Fighting for Devlin: A Lost Boys Novel

Fighting for Devlin: A Lost Boys Novel

by Jessica Lemmon

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ISBN-13: 9781101884706
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Series: Lost Boys , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 174,062
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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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Chapter 1

The first time I’d seen Devlin Calvary, I held my breath until my chest inflated like a party balloon. Today hadn’t been any different, considering the moment I saw his profile as I strode in, I ducked my head and ran for the kitchen. He was like the sun: hot, and he made me squint if I looked directly at him.

Other than the flooring good looks of the man who was my boss, my new job had started without a bang. Oak & Sage hadn’t hit a dinner rush yet. My Nazi-like trainer, Melinda, and I were attempting to stay occupied while (according to her) out of shift manager Chet’s sight.

“How can anyone take him seriously with that lisp?” she spat. Melinda spat everything. She reminded me of an angry cat most of the time.

I frowned, dusting the broad leaves on one of the fake plants lining the top of the empty booths where she and I were cleaning. Well, where I was cleaning. She was gossiping about everyone she laid eyes on. I didn’t like her all that much, but she was the only co-worker I really knew here. I missed my friends at the recently gone-out-of-business Craft Palace. Right about now, we’d be opening a shipment of new scrapbook paper and dishing about the cute delivery guy.

“What if he dated a girl with an ‘S’ at the beginning of her name?” Melinda said, an evil smirk on her face. “Like . . . Sarah. ‘Sthara, you’re stho sthexthy.’”

I tried not to laugh, but it was funny. Mean, but funny.

“Nervous about tonight?” she asked as I moved to the next plant. “It’s your first time alone.”

“No, I think I can do it.”

“It’s a lot of pressure. Don’t underestimate a Thursday. It’s usually twice as busy as Friday but in fewer hours. Plus, you have a three-table section.”

I glanced at her uneasily.

“And your tables aren’t in the direct path of the kitchen, so you’ll be double-timing it back there most of the evening.”

I blinked at her. “Are you trying to freak me out?”

She smiled, her eyes holding a lazy-cat look, then her gaze slid over my shoulder. I watched as her smile turned . . . something. Almost lusty. Then I realized why.

It’s him.

Crazy as it sounded, I could feel whenever he approached. I clutched my dust rag when his low, commanding voice washed over the air and etched into my skin.

“Melinda, help the hostesses roll some more silverware, will you?”

Devlin Calvary. General manager of Oak & Sage, though I would swear he couldn’t be much older than my twenty-two years. The youngest man I’d ever seen in charge of my paycheck was dressed in a suit. He always wore suits rather than the khaki-and-button-down-shirt combo Chet wore. I guess to show he was in charge. But let me tell you, Devlin didn’t need a suit to alert anyone of his authority.

I ran a gaze up and down the length of his lean body, appreciating his height, broad shoulders, and the air of power and control emanating from him like expensive cologne.

When his long, dark lashes gave me a once-over, I felt my throat close off. I’d been introduced to him in passing when Chet hired me. Devlin hadn’t done more than tip his chin in acknowledgment then.

And he hadn’t spoken a word to me since.

“Sure thing.” Melinda started, then pointed to me. “Unless you’d rather Rena do it. She really doesn’t know how to do much of anything else.”

I glared at her, but she didn’t see me, as she was attempting to blind him with the bazillion-watt smile pulling her shiny, red lips. Devlin’s bored expression remained; his chiseled jaw stayed firm.

“Just you. Rena’s . . .” He lifted his brows and studied the rag I’d clutched against my chest like a handkerchief. “. . . petting the plants.”

Melinda snapped her head toward me, her dark blond ponytail flicking behind her like the end of a very short whip. He walked away, and I continued “petting” the fake orchid in front of me as I watched his legs eat up the long aisle leading to the kitchen.

“You may as well forget about whatever fantasy you’re cooking in your head.” She sneered at me.

I shook my head in fervent denial—like I suffered any delusions that someone as hot and powerful as Devlin might look at me twice. I knew who I was. I wasn’t the type of girl who snagged the attention of a guy like him.

“He doesn’t date the help,” she continued. “He flirts with me, but I’d never.” She cut a look in the direction he’d disappeared, biting her lip. A brief flicker of longing lit her hazel eyes before she muttered, “I don’t have any interest in him.”

