Review: AIN’T MISBEHAVING by Molly Cannon

About the book:

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.

AIN’T MISBEHAVING is a delightful debut romance. Marla Jean has been dumped by her husband for an older woman. Marla Jean spent the last year being sad and mad, but now she’s determined to move on. She doesn’t want anything serious, she just wants to have fun. Jake likes to have fun, but his best friends younger sister is off-limits. But that doesn’t stop him from interrupting no matter who she is with. I really liked this couple. Jake has good intentions and it was fun to watch him fall for Marla Jean. Marla Jean is a great character. Even though her ex-husband cheated on her and dumped her, she is nice to him and the other woman whenever she sees them in town. At one point she even helps the other woman when she’s upset. I liked that she was compassionate, but when Bradley (ex-husband) is rude or hateful to her she stands up for herself. The only thing I didn’t like was how much Bradley and his other woman are part of Marla Jean and Jake’s story. I got sick of seeing them pop up in the story. It did seem authentic to the small town aspect of the story – I just didn’t like the characters.

the book girl gives AIN’T MISBEHAVING a 4/5

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