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Out on Good Behavior

(Radleigh University #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Frankie Bellisario knows she can get anyone she sets her sights on, but just because she can doesn't mean she should—not when the person she's eyeing is Samara Kazarian, the daughter of a southern Republican mayor. No matter how badly Frankie wants to test her powers of persuasion, even she recognizes some lines aren't meant to be crossed.

But when Frankie learns she's been
Paperback, 290 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Dahlia Adler
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Dahlia Each one can stand alone! The characters are recurring, and Frankie and Sam do meet in book 2, but you'll have no problem at all following along if yo…moreEach one can stand alone! The characters are recurring, and Frankie and Sam do meet in book 2, but you'll have no problem at all following along if you skip the hetero books. (less)

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chan ☆
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
my first f/f NA book was a SUCCESS

this was a lot of fun. i'm reading and reviewing 8 f/f romances for my youtube channel and this was the perfect way to start! the f/f romance genre as a whole is criminally under marketed and under hyped and i was determined to give some attention to it and find some gems. this one definitely is a ruby.

it follows our lovely pansexual main character frankie who is promiscuous (in the best way) falling for sweet closeted southern lesbian samara. i'm gonna try and
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Happy Pride Month, My Lovelies!

Buddy-reading will commence on June 27th.

2 I’m-just-not-sure Stars

Expectations. Expectations can be the root of all that is evil in a book-lover’s world.

I have always loved diversity. Even when, as a teenager, I lived in a small town that seemed to be obsessed with trying to stamp it out entirely. To say that I had pretty high expectations when I discovered that Frankie’s character was pansexual is an extreme understatement. You see, one of my best friends i
Mar 26, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
If you read the book and couldn't quite figure out all the YA references, check out Samara's Reading List Revealed! ...more
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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We read OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR as a nod to Pride Month in my romance book club/discussion group, Unapologetic Romance Readers. Dahlia Adler has made a name for herself advocating diversity and intersectionality in YA and NA, and I've been meaning to read her for a while, so kudos to sraxe for getting the ball rolling on that with her recommendation.

OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR is a love story between a pansexual girl named Frankie Bellisario and a
I was caught between whether I should give this a one or a two, but because I spent most of it being annoyed, I decided to round down after thinking about it some more, I decided that one was an unfair rating, so I rounded up. Honestly, I don't know why I continue to bother picking up NA books. It's the same tropey mess over and over again. And yet, when I go long enough without reading one, I wonder was it really that bad??? Yes, it's reaffirmed again and again. Yes, it most definitely was. And ...more
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
It's Pride month, yay and I am so glad I read this!

I usually don't review NAs but in my opinion, not talking about this book would be a disservice to all the genre-defying Dahlia A does in this novel.

I believe, Dahlia Adler is one of those few writers today (Elliott Wake, Courtney Milan among others) who show the bird to the misogyny which has started to plague the NA genre.

Also, f/f sex OH, MY FUCKING GOODNESS. *puts away her vibrator*

So! I like how this book rises above slut shaming.

I like how
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with the Unapologetic Romance Readers group.

28/6 - This was my first f/f book, so I have no idea how it compares to other f/f books out there, but I thought this was pretty great. I felt the same reading this romance as I have with most previous romances - warm and squishy when love is finally admitted, frustrated when problems could be cleared up with a simple conversation and in need of a fan during the sex scenes. For my heart and brain it doesn't matter what bits go where or what
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult, romance, tepid, ff, meh
Is it me?
My age?
My specific experiences, my way of expressig my sexual orientation?
Because I really didn't fall for this book, and I had been specifically asking for a f/f story....
No, it's not me, it's the damn book.

The conditions for a great read were all there: opposites attract, one truly pansexual character, one totally closeted still, bantering group of friends. Right. Wrong , so wrong. I think what really bothers me the most is that at the end of it all, the book left me with nothing. I
Trigger warnings: Slut shaming, LGBTQIA characters stressing over how their parents will react.

3.5 stars.

Let's do this as a pro/con list, because it seems easier on my poor brain at this point in time.

