Published: August 14th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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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.
Tall, blonde and beautiful, Jess knows all too well the dark and ugly side of relationships. Having fun is one thing, but anything more is out of the question.
But the more time they spend together, the more they realise that when it comes to love, sometimes you don't have a choice ...
Misbehaving is Jason’s story, and I was really excited to get to know his story after meeting him in Just For Now. I had fairly high expectations going in, because I thought that the ideas that Glines plays with in her books were going to be turned upside-down in this one.
I’m pretty sure that when we met Jason Stone he was pitched as a Good Boy – to stand in opposition to the many, many Bad Boys that populate Sea Breeze. So I was very surprised to get inside his head and find he’s basically the same as the other guys, he just seems nice because he has money and manners. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I didn’t like him – I just thought Misbehaving was going to the story of a rich-and-basically-good-guy meeting a hard-done-by-bad-girl.
I’m not entirely disappointed by my inability to pigeonhole these characters: it’s actually very refreshing. Everyone in Sea Breeze is very quick to categorise and then write off both Jason and Jess, and it was very cool to see them get together and basically take on their very different worlds.
We’ve seen Jess before. We’ve met her as she’s hit on, danced with, and sometimes been inappropriate with the leading lads of the other Sea Breeze books. We’ve been lead to believe we have her number. And of course, like with the Bad Boys, once we get to know her we realise she isn’t horrible and has her own stuff to deal with.
However, there is a scene where Jess apologised to Eva and Willow for her past behaviour and it annoyed me because it played into that horrible stereotype of girls never being able to forgive or get along with each other. Eva and Willow are both married and have kids with those men now, they don’t have anything to fear from Jess and they certainly didn’t need an apology. As nice as it was for Jess to make the gesture, the situation made me see red.
My other quibble is with Jason. He talks about himself like he’s soo0o0o understanding – Amanda loved Preston and he had to let her go – but then when he’s with Jess he’s just as much of a possessive cave-man as the rest of the men are about their girlfriends and wives. Every single man in this series thinks of women as a thing to posses, and I expected Jason not to be like that because of how nice he claimed he was (and he did seem nice). But there he was, shaking with anger because Jess danced with someone else when he took her to a party with strangers and abandoned her.
I’ve given up expecting Abbi Glines to surprise me with her books. I think I enjoy them a lot more if I just accept that I’ll be able to guess everything that happens, and just enjoy the experience. On one hand, I feel like I’ve read this story six times over, and there was really nothing new. On the other hand, it was a nice escape and it’s good to read something light and fun. It did get serious in the end, like all the other Sea Breeze books, but it ended sweetly.
Dewayne and Krit make regular appearances in this book, setting up the future books with them as leads. This was cool because they have both been enigmas throughout the series, and I am looking forward to reading Bad For You (starring Krit, who’s probably really f*cked up from what happened to him in this book).
I enjoyed reading Misbehaving and am looking forward to continuing the series, but there’s no getting around the fact that these books are starting to feel very samey.Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.