him. Earlier this year, Glines sent me a little piece of something new she was working on and after I read it I knew immediately that I would like the heroine. That heroine was Jess. She is unlike any other girl that Glines has written before. She's feisty, a fighter and confident, but there's also a side to Jess that not many people see. Jess's family dynamic was interesting to me. Her mother is a stripper. However, her mother has always taught her that she shouldn't settle for just any guy. I won't say that her mom's choices were great, but I did feel like Jess learned a lot about relationships from her mom. And while her mother's message was meant to be good, it ended up making Jess question her relationships and settle for what she felt she could get. Ultimately, Jess just wanted to be loved. She wanted to be cherished by someone who understood and accepted who she is. I don't really want to go into the details of what happens in the book, but I will tell you that Jason enters Jess's life exactly when he's supposed to. After years of dealing with an unfaithful ex, Jess has had enough. Needless to say what she does is a bit aggressive, but it also made me laugh. And it was that situation that caused Jason and Jess to meet. From the moment they met, there was chemistry. Jason wanted to know more about the firecracker that hopped into his car. He also wanted to make most of his time in Sea Breeze. So, what starts out as a hot fling to pass the time, turns into more. As much as I appreciated getting to know Jess, I really loved getting to know Jason. He's always lived in his brother's shadow. He also has to live up to some pretty hefty expectations from his family. Jason is supposed to be the Ivy Leaguer; the politician. His mother in particular has a very certain idea about the kind of girl he should up with. And guess what? Jess isn't exactly what she had in mind. But, Jason has his own plans. There were things about Jason that I was surprised to find out. And I was impressed with how he dealt with his family in the end. I want to briefly mention his relationship with Jax too. I liked how close they were and I love that Jax was so supportive of Jason. He knew the kind of pressure Jason dealt with and he was always there to help. I'll also say that Jason upset me many times throughout the book. But, I had faith that he would make the right choices. My very favorite thing about Jason...was that he got the chance to be the Knight in Shining Armor. For once, someone saw him as the hero and I think he needed that just as much as Jess needed to be rescued. I feel like I have to mention Krit. Why? Well, I've been wanting him to have his own book for a long time now. There's just something about Krit that gets to me. And Krit plays a big part in this story. He and Jess have always been very good friends, but there was a bit more there too. Krit has been one of the only men in Jess's life that has been a constant. He really stood by Jess when she needed it. I loved that about him. He has an interesting story to tell and I can't wait to read more about him. Overall, I loved it! Misbehaving has a bit of a different feel than the other books in this series. It's uniquely Jason and Jess. That said, I also loved seeing the whole Sea Breeze crew in bits too and I love how their circle of friends and family intertwined. It was great! If you are a fan of this series, you won't be disappointed. Jason Stone will make your heart melt! Side note: I absolutely loved the Gilmore Girls and I loved the references to the show throughout the book. Quotes: (actual quotes may differ since this was a beta copy) ~"Thank you," I said looking up at him and deciding that I could get used to this. "For what?" he asked with a confused look on his face. "For opening my door," I replied. His eyes went wide and he stared at me a second then leaned forward. "Jess, if guys don't open doors for you then they aren't worth your time. No need to thank me."-Loc 401 ~"I think he loves me. He hasn't said it but he treats me like no one ever has. He acts like he can't live without me and he never makes me feel unworthy or not good enough. She looked back at me. "I'm enough for him. Don't mess it up for me. Because I'd hurt him for you. And in the end you'd hurt me."-Loc 2025 ~I never expected to fall in love, but then I never imagined anyone like Jess. She was one beautiful contradiction.-Loc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and cant get enough of these characters. Jason and jess are so special together...i couldnt stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her books. I always read them too fast though so then im left just waiting for the next one. Love Jess as the heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anything by Abbi is awesome, I will buy anthing she has written without reading a description just because I know it will be worth every cent!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It's one of my favs from Abbi. Jess was different than the other lead girls in Abbi's other books but in a really good way. Jason made me mad some but I still loved him. I didn't want it to end. They both needed saving from the life they were living and together they did just that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful and amazing just like every single sea breeze book she has put out!!! I can not say enough about tthis series it honest 2goodness just touches your heart in every book!!! I will be inpatiently awaiting her next book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! This series is one of my favorites. I couldn't put the book down!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
It was good to see Jason get his story, I have liked his character from the beginning! Once again Ms. Glines has written another fabulous addition to this series!! Love this One!!
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A good book
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Guy on the cover looks HAWT!
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I do love Abbi's books. They are easy to read and never disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy the book!! U will not be disappointed!!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Glines enchants us with a love story about two people that bring out the best in one another. Jason is looking for a little R&R away from the spotlight but what he finds is the town's “bad girl”...or is she. Jess is just trying to make her way up in the world. When she meets Jason, she sees him as a temporary fling. But when the heart gets involved, she quickly discovers it could be so much more until tragedy strikes and turns her world upside down.  Desperate times called for desperate matters, Jess doesn't give into desperation but pushes herself to face life head on, no matter how dire the circumstances. As for Jason, I didn't totally believe he deserved Jess...contrary to what his mother might of thought. He, on the flip side, had much handed to him and still had the whoa-is-me attitude...I need to hide from my brother's fame. I wasn't a big fan of Jason and felt a knock to the head might jar some sense into him a little sooner. I really enjoyed this story. Glines always writes moving stories that tug on our heart strings. Her characters emotions are vividly displayed creating raw and fresh storylines. Misbehaving did provide a highly entertaining read. I was utterly and completely emotionally invested in the outcome. 
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Its kinda obivious du tu ruh. Any ways great book
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