- Pansexual protagonist!
- Adorable F/F romance!
- Great female friendships!
- Excellent background diversity!
- It's a compelling story!

- A lot of the story is based on misunderstandings
- It's not a particularly long book (less than 200 pages), and probably two thirds of it is build up t
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
“It isn’t just the way she feels, or smells, or tastes; it’s the way she sighs into my mouth, like: finally. Like: you found me. Like: this is everything I dreamed it would be.


warning: english isn't my first language, so probably this is going to have a lot of mistakes, but whatever i need to talk about this.

This is going to contain spoilers, but not about the plot, more about the representation this gives to lgbtqia people (pansexual and bisexual):

1) First of all, this book se
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
That was sweet! This is my first book from the author and I think is also the 3rd and final book of the series. First is from Lizzie then Cait and finally Frankie. They're best friends. Actually, I'm tempted to read the first two just to read something about Frankie. Let's see about that soon.
Goodness! I can't stop smiling throughout the book.
I ship them hard! Frankie and Sam!!! I want to read more of them.

Frankie is a party girl. She enjoys quick hook-ups, she plays around. That's the life she
Anna Banana
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f, lgbt-reads
3.5 stars

This was a cute read but I kinda wish it had dual POV. I feel like there was a lot of story left untold from Sam's POV, especially with everything going on with her family and that would've added to this story nicely, perhaps helped flesh out the story a bit more. Also, I've never read the first two books but I honestly wasn't a fan of Frankie's two best friends and have no interest in reading their books anymore which kinda sucks since I've had their books sitting on my kindle for fore
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: pan mc, lesbian li, gay & bi side characters

extra star because frankie is horny

otherwise it's the way it's implied that frankie ids as pan because bisexuality is a transphobic identity and the way the lesbian character won't even use the word lesbian about herself for me!

and just generally there's a faint undercurrent of lesbophobia throughout

• the assumption that pan people are the only ones attracted to nonbinary folks (and, hey, that's biphobic too!)

• just the phrase "gold star lesbian"
it was exactly what i had expected it'd be: hot and gay™ but the unwanted drama got me rolling my eyes i have to admit, i could have done without (3.5)
*3,5 stars*

A really cute and quick f/f romance.

I felt like the final conflict between the two girls was a little dramatic, but apart from that I really enjoyed this!
Emily Crow
College romance between two young women: a promiscuous pansexual named Frankie and a shy, inexperienced (and very much in the closet) conservative politician's daughter named Samara. For the first half of the book, I was really enjoying it. The author captured Frankie's voice perfectly, and the depiction of college life seemed much more believable than in many similar novels. I enjoyed Frankie's art studies and how she had realistic concerns, like needing a part time job to pay for her field tri ...more
Shira Glassman
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women who like women and fluffy things and roses and lace
Shelves: femslash
Out on Good Behavior is the story of how a life-embracing, blue-haired art student with roses tattooed on her cleavage and piercings you can’t see in class falls, hard, for her best friend’s cute blonde roommate, a sweet girl who doesn’t drink and prefers books and gentle hangouts to clubbing.

How does the party girl–and this is such a lovely, positive portrayal of a party girl who really enjoys herself as opposed to, like, secretly not actually having a good time–handle her attraction to the YA-
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, lgbtq
OUT ON GOOD BEHAVIOR is one of the first NA (New Adult) books I’ve read (other than maybe RW&RB?). The novel follows Frankie, a free spirited, out, proud & sexually liberated pansexual who gets around campus enjoying herself until she meets Samara, the closeted lesbian daughter of a Southern Republican politician. Samara is ready to come out but needs it to be the real deal, so they decide to date in secret - chastely - for 30 days.

This book was entertaining, cute and I read it in 2 sittings. If
Mónica BQ
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up

I enjoyed this book very much. Frankie is part of the trio of friends we are first introduced to in Last Will and Testament, and I had too many issues with the first two books in the series to actually like them, but the one huge redeeming quality all the books share is the friendship between Lizzie, Cait and Frankie, so it was really good when we got her book too.

