Title: Ain't Misbehaving
Author: Molly Cannon
My Rating: B
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Marla Jean and Jake
Release Date: June 2012
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Sometimes even good girls need to be a little bad . . .
Marla Jean Bandy might be down, but she's not out. Even though her no-good ex-husband left her for another woman-a Bookmobile-driving librarian twenty years her senior-Marla Jean won't settle for another lonely night. She's not ready for Mr. Right, but why not have a little fun with Mr. Right Now? The only wrench in her plan is her childhood crush, Jake-and the memory of the one toe-curling kiss they shared on a hot summer night years ago . . .
One look at Marla Jean is enough to make any red-blooded man sit up and take notice-especially the kind of man nice girls should avoid. Jake knows he should let her make her own mistakes, but he owes it to her brother to look after her. Trouble is, the harder he tries to do the right thing, the harder it is to resist Marla Jean. She needs a man to make her believe love will last, and for once in his life, Jake wonders if that could be him.
Marla Jean is tired of staying home and feeling sorry for herself after her high school sweetheart and husband of 6 years suddenly fell in love with the 50 something town librarian. In this small town, it's hard to escape that humiliation, but Marla Jean is determined. That and she wants to have sex again. She's not looking for anything deep. She had deep and look at what that got her. At this point, she just wants to have a good time.
But standing in her way is Jake, her brother's best friend and the guy that he left in charge to "watch over her". Unfortunately, he's taking that job way to seriously which is making waves with her renewed possibility of a sex life. Plus, as the one guy who's always been the object of her teenage crush, he's making unwanted waves with her heart too.
For Jake, he never plans to be "that guy" for any girl, although if anyone could tempt him, it would be Marla Jean. His parents had a really awful marriage and he knows how badly his mother was hurt because of that. He never wants to subject another woman to that type of pain. As a result, he's resolved himself to a life of meaningless affairs.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable small town contemporary romance. I'd highly recommend you add it to your summer reading if you enjoy contemporary reading. There are lots of small-town quirks in this one and a slew of fun characters. I really liked both Jake and Marla Jean. They were a fun couple even if they were pretty stubborn about the ability for their romance to survive.
I definitely will be reading more of Molly's books and cannot wait for Donny Joe's book, Pillow Talk.