Monday, February 1, 2016

Fighting for Devlin by Jessica Lemmon

Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Katy Evans, Jessica Lemmon’s irresistible Lost Boys series kicks off with the story of a good girl who plays by the rules—and the bad boy who brings out her wild side.

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I like that Fighting for Devlin has a unique setting. It is based around the world of illegal gambling. Not something you read about a lot in romance. It's nice to change it up every once in a while.

Delvin was orphaned at a young age. His father's friends take him in and expose him to the world of gambling. Delvin is your typical bad boy with attitude to spare. For me, his character is very one dimensional. I needed more, I needed depth but it never came.

When Delvin realizes he put too much of his trust in the wrong people it's too late. He's battered and bruised when he shows up at Rena's house. There is an attraction there but a line he never wanted to cross, until he can't help himself.

The sex scenes were steamy but the angst level is super high. The set up left it known that Cade and Tasha's story is next. I am hoping Cade comes through a little more three dimensional and not as flat as Delvin ended up being.

This book has a number of things to commend it, but I think that there is too much going on, and at the same time it is all in the abstract. Both the leads have darkness in their pasts, and hardness in their current lives, but it seems to affect others much more than them. I can't really explain without revealing some of the story – which is something I do not do. The writing is good, and the pace is fine; I just didn't get invested enough in things working out, nor did I expect things to be resolved as they are… That said, this is obviously the first in a series, and maybe the plan is to release more detail as the books progress. We shall have to wait and see.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fighting for Devlin (Lost Boys #1) by Jessica Lemmon to read and review.

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