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.A Bad Boy for Christmas by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance #3
Published by Forever on September 29, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
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'Tis the Season to Be Naughty
Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that's a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . .
With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they'll have to decide if they're ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.
Connor McClain and Faith Garrett are good friends, despite both secretly being in lust with each other. She’s still licking her wounds following a broken engagement with a cheating ex-fiancé and he’s got some baggage from a past relationship that pushed him to enlist and end up in Afghanistan.
I LOVED this story! Connor has a wicked sense of humor and is sexy in all the right ways (a gentleman, loves his family, protective nature, etc.). Faith is beautiful but is completely unaffected by her looks, is smart and has a sinful addiction to sugar. When these two are together, it’s fun and often filled with sexual tension in a really good way. Their romance developed so naturally, progressing slowly but deliberately on a straight path. I liked them individually, as a couple and as friends.
It’s also not without emotional complexity. Faith’s dysfunctional upbringing, coupled with the fallout from a truly wretched ex, rears its ugly head at a very inopportune time, almost having me shift my attitude towards her. Same goes for Connor and both of their behaviors were totally in character.
This story has everything and isn’t just a Christmas story. It’s the best to date in a series I’m really enjoying. It has all the elements you want to find in a contemporary story. Great job.
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