Published By: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
NOT ALL SCARS HEAL
For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories—including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later, he still can’t forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he’s too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things…
Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie’s heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fundraiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional…yet working by his side every day doesn’t make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past–so they can fight for a future together.
Having thoroughly enjoyed Bringing Home the Bad Boy, I was definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and Rescuing the Bad Boy did not disappoint. It is a sweet, sexy, pull at your heartstrings story about not giving up on love as well as realizing that despite it all everyone deserves to love and be loved in return.
Donovan and I didn’t not get off to a good start at all. Without going into specifics I would have put a boot in his ass for what he did, but as the story progresses and we find out his past, it becomes clear that the salty, often irritable and irritating bad boy has more scars than anyone realizes and his actions and reactions take on a whole new meaning, but that wasn’t what turned the tide for me when it came to Donovan. It was the little things he did that showed he cared when he didn’t really intend to, it was these moments that had me loving Donovan and hoping that he would come to his senses. Sofie is that sweet, good hearted girl who may seem like a pushover but when you look deeper you find that it’s not that she is one, it’s more that she’s taken the time to look at the situation from at least two angles, if not more, and has decided what she knows she can handle no matter how things turn out. She’s got a lot of sass and is a lot more observant than people know. Together they have a lot of chemistry and just “get” each other, which also explains why Donovan reacts in the way the way he does with her. Sometimes people who can see beyond the wall you erect are the ones that scare you the most.
As far as the story and the progression of their relationship goes, I really liked it. There were times when I felt that the pacing was a bit on the slow side, but this is a second chance story so there certain issues that both characters need to work out and it’s done in such a way that it actually worked well in the end for me. There was some angstyness between Donovan and Sofie, but what I appreciated is that it never got to that ‘shrew/asshole’ level between them. They show that they are adults and while that incident is something that neither has fully gotten over, they have come to terms with it, in general. But what I found that I appreciated the most is that this story wasn’t about needing to forgive past trespasses to move on, because let’s all be honest, not matter how much we want to live by the adage, “Forgive and forget” it’s not always plausible. It was about coming to terms with your past and moving past it.
And then there is catching up with the characters that we met in Bringing Home the Bad Boy, which is something that I loved. We get to see where Evan and Charlie are in their relationship and catch up with Faith, Gloria and Asher. Also we get to see a lot more of Conner, the landscaper of the Gods, and meet Ant aka Anthony, who I must admit has peaked my interest so I’m going to send out a small plea that he at least gets a novella. Please???
Overall: If you love well written second chance stories that have great characters and not an over abundance of angst, this is the series for you!
~ I received an ARC from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley for an honest review. ~
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.
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