Fighting for DevlinSeries: Lost Boys #1
by Jessica Lemmon
Published by Loveswept on November 24th 2015
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Orphaned as a young child, he was taken in by a crew of bookies and gamblers—and they became his family. They’re the reason Dev’s running a trendy bistro, living in a high rise, and enjoying the good life with a string of women who never ask for too much. Until, one night, he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people. . . .
Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken, Rena’s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.
Dev reawakens something primal within her—a need to go wild. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.
Jessica Lemmon is an author I have been trying to make time to read ever since I saw all the great reviews for her Second Chance series. She lives in Ohio so of course she’s awesome… and probably an awesome writer, too 😉 So when I saw my two favorite bloggers grab the first book in her new Lost Boys series, Fighting for Devlin, I knew what my next step was… copy what they did and request the book.
One rainy Saturday afternoon later and I’m swooning and fangirling all over Jessica Lemmon. If all her books are written this well, her and I are going to be best book buddies.
I loved the balance of romance, turmoil, and perpetual questioning about how these two perfectly paired souls will get to their HEA despite all the obstacles in the way.
Devlin grew up with nothing but obstacles in his way. Raised by his gambling father most of his life, his father died when Devlin was 18 years old, leaving him with a restaurant to run and lots of debt on it. Giving Devlin a home was his father’s best friend. Helping Devlin run the restaurant was his father’s bookie. Because illegal activity was around his restaurant, Devlin made it a policy not to sleep with the “help”. Better safe than sorry later when he ended up in jail after a mad ex turned him in to the cops.
Rena just started working at Devlin’s restaurant and she is most certainly NOT looking for a date or a boyfriend. Okay, maybe she could be talked into a hookup because Devlin is looking so fiiine. But he is very broody, scary, and generally only grunts commands at people. It doesn’t really matter though; Rena is just fine going home to her apartment and being by herself. She’s been doing it for the last four years since she messed up big time. She is still having trouble getting over the consequences of her past choices. She secretly longs to go back to the “old Rena” but she’s afraid to give it a shot.
I love a story that has me looking at the world through another set of eyes or from a completely different perspective. View Spoiler »When a tragedy happens to Rena, it just about wipes her “bad-girl” slate clean. It can’t help but happen. She becomes a “saint” of sorts. Not at all who she was before the accident but it’s a label that adheres to her after. « Hide Spoiler This “Not-Really-a-Spoiler” idea makes perfect sense but I never would have thought about it before. Awesome idea, Ms. Lemmon!
Overall I loved this couple and how they worked through their differences to be together. It was a complex story straight to the end and I thoroughly enjoyed every sneaky page of it! I really wish I could talk more about some of the awesome characters in the story but I’m afraid in doing so, I might accidentally give away some of the mystery to the story, or at the very least, you’d figure out who the good guys and bad guys are.
Devlin a bad guy… pish…