On Best Behavior (Conduct #3) by Jennifer Lane
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Planning a wedding is never easy—especially when the Russian Mafia wants you dead.
On Best Behavior—the third and final book in The Conduct Series—finds our favorite couple moving forward, despite the odds. Following a pardon by the Governor of Illinois, ex-cons Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen are finally free to pursue their love and the life that lies ahead for them.
Grant now fights the forces that have hurt his loved ones by working undercover for the FBI, and he has infiltrated the Russian Mafia in Chicago. Sophie dives into swimming with Grant’s nephew, Ben, and into her career as a psychology professor. Thankfully, now it’s Ben’s turn to heal through therapy sessions with Dr. Hunter Hayes.
With so many things going right for Grant and Sophie, it's too bad the Russians aren’t their only threat. When Grant’s father, Enzo Barberi, discovers his own son thwarted his plan to break out of prison, his overdeveloped sense of vengeance flares to life. As Sophie scrambles to save her fiancé, it's impossible to say who will kill Grant first—the Russians or his Italian family. Can love triumph over evil? Are hard work and a pledge to be on best behavior ever enough?
Once again, author Jennifer Lane brings a harrowing tale of romantic suspense with a psychological twist, and it's sure to leave readers breathless.
This one is sad...do you think it will work? It's Grant's newphew in a therapy session. Ben is a super sweetie, but got into some trouble earlier:
“Yeah, Great Uncle Joe. He caught me smoking pot at Angelo’s and he took it from me.”
Dr. Hunter nodded. “But he doesn’t know about you selling X.”
“Nobody knows.” He looked down. “Except for my dad. And he’s just bones in the ground now.”
Dr. Hunter waited a beat. “I think he’s more than that.”
Ben felt dread tighten his throat.
“Are you sure your dad’s not the reason you stopped selling drugs? Seems to me he came to see you at just the right time. He was worried about you. He risked getting arrested to talk to you.”
When Ben’s hand curled into a fist, Dr. Hunter added, “I know you’re angry he got himself in that situation—running from the police. I’d be angry too. But he tried to do right by you that day. He didn’t want you going down the same road he did. He tried to protect you, like a good father should, before he died. That was his birthday gift to you.”
Ben couldn’t help it; an angry tear slipped down his face.
“You really miss him.”
“I—I—I never g-g-got to know h-h-him.” He focused on controlling his breathing for a moment.
Dr. Hunter exhaled. “That was his tremendous loss, and I bet his biggest regret. He wasn’t there for you.”
He tried to collect himself. He blew out a breath.
“Do you ever feel like your dad might be with you now? Looking over you somehow?”
“I wonder if your dad confronting you about going to Aaron’s house is somehow related to you telling me about selling drugs. He was worried about you, and deep down you knew it wasn’t right. You’re trying to make it right by telling me now.”
People fascinate the psychologist/author (psycho author) known as Jennifer Lane. Her therapy clients talk to her all day long about their dreams and secrets, and her characters tell her their stories at night. Jen delights in peeling away the layers to scrutinize their psyches and emotions. But please rest assured, dear reader, she isn’t psychoanalyzing you right now. She’s already got too many voices in her head!
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is the author of The Conduct Series—-romantic suspense for adult readers—-and recently completed the third and final installment: On Best Behavior. Streamline is her first foray into writing for young and new adults, but she’s found this sort of writing even more fun. A former college swimmer, Jen was able to put a lot of her own experiences into this book.
Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and hanging out with her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.
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