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Shocking Behavior [Mass Market Paperback]

Jennifer Archer
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Love Spell (6 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0505525070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0505525079
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,578,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good combination of suspense and romance 23 Aug 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'Shocking Behaviour' is essentially a romance with thriller elements. Normally I'm not one for thrillers, yet I've given this one 4 stars, which speaks to it being a nicely blended tale.
JT Drake feels he had a neglected childhood as the result of his genius dad's outrageous inventions. He even set fire to the lab as a child in a fit of jealousy! Now an adult JT is called home by reports that his father might have slid from eccentric to crazed, by a freak accident JT is rendered invisible. Roselyn Peabody is Dr Hershel Drake's assistant. Actually, given Dr Drake is an alcoholic, she's more the leader of their refraction project. So now it is up to her to find out how to make JT visible again. The only way to do that, they find, is to go find the man who stole part of the initial project research some 30 years ago. The man who killed the other dozen or so on the team. The man who killed JT's mother...
The point of the tale for me was the romance, and the relationships that Roselyn and JT each had with their parent. JT I found initially to be a bit shallow and obsessed with his 'bad' childhood - I sympathise with his predicament, but there are plenty worse off. And when we meet him he's a successful writer, so get over it already. I did wonder how his father actually made a living being a revenge-obsessed alcoholic genius scientist, but apparently he could teach for much of that time! (In fact he was Roselyn's professor). Roselyn on the other hand I would like to meet in real life - no dress sense, a bit muddled, preferring the background to the limelight, focused in her work and frighteningly brilliant.
I liked the mix of characters, including the delightfully drawn Artie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charmingly different story! 12 Aug 2002
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Roselyn Peabody sees herself as the typical nerd. She's always been smarter than just about anyone she knows, she's the kid who always threw the grade curve in school, the one that other kids made fun of just because she was so different. She's never really grown out of seeing herself like that, although now she is a college Professor and a Scientist, and involved in helping to invent a contraption that could change the beliefs people have always had about science. She came to Pecan Grove, TX to help Professor Hershel Drake, who at one time was a teacher of hers, and whom she just felt drawn too. Part of that draw had to do with his son...
J.T. Drake, or Jerome as he didn't like to be called, newspaper columnist, true crime published author, and Professor Drake's son, has come to Pecan Grove after a phone call from his father's neighbor lets him know that his father is up to some sketchy things in his basement--Billowing green smoke, and an acrid burning smell just to start. Having been the brunt his whole life of jokes about his 'absentminded professor' father, he comes to Pecan Grove thinking he'll see what his father is up to, and convince him to move closer to him. Waiting until his father retires for the night, J.T. sneaks into his father's basement laboratory, never realizing that his life would be changed from then on out...
When Roselyn meets J.T, after his father's frantic phone call, she is prepared to dislike him on sight. Little could she have guessed that not only would she like him, actually be 'sparkingly' attracted to him, but also that she wouldn't be able to see him. J.T. had been rendered invisible by the refractor she and the professor have been working on. And while she's thrilled that it actually works, it would have been nice if it had worked after they had figured out how to make him visible again.
What a charmingly different story!! The plot is new and fresh, and the characters sparkle. J.T. is so true to life. While he admits to being drawn to beautiful, perfect women, he just can't seem to help but be drawn to Roselyn, even though he sees her as another nutty professor when he first meet her. He's got some definite baggage and problems going on, but he doesn't let them rule his life. Roselyn is full of insecurities, but once she lets herself loose, she comes into her own. They're both characters that we can easily relate to, and most definitely admire. It was great fun getting to know them, and witnessing them travel the road to love. That road is filled with some zany and wonderful secondary characters, which will alternately crack you up, or bring a tear to your eye. Miss Archer painted a truly beautiful picture with her words, one I found myself lost in. While this is classified as a paranormal romance, there is actually very little to categorize it so. Heads up to those who read contemporary and don't read paranormal-don't miss this book! It will satisfy you on a level you cannot even imagine!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unique plot 2 Oct 2002
By Brenda Condit - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was excited by this book when I first read about it. The plot sounded so unique that I jumped at a chance to get it. It took me a while to get into it though and even though I enjoyed it I was looking for more humor and passion. There are several scenes that could have been hilariously funny and only got a mild chuckle out of me.
The plot line has the hero, J.T., coming home to find out what his nutty professor father is up to now. He stumbles into his fathers lab and POOF! He's now invisible. Now his father's assistant is a beautiful woman named Roselyn. Roselyn has a interesting past herself which introduces us to her unique family. Roselyn, J.T. and his father must find the solution to make J.T. visible and also catch a bad guy in the process.
This book has some excitement and is cute at times. I found the book enjoyable but I was hoping for more from it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neon Blue will never be the same for me... 11 Aug 2002
By Crazy for Words - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A call from one of his father's neighbors urges J.T. Drake to do
something about the outrageous behavior and mysterious goings on in the
basement of his childhood home. Confronting his dad and returning to
Pecan Grove, Texas are not on the top of the list of fun things to do,
but J.T. knows he'd better or Pop and his antics might end up being
fodder for another humiliating incident. You'd think he'd be impervious
to embarassment after growing up with an absent-minded, hippie-scientest
as a parent. But he wasn't. J.T. didn't want to be disappointed again
by the man he was supposed to look up to. He waits in a rainstorm for
the lights in Pop's house to go out, then sneaks into his father's home
laboratory to search for the latest oddball gimmick. He is caught and
stumbles into a strange contraption that not only shocks him to his
socks, but makes him invisible!
Roselyn Peabody, Pop's smart and unusually attractive assistant tends to
J.T. and he soon wakes from his stupor. Her touch is electrifying, and
it isn't just the results of his condition. He sees unwelcome
characteristics that she shares with his father as far as her strange
fascination with science, yet he is drawn to her.
Rosy promised to help him regain his visibility, but wonders if his
seductive maneuvers are only because she is the only one who can help
his father recover the information needed to help return J.T. to
normal. It wouldn't be the first time a man has pretended an interest
in her for what her mind could do for him. She also isn't happy about
the derisive way J.T. treats his father. Would he let her help in more
ways than the obvious? Would she be able to resist J.T.'s seductive
charm, or would it really hurt anything to indulge in a little shocking
behavior of her own?
I didn't want to put this book down, and when I had to, I returned to it
as quickly as I could! Jennifer Archer puts a twist on the invisible
man like one I've not seen before. Her creative humor makes the
intriguing, fresh plot sparkle. A definite keeper!
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking behaviour 22 May 2013
By Clare O'Beara - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
JT Drake, a journalist (who never does any work in the story), is reluctantly drawn home to see what his nutty professor father is inventing this time. Between a rain shower and a lightning bolt, he accidentally becomes an active part of a refractor experiment - and becomes invisible. SHOCKING BEHAVIOUR tells of the lengthy struggle to turn him visible again while soothing the suspicions of the nosy neighbour, Mrs Moody. The neighbour's poodle is also turned invisible, in error, and the poor woman becomes convinced that Professor Drake's work partner is a witch.