Oh, the lies she told. I rolled my eyes as she turned and walked to the hostess station. I knew damn well that Melinda, or any of the other females in this restaurant, would trade an ovary to be under Devlin’s intense blue-eyed stare for fifteen minutes.

To be under him, period.


I cut through the clatter of silverware and tinkling of crystal glasses wearing a smile on my face. Oak & Sage restaurant had been my second home for as long as I could remember. My dad opened it when I was in diapers, and I’d cut my teeth on the corner of table 31. You could say I was born into this life. Along the way, I had inherited another.

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Fighting for Devlin: A Lost Boys Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and a different story plot. Sweet romance. Enjoyed reading. BG
Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
Book one in Jessica Lemmon’s Lost Boy series introduces us to Devlin Calvary. Hot, pure alpha with a past that haunts him. After losing his mom at a young age Devlin is left in the care of his father only to lose him as well. Taken in by one of his dad’s close friends Paul, Devlin is introduced into a whole new world. It is here that he meets Sonny, a bookie who his dad was in deep with and owed a lot of money to. Sonny decided that taking Devlin under his wing is a great way for him to pay off his father’s debt. I was a little on the edge with Sonny at first, I didn’t really know if he was someone to like or if he was the enemy. Sonny has provided Devlin with a life of luxury. Devlin in known for owning his father’s restaurant Oak & Sage but under the façade of a wealthy restaurant owner is the delivery boy for Sonny. Sonny’s clients use the restaurant as a way to place bets and pay off debts owed to Sonny. Rena Lewis has just started her job at Oak & Sage. Everything seems to be going well if she could just get her mind of the smoking hot owner. Rena can’t deny her pull to Devlin but an accident years ago has left her changed. Gone is the party girl who likes to have fun. Now she is a straight laced good girl just trying to make a life for herself. When Devlin shows up at her house one night beaten and bloody Rena immediately comes to his rescue. She gets him cleaned and patched up for him to quickly retreat. When he asks for her help one night Rena has no idea what she is getting involved in but knew she couldn’t tell him know. I love how these two were able to help each other face and conquer their personal demons. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i received a copy of this through Netgalley. And I instantly fell in love with this book. Rena has a wild side that she has kept locked up since her "sainted" boyfriend died in a car accident 4 years ago. She blames herself for his death because she was being her wild self and he came to her rescue. Four years later she's starting a new job and instantly falls in lust with her boss, Devlin. He makes her want to go wild. Devlin has a rule that he does not sleep with his employees. But Rena tempts him more than he would like to admit. After showing up at her place after he is beaten up he starts to rethink his stand. He needs her help at work being a front man so nobody sees him beaten. That does not go well with his reputation. Sparks start to fly from there and the chemistry is explosive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was a bit different. The story line was a little strange, but it was still interesting.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: “Oh the lies she told. I rolled my eyes as she turned and walked to the hostess station. I knew damn well that Melinda, or any of the other females in this restaurant, would trade an ovary to be under Devlin's intense blue-eyed stare for fifteen minutes. To be under him, period.” “He'd be less successful at getting money for Sonny given that he looked about as trustworthy as a used car salesman. I blamed the pencil-slim suit pants. Never trust a man whose junk you could see at a glance.” “That's why I no longer did 'bad' things. Bad things led to worse things. A wave of regret licked at my insides like fire. Nothing new there.” “Every mom had her own version of 'the look,' and when a daughter sees it, she knows, without words, what it means. Hers always said the same thing: You've been single too long.” “The idea of someone so good wanting someone like me jolted my heart into a new rhythm. Like Frankenstein's monster, alive after being cold and dead – stray, unfeeling limbs brought together for renewed purpose.” “Something about the way she reacted to me hinted that we were kindred spirits. Impossible. She was Red Riding Hood to my Big Bad Wolf.” “I want you, Rena. I haven't stopped wanting you. Want is flowing through me like lava.” My Review: Jessica Lemmon has mad skills. This is my second time reading her and am already grieving the idea of having to move on to the next on my list as I am grooving on her style. Her characters are original and unique, while also flawed and real, and not ones you would expect to be heroic, but they are. Their halos may be tarnished and sideways - due to the small set of horns - but the glow is there, if you look for it. I didn't expect to love the player, or for the good girl to be a reformed party-girl who had self-inflected goodness on herself out of guilt and grief. I was entertained and intrigued by this story from beginning to end, and the steamy bits had me positively gasping. Mad skills!