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Natalea Jones has had a rough life. An absentee father. A gambling addicted mother, who seems to show up only when she needs something—preferably money. Natalea survives her childhood and teenage years because of her best friend, Drake Harte, and his family. Even though she’s been in love with Drake for years, she refuses to let her lust come in the way of their friendship. Life without Drake is not possible and sex would certainly complicate things.

Drake Harte is not only known as the most eligible bachelor and firefighter in Gamble Park, Florida, but he’s also known for sexing the ladies and leaving them. Only he knows the reason he can’t make a commitment to the women throwing themselves at him—he’s in love with his best friend. It’s time he either goes for it or moves on.

After Natalea and Drake share a night of passion, an unexpected event occurs that proves to both of them that life—and love—are too prescious.


First published April 12, 2016

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Jessica Jayne

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JESSICA JAYNE is a born and raised small-town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college with an English degree. She attended law school and passed her bar exam on the very first attempt. She met the love of her life in a romance novel sort of way. They married and have three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) kids.

Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s jumped out of several perfectly good airplanes. When not watching her son isn't racing in a regatta or her daughters dominate the volleyball court, she watches Buckeye football and the Tampa Bay Lightning. She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting with her girlfriends) aficionado. She loves all music. Thinks Eric Church is a rock star. Worships Jason Momoa. Believes Game of Thrones was the best show on television but lives by many Seinfeld-isms.

Life is always an adventure!

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Profile Image for ☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer).
3,034 reviews646 followers
July 24, 2016
This was a great quickie romance that I read in about an hours time. This is a friends to lovers romance about Drake and Natalea. They are BFFs who both have fought the attraction between them. Drake wants more, but Nat needs him as her BFF and is afraid things would change. The Misbehaved takes us to the place in their friendship where they finally cross the line. Heated, sexy and sweet I enjoyed the chemistry between them. Jayne added some suspense to this story and I enjoyed that aspect. Despite its length she managed to capture their story providing the perfect late night quickie.
788 reviews6 followers
May 15, 2016
Super read! I loved this short story and would highly recommend it! It is a best friends story first, but then the friends to lovers portion is off the charts! Natalea is a tough on the outside, sweet on the inside woman. She has been forced by life to be able to take care of herself from a very young age, which she has done and done very well. She opens a bar called the Misbehaved and honors all of the other strong women in history like Annie Oakley. One constant in her life has been her best friend Drake and his family, who have stood by her through thick and thin. Natalea and Drake both feel way more than friendship for the other, but neither one acts on it because of their friendship. Because you need to read this story for yourself I won't give too much away, but I will say there are HOT fireman and lots of SPARKS and HEAT!
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4,861 reviews138 followers
May 10, 2016
Sweet. Caring. Honest. Strong. This most certainly described Natalea. If you are looking for a good quick read. To take you mind off the day, week, month you are having. Especially if its rainy and cold where you are. I recommend that you find a comfy spot and enjoy The Misbehaved. It more than a friends to lovers.

Natalea knows she has the best thing in the world in her friendship with sexy and sin firefighter Drake Harte. She values the friendship far more than she value the crush she has harbored for years. Drake don't quite see things that way. He has had enough of not having the one woman he wants. That all changes.

Pick up your copy of The Misbehaved.
**This ARC was provided via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
Profile Image for Nicole.
1,650 reviews33 followers
May 11, 2016
This was a really fun friends-to-lovers story, which makes the story seem much more realistic because Natelea and Drake have known each other foreverrrrrrrr. It's obvious they have chemistry, but we get to see them as friends first before everything between them changes. And the fact that his family already adores Natelea is just another bonus. Unfortunately, there's an issue that pops up concerning Natelea's mother that adds to the drama of the story, but that is resolved somewhat quickly, and that is what leads us to the HEA for Drake and Natelea.

The only issue I have with the book is that I wish it was longer, I would have liked to see more of Drake's and Natelea's relationship develop from friendship to lovers.

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Profile Image for Natalie.
9 reviews
May 10, 2016
As usual, Jessica Jayne does not disappoint with The Misbehaved!

In this story, we meet Drake and Natalea (such a great name!), childhood friends who have remained inseparable into adulthood, and were somehow able to keep their friendship platonic. Neither of them realizing that they both actually wanted more than just friendship with each other. Natalea owns the neighborhood bar, The Misbehaved, which she named in homage of all the notorious female outlaws. Drake is a local firefighter- who all the women swoon over. Let me just say now that I LOVE books where the hero happens to also be a firefighter, so discovering that Drake is an actual hero was definitely a nice surprise.

