Thursday, December 3, 2015

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…


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I narrowed my eyes, ready to object, but he grabbed my elbow and led me away from the group so fast I nearly stumbled along the brick path.

“What are you doing?” I whispered as he moved his hand to my back, continuing to lead me off the patio and into the house.

But he didn’t answer.

Most of the guests were outside, but there were a few scattered about, browsing around the house, as well as servers gathering food and supplies to refresh the tables.

“Tyler, someone will see us,” I whisper-yelled this time, trying to dig in my heels and stop him.

But once we were past the bustle of the kitchen, he took my hand and pulled me down the dimmed hallway and past the foyer to his den.

He opened the door, dragged me inside, and slammed it closed. Releasing my hand, he walked behind his desk and crossed his arms over his chest, locking eyes with me.

What the hell was wrong with him?

The woman simply wanted an introduction. Did he think I didn’t know how to be discreet? She couldn’t possibly have recognized me.

Or maybe he was angry about my behavior before she arrived. I guess I wasn’t so discreet.

“What did he say to you?” Tyler barked out. “When he whispered in your ear?”

I cocked my head, choosing to be stubborn.

“Does it matter?” I played.

He shook his head, letting out a bitter laugh. “Not everything that’s in your head needs to come out of your mouth,” he scolded.

Ah, now we were getting somewhere.

“Are you angry because of what I said or because I drew attention to myself?” I inquired, crossing my arms as well. “Maybe I shouldn’t wear any short skirts either.”

He placed his hands palm down on his desk and glared at me. “That’s not what this is about.”

“Right.” I smiled. “Let me guess. I forgot my place. Legs open, mouth closed, right?”

He pulled up, slowly circling the desk and looking down at me. “Don’t be dramatic.”

My skin tingled, and my heart sped up. “What are you really mad about?”

“What did he say say to you?” His full bottom lip was tight with tension.

“I forgot.” I shrugged. “Something about his dick.”

His entire face hardened. “I should’ve hit him.”

“Then why didn’t you?”

“Because I’m not a child!” he bellowed. “I’m an adult who picks his battles. I don’t just run off, half-cocked, no matter how much I wanted to see him bloody for even getting near you.”

“Too bad,” I taunted, a slight smile on my lips. “If you had, I’d be in here on my knees, sucking your dick right now instead of thinking about his.”

His eyes flared, and he bared his teeth. Grabbing me by the jaw in one hand and hovering his lips just over mine, he slowly swung me around and slammed my ass against the desk, the small tray of file folders on the corner spilling to the floor.

My blood raced. Yes

About the Author:

Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the damn degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked (yes, she was drunk at work)that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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Review by Michelle:

A teacher and a parent sneaking around together? As a lover of all romances of the taboo variety, especially those of the student/teacher persuasion, how could I say no? Not to mention the name on the cover. When it comes to all things Penelope Douglas, there is never a question. Misconduct is a thrillingly sexy story that lures you in with the promise of an inexorable connection and keeps you hooked with abounding sexual tension, irresistible charm, the seductive appeal of an illicit affair, and a gasp inducing twist.

Nobody does an antagonistic relationship like Penelope Douglas, and I mean nobody. The heat between Tyler Marek and Easton Bradbury as they initially playfully provoke on another is scorching, then the real animosity kicks in making the tension between these two downright incendiary. Like watching two bulls face off, you can feel something powerful building and when these formidable foes finally come together, you may just want to have a fire extinguisher handy as things heat up exponentially.

Although I absolutely adored Easton, I only have two words. Tyler. Marek. While politicians have certainly never been my thing, I would be willing to make an exception for this alluring aspiring senator. Not only passionate in his private life, this reformed self-centered womanizer has only the noblest of plans for a senate seat, a burning desire to right the wrongs of his relationship with his son, and a newfound willingness to settle down once the right woman crosses his path. Mr. Marek takes charge in all aspects of his life and while this is the cause of most of the contention with Ms. Bradbury, it is positively sizzling behind closed doors.

The thirty-five year old father of a fourteen year old freshman who just so happens to be the student of the twenty-three year old Easton Bradbury, this story is delectably scandalous on many levels. The risk of being found out certainly ramps up the heat making every indecent thought, every furtive glance, and every stolen touch that much more stimulating, while the relationship the two form, their connection, their compatibility, their discourse, and their banter is what really steals the show.

I love a feisty heroine and Easton fits the bill perfectly. The only thing I love more is a strong, confident hero who loves to be challenged by a sassy woman and doesn't shy away when he finally meets his match. A seemingly unlikely and outwardly inappropriate pair, Tyler and Easton are actually the perfect complement to one another who will make you fall in love and wholeheartedly support them both as individuals and as a couple.

Be sure to have ample time when picking up this book and it wouldn't hurt to have a fan nearby as Misconduct is intriguing and titillating, intelligent and fun, sweet and seriously steamy, and in typical Penelope Douglas fashion, utterly unputdownable.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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  1. I've finished CORRUPT , Hope MISCONDUCT is as good

  2. This book looks like I would love it.

  3. You had me at tennis (my favorite sport!)! Sounds like a great book!

  4. I've heard great things about this book. Looking forward to reading it.

  5. Misconduct by Penelope Douglas sounds like a good book. Interested in reading about how Easton and Tyler's relationship progresses and what effect it has on his son.

  6. Looking forward to read it!!!!!

  7. Looks good, thanks for the chance to win :)

  8. Sounds like a great book, thanks for the awesome giveaway!