Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review: Return of the Bad Boy (Second Chance #4) by Jessica Lemmon

"I'm coming for you, Sarge." - Asher Knight

Return of the Bad Boy
Series: Second Chance #4
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review

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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.

I was of two minds when I started Return of the Bad Boy. We finally get Asher and Gloria's book. After watching their chemistry and sexual tension sizzle in previous books, it was time for it to ignite. And boy does it ever! My man Ash... For a sexy-as-sin rock star, he sure does have the patience of a saint. Not knowing how to lure Gloria out of her shell frustrates the hell out of him, but he does it because he loves her. Ash knows what they have is special so he refuses to let Gloria ignore their chemistry. While her mind and body scream YES, it is her heart that is scared. It's heartbreaking because Gloria doesn't know how to love or even know how to be loved. Everyone that has ever been important in her life has abandoned her. It is only recently that she's started to build a new family out of her friendships. So when Asher starts pushing his way into her heart, it throws her for a loop. I was awestruck watching them slowly rebuild her trust until Gloria finally opened her heart to the possibility of a happily ever after with Asher.

Now why was I of two minds with this book? That's simple... I freaking loved every book in this series and I was not ready to say goodbye to these characters. The Second Chance series is what introduced me to Jessica Lemmon's writing. From the moment I started the first book in the series, I was a goner. Jessica's writing style is flawless. You get a wide range of emotions in her books, especially with Return of the Bad Boy. I was elated to finally get Ash and Gloria's story. I was just as frustrated as Asher was when Gloria was hell bent on pushing him away. I cried alongside Gloria as she realized that her past may have damaged her new friendships and relationship with Ash. While I'm sure a couple of these characters will appear in future books, I still grinned like a fool as all of their story lines came to an end. All of these emotions in one phenomenal book. Jessica is now one of my favorite authors. I'm sad to see this series end, but I'm also very excited to see what she has in store for us next.

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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