ARC Review: Misbehaved by Charleigh Rose


Release Date: April 30, 2017

Rating: 3/5

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Remington Stringer has never been like most girls. She’s outspoken, brazen and wants nothing more than to escape the Nevadan hell hole that she calls home.

On the brink of eighteen, with a deceased mother and a well-meaning, yet absent father, she is forced to fend for herself. The only person she’s ever had to depend on is her borderline obsessive stepbrother, Ryan. But, what used to be her anchor is quickly becoming a loose cannon.

When Remi gets the opportunity to attend the best private school in the state during her senior year of high school, she jumps at the chance. Then she meets Mr. James. Ornery, aloof, and totally irresistible.

Most girls would swoon in secrecy.

Most girls would doodle his name with hearts in their notebook.

But Remi Stringer has never been like most girls.

To say that I went gaga over the cover of Misbehaved was an understatement, saw that naughty, sexy, flirty vibe and I was love-struck. And give me a story where a student falls crazily for her teacher with a promise of hotness and delinquency then I’m in. Who wouldn’t get excited over this killer combo right? But let me go straight to the point and say that unfortunately, content wise I wasn’t fully satisfied as I hoped I would be.

I perceived Remington as a strong heroine at the beginning. Even way beyond her age as told in the book so many times. But then somewhere along the way she became wishy washy. Thoughts and actions going astray, effectively not jiving. She was naughty one moment, holding back next. Fearful then fiery. Sensible then lost. I know she’s just seventeen, a juvenile, but come on, I’ve read mature YAs before where heroine still has consistent and firm personality. At the very core, who is Remington? To me this was unclear.

I had high hopes for Pierce as well. A lawyer and a teacher, supposed to be brilliant, but regrettably his inner monologues and dialogues didn’t translate and were not captivating. It just didn’t reach that peak where I’m in awe of his profile and to me it felt like he was down played. Yes he was sexy, alpha, with really hot one liners, and I sure saw that he started to let go of his guilt in the middle of the story but that was the end of it.

Chemistry wise I saw triggers but not as explosive as expected. Too much grey areas, guilt, self-disgust, pity, and vulnerability revolving around the relationship. I didn’t see the love strongly grow and to me there were gaps that needed fillings. I don’t like supposing that there’s passion, I like to see them and feel them rise above the pages. And why was it that when both characters were facing disappointments and so much devastation they’d give in to lust and have sex? Yes, this is dubbed as taboo and we expect a lot of misdemeanor but those parts only made the chemistry and steam off kilter.

Ryan and Remi’s back story towards the end spiked up my emotions and clutched my heart. For me, that was beautiful. I’d say another show stopper and interesting element was Christian and Benton’s drama. I also liked the unexpected revelation towards the end. The premise of Misbehaved had so much potential and there was a huge possibility that I would have loved this story if only it didn’t feel hastily written. Believe me I was saddened that I felt this way. Clearer POVs, more compelling and stimulating dialogues, solid closure and an ending with a punch then this taboo could have been a winner for me. I sure hope many people will still enjoy this hotness by Charleigh Rose.

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