I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chances #1
Published by Forever on January 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 . . .
Imagine having your best friend die and later, you fall for her husband. Would you have uncomfortable feelings? Are you being disloyal? Is he confusing the love for a friend as something more instead of that deeper love you’d much prefer? These are all the questions I would have and were asked by Charlie Harris when her relationship with Evan Downey transitioned from beloved friend to lover.
I empathized with Charlie and understood her concerns on an intellectual and emotional level. But, after awhile, I thought she became more invested in the worry than focusing on the relationship and the depth of Evan’s feelings for her. The man couldn’t have been clearer and the many, many ways he expressed his love was beyond swoon worthy! With his beautiful illustrations (he’s a former tattoo artist now children’s book illustrator), Evan found lots of creative ways to show his feelings. He and son, Lyon, are the true heart of the story.
I loved Evan and Lyon’s relationship and their interactions with each other are just precious. He brings the romance to the story and his honesty regarding his feelings for his first wife were some of the finest moments. Charlie’s insecurities, however, brought added weight, not in a good way, making me want to scream at times. But, nothing could derail the magic Evan created. I’ll definitely continue the series as their friends’ stories are calling out to me.
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