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With Good Behavior

(Conduct #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  547 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Re-Release in 2017! We have re-edited With Good Behavior (Conduct #1), book one of a complete romantic suspense trilogy.

In the midst of organized crime and dim hopes of redemption, can love persevere? For Sophie Taylor, a psychologist who lost everything when she violated an ethical boundary, and Grant Madsen, a naval officer who sacrificed himself to protect his uncle, fi
Paperback, 223 pages
Published August 14th 2017 by Omnific Publishing (first published July 13th 2010)
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Alisha Marie
In the full interest of disclosure, I'm going to say this: I am so not a romance fan. The only way I even remotely get into romance is if it's Chick-Lit, Young-Adult, or fanfiction. But most of the time, I stay away from the actual entitled "romance" books. However, I used to lurk in fanfiction circles and that's how I learned about With Good Behavior and decided to try to win it on First Reads. Luckily for me, I did because it absolutely did not disappoint.

First things first: I loved Grant. Yes
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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My Thoughts

I was contacted by Omnific Publishing to review Jennifer Lane’s debut novel, With Good Behavior. Once I read that she’s a psychologist, I knew I had to read the book because she would likely apply her knowledge throughout. I am a budding social worker, and just took Psychopathology, so I definitely wanted to find out what she had to say.

With Good Behavior is not my typical read, but I enjoyed the brea
Bookfunatic (Tessa)
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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There are many “romance” books out there that give love a bad (superficial) name. Others are beautiful. This book is beautiful.

The main characters:
Grant and Sophie are intelligent, well-educated people with budding careers and good intentions. But they have failings like the rest of us, arising mainly from their upbringing and relationship with their families. This has landed them in BIG trouble and the book begins as they start to rebuild their lives after the shame/disgrace of incarceration.
Amy Russell
I love this story! Jennifer is an amazing author and I look forward to reading MANY more stories from her!
4.5 stars! With Good Behavior is an extremely well written engaging book. It has one of the sweetest heroes I’ve ever encountered, Grant Madsen. He’s honorable, charming, emotional, and so sexy. He meets the delightful Sophie while visiting his parole officer. She’s a complete stranger to him and yet he offers her comfort in his arms. He had me at that first hug. As the two of them get to know one another, they tell each other about the circumstances and betrayal that sent them to prison, and yo ...more
With Good Behavior is an exceptional novel, written by an author who has a refreshing writing style and way of storytelling.

The story is centred around two parolees, Grant Madsen and Sophie Taylor, whom fate literally pushes together. Initially, they embark on a budding romance. Unbeknownst to them, however, hangs a terrible truth that could jeopardise everything – including their very lives!

Each character in this novel is an authentic human being – a product of their history. The plot is brill
Nora Coast
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was an outstanding story. It caught my attention from the moment it started and wouldn't let it go. And from the instant the two main characters meet, their connection is electric.

There is something about two such honest, wonderful people finding themselves in a position they never imagined themselves being in, and discovering love and themselves in the aftermath that is so enticing. The connection is immediate, and I never wanted to see them apart.

The characterization is fantastic, right
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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There's something unique about this book. I think it's the characters: they're rich / real (and I'm not just talking about the main couple!) I liked the multi-layered characters, the tension that builds as you learn more and more about how the main characters are connected (whilst they remain ignorant!), the odd bits of humor and the nailbiting action at the end. I'll definitely be reading the sequel - and any other book that this author releases. ...more
Kasi Alexander
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very well-written story with lots of action, plot twists and interesting characters. The backdrop of Chicago is blended into the book very nicely, and the subplots work well together too. It's a compelling read, especially for the psychological insights. ...more
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
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3½ stars

Why I Read this Book: I had recently become obsessed with the TV show Prison Break. I mentioned this in one of my monthly wrap-up posts and Ash (from Smash Attack Reads) left a comment letting me know that Grant Madsen, the male lead in With Good Behavior, was modeled after the Michael Scofield character from Prison Break. Color me intrigued when I learned that little bit of information. And so I simply had to read With Good Behavior.

What I Liked: With Good
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I did a lot of swooning while reading With Good Behavior.

Grant Madsen and Sophie Taylor meet in an unconventional way, but as soon as they do, sparks fly. They are drawn to one another instantly. Grant and Sophie both found themselves in legal trouble due to someone elses conniving ways.

Grant is ex-military and is struggling with the downfall of his career and his family history.

Sophie, a promising psychologist loses
Paige  Bookdragon
Here's what I think.

At first it was kinda dragging for me.
But after that?


And Logan? I hate him at first, but when I get to know him more, my opinion about him changed.

And then he died..


By the way, thank you for that Miss Jennifer Lane. I wasted a pack of tissue because of the family drama...

Oh, and Grant ?


Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This was an emotionally intense book that was equal parts mafia suspense and romance. It had a nice amount of "steam" and the romance started off slowly and made sense. There were parts of the story that were very dark and I honestly had to stop a few times in order to get through those scenes.

Jennifer Lane is a terrific writer and I look forward to reading "Bad Behavior". :)
Gwynn Harrison
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a tangled web we weave....and what a great read to see the web as it tangles. Loved this book, spent 3 nights in a row staying up entirely too late to finish (but of course that is the greatest mark of a good book, in my opinion!)
Lisa Sanchez
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it

First off, can I just say how much I love the cover? Very eye-catching. When I first saw it, I immediately wanted to know why the military dude is in cuffs. Good stuff!

