Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review | Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance #2
Published by 
Publish Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Publisher
Find it here:  Goodreads / Amazon 


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.  (Goodreads) 
Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

My Thoughts:  I loved the first book in this series but I think it's possible that I may have loved this one even more. Rescuing the Bad Boy features Donovan Pate and Sofia Martin, both mutual friends of Evan Downey and Charlie Harris who were featured in the first book. 

Donovan has come back to Evergreen Cove to finalize the sale of Pate Mansion, which he inherited from his grandmother after her death. His plans are put on hold when he finds out that his grandmother had planned a charity dinner/auction for a specified date, and the contract is binding even in the event of her death. The event planner is none other than Sofia Martin, and she plans to hold Donovan to the contract not only because of all of the work she has put in, and not only because the cause is a worthy one, but because doggone it, she doesn't plan to make anything easier for Donovan Pate. He broke her heart into a million pieces seven years ago, after all, and he humiliated her while he was doing it. 

Despite wanting to get in and out of Evergreen Cove as soon as possible, Donovan temporarily unpacks his bags and begins to make improvements to the mansion...for the future buyer, of course. At the same time, Sofia is in and out of the mansion day after day making plans for the big event. The two are skirting around each other, and before long, the feelings that never died to begin with are back and they're all-consuming - the two begin with flirting, then kissing, then poof! they're in this really fun relationship. The problem with this relationship is that Donovan has no plans to stick around after the charity event, because the mansion's sale should be finalized immediately after - he wants to get back to his work and his life in New York. So while the two are enjoying their time together, getting to know one another on a more personal level, they're both individually trying to decide what they want to do about the relationship in the long-term - keep it going or just walk away? 

Come on you two, I'm rootin' for ya.


So, Donovan. I liked this guy. Yes, he did Sofia wrong this one time in the past - like, really wrong - but she doesn't understand the reasons behind his terrible behavior because he has never talked to her about it. Donovan had a rough patch that lasted basically the length of his childhood while he was in Evergreen Cove, which is why the popular small town makes him squirmy. He has great friends there and they all get along great, but it seems that all he can see is bad memories everywhere. He does not want the mansion, he does not want to move back to that town, and he knows that even though he has deep feelings for Sofia, she can do much better than a guy like him. 

For Sofia, being rejected by Donovan was a defining moment in her life. First of all, she has never really had a great connection with any of her love interests since her time with Donovan. She is a successful businesswoman, though, and this has helped with the sting of losing him. I love that she was able to to use her professional confidence to hold Donovan to the contract tied to the mansion, even when she was dying a thousand deaths on the inside, because that contract was the thing that tied the two of them together again for the short time. This is how their relationship was rekindled. Most importantly, the time Sofia spent at Donovan's mansion allowed her glimpses into his life, which showed her that there is more to him than she thought.

One thing that I loved about this romantic relationship is that these two made no apologies for being attracted to one another, and they were not sheepish about their chemistry. I also loved the fact that these two had feelings that were already in place from the past, so this was no slow-burn - don't get me wrong: I LOVE those, but these two didn't need it. These two finding one another again and re-igniting their relationship allowed Donovan to redeem his behaviors both to himself and to Sofia, and it allowed Sofia to see that there were reasons (not excuses) for the way Donovan acted out back then. Their story represents movement beyond hurt for both of them, and this is really awesome. 

So with the Second Chance Series , both books are big hits so far for me. Needless to say, I'm already eager for the next book because I adore the characters that are featured in that installment. Solid series! I recommend Rescuing the Bad Boy for readers that enjoy small town romances and second chance romances.


Rescuing the Bad Boy will appeal to fans of:

Adult Contemporary Romance
Romance: No triangle. Second chance romance.
Happy ever after! 

Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon 
is currently available for purchase.


Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she'd only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since "eating potato chips" isn't a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she'd started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn't stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn't be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.) 

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1 comment:

  1. This looks interesting. I've never read any books by this author, but I am a sucker for second chance love stories. Thanks for the review.

    I really want to know what Donovan did to Sofie all those years ago.


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