Thursday, May 5, 2016

5 Star Review: Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

He's a mess...

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a 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.

Only she can clean up.

Gloria Shields is no one's fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and 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 her. 

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

YES! FINALLY! Asher and Gloria. Jessica teased us throughout this series and I was itching to get my hands on this book. I wanted an epic story and I wasn't disappointedI mean, I already loved him going in, but then seeing him with his son (so cute!) and his adorable dog just made me love him so much more. The dog! I won't give anything away because I think the less you know, the better, but I definitely reached out to the author to be like, "YES! Thank you!"  

Asher and Gloria have been circling each other for a long time. It's clear they have feelings for one another and they have even acted on those feelings. These two have a history and Gloria feels as though she can't trust him. But after Asher has a heart to heart with Charlie (yay Charlie!) he realizes that if her wants Gloria, he is going to have to pursue her. So he does. And let's just say he is REALLY good at it.
“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 mean....COME ON!!  The sexual energy between these two just rolls off of them in waves and as a reader I love that. Because I knew once they finally get together it will be AMAZING. 

Of course it is not an easy road to their happily ever after. While Gloria has settled into Evergreen Cove and considers the quaint little town to be her new home, at first Asher sees it as a part time home. He has a place in California and that's where his band is stationed, but now Asher has a three year old son. A son that he did not know about until recently. So not only is Asher going after Gloria, he is also learning to be a father while dealing with baby mama drama. The longer he sticks around, the more he realizes that maybe he should reconsider that whole "part time home" thing. Unfortunately for him, Gloria doesn't know how she fits into this new life and she is holding onto her own baggage that makes her think that a family isn't in the cards for her. And getting involved with Asher means she gets an instant family!

So things are complicated, luckily they have the rest of the gang for support! They provided much needed pep talks and helped Asher and Gloria make sense of their crazy relationship. And who better to do that than the three couples we have all grown to love? And I loved that Donovan was the voice of reason multiple times. He wouldn't have been my first choice, but he had some very wise words for both of them, at very different stages of their relationship. Those were some of my favorite moments in the book. Well, my favorite non Asher and Gloria sexy times moments. ;-) 

I'm a little sad that this series is over, but I look forward to seeing what Jessica comes up with next!

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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