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Offensive Behavior

(Sidelined #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Everyone is virgin at something

This is the story of a man who’s never done it, and a woman with the experience to teach him how.

Reid McGrath is drunk and intends to stay that way. It’s what a man does when the world he built gets ripped out from under him. He’s staked a claim on the back booth at Lucky’s where he can fixate on a dancer who makes him wish things were differ
Kindle Edition, 1, 346 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by Supervised by Cats
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Coming Soon ☺ nope - it's not ... I could KILL blogger right now!!! It lost my review!
And since it was at least a month ago or more that I read this book - and I'm suffering from Books-Alzheimers - I have no idea what happened in the book and what I wrote :/ I HATE that.... I know the basics of what happened and I know I loved the book - but I just don't remember my thoughts about it - that's why I won't write anything - SO SORRY ABOUT THAT!!!
Please just go to your nearest amazon store and downl
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cr, 4-stars
3.5 Stars

Take away the tags 'exotic dancer', 'CEO/millionaire' and 'virgin hero', and Offensive Behaviour offers a surprisingly interesting story with complex main characters. Obviously, these tags are important as they determine what Zarley (silly name, to be honest) and Reid are at the beginning of the story. But Ainslie Paton adds layers to them, instead of presenting yet another millionaire/billionaire cliche ridden romance. Besides the romance, Offensive Behavior explores topics such as loy
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 Stars

I'm pretty undecided on the final rating - I liked the story, but it's got so many glaring flaws.

- The book could do with some heavy handed editing. It's just too clunky and long for its content , and things got very repetitive.

- A great amount of the pages are taken up by sexy times , which I totally get - a budding relationship with more than a little insta - lust. This is how the protagonists explore and communicate with each other. But the scenes are done in this awkward fade - t
A 2016 and all-time favorite!

Review to come closer to release but this book completely blew me away!!

28 March - My review:

Reid is broody, imposing, a control freak and hardass. For reasons he's also a virgin in his late twenties. At the beginning of this book he is fired as CEO of the IT company he started, also because of reasons. I thought this was an apt description from the author: ~He was a confusing mix of alpha male and raw boy~

Zarley is outspoken, sharp and a free spirit. She's a former
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I saw this had a virgin hero, I grabbed it up. There is something about virgin heroes that suck me in! I can’t help it. Reid is in a bad place in his life – fired as the CEO of the technology firm he built for basically being an asshole, and now he has turned to drinking. At twenty-eight, his life is a mess. He is a control freak, who couldn’t learn to work with others, forcing his work partners to make him resign. Reid now spends his nights drunk at a place called Lucky’s where he can watc ...more
This book started out like a house on fire but the longer it went on (seriously, it never seemed to end) the more my interest waned. I loved the opening. Reid pickling his liver and sulking in a dive bar. Zarley's no-nonsense attitude. But once Reid sobers up and the sex shows up I got bored. It morphs into a Rescue Fantasy (even though Zarley pushes back, "I'm my own person blah blah blah" whatever cupcake) and the separation at the end was super weak (Dear Zarley: It's called being a grown-up. ...more
Eve Dangerfield
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great twist on a classic romance trope. I'm biased because I love a sexy geek but Offensive Behavior was an interesting story with great sexy parts and snappy dialogue aplenty.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, adult, contemporary

Well folks, I think it's safe to admit that I love Ainslie Paton's writing. Offensive Behavior was only my second book from her, but I love the way she crafts her romances. I was chatting with the author on Twitter and basically admitted to my full-blown love affair with grumpy, buttoned-up heroes, when she told me all about her grumpy heroes. Ainslie was kind enough to send this broke college student review copies, so THANK YOU, Ainslie! Anyways, this was the first book I picked up from the one
OMG - hot! Offensive Behavior is the first in a series called Sidelined. I am happy to say the characters I met in this first one will have their stories continued on, because I became really invested in their lives as I read this first one, and I just know they will be treats in store for the future.

