Thursday, May 28, 2015

Rescuing The Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon: Release Week Blitz with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway

Not All Scars Heal
For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories-including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later he still can't forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he's too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things . . . Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie's heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fund-raiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional . . . yet working by his side every day doesn't make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn't long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past-so they can fight for a future together.

Her soft touch landed on Donovan’s arm, and the anger shuddering inside him shifted into an ache. She stepped closer, the warmth between them radiating enough heat to set him on fire. But like the fireplaces he built, he could handle it. He could handle the heat from her, not because he was impervious, but because he was strong enough to soak her in and not burn to ash.
She turned his arm where paint was drying. She swiped at it with her sleeve. “I made a mess.”
He’d forgotten about the paint. “Don’t… I can… There is a shower in the…” He lost his train of thought when she turned those emerald green eyes up to him. He watched her delicate throat work as she swallowed. His eyes traveled up her neck and landed on her mouth. Needing her mouth, he lowered his face, watched her eyes grow dark and wide, watched her lift her chin to meet him.
Heat. He wanted more. If only to test his own strength.
He moved his lips gently against hers, but resisted holding her to him. She held onto him though, grasping his forearms with both hands, her fingers wrapped around his elbows. Pressing her body against his, pressing her tits against his ribs.
Hell, sounded like an invitation to him.  Deepening their connection, he thrust his tongue into her mouth, reached around, and grabbed her ass with both palms. When he squeezed, she sucked in a breath.
“Told you,” he rumbled.
“Told me?”
“Not a complaint, Scampi.” He squeezed again. “Perfect.”
A choked laugh left her throat. “Big.”
Still moving his hands over her backside, he said, “First thing I noticed about you at the Wharf.” He’d been plating up a chicken scaloppini when the manager walked in to show around a few new servers. Two he couldn’t remember, and Sofie. Bent over the plate, he’d peeked between the metal shelves framing that perfect ass . He’d stood to get a better look, and she’d pegged him with those moss-greens.
“Second thing I noticed was your eyes.”
Her lips parted slightly. “And the third thing?”
He kissed her. She tasted incredible. “The first time you talked to me.”
She rolled her eyes. “And what did I say?”
She didn’t think he remembered. She was wrong. “‘Can I get a side of cock?’”
Laughing, she shook her head.
He smiled back at her, unable to help himself. “Then you cleared your throat and said, ‘cocktail sauce’.”
Shaking her head, she said, “Worst abbreviation ever.”
“Kitchen guys are immature.”
She blinked up at him, studying him, like she was trying to piece him together. He didn't want her to. Once she pieced him together and had the whole picture, she wouldn’t like what she saw.
He kissed her again, keeping his hands on her body.
“Are you testing my boundaries?” she asked, her tone teasing. He recognized that comment from the night he rescued her from Torsett.
“Mine,” he corrected.
Sofie bit her lip. “I don’t date much.”
“Me either.” At all, actually.
She shook her head, more in thought than in argument. “I don’t think I have any boundaries with you.”
            He was beginning to think he had none with her, either.

About Jessica Lemmon
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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My Review:  I have really enjoyed Jessica Lemmon's books in the past and was looking forward to another "bad boy" story.  Bad boys seems to hold a special place in my heart, so when the opportunity arose to read Donovan and Sofie's story, I jumped at the chance.  Rescuing the Bad Boy is a book about second chances.  Sofie and Donovan knew each other when they were younger and she had a huge thing for him.  He was always drawn to her, but knew she was a "good girl," and he definitely was anything but good, so he stayed away.  One night changed everything for them, ending on a very bad note.  Because of his past, Donovan has been a runner, and ran away from the town and family that had done him so wrong.   Now, 7 years later, Donovan is forced back into town on family business and right back into the path of Sofie Martin.   A charity event forces them to work together and the attraction that Donovan felt for Sofie 7 years ago, is even stronger than he remembered.  Donovan broke Sofie's heart all those years ago, so she is determined to stay away from him, a feat that proves to be much easier said than done.  As these two work together, they get to know each other better and Sofie learns about Donovan's past and the reason why he is the way he is.  Still oozing with sex appeal and hottness, she finds herself once again falling for this bad boy that she also would love to save.  

Rescuing the Bad Boy is fun, romantic, and proves to be one of those stories that you just want to curl up into your chair and relax with, tuning the world and all its goings on out for a few hours.  Jessica Lemmon has done an excellent job of taking a story concept that is far from new, adding her own twist while creating memorable and engaging characters that you just can't help but love.  She hen mixes it with humor, romance, chemistry, and some serious issues as well, creating a fresh and entertaining story that contemporary romance fans will love.  Definitely add this to your TBR list.
4.5 Hearts

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  1. I'm excited to read this one, I just loved the first book!

  2. I love it when Donovan rumbles. Loved this book.


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