Rescuing the Bad Boy

Rescuing the Bad Boy

by Jessica Lemmon

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Not All Scars Heal

For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories-including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later he still can't forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he's too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things . . .

Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie's heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fund-raiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional . . . yet working by his side every day doesn't make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn't long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past-so they can fight for a future together.

"Jessica Lemmon is an author to keep your eye on!"

-Katee Robert, New York Times bestselling author

"Everything I love in a romance."
— Lori Foster, 2014

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455558063
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Second Chance Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 305,540
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers. You can learn more at:

Twitter @lemmony

Customer Reviews

Rescuing the Bad Boy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME! Best in this series I think. I read a review somewhere that if you liked Jaci Burton style romance you'd like this book. Maybe someone should say that about Jessica Lemmon. It was fantastic. I don't give 5 stars usually but this one is worthy of it. Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, doesn't sugarcoat tough topics but shows that love wins. Highly recommend reading the other books that connect with this one & I am looking forward to more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another score for Jessica Lemmon. Donovan and Sofie are perfect for each other. At first you really want to hate Donovan and you definitely feel for Sofie. But as more is revealed you really start feeling for both of them. Donovan is a toured man but Sofie slowly heals his soul and creeps into his heart. An absolutely great book. It had me tears eyed in spots. And you gotta love "dog". I think she helps Sofie heal Donnys soul. So if your looking for some humor and romance and maybe a little hope, this is the book to read
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Seven years before Donovan had lived in Evergreen Cove. he had been abused and burnt by his father regularly no one had ever shown him any love. Then he has Sophie who tries to show him how much she does care even giving Donovan her virginity and it scares him and he leaves breaking Sophie’s heart. now Donovan has inherited an Evergreen cove mansion from his family, he wants to fix it up and sell it he already has a buyer. Then he finds out there is a contract connected to an charity event to make money to buy abused children a group home. The event planner with the contract was Sophie. Donovan wanted to see if the contract could be cancelled. But the event goes on so Sophie and Donovan are forced to work together as they do Sophie gets to understand why Donovan acted as he did. Donovan’s attraction to Sophie is even stronger than before. I truly loved this story and plot made me smile at times and tear up at others. This story was just awesome. The characters were off the wall Donovan and all he went through and all the twists and turns Sophie went through. This was just heart wrenching at times. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 of the series and I enjoyed this book as much as the first. Donovan Pate and Sophie had a great story. Loved Gertie and all the other supporting characters. This story made me laugh and cry and the struggle Donovan went through tugged at my heart. Her characters are so good and filled with flaws that make you love the characters even more.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
This is a second chance romance with a lot of heart. Donovan carries many scars, both physically and emotionally, from his horrible childhood. When he left town seven years ago, Sophie was the only person who made him feel cared for. But he left anyway knowing he'd never deserve her. This was a wonderful addition to the author's 'Second Chance' series. A fun thing about this book is the epilogue which shows us Donovan and Sophie many years into their future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Donovan left Evergreen Cove hoping to never look back. After his Grandmother dies, he has to come back to settle the estate and face his demons. In walks Sofie, the one woman he never allowed himself to love and hurt so badly. Donovan doesn't believe in love based on his abusive upbringing. This is a roller coaster ride for both of them. Sofie has to has to decide if she can forgive the only man that truly broke her heart. Very emotional topics in this one. There are times when you just want to sigh because you feel their sorrow, but you also feel their hope. A very good read.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
"It's okay to look like a fool. It's okay to hope against hope. It's okay to put yourself on the line, go the extra mile, even if it's futile. It's okay to see potential where everyone else sees failure." Rescuing The Bad Boy follows the story of Donovan and Sofie. Seven years ago, Sofie and Donovan shared what was supposed to be a special night for Sofie. Sofie gave Donovan a piece of herself that she never shared with anyone. However, Donovan's head was not in the right place. He just wanted to loose himself in Sofie and was not at all prepared for what she gave him.... Now, seven years later, Donovan has returned home. He wants to sell the mansion he's inherited. However, the sale will have to wait a little while, because Donovan will have to uphold a contract that was already made for a charity fundraiser. This charity fundraiser will bring Donovan and Sofie together again. Donovan broke Sofie's heart all those years ago. She vows that she won't let him get to her. She will work on the