I've said this before and I'll say it again. Ainslie Paton writes outstandingly good romance. It is entirely unique, gutsy and different. Don't expect the 'same old, same old' story when you read o
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Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: w-az, c
Story okay but too much sex with weak tension. Author voice might not be for me. Lots of copy errors like missing words and Australian phrases set in San Francisco often pulled me out of the story.
Zarley, once on her way to an Olympic Gold in gymnastics, is now an exotic dancer at not-quite a strip club. She's there to pay her way to a new future, but doesn't know what she wants that future to look like.
When she stumbles across the passed out body of the broken down, drunk stranger who has been in the back booth at the club every night she works, she takes a chance and makes sure he gets home okay.
Turns out this stranger is Reid McGrath, the former CEO of the prestigious tech company Plu
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
There was a good story underneath the many clichés and the meandering way the author took about telling it.  His character was well drawn, his faults laid bare, along with his path to redemption in overcoming them.  She was a bit cardboard initially - some wooden dialogue and uncharacteristic acquiescence, but with some great skeletons of her own in the closet, a strong backstory and a backbone that kept creeping up in-between.  Not a wilting lily towards the end, so I was curious as to how they ...more
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review


Ainslie Paton is the queen of the role reversal. Each and every time I pick up one of her books, I know that there is going to be something different about her story.

And this time, we have a 28 year old male virgin! And not a whimpering, simpering kind of guy. He is - or was - successful in business, but as a person he is brusque, kind of a bully - not at all a people person. I can imagine how easy it would be for him to p!ss people off. But I couldn't help bu
Zarley is a former gymnast turned classy stripper paying her way through school. Reid is a rich, nerd fired from a company he help build. He drinks, broods and watches her dance night after night, never having the nerve to talk to her. A back alley altercation and misunderstanding leads to a breakfast date. She finds out he's a virgin and the bedroom antics begin. Reid was desperate and eager to please Zarley. In between their hot, sexy times they learn about each other and fall in love. Zarley ...more
Talking Books
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Offensive Behavior by Ainslie Paton did not hold back on the surprises, shocks and bluntness of the characters and their actions, which made for an original, likeable read. Reid was a jumbled mess of emotions and such a perfectionist but I liked his character. Zarley from the start was all heart - even begrudgingly so lol. Both headstrong. The two of them together was some great reading. Both characters so vulnerable and both with their own challenges. Complete role reversals for both of them in ...more
Lily Malone
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really, really good. Loved Zarley & Reid.
I can't touch my toes without bending my knees, which made reading about a heroine ex-gymnast pole dancer was a real eye-opener. I'm wildly jealous of what Zarley can do.
And Reid is just gorgeous.
I particularly loved their time in Paris, plus the night of the Plus ball.
I've enjoyed every one of Ainslie's books that I've read and this was no exception. She always writes characters that are just a little bit different and isn't afraid to show their warts. In this book, Reid, the hero, starts off as a somewhat unlikable a**. He's that boss in the tech industry that everyone hates - the tech genius with no people skills and no filter, who bullies his employees when he doesn't think they are working hard or smart enough, and can reduce his subordinates to tears, bu ...more
Pauline Pitman
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Virgin romance with a twist.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was hooked from the first chapter. Reid is an arrogant, volatile control freak who finds it difficult to relate to people. He often just speaks what's on his mind without any filter between his brain and his mouth. He was CEO of the company he founded but has been fired because he has consistently broken their "No asshole" rule. His whole life had been centered around his company, and now he is floundering. With no social life and no
As a virgin male story this was a great read. The story line directly involves him being a virgin and learning sex with a lot of sex scenes. As a romance story this wasn't so great. Reid has a personality that seems to be on the spectrum; think Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. He is super intelligent, doesn't understand people, is super strict in the way he thinks things should be done, is rude to others etc... Problem is people know this about him, even help him get away with it. Then when it is t ...more
Charlotte Clark
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is really a group review for all the books in this series because I zoomed through them all once I found this one. They're really compelling -- from the unusual set up with four founders of a start up all transitioning into new phases of their lives to the emotional complexity of each particular story. All three books have a great sex-positive attitude but this one was probably my favorite: Reid and Zarley are both tough characters to like but together they fit perfectly and make each other ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: geeks-and-nerds
Characters: pole dancer/student/former gymnast, former tech mogul
World Building: gymnastic training, pole work
Plot: largely internal, putting yourself back together after big failures
Sex: hot, but definitely tied to character
Read another: Yes

