Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

June 5th, 2015 Kimberly Review 60 Comments

5th Jun
Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
Rescuing the Bad Boy
by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance #2
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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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.


Rescuing the Bad Boy is the second novel in Jessica Lemmon’s Second Chance series and after the good time I had with Bringing Home the Bad Boy, I knew I had to read the next installment. Boy Howdy am I am glad that I did. Donovan Pate made my heart do flip-flops and I wanted to kiss every one of his scars. Jessica Lemmon brings heat to this small-town romance series with fleshed out characters and a town readers will want to visit again and again.

Coffee dates with Rescuing the Bad Boy.

  • First date: We learn about the first time Donovan Pate and Sofie Martin tangoed. Let us just say Donovan didn’t make the nice list and it changed both of them.  Now we fast forward to the present and Sofie has created a wonderful business in town.  Donovan has returned after his grandmother passed leaving him her estate. He plans to sell it and learns the house has been contracted out to host a charity event. Um, guess who is handling the event. *hehe* Yep, Sofie and oh how the sparks that fly when these two are in the same room. Right away, I am in lust over Donovan and looking forwarded to seeing these two tango.
  • Second date: I love how Lemmon weaves in secondary characters and already I see the promise of another romance with Sofie and Donovan’s friends. I already love the dance Lemmon is providing in Rescuing the Bad Boy but then she introduces a dog to the mix making me fall further. I loved the old estate and the youth group who is the recipient of the charity event. Friends and banter had me giggling. I laughed so hard at moments and was grinning from ear to ear. Donavon and Sofie cave into their needs and I suggest you get some oven mitts because these are some of the sexiest, hottest scenes. Did I mention Donovan has tats? The story behind them will make you turn to mush, so grab a tissue and truffle.
  • Third date: The author does a wonderful job of fleshing out the characters and sharing their backstories particularly Donovan. He may be a bad boy, but it is all a façade and seeing what lies beneath will have you adding him as your latest book boyfriend. I love second chance romances and on this last date, we faced a few bumps as our characters experienced growing pains but Lemmon more than made-up for it with a wonderful epilogue.

Caffeinated wrap up of my dates with Rescuing the Bad Boy: I am loving my dates with the  Second Chance series. Lemmon manages to make me swoon, laugh and become connected to all of the characters in this small-town. I love the friendships and depth she brings. My biggest problem thus far is deciding which Bad Boy I love more. I cannot wait for A Bad Boy for Christmas and Connor’s story!

About Jessica Lemmon

Jessica Lemmon writes sexy contemporary romances with a squeeze of humor for Grand Central (Tempting the Billionaire, Hard to Handle) and Entangled (If You Dare). She is an artist, dreamer, former meateater, fun-loving, fast-talking wife, and a den mother to two dogs. She loves to hear from her fans.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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60 Responses to “Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon”

  1. Ro

    What a way to tug at heart strings by adding an animal for us to fall in love with, as well as the bad boy who needed to be rescued. Sounds like readers can be a part of this fun series without reading in order, and I really enjoy having a youth group be part of the story, along with laugh out loud humor. Great review! Hugs…Ro

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  2. Jenny

    Oooo I love this kind of romantic setup Kim! Where one party has hurt the other at some point and then their brought back together and have to work things out. SO MUCH TENSION! Love it:) And I love that the only thing “bad boy” about him on the cover are symmetrical forearm tattoos 😉

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      They really aren’t bad boys..just men who have some damaged. You so need to read Lemmon this summer Jenny. I know you will adore these.

  3. Braine Talk Supe

    Want some s’mores? That’s gotta be one of the most memorable scene for me.

    I love this series. When I read the blurbs, she always makes me doubt as to whether or not I’ll enjoy it. It’s 2 for 2 now, I can’t wait for December to read the next one!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Aren’t these fun. I still smiling thinking back on it. I am hoping to get an arc of book 3 to read during the Ho-Ho-Ho read-a-thon.

  4. Ramona

    Clearly, I need to sample these bad boys for myself! Donovan sounds pretty swoon-worthy and I do have a week spot for tats 😉 Excellent start to the weekend with this review, Kimba! Just what the doctor ordered 😀

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  5. Sharlene Wegner

    Sadly, I DNF Bringing Home the Bad Boy, although I loved the cover. I didn’t like the story line. However, that will not stop me from trying this one! Glad you loved it!

  6. Madiha

    Aw, this story sounds so sweet on a epic level. Its amazing how incredibly the characters have been fleshed out, although I don’t think I’ll be picking this up anytime soon, since the story seems a bit over-done in my opinion. But its great that you loved it as much as you did, and I hope the other books in this series are going to be just as fun!

  7. Kristin

    Great review. I haven’t read these books but they sound good. I like when a series weaves in secondary characters into the spotlight who will soon get their own books. DEfinitely helps connect with them more when their turn comes.

    Kristin recently posted: Review: Toxic Love by Jax Garren
  8. Sarah

    I am so excited for this book! After LOVING book one at the beginning of May, I was so excited to read book 2 that I hurriedly pulled it up on Amazon and realized it wasn’t out yet *sob* FINALLY it is out and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. Gladto hear book 2 is just as yummeh. 😀