Roselyn Peabody, PhD, is no witch, but she does conceal a secret: her mother was a Las Vegas showgirl. The professor explains that JT's mother died years ago during a sabotaged lab experiment and fire, and an associate stole the formulae that can perhaps reverse the invisibility. This sinister man is now thought to live in Las Vegas - cue a plane flight, the seeking of assistance from ten-year-olds and Roselyn's mother, in order to steal back the secrets. Meanwhile Roselyn finds that the weirdest thing is happening to her, given she has dedicated her life to science; she is falling in love with someone she cannot even see. JT wants to enjoy his new situation but only to a point, for Roselyn is fast becoming important to him, and they have an interesting love scene.

A humorous tale of personal discovery as well as invisibility, this throws several likeable people into a bizarre situation and lets them make the best of it, though I did find the Vegas scenes standard mobster fare. Will be enjoyed by anyone who got science experiments wrong at school, or who wishes they could be invisible for a day - the best-described part of the book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Unseen" surprises in this wonderful piece of fiction 23 Sep 2002
By WKLarson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jennifer Archer has done it again in this spectacular piece of romantic fiction. Her inovative and humorus work will keeping you reading until you can't keep your eyes open. This piece is so original you'll wonder why someone hasn't thought of it before. Wonderful!! Don't miss it.
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