In the opening scenes, we begin to see the playful nature of Drake and Natalea’s friendship- the way in which she teases him and he toys back with her, was a perfect prelude to what was about to develop between them. I don’t want to ruin anything for the readers, but this was one HOT book! It has all of the elements that I love in a steamy erotic love story. The scenes that were shared between Drake and Natalea left me breathless- they were so descriptive and real. The thing that I love was that it wasn’t just some hot sex shared between two strangers, there was a respect and love between them that really came across in the way that they touched and cared for each other’s needs. Extremely sensual mixed with the perfect amount of dirtiness!

The Misbehaved, also has some really suspenseful scenes involving Natalea’s absentee Mother, Joleen. What transpires pisses me off and actually makes me wish I could reach into the book and slap the “Mom” (I use that title very loosely). Being a Mother myself, and coincidentally reading The Misbehaved on Mother’s Day, caused some serious anger within me towards this woman. You will understand when you read the book, but she is seriously fuc**d up! How a Mother can not only put her daughter in danger- at any age, but bring that danger directly to her daughter’s front door, is absolutely beyond my realm of understanding. What I found so surprising was the way that Natalea still remained concerned for her Mother’s well-being after everything that takes place. I think it truly speaks to her character. Every daughter craves the love of her parents, and even after the life Joleen gave (and didn’t give) Natalea, and all that she puts her through, Natalea still shows sympathy for her. The support that Drake provides to Natalea through this difficult situation also speaks to his character and the adoration that he has for her is clearly evident- both through his actions and his words.

If you’re looking for a sexy read, that also happens to include a hot firefighter, don’t hesitate to pick this one up!

I give The Misbehaved by Jessica Jayne 4.5 Stars!

(A copy of this book was provided for an honest review)
Profile Image for Cathy.
756 reviews
May 10, 2016

"The Misbehaved" by Jessica Jayne is a fun, sexy read that had me wishing for more. I really, really liked our main characters - Nat and Drake. Nat loves Drake but fear of being alone holds her back from acting on it. Nat is independent and works hard to give herself all the things she never had in her life. Drake and his family are a big part of her life and her fear of messing it up holds her back from the one thing she truly desires - to be loved. Drake, super sexy firefighter, loves her right back but, understanding her fear, has held back. Their chemistry is so hot that they explode right off the pages. Despite the brevity of this book, Ms. Jayne was able to convey each characters love and emotion as well as some background. I felt I knew them and what made them tick. On that note, I was wanting more - more of the love, more of the danger, more of just Nat and Drake and was disappointed the ending came so soon. Ms. Jayne writing style flowed and the story was good - had me smiling, cringing and laughing - not too shabby for a story that is only about 100 pages! I highly recommend "The Misbehaved" - perfect for a lunch break read or a stint by the pool. (received copy for honest review)
Profile Image for Crystal.
374 reviews
June 1, 2016
I'm not the type of reader that can marathon books. I tried it once a couple years ago when I finished an entire series in a week and two seconds after I finished the last book, I realized that it just wasn't my cup of tea. That went out the window last month when I picked up two "new to me" authors, the first of which was Jessica Jayne. Right after I finished Legal Desire, I was on the hunt for something else from the author. It ended up being perfect timing because I had just downloaded The Misbehaved on my Kindle. Squee! So, I started it late one night and did not go to sleep until I finished it. Oh, my gosh... I adored this book! First of all, it's friends to lovers. SCORE! Secondly, hot fireman! I loved Nat and Drake. We don't get to spend much time with them, but I still fell for them. The chemistry and sexual tension was off-the-charts hot. I love Jessica's writing style. It was just a sexy and fun book that I could devour again without batting an eyelash. Must read more!!

I received a copy in exchange for a honest review.
1,213 reviews10 followers
May 10, 2016
What a wonderful little book. This a quick read, that
won’t keep you up all night reading to get to the end.
Because this one book you cannot put down to the
end. And what a hot and steamy story it is too. I love
how Natalea and Drake have been friends for so
long, and each loves each other only they won’t tell
the other how they feel. As for Nat she is so afraid of
losing Drake she won’t go any further than friends.
But Drake is so determined he is going to when her
over and I laughed when he finally just throws her
over her shoulder and takes her to her office to have
this out with her once and for all. And that is when all
the fun begins. But as you know something is not
always perfect. For example: having a crazy family
member that could totally ruin everything for them.
Now before I ruin this for you I will leave off here.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. If you do
like this book, please consider leaving a review. The
Authors really like it when you do; they value your opinions too.
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1,243 reviews142 followers
August 3, 2016
Amount of sex - 3 / 5
How explicit - 3 / 5
Romance - 4 / 5 Overall: 4 / 5
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Natalea Jones, has struggled growing up with no father and a mother whose main goal is to gamble. Natalea has had to take care of herself from an early age. Her best friend, Drake Harte, and his family have been like the family that she doesn’t have. After graduation Natalea builds her dream bar called ‘The Misbehaved’, with Drake and his families help.

