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Review: Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

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   by: Penelope Douglas

Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 368 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fall Away series who never fails to deliver a “powerfully written contemporary love story…”

Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

So, can I just say this book is pretty much every single teacher's fantasy? As a teacher myself, I sure as heck wouldn't mind a man like Tyler Marek storming into my classroom and turning my life upside down! Having loved Penelope Douglas's Fall Away series, I was so excited to start a new book by her! Misconduct is sexy and fun and I loved the forbidden nature of it as well.
Easton and Tyler's chemistry is off the charts hot. It can also be quite volatile at times, as the two are at complete odds over how much social media Easton incorporates into her lesson plans. Tyler doesn't think it's appropriate for his son to be using so much social media during school hours. I really enjoyed seeing this warring dynamic between the two and we really see their age difference here. At 23, Easton knows the only way to engage her students is to make things relatable to their lives and in such a 'screen age', the only way to do that is by incorporating technology into her plans. Tyler, at 35, does not agree with her methodology, but I love how Easton stands her ground against the formidable politician-to-be.
Both Easton and Tyler are used to be in control, so to see them unravel one another was a lot of fun and made for some very sexy times. There was one scene around 73% that I didn't much care for and I wish Douglas had used a different way of showing dominance. I understand Easton is afraid of her feelings for Tyler but the mind games were just not cool because he never did anything to make her believe that he wasn't all in. Aside from that one scene, I really loved this book. You know Easton and Tyler are playing with fire and are going to get burned, but at the same time you can't help but root for them. The sneaking around, the sexy rendezvous, the knowing they could get caught at any moment.... It's seriously hot. Tyler is in the running to be a future senator, so any hint of a scandal could seriously jeopardize his chances of winning.
While this book is oh-so-sexy, it does take a bit to establish a connection between Tyler and Easton. Easton has things in her past that still haunt her today and Tyler is torn between his desire for this woman and doing what's right by his kid- and being a real father for the first time. There is a lot of animosity between Tyler and Christian, as Christian never felt his father cared, when really Tyler didn't know how to insert himself into Christian's life. People do what they know, as Tyler has always known hard work and success. However, once Easton and Tyler start opening up to one another and they start to realize that maybe they can have the other in their lives, it's really perfect.
I cannot wait for what Douglas does next. I am addicted to her writing style and her complicated, but endearing characters. She knows how to bring the steam and the emotion that goes into her characters' relationships is spot-on!

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  1. I'm glad this was a winner for you, Jess! I'm a little on fence about this one because her books are a hit or miss for me, but I love the sound of the chemistry. I need to know what happens at the 75% mark though now!
    Lovely review!

  2. That is a really big age difference. Sometimes I get really uncomfortable with such big age differences between the heroine and hero. I'm curious about what mind games were being played. In general I hate mind games in romances.

    I am glad you enjoyed this, though, and thanks for the review.

  3. This one sounds so fantastic so I am really glad to hear you enjoyed it! I seriously need to get going with this author! Great review!

  4. This book was so flipping good. I can't wait to see what Penelope gives us next either! Great review, lady!


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