An absentee father. A gambling addicted mother, who seems to show up only when
she needs something—preferably money. Natalea survives her childhood and
teenage years because of her best friend, Drake Harte, and his family. Even
though she’s been in love with Drake for years, she refuses to let her lust
come in the way of their friendship. Life without Drake is not possible and sex
would certainly complicate things.
most eligible bachelor and firefighter in Gamble Park, Florida, but he’s also
known for sexing the ladies and leaving them. Only he knows the reason he can’t
make a commitment to the women throwing themselves at him—he’s in love with his
best friend. It’s time he either goes for it or moves on.
night of passion, an unexpected event occurs that proves to both of them that
life—and love—are too precious.
Or what? Was his firecracker of a best friend challenging him? He may have gotten off his twenty-four-hour shift at the firehouse mere minutes ago, but he was always ready to rumble with Natalea. Her honey-colored eyes gleamed with the familiar twinkle she had every single time they provoked each other. She loved it as much as he did.
He loved everything about her. She was a whole lot wrapped up in a five-foot-three package. She was beautiful—beautiful in a way that wasn’t cover model, but real. Sweet. Caring. Honest. Strong. Stronger than anyone he knew. Her life hadn’t been easy.
He exhaled a laugh before dropping the towel and placing his hands on the bar top. Having spent as much time as he had in The Misbehaved, he knew exactly how much space he had to clear before he’d be on the ground on the other side. He pushed off with his feet on the stool rungs and slammed it to the ground with a bang as he propelled himself over. He landed with a thud on the black rubber floor mat. Heads swiveled in their direction.
Natalea yelped and dropped the towel. She spun on her heels and dashed to get away from him. He swung his arm around her waist and jerked her flush against him. The feel of her softness against the rigid planes of his body made a groan bubble up in his chest. He bit it off.
He hoisted her over his shoulder and wandered out onto the floor. Her lush breasts pressed against him and made his cock twitch to life in his jeans. Her legs flailed in the air, her black work boots thudding against his abdomen. She may have been small, but she was mighty. He’d give her that. As the thought entered his mind, her teeth sank into his lower back muscles through his T-shirt.
“Ow,” he cried, surprised by her bite. “Watch it, baby girl. You know better than to walk this tough-girl path with me. It never ends well for you.”
She grunted and groaned at his words. Several of the male patrons hooted and hollered.
“Nice legs,” one of the guys standing by the pool table shouted. A few whistles followed and Drake realized what the fuss was about. Her already scant jean shorts had ridden up her legs, exposing all of her thighs, maybe more. Despite the crowd being predominantly female, the few males made themselves quite vocal.
A wave of possessiveness flowed over him. He didn’t like that the guys were gawking at her ass poised in the air, and at her tan, muscular legs draped over his shoulder. Legs he’d fantasized about encircling his hips as he buried himself inside her. That fantasy had recurred on numerous occasions over the last decade.
Yes, he pined after his best friend. Had for years. Whenever she was around, he popped a perpetual boner. He also needed to protect her, which pretty much ruined any chance she had for a relationship with anyone else. No one—and he meant no one—was good enough for her.
© Jessica Jayne
As usual, Jessica Jayne does not disappoint with The Misbehaved!
In this story, we meet Drake and Natalea (such a great name!), childhood friends who have remained inseparable into adulthood, and were somehow able to keep their friendship platonic. Neither of them realizing that they both actually wanted more than just friendship with each other. Natalea owns the neighborhood bar, The Misbehaved, which she named in homage of all the notorious female outlaws. Drake is a local firefighter- who all the women swoon over. Let me just say now that I LOVE books where the hero happens to also be a firefighter, so discovering that Drake is an actual hero was definitely a nice surprise.
In the opening scenes, we begin to see the playful nature of Drake and Natalea’s friendship- the way in which she teases him and he toys back with her, was a perfect prelude to what was about to develop between them. I don’t want to ruin anything for the readers, but this was one HOT book! It has all of the elements that I love in a steamy erotic love story. The scenes that were shared between Drake and Natalea left me breathless- they were so descriptive and real. The thing that I love was that it wasn’t just some hot sex shared between two strangers, there was a respect and love between them that really came across in the way that they touched and cared for each other’s needs. Extremely sensual mixed with the perfect amount of dirtiness!
The Misbehaved, also has some really suspenseful scenes involving Natalea’s absentee Mother, Joleen. What transpires pisses me off and actually makes me wish I could reach into the book and slap the “Mom” (I use that title very loosely). Being a Mother myself, and coincidentally reading The Misbehaved on Mother’s Day, caused some serious anger within me towards this woman. You will understand when you read the book, but she is seriously fuc**d up! How a Mother can not only put her daughter in danger- at any age, but bring that danger directly to her daughter’s front door, is absolutely beyond my realm of understanding. What I found so surprising was the way that Natalea still remained concerned for her Mother’s well-being after everything that takes place. I think it truly speaks to her character. Every daughter craves the love of her parents, and even after the life Joleen gave (and didn’t give) Natalea, and all that she puts her through, Natalea still shows sympathy for her. The support that Drake provides to Natalea through this difficult situation also speaks to his character and the adoration that he has for her is clearly evident- both through his actions and his words.
If you’re looking for a sexy read, that also happens to include a hot firefighter, don’t hesitate to pick this one up!
I give The Misbehaved by Jessica Jayne 4.5 Silver Buckles!
Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that
makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to
share all the hot stories floating around in her head.
travel with her husband and children. She’s a huge sports fan, especially
football. She loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s
a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing
is better than sunset at the beach!
three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure!