Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance #1
Published by: Forever
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
The Bad Boy Is Back
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 . . .
Color me impressed!
Not gonna lie, I thought this was NA and expected the stereotypical bad boy that’s so prevalent in the genre. Then I read the blurb and saw that this bad boy has a five-year-old kid, and that had me really curious. Turns out I was wrong, this is not NA at all. This bad boy is a man! His stock immediately shot up in my eyes, but not just because of his age.
Evan is such a wonderful man! Yes, he has tattoos and has a reputation for raising hell in his younger days, but now, he is a loving and devoted father to his son Lyon. Don’t get me wrong, the guy still has that edge to him, but he’s stable and mature, and knows what he wants in his life. Plus, he’s such a great father.
Charlie is Evan’s wife’s best friend, and when she passed away, Charlie promised to watch over her boys. But when Evan moves into the neighborhood and they start spending a lot more time together, sparks fly. I loved watching them come together and how their relationship unfolded. I absolutely get why Charlie felt guilt and thought it was understandable. On top of that, she had some major insecurities. Gah, it was both infuriating and sad how she got to be that way. But really, Charlie was a great character too, and so good to Lyon.
Something that drives me batty is when people apologize unnecessarily, especially women. You won’t see me apologize for having an opinion, feelings, or disagreeing with something. Just don’t do it, ladies! Be strong and have conviction in what you feel and say. Why am I saying all this? Because Charlie is an apologizer. She says sorry for everything, and it should have drove me bonkers. However, it made me extremely happy how Evan felt about it and dealt with her.
It’s funny, because Evan is a little pushy with Charlie, which is something that could so very easily bother me, but it’s in a totally good way. In a way she needed him to be, and in a way I can totally identify with. Seriously, these two … ugh, just so much love for them!
There were plenty of laughs too. I mean, how could I love a book and characters so much if there isn’t any humor? That’s right, I can’t. And Evan is a dirty talker (yum!), so it was funny and sexy as hell when he’d tease her that way.
Ah, and the secondary characters! Oh boy, so many good ones I’m mentally trying to form love connections for future books. One in particular is Asher and Gloria. These two! I need this to happen. I love Gloria so, so much.
I really am surprised how much I loved Bringing Home the Bad Boy. It made me laugh, get a little misty-eyed, swoon, and was just an all-around heartfelt book. I need the next one now!