bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a
life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher’s nomad ways
come to a sudden stop when he learns he’s the father of a three-year-old from a
past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.
Asher has always been intense, but she’d never risk giving her heart to a man
who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make
things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she’s guarded
her heart against for years. And it isn’t long before she starts to wonder if
life with this bad boy might be the best thing that’s ever happened to
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.
“Listen, Asher”—she cleared her throat and tore her eyes away from his biceps, which were absolutely delicious and testing the limits of his T-shirt in the most distracting way possible—“I don’t know what you think you’re doing—”
“No, you listen.” He palmed her hip much like Brice had earlier, but unlike Brice, when Asher touched her, her nipples perked up and every inch of her grew warm. Asher’s nearness, one hand gripping her firmly as he looked down at her with dark hunger in his eyes, was so hot she couldn’t think.
The crowd milling around them were having loud, drunken conversations, so he lowered his face to her ear to speak.
“I’m coming for you, Sarge.” His hand moved from her hip to her lower back, his fingers splaying wide and slipping beneath the material of her shirt. “Bet you’ve never had anyone come for you, have you?” His nose moved along her ear, warm breath tickling her skin. “Bet you were a rebellious teen with a nose ring and a bad attitude and all you wanted was to feel good.”
No nose ring, but the rest was scarily accurate.
“Well, guess what, honey?” he continued, his fingertips sizzling on her bare skin. “I’m going to make you feel good. I’m the only one who can.”
He pulled his face away and she had to will her mouth to close. Her teeth clacked together as her brain scrambled to figure out what part she should argue with first. Wrenching a fist around his T-shirt, she tugged him close. A small smile played on his mouth, and his hand went higher beneath her shirt. He was anticipating a kiss, but she wasn’t going to kiss him.
“Listen up, you arrogant bastard.” Anger vibrated through her arms and a charge shot from her toes to the crown of her head. “You don’t get to claim me. I’m not your property. I can do whatever I want.” Because she wanted to wipe that stupid smirk off his face, she added, “And I can do whomever I want.”
His lips flinched, but he didn’t back away, stepping even closer and touching the tip of her nose with his. Her vision was now swimming in dark hair, dark eyes, and the sexiest smirk she’d ever seen.
It’s not sexy. It’s stupid, remember?
But it wasn’t. And the rest of her knew it. Her nipples tightened, her body tingled, and the hand she’d wrapped around his shirt began to sweat…
“You do me, Sarge. No one else,” he said.
“I’m not”—she had to swallow around a very dry throat to finish—“doing you.”
“Brice McGuire doesn’t know how to make your body sing. I do.” He slid his nose along hers and moved his hand from her back to her hair. She shivered. “Want me to make your body sing, Sarge?”
Rating : 5 out of 5 Stars
Jessica Lemmon is a very talented author, she gives life to her characters in such an authentic way that, as a reader, I had the feeling to be a part of their story. Needless to say that I devoured this book ! Return of the Bad Boy is the fourth installment in the Second Chance series, a favorite trope of mine. It can be read as a standalone, the author does an excellent job at introducing all her characters. It was my first book by Jessica Lemmon but, after enjoying it so much, I have started reading her other books !
The hero of this story is Asher Knight, the childhood friend of Evan Downey and Donovan Pate, the heroes of previous installments in this series. I love how the characters are connected in some way or the other in this story.
Asher is an amazing character and he totally made me swoon ! A famous rock star and a single dad, he is also the author of children’s books featuring a badass bovine, named Mad Cow ! Asher is a sexy rock god with a very soft, sentimental side. He is the perfect match for Gloria Shields, the strong and sassy woman he loves from afar, who also happens to be his literary agent.
He wants to find his roots and be a good father to his 3-year-old son, Hawk. In order to be closer to his son and to his buddies, he has purchased a vacation home in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove, where he used to spend his holidays as a child. Living in Evergreen Cove also gives him the opportunity to be closer to Gloria, and to try to win her back. Asher and Gloria are soulmates, their emotional connection runs very deep, but trust issues have separated them. Asher needs to convince his “Sarge”, the nickname he gives her for barking orders at him, that his manwhoring ways are over and that his home is with her and his son.
This book was a total winner for me. It was such a wonderful story that tugged at my heartstrings, with bright and genuine characters ! The sense of family and friendship is predominant in Jessica Lemmon’s books and I love it. I highly recommend this book and this author ! All the stars for Gloria and Asher !
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review