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I jumped at this book as soon as I saw it on Netgalley. I’ve enjoyed Jessica Lemmon’s Second Chance series, so naturally, I will take the opportunity to read her new books. This book is Ms. Lemmon’s first try at New Adult, and I think she did a good job overall. Devlin is a bookie. No, not like an avid reader but one that handles the booking for gambling. He is well known and respected in this world. It’s not the most honest job, but he’s doing great in this career. Of course…until he meets a girl who would make him want to be a better man. Rena Lewis has been mourning her boyfriend’s death for four years. The guilt of his death made her a recluse, but Devlin has his way of breaking that barrier. She just started working as a waitress in Devlin’s restaurant when she gets tangled with his dealings. Unfortunately, there is always a price when it comes to gambling and not everyone come out of unscathed. Devlin sported the underground rich guy popular to the sport of gambling. Dangerous in so many ways yet you can tell something sad brews inside him. He was very intriguing. I found Devlin’s struggle to get out of the crooked life and to be a better person believable. Ms. Lemmon brought Rena to balance him with her good girl persona but also to bring her “naughty” out on the surface. I like the pairing she made here. As a whole, I enjoyed Fighting for Devlin. It had plenty of sexy with a hint of danger. I’m excited to see what Ms. Lemmon has next.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, suspense, and heartbreak. This is Rena and Devlin’s story. After her life was alters by one tragic night Rena wants to be a good girl. Rena is a waitress and finds Devlin attractive. When Devlin shows up to her broken and not able to trust someone he thought he could trust Rena tries to take care of him. The back and forth in this story tests you as you get completely frustrated with Devlin. I wanted to smack him quite a few times. But the more you learn of these two and there back stories the more you start to understand them. The ending I felt was rushed but you get a HEA. Just wish the story was a little longer and not so rushed in the end. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy hot amazing bad boy/girl romance set in and around restaurants!! Jessica knocks it out of the park again with amazing chemistry & believable flawed characters that captures your atrention from the first page! Cant go wrong with anything she puts to pen! A very favorite foodie/romance/recipe author of mine to date! Shes got natural given talent to write & it feels like shes been doing it for years! A must read!! Traci south florida
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
Jessica Lemmon is one of my new go to authors! I started my addiction to her writing style with Bringing Home the Bad Boy. (which I highly suggest reading it by the way). I was blown away by the characters and depth in her Second Chance series I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC of Fighting for Devlin. This book was AMAZING it had such great character development, chemistry, angst, and a bad boy who really isn’t all the bad!! No one does bad boy with a chivalrous side like Jessica Lemmon. Onto the book! There will be no spoilers in this review as the book is not released yet. This book revolves around Devlin aka the bad boy and Rena the good girl. Devlin has had a hard life. He’s been let down by almost everyone he knows and trusts. He owns a great bistro, can get basically anyone woman he wants. One rule he never breaks is sleeping with employees, until Rena. He’s working off a debt his dad made by helping a local bookie. When things go awry he needs a little help and ends up asking the one person he never thought he would. I really enjoyed how you could see into his thought process throughout the book and how he was fighting his attraction to Rena. I loved how you could slowly see him giving in more and more over the course of the story. It was like watching an ice cube slowly melt into a puddle. He just needed to thaw out his frozen heart. Rena on the other hand is a reformed bad girl. I am in love with Rena’s character, she is trying so hard to make penance for her past. When she was happy I was happy, whens she was upset I was upset. (such wonderful character depth) Still struggling to overcome the tragedy that she believes is her fault. She works for Devlin, and while of course she finds him attractive she won’t let herself have any fun. Then one night Devlin shows up on her doorstep. He of course being the macho man doesn’t ask for help but Rena being the good girl she is will help him anyway. Rena really fights herself over helping him. You can see the chemistry instantly but it takes a long time for her to give in to what she really wants. She knows that she wants Devlin but is his bad boy lifestyle to much for her? Will Devlin ever let her in? I highly recommend this book or any book for that matter by Jessica Lemmon
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
