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Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Fighting for Devlin" (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.


I was excited to receive this ARC from NetGalley for this book by Jessica Lemmon- I've previously read several of her works and enjoyed them immensely.  So, I'm sad to say I was a bit disappointed with "Fighting for Devlin".  While the main characters - Rena and Devlin, are ok and at times, I really liked them, there were too many times that I didn't like them.  Rena came across very immature and I didn't care for Devlin or the way he acted.  He came across as a jerk for most of the book.  I did grow to like them both but it took quite a long time for that to happen.  The story itself had promise and was a bit different storyline then I usually read -Devlin is a true bad boy, involved in illegal gambling.  Overall, I wasn't overly thrilled or so intrigued by this one that I found I had to work to finish it.  I did and am glad that I found out what happens and grew to enjoy the story a bit more towards the end.  I will continue to be a fan of Ms. Lemmon but will probably just stay away from this series.  (received copy from NetGalley for honest review)



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