Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: Fighting for Devlin by Jessica Lemmon

Fighting for Devlin
by Jessica Lemmon
Published:  November 24, 2015
Publisher:  Loveswept

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Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Katy Evans, Jessica Lemmon’s irresistible Lost Boys series kicks off with the story of a good girl who plays by the rules—and the bad boy who brings out her wild side.

Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Orphaned as a young child, he was taken in by a crew of bookies and gamblers—and they became his family. They’re the reason Dev’s running a trendy bistro, living in a high rise, and enjoying the good life with a string of women who never ask for too much. Until, one night, he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people.

Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken, Rena’s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.

Dev reawakens something primal within her—a need to go wild. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.

My Thoughts:  I've read several books from Jessica Lemon's Second Chance and Love in the Balance Series, and enjoyed them very much.  Fighting for Devlin is the first book in her new Lost Boys Series, and while I enjoyed it also, it had a bit of a different feel to it than her previous books did.  Kind of a little darker, which wasn't bad, just different.  Rena Lewis hasn't had an easy time of it.  After tragedy struck her life, she became determined to be one of the good girls, denying herself the pleasures others her age indulge in because that is what she believes she deserves, blaming herself for what happened.  She hasn't even been out on a date in four years; hasn't even been interested in a guy until she sees Devlin, her boss, who awakens all kinds of feelings in her.  Devlin is not only her boss. the Oak & Sage belongs to him.  He's well dressed, lives the good life, and is totally out of Rena's league.  Devlin's also mixed up in some pretty serious illegal gambling as well.  He winds up on Rena's doorstep bloodied and bruised after things go bad one night, and suddenly, she sees a whole different side of she can relate she very much wants to help.

As the story progresses and the relationship between Devlin and Rena begins to devlop, things end up getting  a whole lot worse before they get better.  I had a hard time liking Devlin in the beginning, because he was really a jerk, and I didn't like the way he used Rena or the way he treated her.  He did come a long way throughout the course of the story, however, and ended up doing the right thing in the end, but it took him a while to get to that point, and it wasn't until he got to that point, that I really changed my opinion of him, regardless of his hotness factor.  I did enjoy the book overall, however, though not quite as much as Jessica Lemon's other series  I do look forward to seeing what she has in store for her readers in the next installment.

3.5 Hearts


  1. It's hard when you don't like one of the main characters. At least he came through in the end.


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