When Devlin’s father died when he was eighteen, he not only inherited his father’s restaurant but also his debt. To pay off the debt, he let his father’s bookie use his restaurant as a front for payments back and forth for Sonny’s dealings. When Rena sees her boss, Devlin, for the first time she can’t help but be drawn to him. But she knows nothing can happen between them because after all he is her boss. But also because of a tragic accident in her past, she has decided to put a self-imposed penance on herself to avoid men altogether. Devlin can’t help be drawn to Rena. But he has a rule of not sleeping with the help. After attempting to collect a debt went wrong, Devlin finds himself on Rena’s doorstep. Even though he was beaten and bloody, she doesn’t hesitate to let him in the door. After this incident, their relationship begins to change. They begin to open up to each other about their pasts. As their connection deepens, he decides he wants a “normal” live. He knows he has to get out of the gambling business. Rena knows she has to let her true side come back out. Together, Rena brings out Devlin’s good side, and Devlin brings out Rena’s wild side. While overall this wasn’t a bad book, I didn’t get that wow feeling I get from other books. It was evenly paced, easy, and quick to read. It was told from dual POVs. There was some inner dialogue, but not enough that it took away from the storyline. The only thing I think would have made this better was an epilogue. Would have like to see how things progressed over time. Perhaps we will get that with the next book in the series. The author does a good job setting up the story for the next one. Look forward to Tasha and Cade’s story.
jkmeaux More than 1 year ago
Rena suffered a tremendous life changing tragedy four years ago and refuses to let go of the guilt. That is, until she meets Devlin. Devlin fights his own demons on a daily basis and when he reaches out for Rena's help, he's dumbfounded at his attraction to her. For Devlin, it's a tug of war with what to do about allowing Rena into his life, and more than once his actions crush her fragile heart. Why Rena doesn't kick him to the curb is beyond me, but she keeps coming back, determined to break the wall he's built around his heart. There's enough hot, steamy sex, action, and violence to keep my attention throughout the book. I strongly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys those elements in a story. I was gifted a copy of this book by Loveswept Random House through Net Galley.
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
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.
irener More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by Jessica. I am looking forward to reading her other books. Fighting for Devlin is about a bad boy who wants the good girl. Or so he thought. Rena had suffered a loss and in so she kept to herself. She would seem shy at first. Once you get to know her she would open up and let you partly in. Devlin who also suffered a loss maintained his bad boy status by hooking up with every girl possible. Well except girls from work. He had a code. No messing with the girls from work. Yeah that lasted long Devlin. Rena worked for Devlin and they had a few run in's. Rena always seemed tongue tied. She couldn't form the words she wanted to speak. Not many woman had that problem when it came to Devlin. As much as these two didn't want to be with each other. They sure did find one another. Devlin ran a restaurant. Rena was a waitress. As much as Rena tried to stay away from Devlin, he was always in her are. So it seemed. Yes he owns the restaurant so he will always be there. But what I mean is: If Rena is in the back stocking, or refilling her station. Boom Devlin is there, behind her. Their story was different. I guess you could say Devlin was an alpha male to a point. He seemed mean and harsh. However he had a soft side. Especially when it came to Rena. Rena seemed like a good girl. On the inside she was bad. Or wanted to be bad. Everyone knew her as the good girl. When these to mesh you get an explosion of sorts. As much as they tried to keep away there was this pull. It was like they were magnets and couldn't resist getting put together. I guess you could say this is where Devlin's bad boy side comes in. He was in mixed up in something illegal. He dragged Rena into just once. That saying what goes around comes around. Yeah although Devlin could of left this illegal business years ago he kept at it. He was good at it. However his love for Rena was stronger. There was some wrong turns made and things back blasted on Devlin and Rena. Words hurt, but actions speak louder than words. Devlin's actions killed Rena, as well as himself. He was only thinking of her safety though. Rena knew this but was willing to walk down that road with him. It breaks your heart. The story was good. Their chemistry was good. The ending was ehhhhh.....I could have used a little more. I wonder if we will get that in the next book.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Devlin was orphaned as a kid and was taken in by a crew of bookies and gamblers. Now he runs his dad’s bistro which is a front for the gambling operation. Rena’s life changed forever when she lost her first love in an accident and has been on the straight and narrow since then. What will she do when her sexy boss shows up hurt at her place? Can both Devlin and Rena let go of their past baggage and move forward together? I really liked the characters although Devlin could be a jerk at times. The story was fast paced and the sex scenes were scorching hot. A really good read.
