Friday, October 2, 2015

5 Star Review: A Bad Boy for Christmas (Second Chance #3) by Jessica Lemmon

Connor McClain knows what he wants. And after four harrowing years in Afghanistan, that's a quiet life in the lakeside town of Evergreen Cove. But coming home has land mines of its own-the most dangerous of them being long-legged bombshell Faith Garrett. Now getting her into his arms this holiday is going to require more than mistletoe . . . 

With a cheating ex behind her, all Faith wants is a relaxing holiday free from man drama. And even though every moment with gorgeous Connor is a sweet temptation, Faith is determined not to give in. But Jack Frost has other plans, and soon Faith and Connor are snowbound in a winter wonderland with only the sparks flying between them to keep them warm. As one hot kiss leads to another, they'll have to decide if they're ready to give each other the best gift of all-love.


My Review

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Faith and Connor have known each other for a while now and she has been harboring a major crush on Connor. But having been betrayed by her ex-fiance, Faith is weary about relationships. Connor has always been attracted to Faith, but he knows about her past and doesn't want to push her into anything she is not ready for. It also doesn't help that Connor has some issues himself, the most important one being PTSD from the 4 years he spent in Afghanistan. 

When a situation occurs that has Faith needing some extra security at her apartment, Connor gets all Alpha-y and steps up to help. He ends up sleeping on Faith's couch and playing watchdog. She even ends up staying over at his place a few times. But the more time they spend together, the more they cannot ignore the sparks between them. They were already friends, so they had a friendly relationship, but they both slowly realize that it is so much more than that. I mean you could cut the sexual tension with a knife. It was great!

Connor. I loved Connor! He was such a contradiction and I could try to describe him, but Faith said it best: 
“How is it that you are a complete badass, who carries a gun, hurdles my balcony, protects me from my ex-fiancĂ©, and yet you have a gentle enough touch to care for dozens of fragile plants?”
Come on! The guy grows award winning lavender, for christ's sake! LAVENDER! He's sweet, funny, caring, loyal, and ridiculously sexy. And I could say the same thing about Faith. They were perfect for each other!

I think my favorite part of the book was when the two of them got snowed in. Faith grew up in an unconventional household and never really celebrated holidays. So after spending Thanksgiving with Connor's family, they are going to spend Christmas together at Donovan and Sophie's place. But a snowstorm intervenes and strands them at the cottage on Donovan's land. It is definitely not ideal, but they make do. Knowing Faith never celebrated a real Christmas, Connor does everything to make this one a great one despite the circumstances. He even manages to get them a Christmas tree and Faith decorates it with some very interesting decorations. They spend their time enjoying each other's company, talking and having hot and steamy sex. Like so steamy they could have melted the snow that stranded them. Maybe not all of it, but definitely a lot of it. The whole thing just made me all swoony.

I just love this series. (All the books are standalones so if you haven't read the previous books, don't worry.) When I read the first book, Bringing Home the Bad Boy, I knew that this was going to be a great series and I have yet to be disappointed. I just want to move to Evergreen Cove and be friends with all of them. I want to take part in girls night and get snowed in with my own bad boy! And I am so glad that we are getting Asher and Gloria's story. In this book the author sets up their story. They have this great love/hate, personal/business, confusing relationship that will surely be entertaining to watch play out. I can't wait!

Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. 

At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she'd only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since "eating potato chips" isn't a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she'd started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn't stop her from writing another one. 

Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn't be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)

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