The book begins as Natalie’s bar is helping sponsor Drake’s fire department reveal their new calendar, filled with the hot firemen. As Drake and Natalea interact you can feel the chemistry is pretty hot. They have loved each other for a long time, but neither makes the first move as they are both worried about losing their friendship. Finally, at the calendar reveal, Drake makes his move.

I really enjoyed this book and only wished it was longer. I would also love to find out about Mackenzie and Cole. Maybe book 2? Book was received for an honest opinion.
Profile Image for Ruthie Taylor.
3,537 reviews37 followers
May 13, 2016
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is a quick, cute and sexy read, starring a bar owner and a clothe-shedding calendar pin up firefighter. They have been best friends forever, but both hide their romantic love for each other. Then things get shaken up, and before there is time to consider what it might mean, Natalea's mother brings trouble to the bar. For a short story, there is a lot of detail and the plot flows and the outcome is taken to just the right point.

Wicked Reads Review Team
Profile Image for Cindy.
26 reviews
May 19, 2016
Despite Natalea and Drake having been friends since childhood, there is an underlying chemistry between them. As much as they want to cross that line, they hold their ground because of the fear of ruining their friendship. Fortunately for them, love conquers all and their true feelings come out (and are thoroughly expressed) to one another.
Natalea is sweet, grateful and genuine. Drake is super sexy, caring and a bit Alpha. And who wouldn't love a sexy fireman throwing them over his shoulder in the name of love.
A fun, intriguing and sexy friends to lovers short story, where my anticipation was getting the best of me in the beginning just waiting for these two to finally act on their feelings.
I highly recommend this book!!
Profile Image for Kimberly Anne.
3,167 reviews179 followers
May 10, 2016
The Misbehaved was my first read by Jessica Jayne. Misbehaved is about Drake and Natalea, two lifelong friends that had feelings for each other, that were far too strong to just be friendship. I really enjoyed both characters, they were both strong and determined. Natalea owned a bar called The Misbehaved, and Drake was a local firefighter.
While the story was entertaining overall, it felt very rushed though. The first half was heavy in steamy scenes and not so much the story. While I still enjoyed this part, I felt that there were holes in the story. When tragedy struck, it seemed to happen and resolve quickly as well. Sometimes a short, fast paced read is just what I need.
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1,400 reviews43 followers
May 30, 2016
Title: The Misbehaved
Author: Jessica Jayne
Series: --
Publisher: Totally Bound
Reviewer: Kathleen
Release Date: May 10th, 2016
Genre(s): Erotic Romance
Page Count:69 pages
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Friends to lovers—can Natalea Jones and Drake Harte break through their friendship barrier and find happiness?

Natalea Jones has had a rough life. An absentee father. A gambling-addicted mother who seems to show up only when she needs something—preferably money. Natalea survived her childhood and teenage years because of her best friend, Drake Harte, and his family. Even though she’s been in love with Drake for years, she refuses to let her lust get in the way of their friendship. Life without Drake is not possible and sex would certainly complicate things.

Drake Harte is not only known as the most eligible bachelor and firefighter in Gamble Park, Florida, he’s also known for sexing the ladies and leaving them. Only he knows the reason he can’t make a commitment to the women throwing themselves at him—he’s in love with his best friend. It’s time he either goes for it or moves on…and he’s going after Natalea with everything he’s got.

One novel that I can say was to the point, short and sweet, Jessica Jayne's The Misbehaved was the quick read that allowed me to bridge the time between two books, and removing the book hangover I usually feel when I finish another great read. I managed to finish The Misbehaved in one sitting, taking less than three hours, and that's only because I took a lot of breaks due to the daily responsibilities that comes with work and family, otherwise, it easily can be read within an hour or two. Having known each other since their childhood, Drake and Natalia have had feelings for one another that they've kept secret from each other, each afraid that it would ruin their friendship. Now the owner of the club called 'The Misbehaved', Natalia helps Drake reveal his fireman calendar from his firehouse. As the two realize that their feelings can no longer be denied, Drake acts upon them and the chemistry jumps off the screen of my kindle. Even though it's a shirt book and there were some very good parts to the novel itself, I must point out that there were scenes that seemed rushed, even shortened, and yet Jessica Jayne still manages to add all the elements that any reader would look for in all books no matter the length. Being the first novel that I've had the opportunity to rad from Jessica Jayne, The Misbehaved was one that kept me entertained until the very end and I'm curious to find out what her next titles will entail.