BookMama_1 More than 1 year ago
Rena lost her first love in an accident and Devlin was abandoned by his family. When Rena starts working at Oak & Sage, she catches the boss's attention. Sparks fly with two people searching for love. But when there's another accident, will it pull them closer together or push them further apart? I liked this book. A strong storyline and strong characters with big baggage. Thankfully, the baggage didn't overrule the story and sat there in the background. Like it should. I can't figure out what, but something was missing from this book. It was good, don't get me wrong and I would recommend you read it too, but for me, something was missing that could've made it an outstanding book. I just don't know what that something was. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
CLPetit1956 More than 1 year ago
An ARC of this book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is my first Jessica Lemmon book and most likely won't be my last. Fighting for Devlin has everything a reader wants in a book... drama, angst, great characters, secrets, hot sex scenes, a sexy bad-boy, and some twists thrown in to throw you off.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Fighting for Devlin is one of those books for me—you know—the kind that you can't put down once you start reading, and the characters become a part of your heart. Rena Lewis is the Little Red Riding Hood to Devlin's Big Bad Wolf. Except this Riding Hood has a few secrets, and one is that she’s not scared of Devlin's Big Bad Wolf, she wants the bad boy. Yep, Rena walked on the wild side of life, but after a horrible accident that left Rena destroyed and heartbroken, she made a promise to herself to never really live or desire that wild lifestyle again. That is, until Rena meets her new boss, Devlin Calvary. And now Rena's wild side wants to come out and play with Devlin, the sexy bad boy. Devlin loves that good girl, Rena is his bad girl. Rena and Devlin are on one wild and steamy rollercoaster ride that’s taking their hearts fast to a forever love. But, like all rides, this one too is coming to an end. The only thing is Rena never expected she would get off the ride by herself. But Devlin making a deal with the last person on earth Rena could ever want meddling in her love life, forces their love and convictions to come to a head. Rena and Devlin have the right kind of wild and sexy romance-- a sexy, not so innocence Red Riding Hood and a hot, dangerous, Big Bad Wolf fairytale love that has a happily ever after ending. Rena's love gives this lost boy a love he has never had, and Devlin's love lets the good girl bad side come out to play. I recommend Fighting for Devlin as a must read.
JaneeElanine More than 1 year ago
ARC review from NetGalley and Random House for honest review I have read some of Jessica Lemmon others books, and thought they where ok. This was a great read and very impressed with this book and start of a series. I'm looking forward to the next book to come out.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
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.
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Rena has not had a relationship in four years. Her boyfriend came to get her at a party where she'd been drinking. They were arguing and a drunk driver runs a stop sign and her boyfriend dies. Now the bad girl is good. Until she goes to work at Devlin's restaurant. Devlin owns the restaurant but also works for a bookie. So he collects money that gamblers owe or wins. Devlin's problem is he always leaves before the other person can. He doesn't want a relationship but Rena is something he just can't help but want. Rena has finally come in from the cold and is warm again by the fire that flies between her and Dev. This story is told in the first person but it tells both Rena and Devlin's point of view. Sex, a bad boy, and a girl who longs to be bad again. I was surprised that I was able to finish it but it just pulls you in and you have to know what happens next. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of first person stories but I couldn't stop reading it. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this one! With one of my favorite authors venturing into the NA world I wasn't sure what to expect but I must say she did an amazing job. It's not the typical college campus NA story, it's so much more with one very yummy bad boy and a good girl with a wild side she keeps hidden. My one negative critique would be that while Devlin and Rena definitely had chemistry, I would have liked to see a bit more about their emotional relationship rather than just the physical. With that said, it was still a book I couldn't put down and would definitely recommend to others. Can't wait for Cade's story!
