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With Good Behavior by Jennifer Lane
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Dec 02, 11

bookshelves: chick-lit
Read in November, 2011

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.
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