Friday, August 28, 2015

Review by Irene: Fighting for Devlin by Jessica Lemmon

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.

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4 stars

I received an ARC through NetGalley

This is my first read by Jessica. I am looking forward to reading her other books.
Fighting for Devlin is about a bad boy who wants the good girl. Or so he thought.
Rena had suffered a loss and in so she kept to herself. She would seem shy at first. Once you get to know her she would open up and let you partly in.
Devlin who also suffered a loss maintained his bad boy status by hooking up with every girl possible. Well except girls from work. He had a code. No messing with the girls from work. Yeah that lasted long Devlin.
Rena worked for Devlin and they had a few run in's. Rena always seemed tongue tied. She couldn't form the words she wanted to speak. Not many woman had that problem when it came to Devlin.
As much as these two didn't want to be with each other. They sure did find one another. Devlin ran a restaurant. Rena was a waitress. As much as Rena tried to stay away from Devlin, he was always in her are. So it seemed. Yes he owns the restaurant so he will always be there. But what I mean is: If Rena is in the back stocking, or refilling her station. Boom Devlin is there, behind her. 
Their story was different. I guess you could say Devlin was an alpha male to a point. He seemed mean and harsh. However he had a soft side. Especially when it came to Rena. Rena seemed like a good girl. On the inside she was bad. Or wanted to be bad. Everyone knew her as the good girl.  When these to mesh you get an explosion of sorts. As much as they tried to keep away there was this pull. It was like they were magnets and couldn't resist getting put together. I guess you could say this is where Devlin's bad boy side comes in. He was in mixed up in something illegal. He dragged Rena into just once. That saying what goes around comes around. Yeah although Devlin could of left this illegal business years ago he kept at it. He was good at it. However his love for Rena was stronger. There was some wrong turns made and things back blasted on Devlin and Rena. Words hurt, but actions speak louder than words. Devlin's actions killed Rena, as well as himself. He was only thinking of her safety though. Rena knew this but was willing to walk down that road with him. It breaks your heart.
The story was good. Their chemistry was good. The ending was ehhhhh.....I could have used a little more. I wonder if we will get that in the next book.

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.

Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers

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