fundraiser and keep things professional. However, the more time these two spend together, the harder staying professional becomes. Will Sofie be able to stay away from the bad boy? Will Sofie risk her heart and once again fall for the bad boy? I really enjoyed Rescuing The Bad Boy. I liked the idea of the story and found it to be captivating. I wasn't the biggest fan of Donovan in the beginning.I hated the way that he treated Sofie. But, as time went on and I got to know him, I began to understand his actions. Donovan's life growing up with anything but easy. He was treated so badly and endured things that no child should have to. Those things left some pretty deep scars and made Donovan feel unworthy of love and nice things. Sofie was a game changer for him. She made him want and feel things that he never did before. It messed with his head, confused him. Made him make some really dumb mistakes. And Sofie....just as sweet as ever. She has the biggest heart. She's so forgiving and so hopeful. She wants to hate Donovan for the way he treated her. But, as she discovers more about Donovan, she discovers things aren't as black and white as they appear. That sometimes maybe the things that hurt us are worth the fight. Rescuing The Bad Boy was a quick and easy read for me. I thought it was a wonderful second chance romance. The characters were fun, and easy to relate to. I loved the angst/drama and romance. This is the second book in the Second Chance series and can be read as a stand-alone. This is my first book by Jessica Lemmon, and it won't be my last.  *I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot get over how Jessica manages to come up with some great stories that have such authentic characters! This story was so amazing on so many levels. I tear up on many books but this story is her best yet to date that did me in...!!! HOT;FUNNY;DEEP; a true journey of love , friendship & family! So happy to have her as a must go to author!! That conversation with her dad & the epilogue..... melted my heart... traci south fl
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
First of all, I hated the nickname, Scampi. I know it was supposed to be cute, but to me it was annoying. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. Donavan started out as a real a**hole and there were definitely a few times I wanted to smack him upside the head. Thankfully we had Sophie to balance him out a bit. I had read the first book and didn't know it was a spin-off until I was reading the party scene in this one and names kept popping up that I had no idea who they were. Guess that means more books were just added to my TBR pile. Looking forward to Connor and Faith.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Jessica Lemmon's books by Anna over at Herding Cats and Burning Soup, and loved the first book in the Second Chance series, Bringing Home the Bad Boy. I have been eagerly awaiting this next book in the series. Donovan had to left Evergreen Cove seven years ago and had planned on never coming back. Not even for his grandmother's funeral.  But she got the last word in, because he couldn't sell the family mansion until after a final commitment to use it's ballroom for a charity event. So he was back, just long enough to squash that that deal and make sure the house was ready to be sold an turned into a Bed & Breakfast. Except he didn't plan on running into Sofie.  Sofie had loved young Donny, and had her heart broken by him, all those years ago.  She had moved on, but he still held a special place in her memories and heart.  Sofie planned on maintaining a cordial, yet distant relationship with Donovan. But seeing him through adult eyes, she sees things she missed all those years ago. Things that completely change her perceptions about the boy he was and the man he is today. Donovan, though mentioned, was not in the previous book, which I found interesting.  Normally when a series is linked by characters, the next book is someone introduced in a prior book. So I was expecting this to be the "billionaire rockstar" bad boy's book.  Instead we got Donny, a man who uses rocks and stones to create, had a hellish childhood and has a more tender heart than he wants to admit.  When he tells Sofie about his tattoos and scars, and admits to why he got the infinity symbol, my heart totally melted into goo.  Evan and Charlie were in this book, and it was nice being able to catch up with them and see them through different eyes. At this point, I believe we have now met all 4 of the 'penis bandit' bad boys and I can't wait to see who the author pairs up in the next book. Whoever it is, I am sure will be another awesome read. I really enjoyed the depth and facets of these characters and gave this 5 stars. Thank you to Forever Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review the book.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
When I reviewed Bringing Home the Bad Boy, I said that Evan was likely to have some competition as a book boyfriend with Donovan and I wasn't wrong. With Rescuing the Bad Boy Lemmon delivers an addictive hero who carries just as many scars on the inside as the outside. It's an emotional rollercoaster from the beginning and I loved every minute of it. Donovan is a charming rascal but his past has caused him to shut himself off from people, feeling like he has nothing to offer others. He's got a couple of close friends but they definitely have to do most of the work in the relationship. Then there is Sofia. A few weeks dancing around an attraction to each other leads to a night that changes things for both of them. Years later, Donovan is back but he isn't happy about it ... and the attraction between the two is as hot as ever. I love Sofia. She's got an amazingly level-head about Donovan and I think she handled every step of the way with a lot of style. The ending has to be one of my favorites of all time. As these two navigate the minefield of their past (both individually and shared), the present and how they are going to handle the future, I found myself drawn more and more to them. Lemmon delivers it so smoothly and naturally - I can't wait to read more from these guys. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
