Skye Warren, Annika Martin, Molly O’Keefe...TNT?! It sounds strange to put a cable network on a list of effective, engaging, go-to dark romance authors, but here you have it—because TNT’s Good Behavior, based on novellas by Blake Crouch, absolutely fits the bill! Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) is a con artist, meth addict and alcoholic who lost custody of her son. Javier (Juan Diego Botto) is a controlling, meticulous hit man with a face like an angel. And they can’t live without each other. From the less-than-rosy protagonists to the shades of dominance and submission, Good Behavior is a good bet for anyone who likes hard-luck plots and hotter-than-hot pairings.
In the first episode alone, it’s clear that wild-child Letty needs rules—that she is completely incapable of impulse control. She can’t hold down a steady job, she’s an expert at the five-finger discount...and she winds up hearing a contract killer, Javier, setting up a hit and can’t resist getting involved. Long story short, Letty’s good intentions don’t quite translate into sensible actions—and that’s something that carries through the series and cements why Javier becomes such an important figure in her life and her heart. Because he cannot, and will not, let her spiral out. There’s a gut-wrenching moment at the end of the pilot when Javier discovers Letty at rock bottom—stoned out of her mind and ready to die—and he basically takes ownership of her. As an angry hit man whose job got botched because of her, he could easily kill her and walk away. He can’t. Kudos to Juan Diego Botto, who imbues the scenes with equal parts disgust and admiration. “You do not get off that easy,” Javier says to Letty. “You work for me now.” He effectively tells her she’s his...and we know he’s just as much hers.