Grant Madsen’s got issues. He’s still battling his Mafia family and doing everything possible to keep his loved ones safe. With the cruising season coming to an end, he has to find another job soon or he’ll rejoin his father in prison. And he’s trying to convince his rebellious teenage nephew to stay away from their criminal relatives (you can imagine how that’s going). But worst of all, Grant’s parole officer has mandated that he attend therapy.
The only saving grace is that they’re couples sessions with his girlfriend, Sophie Taylor, a fellow parolee who’s struggling with a few issues of her own. Sophie desperately hopes her past with Grant’s brother won’t destroy her future with him. There’s a sleazy professor at work who revels in sexually harassing women in the psychology department. And her father still hates Grant.
Their psychologist has his work cut out for him.
When Grant’s ruthless father hints at a plot to get out of prison, Grant must use everything he’s learned in therapy and beyond to try to stop him. It’s a race against time — and a race to rescue Sophie from the Mafia’s clutches once again. But this time McSailor and Bonnie refuse to play victims. This time the cuffs are coming off.
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.
People fascinate the psychologist/author (psycho author) known as Jennifer Lane. Her therapy clients talk to her all day long about their dreams and secrets, and her characters tell her their stories at night. Jen delights in peeling away the layers to scrutinize their psyches and emotions. But please rest assured, dear reader, she isn’t psychoanalyzing you right now. She’s already got too many voices in her head!
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is the author of The Conduct Series—-romantic suspense for adult readers—-and recently completed the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young and new adults, but she’s found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book.
Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.