Review | Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review | Misconduct by Penelope DouglasMisconduct by Penelope Douglas
Published by NAL
Release date : December 1st, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Source: Gifted | Format: eBook
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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…

My thoughts

First thought after finishing

*Tosses kindle.*

Misconduct came highly recommend to me from one of my blogger friends – here’s lookin at you Kim– and just the taboo aspect alone had me adding this to my TBR. I was beyond excited when it popped up on my kindle as a Christmas gift. (Thanks, Jess!) Sadly, as much as I was hoping to love this one, I just could not. The more I think about it, the angrier and more annoyed I get.

Honestly, the taboo aspect was by far the only part of Misconduct I really liked. There was a 12 year age different between the two characters and Easton was one of Christian’s teachers, which happened to be Tyler’s son. It adds an extra oomph to the story and makes all the scenes hotter.

And some scenes, were hot.

Easton was a hard character to like at times. She is smart, witty and I understand and related to her insecurities and need for control. But I felt like her brazenness was an act, and I could never take it, or her, seriously. Granted, I understand the need to keep people are arms length but… I don’t know. I didn’t buy it.. As for Tyler, well.

Straight to the point – he was a dick. I am this close *pinches thump and forefinger* to stating I hated him. I KNOW he is trying to redeem himself when it comes to the mistakes he made with his son, but again, didn’t buy it. The alpha male persona was a major turn off. There was one scene in particular that had me raging View Spoiler »

I also really, really disliked the sheer lack of seriousness with regards to her OCD. It was mocked throughout the entire book and coming from someone who has an up close and personal relationship with it, it was insulting. This isn’t a curable condition, and it’s especially not curable with a fucking dick. Yes, one can feel safe by being around another, but those “little quirks” do NOT go away.

The resolution was sub par, and convenient, I might add. The little added “mystery” part to the story line was in my opinion, ridiculous and not needed in the slightest, especially because again, convenient. This whole book felt under developed. And fucking mocking.

Will I read more from Ms. Douglas? I can’t answer that. But I know for sure Misconduct is a very difficult one for me to recommend at this point.



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

6 responses to “Review | Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

  1. Nick

    I’ve had hit or miss luck with her books to be honest and I was a bit wary of this one. I think I’m definitely staying away even though the sexy times were hot because the guy sounds like a supreme jackass. That spoiler made me ragey too! Actually, I can’t say I’m surprised, because in her other NA book there was something similar too. This author seems to like a bit of violence with her sex which works for some people but not for me.
    Sorry this wasn’t that great but thanks for taking one for the team! 🙂
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    • tonyalee

      Yeah, I am hesitant to read any others, especially since you said it’s a trend of hers. Many others loved this one, so maybe it was just me? Either way, I was raging. I even read some of it to my husband and he was appalled.

  2. Trish Between My Lines

    I had to click on the spoiler and that would make me see red too. It’s the kind of behaviour that’s inexcusable and I really hate to see it used in romance scenes. I think it’s meant to show how much he loves her and how he loses control around her but it’s such a bad message. It’s not hot, it’s not cool, it’s forceful and that is not right.
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  3. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    I’m with Jess. I’m sad you didn’t like this one, especially after I recc’d it so hard. I looked past the spoiler part, even if it did raise a bit of a red flag for me it wasn’t enough to make me truly upset. But, I can understand why people would get upset about it. If this one didn’t work for you, then you might want to stay away from her other books. :-/
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