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.Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance #4
Published by Forever on April 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He's a mess...
Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher's nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he's the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.
Only she can clean up
Gloria Shields is no one's fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she'd never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she's guarded her heart against for years. And it isn't long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that's ever happened to her.
Rock star Asher Knight has just learned he has a 3-year old son by the woman who derailed his relationship with his agent, Gloria Shields. He’s back in Evergreen Cove to establish a relationship with his son and hopefully get the one with Gloria back on track. But she’s a big commitment challenge and he’s got his work cut out for him.
Both Asher and Gloria are fascinating characters, she especially. Gloria’s tough, highly skilled and an infamous loner. I was looking forward to getting inside her head and the story didn’t disappoint here. Her backstory explained everything and I felt I got her. I also liked that she made Asher, the infamous manwhore, work really, really hard for her, which I normally would find tiresome but not this time.
Where the story broke down for me was when it didn’t stay true to the character. The whole storyline involving Brice just didn’t make sense. Gloria would have figured him out before he opened his mouth. Also, there was a lot she and Asher needed to resolve but every interaction devolved into a sexual encounter…over and over again. Too much for my sensibilities and they both were much too interesting to sacrifice story for sex.
I also liked how much Asher and Gloria’s friends were a significant part of this story. The baby mama drama, however clichéd, was painfully realistic. I just would have enjoyed the story much better with a lot less sex and more substance.
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