Sam and Frankie were a great couple to read about. Frankie was my favourite of the three girls and to be honest s
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
I'll be posting my full review of this one on Books and Ladders as part of New Adult August!

I still don't think I'm 100% sold on the New Adult genre but that's okay because I did really enjoy this one. I really connected to Frankie in this one because I too am of the persuasion that I don't need to be in a relationship to be happy. But I was still rooting for her and Sam to get together. I thought their dynamic was really interesting and I am glad I read this one. I am going to read Last Will an
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars

Dahlia Adler, glorious goddess that she is (and friend of mine blahdiblah), constantly outdoes herself. While Out on Good Behavior isn’t quiiiiiite my favorite of her novels (of which I’ve read all 6 because YES and my favorite may always be Just Visiting though who knows what with Dahlia’s awesomeness), but it is the hottest of her novels. And that is truly saying something because there’s sex in all of her books. And there are actually only a couple of sex scenes in Out on Good Behavi
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representation: pansexual mc, lesbian li, f/f romance, filipina side character

interesting how lizzie and connor are the first and only heterosexual couple. no, i don't accept criticism.

anyway, ahhhhhh i love these characters so much and i pretty much giggled the entire time i read this (if you can't tell by my highlights). i LOVED how frankie was basically the gay female version of the douchebag manwhore love interest in every other romance book ever. some of the writing was cringe-worthy (like
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Cute and sexy f/f.

The final miscommunication seemed a bit contrived to me, but hey, no biphobia!
Feb 21, 2018 marked it as dnf-lost-interest
This is not a review, I haven't read enough of this book to review it. Just like with Let's Talk About Love, I tried to read this before the T5W romance topic and I was just not in the mood for it. I probably won't try again, but I didn't think it was awful, and I did like the pansexual rep. However, I thought Under the Lights by the same author had better writing. ...more
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
I can't believe this is the end for the Radleigh crew *cue crying* It was such a fun ride, thank you Dahlia!!! I love this cast of characters so much, probably one of my favorite in all NAs. They are so fun together, especially when they have scenes all of them together. They have fun, are cute, ridiculous conversations but yet the relationship between friends is to perfection.

We say goodbye with the last book - Frankie and Sam's story. I have been waiting for this one A LOT. And yes I'm not jo
Gillian Berry

4.5 stars

Well that was perfectly ADORABLE and super hot and hilarious. Fuller review TK, but I'm pretty sure the very best thing about this book was the dialogue. It was funny and real and quippy and flowed and it just made me feel like I was hanging out with a bunch of really awesome really real besties (all of whom have disgustingly cute romances, obvs). Seriously, the friendship was maybe my fave part, except that I'm completely in love with Frankie Bellasario, who is a kick ass hilarious rel
Maggie Hall
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I expected this book to be super hot (check), hilarious (check), feminist (check), fun (check), friendship goals (check) and so much more...but I wasn't expecting how sweet and romantic it was. And I LOVED it.

This is a happy book. It's a book about these two very different girls falling for each other while dealing with the world, and it's so lovely and life-affirming and fun. There's a little drama, of course, as any relationship has, but overall? This book makes you smile. It has depth and he
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is such a strong finish to Dahlia's NA series! I quite enjoyed getting more of Frankie's thoughts; though she and I are very different, I absolutely adored her. And to see her experience the ups and downs of romance was so compelling!
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this! A lot!

I rarely venture into the world of NA, but when I heard this one had a pansexual mc I thought it would be perfect. And it was.

If you read NA - or even if you don't - please, check this book out! It's cute and fun and sexy.
Charlotte Anne Hamilton
[[4.75 STARS]]

review will be up on my blog soon but i loved this so much. so cute and fluffy and queer. my love

#DiversityDecBingo - pansexual main character
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Dahlia Adler is an Editor of Mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a writer of Contemporary YA and NA at every spare moment in between. She's the author of the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, the Radleigh University series, and Cool for the Summer (Wednesday Books, 2021); a contributor to anthologies All Out, The Radical Element, and It's a Whole Spiel; the edito ...more

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