With Good Behavior

With Good Behavior

by Jennifer Lane
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting and fun blend of psychology and crime drama--with dashes of humor throughout--Jen Lane's first book is full of plot twists and romance. It's all set in Chicago and includes great details about the city that make you feel like you're actually there, riding along the Architectural Cruise with the main characters. If you loved "Prison Break" or were on the edge of your seat in the tense scenes with Tony Soprano in his therapist's office in "The Sopranos", you will love this book too!
niksnie More than 1 year ago
With Good Behavior is an exceptional novel, written by an author who has a refreshing writing style and way of storytelling. The story is centred around two parolees, Grant Madsen and Sophie Taylor, whom fate literally pushes together. Initially, they embark on a budding romance. Unbeknownst to them, however, hangs a terrible truth that could jeopardise everything - including their very lives! Each character in this novel is an authentic human being - a product of their history. The plot is brilliantly planned out - the book grabs the reader's attention from inception and does not release its grip until the very end. The story is jam-packed with love, romance, humour, passion, friendship, excitement, action, psychology, complex family dynamics, ideas of redemption and second chances. Although With Good Behavior provides readers with a satisfying sense of closure, it leaves the door open for its sequel, Bad Behavior, which I am already highly anticipating. (Bad Behavior is due to be released in 2011.) Jennifer Lane is an incredible new talent -- this novel is the first in my collection of all the novels that she may release in her career.
Bookfunatic More than 1 year ago
There are many "romance" books out there that give love a bad (superficial) name. Others are beautiful. This book is beautiful. The main characters: Grant and Sophie are intelligent, well-educated people with budding careers and good intentions. But they have failings like the rest of us, arising mainly from their upbringing and relationship with their families. This has landed them in BIG trouble and the book begins as they start to rebuild their lives after the shame/disgrace of incarceration. I adore Grant and Sophie, both individually and as a couple. I enjoyed reading about a true sort of love - wanting, and helping achieve, the best for each other; people of integrity, complexity. The secondary characters: It seems almost unfair to call some of these characters 'secondary' because they are so entertaining! Jerry Stone, the parole officer - a tough cynic from years on the job. but even he can see behind the figurative "ex-con" label stamped on Grant and Sophie's foreheads; Roger - the ship captain with a MASSIVE personality! (and belly from crates of deep dish pizza, hee hee) Kirsten - Sophie's incredible 'girlfriend' - platonic! (just in case ;) Marilyn Fox - the definition of a good Detective. I hope to see more of her in later books in the series; Grant's uncle Joe - a stable influence in his life; Ben - Grant's impressionable young nephew; And some REAL BADDIES - but is it really that simple?? (it never is!) The plot: The lives of even the most interesting characters could get a bit dull if everything flowed too smoothly. On top of a wicked twist from the past, are some very-present dilemmas and action scenes as the book nears its end. And by this stage you're in love with the characters.. :S (STRESS!) I'm glad that this book is the first in a series because I'm not ready to part with these characters yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At over 400 pgs, this was a great book. Equal parts romance and suspense, I really enjoyed it. I really loved the two main characters, Grant and Sophie. But I was most fond of secondary characters Roger and Uncle Joe. Now I am really looking forward to reading the sequel, Bad Behavior! Happy reading!
AprilMaldews More than 1 year ago
This book was a breath of fresh air! I instantly felt for both Grant and Sophie, two soulful individuals, unjustly caught up in awful circumstances, trying to redeem themselves / get their lives back. I loved their romance as well as the shocking back story that inevitably blew up their present. An unexpected plus were the thought-provoking insights into why Grant and Sophie got into that mess (prison/parole) and how they, as individuals and together, need to change their ways of thinking so that they don't repeat their mistakes. It's evident that the author is an expert in psychology and it caused a lot of introspection on my part. A thoroughly entertaining novel with great side stories/plots. I felt passionately about all the characters (either good or bad or troubling-in-between). Very exciting climax! (Excuse the pun! ;) A great read and I highly recommend it.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Talk about having everything, and I mean EVERYTHING stacked against you! Sophie Taylor and Grant Madison were both imprisoned and lost everything that held meaning in their lives, their careers, their self-esteem, their freedom. It had to be fate that brought them together outside the door of the office of their parole officer. Maybe life held something better for them? Maybe they could redeem themselves and find strength in each other? Would fate toss a few more bombshells at them, just for kicks? With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane isn’t just a romance with twists and turns, a few obstacles and a little pain. Those twists have jagged edges, those obstacles seem endless and insurmountable as one after another they just keep on coming. Jennifer Lane has created two main characters who are almost too good as people to seem real. They both are flawed, have made huge mistakes, but not out of malice, but with good intentions. Both were easily played, and became the fall guys for someone they cared about and it blew up in their faces. Sophie is definitely stronger than she thinks, smart, and has a hidden wild child within her that she mostly keeps hidden. Grant, handsome, disgraced, abused as a child, used as an adult by his Chicago mob family, is definitely the more damaged and fragile. Together, they seem to draw from each other. As for satellite characters; they played a huge role in rounding out the story, from the gruff parole officer, who hides his inner softie to the equally gruff and often cantankerous tour boat captain who just happens to be a marshmallow on the inside, these characters brought color and a touch of humor to an otherwise serious and often deadly tale! Ms. Lane added just enough “character color” and light moments to truly make this a wonderfully entertaining read. The mystery, the murders, the deceit and the treachery on top of the romance took creative genius to pull it off, but Jennifer Lane did it!
