Two Minute Review: Misbehaving by Abbi Glines

Monday, October 26, 2015
Title: Misbehaving
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Series: Sea Breeze #6
Pages: 352
Published: December 17, 2013
Source: Borrowed Library
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

An unexpected affair leads to mind-blowing harmony in this Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Jason is sick of living in his rock star brother’s shadow. So when he ships off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he’s looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow off some envious steam. Falling for the local bad girl was definitely not the plan. But as the new duo enjoys some naughty fun in the Alabama sun, Jason learns that even though Jax is the musician in the family, he’s not the only brother who can rock someone’s world.

Jason Stone is the "normal" brother of world famous rock star, Jax Stone. Since we're introduced to Jason getaway-driving a Porsche down Alabama back-roads, normal is a pretty subjective term. Jess, having just pulled a Carrie Underwood on her ex's truck, would be the one in need of that getaway.

Misbehaving is "New Adult" in the loosest sense of the word. Neither character even mentions school until the book is half over. Jason is more suited to a board room than Harvard. Jess' desire to finish school and be a seamstress are picked up and dropped at random. Nothing separates this story from any other billionaire romance except a brief mention of a cotillion. (Is Jo 15? Who's still being presented at cotillions at 20?)

While this book was pubbed after Glines signed with S&S, I still found it to read indy with several missing words, wrong homonyms, and general lack of editing. References to other books in the series were shoehorned in, and the time skips left the plot feeling unfinished.

Despite the predictable plot, a "bad girl" who confuses naughtiness with felonies, and a way overbearing hero, I did like parts of the story. Sexy parts. Particularly pool sexy parts. (Though the sex scenes did get repetitive. Grinding, finger-bang, missionary, girl-on-top, done. Like five times. Oral. Have you heard of it?)
When picking a NA book for a challenge, I didn't particularly mean to start in the middle of a nine book series. But then, since I don't think I'll be continuing on, it's no great loss.

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