Sunday, June 24, 2012
Review: Ain't Misbehaving
Author: Molly Cannon
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2012
File Size/Pages: 531 KB/374 pgs
Challenge(s): Summer Challenge
My Rating: 3/5
Summary: 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.
Review: I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, and honestly, I think this was an okay book. Marla Jean Bandy, the main character, is recovering from her recent divorce from her ex-husband, Bradley, who left her for a librarian, Libby, who is 54-years-old. Then, there's Abel Jacobson (Jake), her brother's best friend, and he always seems to play her Knight in shining armor. At times, I thought the book moved kind of slow and took awhile to get into the action, but when it did get to the good stuff, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Marla Jean is a unique woman; she wants everyone to stop feeling sorry for her and the divorce, but she's entitled to feel sorry for herself, and that's what it felt like throughout the first part of the novel. My most favorite part of this book were the relationships that Cannon established; for example, Marla and Lincoln (her brother), Marla and Dinah (her sister-in-law), and even Marla and Jake. I also loved how the divorce seemed realistic in this book; I like how she had Bradley "worried" about who Marla Jean was hanging out with. To me, the book was slow at times, but overall, I thought it was a cute book and I really enjoyed its outcome.