Author: Jessica Lemmons
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: 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.
Review: This writer’s really got some great moves, and I loved how she brought the two characters together in this book. Once I figured out this was a story about a bad boy who wanted to be good–and wanted desperately to deserve the good girl in his sights–I fell in love with his character’s story of redemption and I think you will too.
Devlin was raised by a father who was a gambler. It was an addiction; a sickness. And while he worked as an enforcer for Sonny Laurence, the bookie who helped him recover his inheritance, he himself never gambled. Running his dad’s restaurant Oak & Sage was cathartic and was truly his second chance, but it still had an illegal tinge to it because that’s where he collected the money and paid out the winnings to Sonny’s clients. He’d never cared before until he met Rena. Knowing she was a good girl, knowing she’d expect more. Usually, he’d avoid “relationship” kind of women, but with Rena? He couldn’t stay away from her. But what did that mean for his future?? Could he ever break away from Sonny?
After the death of her high school boyfriend four years earlier, Rena had kept to the safe side of the street. She avoided going out, she avoided relationships, she really avoided anything that seemed like it would be a risk. But Devlin…he was too magnetic, too domineering. He drew her in and made her senses reel; for the first time in four years she felt a tingle up her spine at the sound of a man’s voice.
But did she deserve it? She felt like it was her fault that her boyfriend had died…that she’d dragged him down with her wild behavior. What would happen if she lost control again?
I really enjoyed this book, and I think that if you like to watch characters evolving into who there are while they’re also falling in love, this is a great read. Thanks!