Here’s our third and final installment in the Radleigh University series! Big thanks to our amazing guest blogger Amanda of Browneyedtwentysomething.com. If you’re new to this sexy series, start with book one, Last Will and Testament.
Coming out stories always resonate with me when they are written well, and this one is no exception. Plus, it’s sexy as hell.
Frankie Bellisario feels like her friends have betrayed her. The three of them—Lizzie, Cait, and Frankie—used to go to parties and go home with random boys. Or, in Frankie’s case, sometimes sexy girls. They had fun. Now her two best friends are in serious relationships, and Frankie is trying to have fun on her own. The problem is that Cait’s new roommate has been giving off vibes, and even though Cait has warned her, Frankie can’t stay away.
The problem is…
Frankie doesn’t do relationships. She’s always been a happy-go-lucky pansexual freebird. But Samara Kazarian, lover of YA books and roommate of Cait, only wants Frankie. She wants a relationship. She wants all of the wonderful things that she has read about in her books.
There are more problems?
Samara isn’t exactly… out. Hailing from a conservative town in South Carolina—where her dad is the mayor—she has understood her own sexuality for a while but hasn’t acted on it until she met Frankie. Samara is not only closeted, but she’s a virgin. And Frankie isn’t sure she’s ready for that.
While this is definitely not the first book I’ve read with gay characters, it’s the first with lots of gay sexy-times, and I don’t hate it. In fact, I kind of love it. It was heartbreaking to read Samara’s struggle with coming out to her conservative family, too, and I know that’s a real issue that people feel all the time. My only disappointment in this book is that it had the same pacing as the first two, with one major difference—we met Samara at the beginning of the second Radleigh University book (Right of First Refusal), so the pacing at the beginning dragged. I wanted to hop right into the story, but Samara was introduced like she was a brand new character. I know Dahlia Adler has said that she wanted each of the books to stand alone, so if you were only going to read this one, the pacing is great. But for people who have read all three, it was slow enough to pull me out of the story at times.
Out on Good Behavior gets a solid B+. And only because of the pacing issue.
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