by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 . . .
Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon is one of those sweet, sexy, shed a tear, heart-skip-a-beat, fall in love and swoon type of romance. It’s the kind of story you cannot set down. From the characters to the setting I slipped into this second chance romance every chance I could.
Do you love second chance romances? Love when a book gives you the feels? The kind of story where you care for the characters hard and even shed a tear. Bringing Home the Bad Boy delivered this and so much more.
Evan Downey and his tats are smoking hot. He is the kind of guy who is a little rugged looking and comfortable in his denims with an easy, laid-back attitude. Five years ago, his world fell apart, when his wife died unexpectedly leaving him and his then three year old son Lyon. It has taken him a long time to crawl out of his despair and they are making a fresh start of it in Evergreen Cove, a small lakeside community. Charlotte Harris knows all too well, how much Evan and Lyon suffered. His wife was her best friend; she was the maid of honor at their wedding.
I fell hard for Evan from his mannerism to the way he cared for his son. I can just close my eye, picture his crooked smile, and visualize him painting. I love artistic types and Evan does both tattoos and illustrations. He made me swoon, with his bad boys looks and mature, sensitive side. *Swoons*
Charlie (Charlotte) recently ended a six-year relationship and it has left her vulnerable. She has always had feelings for Evan, but kept them in check because of her best friend. She cares deeply for them all, and her growing desire makes her feel guilty. The girl said sorry one too many times for my taste, but her feelings were genuine and I understood her.
Secondary characters have me oh so curious, from a rocker named Asher and their manager Gloria to Charlie’s girlfriends. The small-town was wonderful from events to the local library. Lemmon weaved in humor and I snorted aloud. I loved the back-stories and little moments. Lyon was adorable and his interaction added to the authenticity and made me shed a tear or two.
The romance felt genuine. The chemistry and passion were off the charts. Getting the mind and heart to align was the tricky part. Evan was sexy in bed and I loved his naughty bedroom talk. The Nook overheated and each scene was wonderful. Lemmon made me believe and I found myself completely caught up in watching these two tango. I love when an author totally makes me connect. When I was not reading about them, I was thinking them. Honestly, I think I could hear the story calling me back.
I closed Bringing Home the Bad Boy with a smile and a tear in my eye. A special thank you to Christy who recommended I snag this. I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Second Chance series- Rescuing the Bad Boy due out in May 2015.
anna (herding cats & burning soup)
Yay! I loved this one as well. It really was the perfect mix of swoon and sigh. I’m so looking forward to the next one.
I’ve seen this around the blogosphere, but not until I just read your review now did I add it to GR. Thanks again for ruining me! 🙂 This sounds like the type of story I could get through quite fast. And I do like fictional bad boys *sigh* I mean, who doesn’t?
Ohhhh, how can I resist this “sweet, sexy, shed a tear, heart-skip-a-beat, fall in love and swoon type of romance”! Sounds fab Kim and I’m not even a huge fan of second chance romances but this just sounds so swoony!
Perfect! Just what a I want to read in a second chance romance. Lovely review, Kimba!
Melissa (Books and Things)
I just love the sound of these characters! I have been wanting to read it ever since I saw the cover. Then to know that he is a widower? Interest peaks more! 🙂 Yep, need to read this one.
Braine Talk Supe
Finished reading this this morning and I couldn’t agree more with your review! Loved this one as well, will definitely read more Lemmon moving forward!
“Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon is one of those sweet, sexy, shed a tear, heart-skip-a-beat, fall in love and swoon type of romance.” Sounds like my kind of book — thanks for the post, and have a great weekend!
OMG I just put this one on my TBR a few days ago! A few other people were recommending in on Twitter. It’s on NetGalley, I believe.
Who doesn’t love a hot tattoo artist?? Hells yeah I’ll read this one!
I’m glad you liked it 🙂 GREAT REVIEW!
Second chance romances are among my favorites, Kim! How am I going to be able to resist Bringing Home the Bad Boy? It sounds like exactly the kind of story I enjoy losing myself in.
*one-click-finger getting itchy* I’ll add it to my ‘might-read’ shelf. I have to try to show some restraint!
I hope you’re having a fantastic Friday!
Oh, gosh, a hot widower father. *swoons*
P.S. And I do love a story that gives me the feels! =)
I’m kind of swooning over Evan…tats, adorable, artsy. *sigh* I do love vulnerable characters, especially when they find one another.
Ooh a bad boy and chemistry and passion off the charts? Yes please! You and Christy love this so I’m 100% sold. 🙂
Oh Kim this crosses all my must haves in a fab romance, second chances, sweet and a bad boy to boot. Woot I’m In!!
Have a super/read-a-thon weekend girlfriend!!
Oh, I like the sound of this one. Thanks for the post and a great review.
“Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon is one of those sweet, sexy, shed a tear, heart-skip-a-beat, fall in love and swoon type of romance.”
UMMM< YES PLEASE!! I am super excited to see that this one is the first in a series, and that the secondary characters had you intrigued as well.
Great review. This book is going on my wish list!
This one does sound soooo delicious! Thanks for sharing…
I love when a recommendation ends up being a fantastic read. Have a great weekend.
This looks fun. Who doesn’t love a good bad boy?
So many people are reading this and loving it. I am definitely going to have to pick it up now.
Have a great weekend with that beautiful new baby Kim!!
Your first sentence was more than enough to make me want to read the book. You should have left your review at that! Haha! Evan sounds like an amazing guy and I can’t wait to meet him and his tats. Christy loved this one too, so I’m excited. And overheating Nook? 😉
Lovely review, Kim!
I bought it this morning. I tried (very hard) to resist buying that book for 2 days but I finally gave up, lol !
After reading Anna’s review, I put it on my wish list. It sounds wonderful.
I’ve read a review about this book yesterday and I was so curious. A father? It’s so rare in the romances I read and I really want to have more like that. I want the book even more now, terrible thing lol. thanks for the review!
This makes me so happy! I knew you’d love this. Evan is just … so … so … swoon worthy. Gah, I want the next book pronto!