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Release Week Blitz and Giveaway: Rescuing the Bad Boy: Jessica Lemmon


Rescuing the Bad Boy(Second Chance #2)
Jessica Lemmon
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Expected May 26, 2015

NOT ALL SCARS HEAL

For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories—including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later, he still can’t forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he’s too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things…

Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie’s heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fundraiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional…yet working by his side every day doesn’t make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past–so they can fight for a future together.

Her soft touch landed on Donovan’s arm, and the anger shuddering inside him shifted into an ache. She stepped closer, the warmth between them radiating enough heat to set him on fire. But like the fireplaces he built, he could handle it. He could handle the heat from her, not because he was impervious, but because he was strong enough to soak her in and not burn to ash. 

She turned his arm where paint was drying. She swiped at it with her sleeve. “I made a mess.”

He’d forgotten about the paint. “Don’t… I can… There is a shower in the…” He lost his train of thought when she turned those emerald green eyes up to him. He watched her delicate throat work as she swallowed. His eyes traveled up her neck and landed on her mouth. Needing her mouth, he lowered his face, watched her eyes grow dark and wide, watched her lift her chin to meet him.

Heat. He wanted more. If only to test his own strength. 

He moved his lips gently against hers, but resisted holding her to him. She held onto him though, grasping his forearms with both hands, her fingers wrapped around his elbows. Pressing her body against his, pressing her tits against his ribs. 

Hell, sounded like an invitation to him. Deepening their connection, he thrust his tongue into her mouth, reached around, and grabbed her ass with both palms. When he squeezed, she sucked in a breath. 

“Told you,” he rumbled.

“Told me?”

“Not a complaint, Scampi.” He squeezed again. “Perfect.”

A choked laugh left her throat. “Big.”

Still moving his hands over her backside, he said, “First thing I noticed about you at the Wharf.” He’d been plating up a chicken scaloppini when the manager walked in to show around a few new servers. Two he couldn’t remember, and Sofie. Bent over the plate, he’d peeked between the metal shelves framing that perfect ass . He’d stood to get a better look, and she’d pegged him with those moss-greens. 

“Second thing I noticed was your eyes.”

Her lips parted slightly. “And the third thing?”

He kissed her. She tasted incredible. “The first time you talked to me.”

She rolled her eyes. “And what did I say?”

She didn’t think he remembered. She was wrong. “‘Can I get a side of cock?’”

Laughing, she shook her head. 

He smiled back at her, unable to help himself. “Then you cleared your throat and said, ‘cocktail sauce’.”

Shaking her head, she said, “Worst abbreviation ever.”

“Kitchen guys are immature.”

She blinked up at him, studying him, like she was trying to piece him together. He didn't want her to. Once she pieced him together and had the whole picture, she wouldn’t like what she saw. 

He kissed her again, keeping his hands on her body.

“Are you testing my boundaries?” she asked, her tone teasing. He recognized that comment from the night he rescued her from Torsett.

“Mine,” he corrected.

Sofie bit her lip. “I don’t date much.”

“Me either.” At all, actually.

She shook her head, more in thought than in argument. “I don’t think I have any boundaries with you.”

He was beginning to think he had none with her, either.
Seven years ago, Sophie Martin and Donovan Pate had a one night stand that ended horribly. Avoiding each other wasn’t difficult as Donovan left town shortly after and refused to return until his grandmother dies and he inherits the family mansion.

Sophie has been working on the annual benefit held at the Pate Mansion and is running behind. In between stressing about deadlines, Sophie also has pressure from her family to date, and the memories of Donovan that have resurfaced in light of his return to town.

Donovan Pate has avoided the memories that both his childhood home and hometown dredge up, until he can’t avoid them anymore. Everyone thinks being a Pate is a charmed life, but very few know what went on behind closed doors.

There was a lot going on in this story -- his past, their past, and her event. But even with all that, there were a lot of moments that just felt like the book was dragging. Part of me thinks I never connected deeply enough with the characters to really dive into their story. By the time I finished, I wondered if I would have been more invested had it been Asher’s book because there was so much of him in Bringing Home the Bad Boy that I was already tied to him, where Donovan wasn’t a big part of the previous story at all.

I also had moments where I wasn’t sure I could finish the book. His nickname for her, while cute in the past, just felt silly in it’s present day use. There were also a few places where the characters said or did things that just didn’t feel like they fit with the character that had been developed to that point.

Some of the scenes were more setup for other characters than for Donovan and Sophie’s story specifically and that may have played into my slow connection with these main characters. But I also missed seeing more from Evan and Charlie. While there are plenty of scenes with both Sophie and Donovan’s other friends, those two friends were surprisingly absent from the storyline.

But this book was filled with sweet moments as well. When the past didn’t stand between them, in the quiet, in their connection, these two were great complements to each other. The arrival of Dog/Gertie and the kids involved in the event made for some touching moments with each individual character.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Evan Downey first appeared in the Love in the Balance series that focuses on his older brothers Landon and Aiden and cousin Shane.

Bringing Home the Bad Boy(Second Chance #1)


The Bad Boy Is Back

Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start. 

Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .
A Bad Boy for Christmas(Second Chance #3)
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Expected September 29, 2015
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'Tis the Season to Be Naughty 


Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that's a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . . 


With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they'll have to decide if they're ready to give each other the best gift of all-love. 



A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.


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