Fighting for Devlin
A Lost Boys Novel
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“A must-read for everyone who loves to watch a bad boy hero fall to his knees in the name of love.”—Lauren Layne
In a standalone novel that kicks off the irresistible Lost Boys series, a good girl and her boss get wild . . . together.
Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Abandoned as a child, he was raised with bookies and gamblers. Dev runs and lives above a trendy club the mob subsidizes for him, enjoying the good life and mindless sex with a string of women all too ready to please him. 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—and something protective within himself. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.
Look for Jessica Lemmon’s standalone romances with heartfelt HEAs:
FIGHTING FOR DEVLIN | FORGOTTEN PROMISES | SHUT UP AND KISS ME | EYE CANDY | ARM CANDY
Praise for Fighting for Devlin
“Fighting for Devlin is an addicting read I couldn’t put down! I loved watching Devlin and Rena fight to get over their pasts so they could have a bright future.”—New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin
“Sexy is as sexy does, and Devlin does it very well! Jessica Lemmon pens an edgy journey of two lost souls and the healing power of love. With all the heat of a bad boy and a walk on the wild side, Fighting for Devlin is a page-turner from beginning to end.”—New York Times bestselling author Tawny Weber
“Line up, ladies: When you finish this book, you will be ready to fight for Devlin. Jessica Lemmon has written an amazing read full of twists, emotions, and steam. I fell in love with Devlin and Rena.”—USA Today bestselling author Chelsea Camaron
“Gorgeously written and sexy as hell, Fighting for Devlin is a terrific New Adult debut.”—Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of the Returning Home series
“Fighting for Devlin starts off as a sweet unrequited love story, then bam! Bad boy deliciousness takes over. Love it!”—Carla Swafford, author of Hidden Heat
“The pages sizzle when a bad boy meets the good girl.”—Fresh Fiction
“Romance readers love our bad boys, and Devlin really fits the bill while still being a guy with heart deep down inside!”—Smexy Books
“Grabbed me from the onset . . . Swoons, feels and heat made Fighting for Devlin the perfect evening escape.”—Caffeinated Book Reviewer
“A book about an amazing and incredibly sweet love that makes you feel so much. Every page is more wonderful than the other. Devlin and Rena captivated me completely from the very start and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends
“This is my first book by Jessica Lemmon, and I enjoyed it. I liked the main couple as well as the side characters. I can’t wait to read further installments in this series.”—Marieke’s Books
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
If you like bad-boy stories you should enjoy this one.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve only read one other book by Jessica Lemmon and that was the Millionaire Affair which I loved. When I saw this one available on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. Unfortunately, I think I must not care for “bad boy” stories. The writing was fine but the story, for me, was just OK.
My initial reaction was similar to one I’ve had when I’ve read “step-brother” books. Usually in those there’s just too much of the “oh we shouldn’t, it’s so wrong” dialogue that I end up not liking the story. This book wasn’t quite like that but there was a bit of the heroine and hero saying to themselves that they shouldn’t want the other one but just couldn’t stay away. So, I don’t really think the problem is with the book or the writing, it’s with my personal taste in reading material.
All that being said, I did finish the book and mostly enjoyed it; there are some nice steamy scenes. The story is told in alternating first person points of view. Devlin’s had a somewhat difficult life but has made his way and become a successful restaurant owner. But he’s had help along the way from a not so legitimate friend and mentor.
Rena is a reformed wild-child, full of guilt, with a secret she doesn’t want to tell Devlin. She goes to work for him at the Oak & Sage and can’t ignore the attraction she feels for him. She can’t believe it when he seems to be attracted to her as well.
There are a few twists and turns in this book that I definitely didn’t see coming. If you enjoy “bad boy” stories I think you will really like this one. It’s not the author’s fault that this particular type of story just doesn’t do it for me.
I’m rating this book as 4 stars even though it’s not my favorite type of book. The writing is good so that’s what I’m basing my review on rather than how much I enjoyed the story.
Exciting start to a new series
Wow, now I loved this book a lot! The characters were amazing, so deep and full. Who can resist a bad boy....but a bad boy gone good....just too awesome for words. I liked that the characters were flawed, they were so much more believable and relatable this way. It was just a love story but it was totally a story about growth, redemption and fighting against the odds. Both of the characters were more that what they showed at the beginning and it took finding each other to really bring out who they were and who they wanted to be in the end. I can't wait to read more from this author and more in this series.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Nov 24, 2015
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 230 Pages
- Language: English