For once, the story gives a plausible reason why performing on the pole might be a logical choice for the character. The characterization of the geeky guy is very detailed.
DNF. I tried but it just didn't work for me.
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Can I interest you in some crazy sauce?

How about an ex-gymnastic golden-girl pole dancer and a virgin billionaire hero?

Yas Queen

Yes, you read that right, the hero in Offensive Behavior is entirely ‘innocent’ when he first meets the heroine. For a while Zarley, the heroine, has known him as Mr. Back Booth, as that’s where he chooses to sit while she works out her anger on a pole in a not-quite-a-strip-club and calls it exotic dancing. She’s alway
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the book Grease Monkey Jive by this author and really enjoyed it. I’m not quite sure what happened as that was a while ago and I hadn’t read anything since until this one happened onto my radar the other day. And now I have to fix that as I equally enjoyed this book. What I love about her books, and I now have several more waiting is she writes unusual love stories. And in this one Zarley works at a strip club and Reid is a regular client who watches her. By the sounds of it, one would th ...more
Late To Romance
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one, enjoyed the left of centre characters, the knowing, funny voice of the author. It is quite erotic, but also effectively charts a relationship from lust to love.
Virgin heroes seem to be a bit of a thing at the moment - in the books I’ve read with this theme the men are grateful for the heroine’s experience and sensitivity- have to say I like the trend.
Reid was a great hero- he can’t believe his luck that Zarley has chosen him- he is a virgin not just in terms of sex but
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

In anticipation of Ainslie Paton's January 19th release of Shotgun Wedding, which continues the story of the three couples in the Sidelined series, I went back to Sidelined 1: Offensive Behavior. This is where we meet the incredibly obnoxious [but gorgeous] Reid and his business partners who have their own stories in Sidelined 2 and 3.

Paton has a knack for picking characters that no one else would think of giving a starring role in a novel. That ex-boss of yours who got angry and kicked the copi
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ebook
Why I read it: I was provided with a copy by the author.

Disclosure: I’m friendly with the author on Twitter. We talk often. I know she’s a super cool person who won’t get bent out of shape if I don’t like a book she writes and I feel comfortable that I can say what I think without it being awkward. So I’m reviewing this one. As always, readers get to decide if my opinion is helpful to them.

What worked for me (and what didn’t): Reid McGrath is the weird loner guy who starts a multi-million dollar
Elisabeth Lane
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm always a sucker for a virgin hero and Reid is a good one. The heroine, Zarley, is a former gymnast turned exotic dancer. Both are at career crossroads, Reid having been fired from his lucrative tech start-up and Zarley finishing school and plotting her next move. The time isn't really right for a relationship for either of them and they both have a lot of growing to do. The title refers to the fact that Reid is kind of an intense guy and he's very hard on the people around him, which is why ...more
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
Ehhh. I liked Reid and his story line but I wasn't too crazy about Zarley. For one, her name irritated the crap out of me. I know that's silly but hey, it distracted me throughout the entire book, which took away some of my overall enjoyment. Secondly, I didn't really like her much- she was so hung up on being independent and not wanting any help from Reid and yeah, I get where she's coming from but it just sort of annoyed me how much she stressed not even wanting gifts from him. But I guess it ...more
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Ainslie Paton always wanted to write stories to make people smile, but the need to eat, accumulate books, and have bedclothes to read under was ever present. She sold out, and worked as a flack, a suit, and a creative, ghosting for business leaders, rabble-rousers, and politicians, and making words happen for companies, governments, causes, conditions, high-profile CEOs, low-profile celebs, and th ...more

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