Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Second Chance Series #1
Publisher by: Forever
Published on: January 27, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 388
The Bad Boy Is Back
Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.
Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .
A beautiful story about dealing with death, grief and second-chance love. This is my first time reading Jessica Lemmon and I fell in love. She grabs your heart from the beginning and doesn’t let go through the whole book.
Evan Downey lost his wife 5 years ago suddenly. He has been raising their little boy, Lyon, alone ever since. He finally decides to move himself and Lyon to the town of Evergreen Cove. It is where he spent his summers as a teenager but also the same place his wife Rae and their friend Charlotte grew up. Charlotte, or Aunt Charlie, as Lyon calls her, still lives there.
Charlie was Rae’s best friend and feels responsible for both Evan and Lyon. Charlie lives next door and wants to be there to help anyway she can. There is one problem. She been in love with Evan since they were kids. She wanted him first but he only had eyes for Rae. So when they got together she took a step back and locked away her feelings as any good best friend would.
Evan was always friends with “Ace”, as he calls Charlotte, but never really noticed her until moving to Evergreen Cove. Now he sees Ace for the sexy woman she is but her body is not the only thing he sees. She understands his artist mind and helps him deal with some of the guilt he has regarding it. Will this two old friends be able to get their second chance at love??
I absolutely loved sexy tattoo artist/graphic novelist Evan. You feel his pain in this book as he works through his grief, raises his son plus dealing with his growing feelings for Charlie. Charlie has a heart of gold and though he sometimes says and does some messed up things to her she tries to see things through his eyes. She tries to give him the time and space he needs. The best though was when these two got together, the heat comes off them in waves. There is a scene involving paint, a blank canvas and some tattooed sexiness that will be forever etched in my dirty mind. You will love his best friend Asher – the rockstar, Gloria – his agent plus Charlie’s two friends Sofie and Faith. They all work together to put together a great story. A definite must read from Jessica Lemmon.
“Know why I moved here?” he asked, keeping his voice low.
She wrenched her eyes from his and focused on a spot over his shoulder.
“Because you didn’t want to live in Columbus anymore.” That’s what he’d told her. That he wanted a change. That he and Lyon had outgrown the house. And, she imagined it’d be hard to live in the house where Rae had passed.
“But why here?”
His fingers grazed her jaw and turned her head, his palm moving to her neck where he cupped her nape and forced her eyes to his.
Reluctantly, she met them.
“Rae’s more alive when you’re around, Ace.”
Her heart, oh her heart. Kicking against her chest in a confusing, hectic rhythm.
“You bring her to life for Lyon—more than anyone else. I need him to remember her because he can’t remember her alive.” His hold stayed, his palm warming her neck, his gaze unwavering.
She tried to separate the two feelings she was having—one that she was now talking about Rae with Evan and two, that he was touching her while talking about Rae.
Before she could, his lips closed over hers.
Her thoughts short-circuited.
This wasn’t anything like a soft peck hello. This was his lips moving over hers, slanting over hers, warm and firm and then his mouth opened and—
Oh my gosh!
His wet, warm tongue slid along the seam of her lips and she stopped being passive and started kissing him back. When she would have touched her tongue to his, he relocated it, running along her bottom lip instead and tugging with his teeth.
If she’d been standing, her knees would have given out and dropped her right on her butt.
And then there was the palm on her neck, now spearing up through her hair and clutching onto a handful of it. He held her captive, his hand fisting her hair as he angled his mouth again. In response to the soft whimper escaping her throat, he swept his tongue into her mouth. He tangled his tongue with hers once, twice, and released her.
When he pulled his mouth away, a long, satisfied sigh escaped her lips. Because that was a kiss. A kiss to rival all other kisses.
She opened her eyes to realize A) she’d closed her eyes and B) she’d at some point wrapped both hands around his forearms where she was holding tight and C) Evan looked as please as she felt.
“God damn, Ace. Your mouth.” His eyes flicked to her lips. Lips still tingling from the rough scrape from the stubble surrounding his.
She concurred with that sentiment. Not that she said anything. She’d gone dumb; completely mute.
He backed away, but held onto her chin and tweaked it lightly with the rough pad of one thumb. “That’s the way this is gonna go from now on.”
Her breathing went shallow, her thoughts went muzzy and her head blurred as her heart palpated to the point of panic attack.
She didn’t mean to say it, and it had only been a whisper, but by the look twisting Evan’s face—the angry look twisting his face—he’d heard. And he hadn’t liked what he’d heard.
“Sorry,” she said to him this time. “I should go.”
Unbelievably, he leaned closer. She pulled her chin back until she realized she likely had a double chin, then settled her head on her neck in a more reasonable position.
Gosh. He was making her crazy.