Ain't Misbehaving - Jennifer Greene
Released November 2010
Ain't Misbehaving is a reissue of one of Jennifer Greene's Berkley romances written under the name Jeanne Grant. Carina Press (a division of Harlequin) reissued the book in an eBook-only format. For those with an eReader, you'll find the asking price of under $4 to be well worth it.
Mitch Cochran spent years overcoming a heart issue as a teen and young adult. Now he gives back by visiting children in the pediatric ward. It's there that he meets Kay Sanders and falls head over heels. Kay's a sex-ed teacher who's been engaged before. Both feel a special connection. The problem is Mitch's health has only just improved. He's not accustomed to relationships and isn't certain that an experienced sex-ed teacher is the best way to start.
Emotionally, Ain't Misbehaving captures the reader from the start. The first few pages show that Mitch will do anything it takes to bring happiness to a child's life. When he reunites the child with his mother, even if they cannot be in the same room, I was tearing up.
I realize this is me being nit-picky, but I had a speakerphone as a teen in the mid- to late-1980s (the book was written in 1985). Given that, a speakerphone could have been used to make sure the young one could talk to his mom regularly to ease his fears and I'm surprised the medical staff didn't think of it.
Romance readers know that the conflict is usually a large part of the romance story. There really is no huge conflict between Mitch and Kay. While Mitch has concerns over being "enough" for a sexually experienced woman, he still wants her. Their romance progresses throughout the novel as they both come to terms with the deep feelings they have towards one another.
Ain't Misbehaving is a satisfying romance. There are no huge surprises along the way. At heart, it's simply a story of how two people meet and try to figure out if it is love or infatuation.