GraceDZ More than 1 year ago
4 - 4.5 Stars An entertaining, engaging read! I've been eyeing this series for a while now. I was intrigued with the summary, and was curious to find out how a relationship between two convicts who meet outside their parole officer's door would fare. Well, I'm glad to say that With Good Behavior was absolutely entertaining for me! Meet Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen. Both are good people who made seriously bad decisions that landed them each in prison. Each served their time and now must try to move on with their lives. They meet while meeting with their parole officer, and the story really picks up from there! With a cast of rich, likable, and well-developed characters, With Good Behavior is way more than a story of organized crime. Grant is charming, honorable, protective, and was raised to be a good man. However, unfortunate circumstances and influences keep him tied to the mafia family that he wants nothing to do with. Through flashbacks, Jennifer Lane does a fantastic job at setting up the back story. It is tragic and abusive. She explores various types of dysfunctional family relationships. For instance, she fleshes out the relationships between father-son, father-daughter and brother-brother all while creating a plot that is thoroughly emotional and engaging. You'll root for Sophie and Grant right from the beginning, both individually and as a couple. One of the things I really enjoyed was the setting of Chicago! Ms. Lane paints an enticing picture of The Windy City from the beautiful buildings to even the Cubs/Sox rivalry. Who knew taking an architectural cruise down the river would be so exciting! I truly appreciated all these details. This is my first time reading anything from Jennifer Lane. For the most part, I found With Good Behavior to be a solid 4 stars. I found her writing to flow smoothly, and she knows how to keep the plot moving, even splashing humor here and there. Really, I couldn't tear myself away from the story. It was quite a page-turner for me! I think that earns an extra half star. I'm really glad I took the time to read book 1 of the CONduct series.
furgy62 More than 1 year ago
This story got better and better as I read it. Despite all obstacles thrown at ex cons Grant and Sophie that threatened to tear them apart they overcame them all. This book has it all murder, mayhem and especially family conflict from all sides. It is the the tale of journey of two people struggling to make a life for themselves after prison and the harerowing experiences they go through. This is a great book and I encourage evryone reading this review to give it a go. Jennifer Lane draws upon her experiences as a psychologist to add some expertise in this story, I really enjoyed it
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by~Aubrey Review Copy Provided by~the Author I loved this book. I found it very engaging and very different from what is out today. It was funny, engaging and made you think in ways that a lot of romance novels do not. It could be that the author has written a dissertation in psychology which shows throughout the book in that she manages to really get into the psyche of the characters. The heroine has also written hers but has since lots her license to practice. Sophie and Grant are both cons that mean when they have to report to the same parole officer. Little do they know that their meeting and falling for each other will change their lives forever. They both regret what sent them to prison but if it wasn’t for going to prison they would have never met each other. The storyline has a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading and excited to find out what was happening next. Grant was an adorable hero that I was overflowing with integrity and optimism. Sophie was the heroine that you route for because you can tell she didn’t have the easiest life with an over-bearing father and a narcissistic mother. The secondary characters closest to the main characters were eccentric and had depth. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series so that I can revisit all the characters and to see where they are now. Jennifer Lane is definitely an author to have your eye out for. This novel read like you were not even reading but rather like you were part of the story or your best friend was telling you a story. Lane has a way of explaining why each character became what they are today and breaks down their family dynamic in a way that isn’t boring or hard to understand.
