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Bringing Home the Bad Boy (Second Chance) Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2015

4.6 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Second Chance Series

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"Love, friends, family, sweet & steamy romance, and so much more, Jessica Lemmon is an auto-buy for me! Her Bad Boys are just sooo good!"―Erin Nicholas, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

"Charming, sexy, and brimming with wit!" (on Tempting the Billionaire)―Heidi Betts

About the Author

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.)

Jessica is an ex-meat-eater, writer, artist, dreamer, wife, and den mother to two dogs.
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Product Details

  • Series: Second Chance (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (January 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455531480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455531486
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So. Basically from page one of Bringing Home the Bad Boy I was totally smitten and seriously wanting to know these people in real life. Everything about this one just...did it for me. It was just perfectly delicious from food to romance to chemistry and happily ever after. Total reader girl bliss.

The quick of it is that years ago Evan and Charlie both lost someone important to them...a woman named Rae. Evan's wife and Charlie's best friend. They've had to fight their way back to life after the loss that ripped their lives apart and part of doing so brought Evan and his son to Charlie's doorstep. Or, rather, the house next door to her. And it's stirred up all kinds of interesting feelings between them that go way beyond just friendship and being someone's shoulder to cry on.

These two! I absolutely loved them. Evan is a single daddy trying to balance everything in his life--being a good father, his career as an artist, falling in love again and letting go of his past. He's sexy and sweet and can be a little broody when dealing with things--nightmares about his wife, etc. And Charlie was a wonderful heroine. She's giving and loving and pretty easy to like even if she does get a little insecure now and again (it's pretty understandable why though, really).

The romance between these two was hearbreakingly sweet (and pretty damn hot to boot). They have a lot to get past--namely guilt over Rae and Charlie feeling like she was stealing her best friend's family-- but once they do holy! It's not entirely smooth sailing since doubts creep in now and again but it's honest and real and damn it was just a lovely romance to watch unfold and grow. These two really are each other's support and love each other entirely.
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I'm trying out new-to-me contemporary authors/series, having run myself out of favorites (Jill Shalvis, Ruthie Knox, Jennifer Crusie, Mary Ann Rivers), and this is another one to chalk up to the "Meh" category. I liked the concept -- grieving widow, after a respectful mourning period, falls for late wife's best friend -- but I found the plot dragged down with a lot of repetitive scenes hashing out the heroine's insecurities (and she has many, many insecurities -- body issues, abandonment issues, daddy issues, grief issues, trust issues, etc.), and I found the hero to be a flat, static character who didn't seem to have much emotional depth (though I appreciated both his grief and his readiness to move on from his late wife).

Also, the hero had a dialogue tic that made me crazy: he makes declarative statements with no subject. "Not going anywhere. Not giving you a break." "The hell you talking about?" "Gotta tuck you in, baby." Now, I'm not such a stickler that I get all shirty when someone says offhandedly, "Love you, babe," instead of "I love you," but in this book, everything Evan said was a sentence fragment with no subject pronoun, and sometimes it was confusing as to whether the missing subject should have been "I" or "You" or something else entirely. I found it distracting and annoying.
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Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog

This Lemmon is a gem! I was fighting tears at four percent. FOUR PERCENT!!! Jessica Lemmon, a new-to-me author had me emotionally invested in this book from page one! She tackled matters of Death, Grief, and a Second Chance at romance. I must say, I am very impressed.

It’s been five years since Evan Downey’s wife had passed away. It hasn’t been easy but after these years of grieving, he is ready for a new start. And what better way to do that than to go to the place where he found happiness long ago. Maybe even get another chance at love.

Guilt can be an ugly festering sore in your ass if you can’t let go. If this is true, then Charlie’s ass would be in big trouble. She had an overwhelming guilt looming over her head since her BFF passed away. There was a point that it almost became too much for my liking but I’m glad Ms. Lemmon cut it when she did. She did good making Charlie give in using Evan and Lyon’s convincing charms.

I loved this couple. They live their lives in the the simplest way but shines like a beacon without even trying. Both Evan and Charlie are artist who are passionate about what they do and with that said, you know they will be passionate in bed. Evan certainly is passionate and skilled. The man can create art and takes it to a whole new sexy level. Did I mention he is also a tattoo artist?!

There is no cliffhanger in this story except an unanswered question. I am very curious about the painting in the library? I’m curious to where the memorable painting would reside next. I’m hoping to read more about it at the next Installment which I believe with be about Donny though I was hoping for Asher first. I’m sure Ms. Lemmon has big plans for him…can’t wait!!!

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This was an engaging and well written story about finding love again after losing a spouse. I liked Charlie, and Lyon was really cute (and written pretty realistically), but it took me a long time to like Evan very much.

Charlie had a crush on Evan when she was a teenager, but he fell for her BFF Rae and married her. Charlie and Rae stayed BFFs until Rae's death. Evan never thought of Charlie in any romantic way until he sees her sunbathing one day. After that, every time he thinks about her it's about her "awesome tits, mile long legs, or thick thighs". The book is more than half way done before he has any sort of thoughts about Charlie other than sexual. All he seems to want is to get into her pants. Then after they do have sex, he's just so pushy. He comes on so strong, never giving Charlie any space. I think anyone in Charlie's position would have reservations, and considering how her previous relationship ended, I couldn't blame her for being wary.

I really liked the part where Evan talks about making people perfect after they die, that really rang true, everyone forgets the flaws. I liked the small town setting and the supporting characters (especially Gloria). There were some references made about other characters (obviously from previous books), but I didn't feel lost not having read them.
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