Sofie Taylor is a psychologist. She's smart, beautiful, has a huge heart and cares deeply about her work and her patients. In fact, she cares so deeply, she winds up falling for one: Logan Barberi, aka, Bad Mafia Dude. I won't post all the juicy tidbits here, but after an unfortunate series of events, Sofie ends up serving time in
Megan (magan bagan)
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
When I first heard that this lovely lady was having her book published, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of it. Then, when I learned that it would be a little romance, mixed with mystery and organized crime, I knew that I would absolutely love it... and I was right.

In her debut novel, Jennifer Lane takes on a journey with her main characters Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen. They first meet outside of their parole officers office after being released from prison. Each has a story to tell
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The

Expected Release Date: July 13, 2010
Publisher: Omnilit Publishing
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, CONduct Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Overall, despite its flaws, this book was highly entertaining. With romance, family drama, the struggle to reintegrate with society after spenigng time b
I really loved this story. From the moment Sophie and Grant met outside their parole officers door, I was hooked. I wanted to find out why they were both arrested and put in jail to what would happen between the two of them with so much fighting against them. They both have their own demons that they have to deal with, Grant more so than Sophie.

Grant comes from a mafia family. All his life he's been fighting to stay as far away from them as possible but they keep popping up and threatening those
Lisette Brodey
This was my first book ever in the romantic suspense genre. I’m definitely not a fan of the romance genre by itself, but this book reeled me in from page one. Very briefly, the story is about two ex-cons, Grant Madsen and Sophie Taylor, both who have just been released from prison and neither who really deserved to be there. They meet outside their mutual parole officer’s door and the story begins. They’re flawed, likeable, endearing and immediately attracted to one another. And they have a majo ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I’m not all too familiar with the Romantic Suspense genre, but the synopsis of this book piqued my interest and I thought I’d give it a try. I discovered an engaging story about two central characters, Grant and Sophie, who are each struggling to carve out a future whilst running from their past …. or is it really in the past?!
Deep down, Grant and Sophie are the perfect fit – and it was agonizing knowing the disaster looming up quietly behind them! (no spoilers!!)

The book is rich in human psych
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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This book was a breath of fresh air! I instantly felt for both Grant and Sophie, two soulful individuals, unjustly caught up in awful circumstances, trying to redeem themselves / get their lives back. I loved their romance as well as the shocking back story that inevitably blew up their present.

An unexpected plus were the thought-provoking insights into why Grant and Sophie got into that mess (prison/parole) and how they, as individuals and together, need to change their ways of thinking so tha
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Our pasts form part of who we are ~ Can we break free; choose to be different?

With Good Behavior is a genuine love story with authentic people in frighteningly realistic situations. I fell in love with both Grant and Sophie as they navigated their fledgling relationship: the giggles, the spats, the all-too-familiar fears. Meantime, quietly in the background, the danger draws near…..

For those of you who love stories about REAL people with an edge of excitement, this book is for you!
Emily Fisher
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I’m still reeling from the action-packed plot as you approach the end of this book!!

What an incredible ensemble of multifaceted characters. An honest reminder of the huge role that family plays in our lives (whether we want them to or not!) Also, of the important role of people with whom we CHOOSE to share our lives: friends, mentors, romantic partners. It’s so true that “no man is an island”.

This book has some humour, some heartbreak, and a lot of love. The star-crossed lovers in particular g
Josh A.
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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A brilliant breakout novel by an author I'll definitely be keeping my eye on. The two main characters embark on a romance and I was relieved to find that there wasn't a corny/sappy moment in sight! The intricate characters drew me in and I felt strongly about all of them, which for me is a sign of an excellent novel. The storyline is unique (rare!) and it kept my interest piqued the whole way through. Poignant, joyful, raw, funny, darn exciting/nervewracking - this novel had it all! One for the ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A novel about two parolees who fall in love? Genius! Want to add a mafia family and an architectural tour cruise? Super Genius! I found this book by accident. I saw the cover when I was looking up another book and immediately clicked on it (I don't even remember WHAT the other book was). I was laughing out loud while reading through the adventures of Grant and Sophie. The writing was superb, the characters were multi-dimensional, the story was amazing. I can not, CAN NOT recommend this book more ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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With Good Behavior is a romance-lover's dream! Two incredible characters; potentially overwhelming obstacles that are initially concealed. I was enchanted by their whole world, including the lovable or terrifying characters either uplifting or trying to destroy them. ...more
Debra Anastasia
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sophie and Grant make for a surprising, wonderful romance novel. Your summer reading list should include this two book series. It is fantastic! Jennifer Lane gives you a gripping, suspenseful love story in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Treat yourself to Jennifer's whole collection. ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Grant just captured my heart from the beginning, he's an amazing character. Sophie was great, for once, the main female didn't drive me completely crazy. So many twists and turns and just great characters. I can't wait to read Bad Behavior! ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A great story set perfectly in my favourite city.
Ren Puspita
This copy is provided by the author
Review will be also posted at S,E,R's Awesomness

4,5 stars!

When I re-read this book again (to write a good review *blush*), I remember some lines from "Dark Shadows" movie that I'd watch weeks ago. The lines said by Barnabas Collins, and if remember well, this is what he said :

"Blood is what made us. Bind us. Curse us"

In "With Good Behavior", its his family that made, bind and curse Grant Madsen's life. Okay, With Good Behavior, or WGB is not paranormal roma
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