Friday, January 30, 2015

Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Title: Bringing Home the Bad Boy
Author: Jessica Lemmon
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Second Chance #1
Main Characters: Evan and Charlie
Release Date: January 2015
Publisher: Forever
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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 . . .

My Review:
This was a first-read author for me...I've never read any of Jessica Lemmon's books before, but I saw something a few months back that pique'd my interest in this book. Then the book came up on NetGalley and grabbed it. The book is just as good as that gorgeous cover. I really, really liked this one and already pre-ordered book #2 in this series and bought a print copy of this book for my keeper shelf. 

So...this book. 

If you like your contemporary romance with a good bit of angst, you need this book. The hero and the heroine in this story are tied together by their love of Rae, who died suddenly at age 29. She was Evan's wife, Lyon's mom, and Charlie's best friend. That was four years ago and they all still grieve her loss. But Evan is ready to move on. Charlie isn't. There are so many feels in this book. It was really amazingly written. Both Charlie and Evan are artists and I loved getting to watch them use their mediums to express their emotions. Truly beautiful. 

If you like your heroes hot, sexy, and so entirely alpha, you need this book., he is a phenomenal bad boy. This is a guy who knows what he wants...Charlie. And he's not going to let her back off from what he knows she wants too. Charlie is wracked with guilt over getting involved with her best friend's husband. Evan does NOT let her get away with that. He's so incredibly alpha and it's so incredibly sexy. But he's human too and has his own doubts which made me fall in love with him even more. He's an artist and when he's in the zone, he isn't aware of anything else. Rae hated that about him. As an artist, Charlie gets it. But he has doubts about his ability to take care of Lyon because Rae criticized him for it. 

If you enjoy a setting that involves lakeside trysts, nude sex painting, and a heroine that feels so real, it hurts sometimes, you need this book. Simply put, this book is sexy...seriously so. Evan is a sexual guy. Charlie is a typical girl...lots of doubts about herself and her sexual abilities. She was involved with a jerk for a long time and he kept her with him by demeaning her. She has some leftover issues, but wow...Evan knows how to handle them and her. He doesn't let her sink into her brain when it takes over for her body. I loved how he could see her...even her hang-ups...about sex, about Rae. He's a good guy and he's great for Charlie.

Really everything about this book worked for me. I'm ready for more of the Penis bandits stories... ;) (And amazon will probably flag this review for that...LOL)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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