Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: August 29, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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Disorderly Conduct is my first book by this author and while I had some issues with the story, this would definitely not be the last. This is the first book in … series but can be read as a complete standalone. In fact, I’ve heard great things about her other books and thus I hope you will check them out.
Charlie (a Police academy cadet) and Ever (a business owner) were raised with the same belief that there was no success in real relationships and thus had never seen themselves as serious relationship materials, let alone happily-ever-after candidates. One meeting then led to a no-strings-attached physical relationship. Their relationship had worked very well for both of them until Ever suddenly broke it off which confused the other party, Charlie.
Not willing to end things with her yet, he tried his best to both show her that what they had was perfect and there was no such a real serious relationship that would last. Having a suddenly different point of views in what a perfect relationship was, she tried to move on while he did his best to continue their seemingly perfect agreement which led to numerous events full of humor, great banter, and emotional conversations which both parties didn’t prepare to share and never thought would happen.
As I said above I had both likes and dislikes with this story but they will not prevent me from experiencing this author’s other books.
One of the factors that I enjoyed was Tessa Bailey’s writing. I loved her story-telling style. The dual first point of view between the hero and the heroine not only gave me an insight of both of their pasts and upbringings which shaped who they were, it also had me understand the reasons behind their actions and decisions and more importantly helped me connect with the whole story. It was a well-written story, full of interesting touches of humor and great dialogs which gave me a good experience.
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However, some things did bother me, unfortunately. The first was that the hero’s choices were such a huge turn-off for me. While I did understand his reasoning, I couldn’t get past the fact that he was willing to sabotage her dating for his advantage and at times came across as a selfish man regarding his profession as a soon-to-be police. It both confused and annoyed me at the same time and had me completely disconnected with him.
Even though I loved his determination when it came to getting her back, which one of the things I appreciated, and the fact that he was such a good, caring and loving man, his selfishness showed greatly how immature his character was over the course of their time together which, unfortunately, overpowered his other endearing qualities in my eyes.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about commitment. Right now, though, my entire reserve of commitment juice is being poured into becoming a cop.
The second issue was about the heroine. Her upbringing brought some emotions within me and made me want to hug her for what she had been through and, although not physical, the mental abuse she had subconsciously suffered as a product of two generations of the men-hating family revealed a heart-breaking secret in which she had been a lifelong victim. However, her sudden change of lifestyle which was resulted from one encounter with her mother was unrealistic in my opinion. Had she had some time that showed her inner battles before coming to the decision, it would have left a significant impact on me and had me fully able to relate to her.
My whole life, my mother has impressed on me that there are no exceptions when it comes to men. Relationships don’t last because men’s affections are fleeting. When we’re in control of the game, we can’t get played.
While I enjoyed the slow-burn romance which I believed was one of the focus of this story, the constant pull and push (I want you but I don’t want any serious relationship) was depressing and bored me most of the time. As much as I enjoyed and appreciated the great banter between the main characters, finishing this story, frankly, felt like a chore.
However, despite my issues with Disorderly Conduct, the quality of the writing was a pure delight. I will definitely check out Tessa Bailey’s previous books and will be on the lookout for her upcoming books.
I’m in love with you. I love you so much. And you can depend on that. You can depend on me for the rest of your life. I won’t let you go for anything.
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