April 2, 2016

Offensive Behavior by Ainslie Paton.

Offensive Behaviour  book cover
Date: March 31st 2016
Format: -ARC
Pages: 346
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Author
4.5 stars                Add to Goodreads
This is the story of a man who’s never done it, and a woman with the experience to teach him how.

Reid McGrath is drunk and intends to stay that way. It’s what a man does when the world he built gets ripped out from under him. He’s staked a claim on the back booth at Lucky’s where he can fixate on a dancer who makes him wish things were different.

Zarley Halveston dances under shimmering lights in a barely there costume, but it’s not the gold medal life she trained for. She expected to stand on an Olympic podium, instead she glitters under disco lights, gyrating on a chrome pole.

Zarley can’t see the brooding man in the back booth, but she knows he’s there. He’s toxic, but it’s not her job to care, until the night he collapses at her feet and she has to choose to step over him or help him up.

Reid thought he’d hit bottom when he was fired as CEO of his own company, but knowing he’d needed the kindness of a stranger, and realizing she was the dancer he’d lusted after was a new low.

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Offensive Behavior is the first in a series called Sidelined. I am happy to say the characters I met in this first one will have their stories continued on, because I became really invested in their lives as I read this first one, and I just know they will be treats in store for the future. 

I've said this before and I'll say it again. Ainslie Paton writes outstandingly good romance. It is entirely unique, gutsy and different. Don't expect the 'same old, same old' story when you read one of hers.

This is the story of Reid and Zarley. Reid is a founder of a very successful company, but he was sacked from it because of his offensive behavior. He just hasn't been a people person, he is passionate and driven about his work, and those who work with him never knew when they would be yelled at and told they were fools. He believes he is alway right ( usually is) and doesn't matter who he offends along the way. Until... he unbelievably is shown the door - and how that hurts him.

Sitting in a back booth now every night he wiles away his miserable life ( that should be miserable, rich life) watching Lux an incredibly talented pole dancer. He becomes obsessed with her - not in a creepy way - and one night things take a turn and they meet up. Lux, or Zarley - her actual name, is fabulously compassionate and brave. 

Through time their relationship develops, they grow and learn in all kinds of way. There is a lot of sex! No the bedroom door does not close on their intense relationship. You see, just go back and read the first paragraph of the book blurb above. Yep, he is a virgin. Told you Ainslie Paton turns tables. There is sex and fantasies galore. Now usually I am not a reader who likes a lot of sex in a romance. Just saying! However this is so intrinsic to the story I suffered through!

Zarley has a whole back story that is full of determination, intense training and a failure she didn't see coming. She has hit rock bottom, she knows what it is like to have been there. She is determined she will never sell herself down the drain to any man. She knows she needs to respect herself and be someone in her own right. So much to love about her.

I really look forward to the stories of Owen, Cara, Dev and Sarina. They all work at Plus - the company Reid started. They all will have rich and different stories I am sure. Yay, can't wait.
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  1. Lol, Kathryn, this does not sound like your comfort zone in reading, from what I know about you. But sometimes we do need to push the limits and see what else is out there. I applaud you for doing this. Perhaps not a book for me, but from your description this sounds great for those who love a modern romance with a strong woman.

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

    1. Most likely not for you Rita, and while I don't generally read a romance such as this one, I have to say I adored the book!

  2. I totally wonder how Zarley went from Olympian hopeful to stripper!

    1. Indeed. She did and worth finding out all about her Kate.

  3. Another new-to-me author who sounds amazing, with a unique story.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ainslie Paton was one of those authors I discovered through NetGalley and never looked back since!

  4. Glad this was a great read for you. Your review has me intrigued.

    1. Nise I love her writing, and her characters, I fall in love every time. This was more erotic than usual and I am not a great reader of that but still it was an awesome book.

  5. I say for someone who isn't usually into erotic like storylines, you liking this book says something about its plot :). I just may add it to my TBR.

    1. Indeed it does - perceptive comment Stefanie.


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