Review Copy of The Dom Games provided by the Publisher, Totally Bound for an honest Review.
Reviewed by Kathleen from Alpha Book Club
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1,627 reviews39 followers
May 18, 2016

The only person in her family Natalea Jones has been able to rely on is herself. Her mother is a hopeless case that only turns to her when she's desperate for money. Really, if it wasn't for her best friend Drake Harte and his family, there's no telling where she would have ended up. Having been an unruly girl growing up, getting into trouble that she was lucky to get out of. Not wanting to lose her friendship with Drake, she hasn't acted on the strong feelings she has for him. But that's all about to change, because Drake wants her and he's not going to give up until he wins her heart.

The best friends to lovers trope is not one I read a lot of, but Ms. Jayne surprised me with this book. Right from the beginning, this story gripped my attention, as Natalea is very independent and certainly done well for herself. The heroine alone made me want to keep reading, because she hasn't had an easy life, but somehow she's managed to turn it all around. What has she gone through that has made her so close with Drake?

Both characters were engaging, and I loved the close friendship they had. The way they tease and flirt with each other made me smile, and had me cheering along with the secondary characters that believe they belong together. However, the dialogue was also intense due to the main characters back stories, especially the heroine's, which brings a dash of suspense to the story. Her mother is trouble with a capital T, and yet, Natalea can't help but come to her rescue. Yet, I liked that she finally said enough was enough. She couldn't keep enabling her mother's addiction, even if it brought trouble to her door. Trouble that Natalea might not be able to get herself out of.

Natalea is strong, brave, independent, and I could understand why she didn't want to give into her feelings for Drake. Because if they didn't work as a couple, then it was possible that she could lose him forever, and she couldn't allow that to happen. However, I liked that she took a chance on Drake. She deserved happiness after everything she's been through, and Drake was the perfect choice, as no-one knew her better than he did. While Drake, he's confident, smooth, and would do anything for Natalea. His love for her comes through loud and clear in the dialogue, and I liked that he stood up to her mother to make the woman see that she could not keep doing what she kept doing to her daughter. It wasn't fair to Natalea, not when she's worked so hard for everything she has.

Scorching, fan-your-face sex scenes heated up the story, and prove how much Drake and Natalea love each other, even if the heroine couldn't admit it to herself when she first took a chance on taking their friendship to the next level. Yet, Drake is very convincing and will do anything to prove she's the one for him. That she's the only woman he'll ever want.

Overall, Ms. Jayne has penned a wonderful best friends to lovers story with warm and inviting characters that have made me eager to read more of this author's work. The story was wrapped up nicely with Drake convincing Natalea about what he wants to happen next with their relationship. Who wouldn't say yes with what he was bribing her with? I would recommend The Misbehaved by Jessica Jayne, if you enjoy the best friends to lovers trope, or a story that combines a dash of suspense with a hot romance.
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231 reviews
July 17, 2016
Are you looking for a quick, down and dirty read? Well, look no further because Jessica Jayne’s The Misbehaved is right up your alley!

This book featured strong and independent Natalea, who is our heroine. She hasn’t had an easy life and The Misbehaved is her bar, her baby. With barely any family worth speaking of, other than her bar she does have the Harte Family that claims her. And our hero is the sexy fireman Drake Harte, who happens to be Natalea’s best friend. They are both attracted to one another but since they value their friendship more, they have never crossed that line…until one night when things changed, drastically. Unable to fight some wicked how chemistry that sparks between them whenever they are together, they both stop fighting and give in to some crazy HOT lust! It’s nuclear! WHEW. The next day, before they get a chance to talk and cement their new-found relationship, something happens to test their relationship. Natalea’s past comes back and we get to see the strength of the love that Drake has for her. It’s heart-melting and romantic. If you want a fast paced, sinfully sexy read in which two best friends become the very best of lovers, with a little bit of suspense and a whole lot of emotion thrown in, pick-up a copy of The Misbehaved! It is a sweet and spicy treat! Final Rating…..4 stars
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