Title: A Bad Boy for Christmas
Author: Jessica Lemmon
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Second Chance #3
Main Characters: Connor and Faith
Release Date: September 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
This is just one of those series that's been really enjoyable. This book was no exception to the rule, but I did feel like this particular installment had a lot more than normal going on with the characters...and I liked that.
These are two people who've both been burned by love, but for Faith, it goes deeper than that. She truly thinks that she's cursed with love and never plans to ever get that deep again. As a result, she really tries to keep Connor at a distance...something he simply doesn't allow. I love that about him.
Connor is a driven guy, and he wants Faith. I love how upfront he is. He doesn't allow her to think, to doubt, to question what they have going on. He seems to really get her and her issues...which are many. The best scene is with her breasts. I seriously fell even deeper in love with this guy after that. He's just incredible and so perfect for Faith.
But he has his haunting issues too. He has PTSD after 4 tours in Afghanistan. But I love how he works through that with his landscaping company. There's some great symbolism in the book with plants in winter and what he gets out of that. And I really love that he smells like lavender because of it...just one of those little details that makes him even more lovable.
And then if that's all not enough, there's an age difference. I don't think it was ever settle exactly how much of a difference there is between them, but for Faith, whose mother is an unapologetic cougar, this is definitely an issue...even if Connor is more mature than she is. Honestly, Faith is a hot mess, but Connor doesn't care. He handles her beautifully. I loved them together and how he calmed and soothed her. It's a great story about how the perfect mate can make a person better...in every way. This is what happens with these two.
And then it's set in the middle of a snowy Christmas season with decorating, snowbound, romantic scenes in front of the fireplace...all really good things. I just plain liked the book and think you will, too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.