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Fighting for Devlin is book one in the Lost Boys series by Jessica Lemmon. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Random House and by Jessica Lemmon. Devlin Calvary’s mom left when he was very small and he was raised by his dad. But at age eighteen, he lost him as well. In the midst of his grief, Devlin was taken in by his dad’s friend Paul. His dad’s bookie, Sonny, to which his dad owed a considerable amount of money, also took him under his wing, helping him to take over running his father’s restaurant, Oak & Sage. In return, Devlin acted as delivery boy for payments back and forth of Sonny’s dealings. Both Sonny and Paul and been like father figures to Devlin and he feels obligated to the both of them. Business is good at Oak & Sage and he has just hired a pretty new waitress, Rena Lewis. Devlin knows that it is important to stay away from the hired help. But he can’t help but feel pulled to Rena for some reason. Rena is struggling trying to learn her new job as a server at Oak & Sage. And she can’t help but to notice her sexy new boss. But he is clearly out of her league. Four years ago, Rena might have thought of herself as a wild child. But something tragic happened, something she feels completely responsible for. So she has spent the years since trying to be the good girl, trying to make amends. Still, she can tell under that suit and tie, her new boss is anything but the good guy. There is definitely a bad boy there. But then, her new boss showed up on her door step, beaten and bloody, needing her help. Rena didn’t hesitate to open the door and let him in. That night changed everything between Rena and Devlin. The attraction between them is so strong and it is only a matter of time until they can’t fight it anymore. And let me tell you, they have some sizzling hot chemistry. Devlin is most definitely a bad boy and he brings something out in Rena that has long since been buried, reawakening her in so many ways. “I’m not what you’re used to. But, I’m what you like.” Devlin’s life becomes more complicated as he is betrayed by one of the people he trusted the most. This in turn forces Devlin to make some important decisions, trying to remain loyal to the people that helped him in his time of need. But then there is Rena. He knows he should stay away from her. But he can’t. He knows he’ll end up hurting her, but he needs her. “I thought of Rena, and the way she fit against me like a missing puzzle piece. Like she’d been cut and sanded to lock into my chest. Like she’d been created to be mine.” As Rena falls more and more for Devlin, she has to decide if this is a life she can fit into. But since Devlin came in to her life, she can’t imagine it without him. “I could have had safe, I reminded myself as I tasted him. I could’ve had nice. I could’ve had a guy on the right side of the law.“ This was my first Jessica Lemmon book and I have to say that it won’t be my last. Devlin is most definitely a bad boy but his situation is one that he inherited. I have to admit there are quite a few times I didn’t like him very much or the choices he made. But when the right woman comes in to his life, he sees something different for himself. He sees a future that could happen. Can he get out of his dealings with Sonny? Could he be happy with a good girl? Would she be happy with him?
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
2.5 - On the fence… Stars. I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by Jessica Lemmon, prior to starting Fighting for Devlin but I had heard good things from my other Goodreads friends, so had expectations of getting a good story from the first book in her new Lost Boys series. It started out ok, I like a romance which is built around a unique setting and illegal gambling is certainly something that I don’t come across with any regularity, I think my issue is that everything else all felt a little too ’teen angst’ for me. Rena, is dealing with the usual tropes and background issues, which isn’t a problem for me, but I need it to be well written and engaging, this just didn’t pull me in, I should have been feeling empathy for the things she had been through, but it just got annoying after a while which is explained in my next paragraph. There is a HUGE amount of repetition of certain thoughts and plot points through this story. A lot of the time it felt like Rena mentioned she hadn’t had a date or been with a guy in four years in almost every other paragraph, add that to the fact her internal monologue read a lot of time like a young girl writing in her journal, and it was a struggle to really put her in a specific age bracket. Her best friend also didn’t offer anything likeable or act very rational, in the mature adult stakes which didn’t help either. The whole representation of the female race in the book wasn't very positive, or mature for the most-part. Devlin was ok, your A-typical bad boy, darkly brooding with a past and a bit of an attitude. Circumstances are not going in his favour for a lot of the book, and I liked that part of it. But I struggled to really feel or see much of a connection between him and Rena, they maturity levels were just too skewed to work together that well as a cohesive couple. I have mixed feelings about this book, there were glimmers of things I liked, but all-in-all it didn’t really offer anything new or different to books in this genre that are already out there. The unusual trope wasn’t really explored that much, and the relationship between them was just all a little bland. I would consider reading more from this author, I am not sure whether this series is for me though. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was just okay..nothing spectacular