kopsahl More than 1 year ago
Jerry Stone is going to get more than he bargain for. At 54 he has thought he has seen it all until two parolees enter his door and changes his life. Sophie Taylor went to prison after being duped by a man she thought she loved, who coincidentally was her patient. Sophie was a psychiatrist and now is court ordered herself to see one. Right away we feel that Sophie is a very timid character who only went to prison on a technicality and didn¿t want to raise her voice and tell what really happened. She has lived in shame for what she did and still feels the stigma of being a convict. She even is unable to face her father, who would be able to help her if she would just ask. Grant Madsen has lived with the stigma of being part of a Mafia family. Even though he wanted out and was doing his best to avoid his family he ended up drawn back in and was arrested for a robbery gone wrong. Now that he is out, his family wants to get his claws into him. He wants to stay away but all he can think about is his nephew who needs him to show the way just like Grant¿s uncle did for him. After arriving at his parole officer¿s office he runs into Sophie and is immediately attracted to her. But is it a good idea? Grant¿s character is extremely hard on himself and he is always second guessing himself. Sometimes you just want to yell at him to be a man until you read about his horrible childhood. Then you just want to hold him and tell him it will be okay. Unbeknownst to Grant and Sophie, they have more in common than just being ex-convicts. Once secrets are revealed both their lives fall into a tailspin and working together may be the only way these two will find the strength to start their lives over. All in all this was a good read and enjoyable. At times it was predictable but it had the right amount of romance mixed with suspense to keep a reader¿s attention. All the characters were well defined and I loved how the gruff parole officer and the crabby ship captain both help these two parolees.
QuietFury More than 1 year ago
When I read, I am first drawn to characters. If they don't capture me, the plot means nothing. From page one, Jennifer Lane captured me with her characters. I loved them all, main characters and minor characters alike. They felt real, with their good qualities, their flaws and their little quirks. I cared about what happened to them and they drew me in to the well developed, intricate plot. The romance between Sophie and Grant is a driving force but this is not a predictable, one-dimensional romance novel. To be honest, I avoid those at all costs. The romance in this one is tangled in mystery, suspense, dysfunctional families and secrets. The characters' points of view can be a little difficult to follow at first. There is no clear separation from one to the next. But I quickly fell in to the rhythm and that didn't detract at all from my enjoyment of the story.
Kay9 More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I usually stick to the "top 50 best sellers" in the bookstore, but a friend recommended this lesser known author. After reading this, I may be tempted to try out more indie books. With Good Behavior is a quick read because of the author's smooth writing style and tidbits in each chapter that make you want to read 'just one more chapter' before going to bed. and then another one.! What I liked about the book: ? the very natural / realistic development of the main characters' relationship; ? the intricate back stories / family histories of both main characters; ? awesome secondary characters, such as Jerry, Rog, Kirsten and Detective Fox; ? unique plot - I can't say I've ever read a story like this before; ? it got freaking exciting in places!! ? I liked the ending - NOT predictable, yet satisfying, making me want to read more about these characters. A surprisingly good read - great for the romantic-at-heart, yet brimming with realism (real life ain't easy!) Well worth a read.
bucmjt 10 months ago
With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane is a good love story. There are a few obvious plot glitches, but nothing that detracts from this appealing character bond. And a HEA in the works for Grant and Sophie. I am surprised that this is part of a trilogy, the characters and story line stand solidly alone and I am content to leave it here. Sophie and Grant have already had to handle more that their share of life altering events.
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BookAddictPatti More than 1 year ago
The premise of this story caught my attention: Two ex-cons meeting at the parole officer's office and falling in love. It started out interestingly enough - I liked the parole officer and the hero and heroine seemed like they had interesting stories: she's an ex-psychiatrist who had an affair with a patient, he's an ex-naval officer who did some sort of crime. From there, however, things went downhill. The characters were inconsistent and unbelievable. Grant is a former Naval officer but he seems very simple-minded and child-like; I couldn't figure out how he made it so far in the Navy. Sophie seems smart and dedicated but then does something she knows she should not do - date a fellow parolee, despite the fact that her parole officer, psychiatrist, and roommate tell her she shouldn't. It seems to me that this was basically how she ended up in jail in the first place. These two just kept making one bad decision after another - things like drinking tequila before driving a tour boat cruise around Chicago's harbor. Once Grant's brother came into the picture as the patient Sophie had an affair with and we get his thoughts and reactions to Sophie's incarceration, I decided this was not the book for me and put it down. (This is a case of me wondering if I'm reading the same book everyone else is, as With Good Behavior has gotten great ratings on Goodreads.)