Friday, December 4, 2015

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

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…


     I love Penelope Douglas's Fall Away series so I was already interested in Misconduct before it even came out. Based on the blurb, you already know basically the entire story, which in itself isn't a new concept that hasn't been seen before. Despite the standard plot, there was something different about how it was written which definitely distinctive.

    This book was difficult to rate because I couldn't figure out if I liked it or not since there was so much intricacy in the story. While there was a lot of passion, angst, and raw emotion, there weren't a lot of sweet and romantic scenes because the book is so high paced. Everything happened efficiently right after another without little breaks for cuddling or just idling.

     In my opinion, one of the strongest aspects of this book were the characters, Easton is particular. She had a past that obviously affected her in the present, but that past was presented as a little more of a side note. The author brought in little mentions or it, but overall I didn't really get an impression that it was super important, which I don't think was the author's intention. Additionally, I thought it was interesting how Easton was both a fiercely independent character and a character who leaned on people, but never at the same time. She definitely very complex and mixed with Tyler, the story was electrified with their chemistry.

     I do wish the "plot twist" just hadn't happened because it didn't flow well with the story and it felt like Penelope Douglas forget that she had introduced that conflict and just needed to end it. And especially since we never found out what happens to Jack in the epilogue, the whole thing seemed like an unnecessary filler to add more drama.

     Overall, I wouldn't say this is a favorite or that it came close to the Fall Away series in any way, but it was different and interesting and I don't regret reading it.