A Bad Boy for ChristmasSeries: Second Chance #3
by Jessica Lemmon
Published by Forever on September 29th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
Ahhh, Christmas themed books… good or bad, they WILL get you into the mood for the holidays. But what if a “holiday” story took you from Halloween all the way through to Christmas? Wouldn’t that be spectacular? Well, “spectacular” is right here because Jessica Lemmon may have titled the book A Bad Boy Christmas but he’s a “bad boy” for the last three months of the year.
I put “bad boy” in quotes because honestly, I didn’t think Connor McClain was all that much of a bad boy. He might have been rough around the edges and was the type of guy who preferred to work with his hands. But just because he hadn’t unpacked a box yet to properly move in and was allergic to organizing paperwork for his business, I wouldn’t exactly classify the guy has bad boy material. Heck, the guy was a landscaper. He preferred the serenity of growing things after experiencing the horrors of war in Afghanistan. The man carries a lot of war wounds mentally, too.
I guess compared to sweet homebody Faith Garrett, Connor would seem like trouble. Faith is just getting over a horrible breakup and only wants a guy for a casual fling or hookup. It’s almost as if Faith is the guy in the relationship because Faith becomes so obstinate about not being a relationship with Connor and that’s all Connor wants.
As I mentioned before, the book takes place over 3 months. It was a slow build to the major climax of the story. I personally thought we could have probably gotten there faster but that may have excluded some of the scenes setting up a major plot point towards the end of the book. But since I didn’t see this little plot thing happening along the way, I got impatient for the story to do something or go somewhere. Apparently I was missing the point along the way. I hate when that happens!
I think my middle of the road review reflects solely on my personal tastes, not on anything the story lacked. If you look at the other ratings out there on Goodreads and Amazon, you can put together a fuller pictue of the book. But I will say one huge thing about the book. I need to decorate something, STAT!
Thank you, Ms. Lemmon. Now I need to go put up my Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving gets here!