Ain’t Misbehaving

Ain't MisbehavingBy Jennifer Greene

Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: November 15, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley

Mitch Cochran had been kept from enjoying life to its fullest, but he’s now ready for all love has to offer. He wants much more than just a casual encounter, though. He’s looking for love, and Kay Sanders is the real thing. But when he learns she’s a sex ed teacher, Mitch worries that he’ll be unable to live up to the expectations of this very passionate woman.

Kay can tell Mitch is hiding something, and the less he volunteers about his past, the more intrigued she becomes. Despite kisses that could tempt Kay to go against her own rule of no sex without commitment, Mitch ends each date like the perfect gentleman. Kay soon realizes that if she wants to move their budding relationship to the next level, she’s going to have to take matters into her own hands…

Goodreads Summary

This is one of four of the recently re-released books from Greene’s back list when she was writing as Jeanne Grant (there are a planned fifteen over the course of seven months).  I’m taking a wild stab in the dark – okay, not really that wild– and guessing that out of a back list that large from roughly twenty-plus years ago, there are bound to be at least a few that don’t really stand up to the test of time.  Unfortunately for me, this was one of them.

That’s not to say that this isn’t a nice story.  It’s nice.  But that’s it.  It’s only…nice.

Mitch Cochran is the kind of guy every mom wants for her daughter: he’s handsome, has a nice house and a good job, he spends time at the hospital with sick kids, he has a loving family and he’s a real gentleman.  He also has some issues brewing under the surface.  When he was a teenager, he fell ill and underwent several dangerous operations that continued into his young adulthood.  As a result, he missed out on just about everything a normal guy would (eyebrows waggling).  He’s attracted to Kay in a big way, but worried that with her past and her job that he won’t measure up in bed.

Kay Sanders is the kind of woman every mom wants for her son: she pretty, has a nice house, a good job as a teacher, spends time at the hospital with sick kids, has a loving family and is a real lady.  She’s also been engaged a couple of times, dates a lot (even though they typically don’t go anywhere) and her house has turned into the local hot spot where everyone congregates because she’s such a nice person.  Oh, and she teaches sex ed.  She has no idea what Mitch’s issue is or why he keeps dropping her off at the door with nothing more than a kiss after weeks of dating.

My problem was never with the characters; Greene has a good ear for them (I’ve read the other releases).  They really are engaging and their personal interaction is romantic at both the sweet and passionate ends.  But the story is just cotton candy and really just airy cotton candy at that.  There was just no conflict at all anywhere; it wasn’t about Mitch overcoming his personal issue.  It was a given that he would.  But there was just nothing else, nothing but these two very, very nice people having a very, very nice relationship with some moments of very, very nice passion and working things out in a very civilized manner for the most part.

It was all very nice.  And all a little dull.

My Rating: C+

Barbara

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