Review: With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane

Posted 13 August, 2012 by Amanda / 22 Comments

With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane
(The CONduct Series, #1)

Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Format: paperback won from Smash Attack Reads!
Read: 7/13/2012
In Six Words: A romance you don’t wanna miss.

Links

Jennifer Lane — Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter
Amazon — Kindle
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Book Order

1. With Good Behavior
2. Bad Behavior

Synopsis

In a world gripped by organized crime, family dysfunction, and dim hopes of redemption, can true love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a beautiful psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a handsome naval officer who sacrificed everything to protect a loved one, finding that love may carry an unbearable cost.

Starting their lives over in Chicago, both are fighting influences from their family and running as fast as they can to escape the past. When their paths cross outside the parole officer’s door, the attraction is instantaneous. But a hidden connection may not only shatter their fledgling love, but prove deadly to them both.
-from Goodreads

Why I Started Reading This Book and Final Verdict

I won With Good Behavior from Smash back for her first blogoversary in 2011.  I’m not really sure why I put off reading With Good Behavior for so long.  I am kind of kicking myself for waiting, because With Good Behavior was really good.

My Thoughts

I read With Good Behavior in a single day, and for a nearly 400 page book, I think that says something about the quality of the book. With Good Behavior was exactly the kind of book I wanted: engrossing, entertaining, and thought-provoking (without being too heavy on the thinking part). I loved how the psychology aspect was woven into this book, and it even got me thinking about my own life and how to improve it. Which, considering With Good Behavior is primarily a romance book, is a pretty neat and unexpected outcome.

I also really enjoyed the fact that this was about two ex-cons because ex-cons are not exactly your typical romance novel characters. It’s always refreshing to read something different.  But I also suspect that these ex-cons are not your typical ex-cons, which makes them even more intriguing.  Being that there is a bit of psychology woven into the book, there is real character growth throughout the book, and I think it is very positive.

Special Bonus!

Jennifer Lane has been kind enough to give away an ebook of either With Good Behavior or Bad Behavior (winner’s choice).

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Filed under: ESR: 8, Review: Amanda, Romance,

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22 Responses to “Review: With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane”

  1. YAY! So glad you enjoyed this one Amanda! I’ve had the pleasure of meeeting Jennifer a couple of times since she lives in Columbus, and I thoroughly enjoyed her YA novel Streamline. Looking forward to trying these books as well:)

  2. YAY!!!!!!! I am wicked happy that you enjoyed this book. I really adore the series and love the psychological aspects of it. I think you will really like Bad Behavior, too. I really loved where she took the family.

  3. Ex-cons? Interesting! I think I saw this on Smash’s blog earlier and was intrigued. Now I’m definitely going to have to check it out especially with your thought-provoking but not too heavy on the thinking comment!

  4. I think what makes it hard to ask for what you want in a relationship is allowing what you want to go unsaid for too long. The longer you wait to communicate any issues (big or small) make it more difficult to bring the topic up for discussion. I’m reminded of a night a few years into Mr. Librarian and my relationship where he declared a dislike for the way in which I chewed popcorn.

    *gasp*

    No. I’m aware this is not a big issue…unless you’ve been chewing popcorn at every movie date with a man for years! Do you know how many movies that is. At least 50. I was irrationally embarrassed (seriously, i get popcorn at Every. Movie.) and hurt that he’d waited so long to tell me.

    So big or small I think it’s always best to get your wants and needs out as they occur. The longer you wait will just make it harder (and more complicated) when they do come to light.

    Love the giveaway ;)

    p.s. For those interested I do still enjoy popcorn at my movies…I just lean slightly away from Mr. Librarian while consuming ;) lol

  5. This sounds right up my alley!

    What makes it hard to ask for what you need in a relationship? Actually this question is a bit hard for me. I am usually not a person who demands much so I always feel weird asking for stuff. By the time that I do it usually ends in disaster. So I would probably be the person that would ask way after I should but I do eventually get there!

    • Part of what makes it hard for me to ask for what I need in a relationship is being rejected. Or not getting what I need, because that could spell even bigger disaster than not getting what I need.

      I always feel weird asking for stuff too. It’s like we’re supposed to not need anything.

  6. Thank you for the lovely review, Amanda! This series will be a trilogy and I’m working on book three, “On Best Behavior”.

    I love reading the responses about what makes it hard to ask for what we need in relationships. I totally relate. I think women are taught to be passive and not speak up when something bothers us, then resentment builds, then when the other person does something minor, we explode. It’s hard to find that assertive middle ground.

    • I’m looking forward to the rest of the series! :)

      I can definitely see where women are taught to be passive. It can be hard to find assertive middle ground especially if we have no positive role model.

  7. Great review, Amanda! And the book sounds great … I love the psychological slant. I love a good book that makes you think about it in relation to your own life.

    As for asking for what we want in a relationship, I think it can be hard because of that fear of loss — you know, where you are so connected to a person that you feel like if you ask for what you need, they might disagree and leave.

    I’m pretty lucky, though — my hubs and I usually don’t have a hard time talking to one another.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Yel

    If there is no trust, we can hardly ask for things we want. But it is a double-edged sword, because the less we express our feelings, desires and concerns to our partner, it becomes more fragile confidence and respect in a relationship. We must remember that the other person can not guess what we want, we must begin to communicate as much as we may.

  9. This sounds like an amazing book!

    I think being insecure in the relationship makes it difficult to ask for things we want. You are afraid that you will lose the other person.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!