Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
Released: January 27, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the Flap
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 . . .
After the death of his wife, Rae, Evan decides he needs to move away from the place where he made his life with her but still needs something recognizable. He decides to move him and his son, Lyon, back to Evergreen Cove. It is a small town where he has good memories, a great place to raise Lyon, and a familiar face to be a support system. Will this fresh start help him get out of his artistic rut? Will he finally be able to move forward with his life?
Charlotte AKA Charlie is strong and driven. She has her own business. In the five years since her best friend passed, it quickly becomes clear she has never fully grieved for her friend. She has remained like an aunt to Lyon and been there in whatever way Evan has needed but she, herself, hasn’t taken the time to move on.
Funny enough, I never saw Evan as being the “bad boy”. He works hard to provide for him and his son. He’s a good parent. The only thing that would lend to the bad boy label would be his love of tattoos. Regardless, I did like the hero of our story very much. He still makes stupid “man” decisions but overall he’s got his act together. On the other hand, Charlie seems to carry possibly more scars from the loss of her best friend especially as ventures into more than friends territory with Evan. It doesn’t help her insecurities to know she had a huge crush on Evan before he and Rae got together and now that Rae is gone she feels like a second choice who never quite meets the standard. In many ways, the hero and heroine are cut from the same cloth; they’re cut from the same cloth when it comes to Rae but now they can finally get a second chance together.
I really enjoyed the give and take between the two. Yes, some of the angst can be tiring but it’s needed in this story. It’s speaks to the heart of their relationship. This book is filled with some genuinely sweet moments as Evan, Charlie, and Lyon form a new life. There is great cast of secondary character whom I’m sure we’ll get to see more of in future Second Chance books…and I can’t wait. If the rest of the series is anything like this one, it will be exceptional!
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.