The Bad Boy Is Back
Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.
Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'm not gonna lie. I clicked on this book because of the cover. I found myself just staring at it...LOOK AT IT. Yum. Then I read the synopsis and I was SOLD. I am a huge fan of the friends turned lovers story line and I also love a second chance romance. And this book has both! BONUS!
At the beginning of the book Evan and his son Lyon are saying goodbye to their home. They have been living in the house where his wife Rae died and they both need a change. The two of them are moving back to Evergreen Cove, which is where Evan he spent his summers growing. It is also where Charlotte, or Aunt Charlie, as Lyon calls her, lives.
Charlie was Rae's best friend. She was there when Evan and Rae met and now she feels responsible for both Evan and Lyon. Charlie lives next door and she knows that she will become a big part of their lives, but before she knows it she is not only spending a lot of time with them, but she also starts to experience feelings that she is not comfortable having.
Here is the thing I liked most about this book. This was a story about people moving on after experiencing the death of a loved one. But when it came down to it, the person who is having the most trouble moving on isn't the one you would expect. The phrase "I'm sorry Rae" is spoken numerous times during the book and my heart broke every time it was said. The author makes is clear throughout the book that Charlie feels guilty about having feelings for Evan, but it's more than that.
The other day I was trying to come up with a list of book boyfriends. Well now I can now add another one to the list...Evan Downey. Thank you Jessica Lemmon. He's a smart, sexy, loving, funny, tattooed, single father. And a force to be reckoned with. I think Charlie says it best when she uses this description to describe Evan:
The man could talk a nun out of her habit. And a good girl into a series of bad ones.I love Charlie and Evan together. They have known each other for years. Being together as friends is very easy, but Charlie is resistant to return Evan's romantic advances. But when she finally gives in...OH. MY. GOD. The author's writing style is not overly descriptive, but it was just enough to prompt me to do that whole "fanning myself with my hand" movement. I won't give away any details, but I will say that after reading this book you won't be able to think about finger painting without blushing.
I look forward to the subsequent books in this series. This was my first Jessica Lemmon book and I will definitely be reading all the books in this series, as well as her books from the "Love in the Balance" series because Evan Downey has brothers y'all.
I also recommend going to the author's website. If you click on the individual books she includes some fun stuff to go along with it!
Amazon buy link: http://amzn.com/B00K5UNVEM