A-Greene More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars After reading the first book this series, I was hooked! Rescuing the Bad Boy is the second within the Second Chance series and it was even better than the first! Donovan Pate has some serious scars from his childhood and, to start with, is the typical alpha-a-hole. But the author develops his character and reveals why he behaves in such a way. He’s built walls over the years and it was moving to see how the heroine helps him evolve. Sofie Martin and Donovan have a past. Seven years prior, they had met, fell in love, and he hurt her – badly. Now, he is back in town to prepare his childhood home for sale after the passing of his grandmother. But, his grandmother had arranged for a charity event to take place there before her passing and the event planner is the one and only Sofie. The woman he felt he never deserved and run from. Sofie is a strong female lead, which I enjoy reading. She picked up the pieces has made a great life for herself. Seeing her journey of healing and acceptance of the past was fantastic. I felt for her when being around Donovan brought her long time buried feelings for him to the fore. At times, Donovan’s behavior was…disappointing, but it was part of his character’s development. The romance between the hero and heroine sizzled, their attraction was undeniable and their ending was heart felt. This was an amazing read and I can’t wait for the next installment.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed Jessica Lemmon's books in the past and was looking forward to another "bad boy" story.  Bad boys seems to hold a special place in my heart, so when the opportunity arose to read Donovan and Sofie's story, I jumped at the chance.  Rescuing the Bad Boy is a book about second chances.  Sofie and Donovan knew each other when they were younger and she had a huge thing for him.  He was always drawn to her, but knew she was a "good girl," and he definitely was anything but good, so he stayed away.  One night changed everything for them, ending on a very bad note.  Because of his past, Donovan has been a runner, and ran away from the town and family that had done him so wrong.   Now, 7 years later, Donovan is forced back into town on family business and right back into the path of Sofie Martin.   A charity event forces them to work together and the attraction that Donovan felt for Sofie 7 years ago, is even stronger than he remembered.  Donovan broke Sofie's heart all those years ago, so she is determined to stay away from him, a feat that proves to be much easier said than done.  As these two work together, they get to know each other better and Sofie learns about Donovan's past and the reason why he is the way he is.  Still oozing with sex appeal and hottness, she finds herself once again falling for this bad boy that she also would love to save.   Rescuing the Bad Boy is fun, romantic, and proves to be one of those stories that you just want to curl up into your chair and relax with, tuning the world and all its goings on out for a few hours.  Jessica Lemmon has done an excellent job of taking a story concept that is far from new, adding her own twist while creating memorable and engaging characters that you just can't help but love.  She hen mixes it with humor, romance, chemistry, and some serious issues as well, creating a fresh and entertaining story that contemporary romance fans will love.  Definitely add this to your TBR list. 
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved! This! Book! The story is incredible and the writing is spectacular! Rarely can an author make me loathe a character so quickly and have me love him so deeply at the end. Donovan who appears to be the baddest of bad boys turns out to be one of the most loving and caring men around. Now Sofie just needs him to believe it. This is a great read and everyone needs it on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
MsRomanticReads More than 1 year ago
Better than book one! It had some of the most tender, impressionable moments that left me swooning. *Complimentary ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I really liked the first book in the series, but...I loved the second book so much more! I could say it was book one on steroids. The heartache was gut-wrenching, the chemistry and passion made me drool all over my e-reader screen, and it had some of the most tender, impressionable moments that sent me into swoon overload. There may have been a brief crying jag or two involved.  Sofie's anger and hurt was understandable, even though I thought seven years was a long time to hold on to that. But then, the more I learned about the kind of person Sofie was, the more I understood why she'd never gotten over that night that changed their lives. What I loved the most about her was how caring and intuitive she was. At the end, her father has some very good advice for her in the form of an anecdote. That moment pretty much summed her up perfectly. At first glance, it might seem as if she caved too quickly and too easily to Donovan and his seduction. It may have seemed impulsive, reckless and had heartbreak written all over it, but I think reading the book cover to cover made it clear why she didn't or couldn't walk away.  Donovan. I understood why Sofie had zero defenses where he was concerned. The details of his childhood were so heart-breaking, even I would have been determined to be that woman who could save him. Was he a little callous with her feelings both in the past and the present as their pseudo relationship took off again? Yes, however he had made no promises and even if he wasn't one hundred percent clear with her about his plans post charity event, the signs were hard for even her to miss completely. What surprised and delighted me were those few vulnerable moments where he actually acted like he wanted to be saved, wanted to be good enough for her, wanted to love her.  He even gave her a clear out at one point; he gave her a chance to walk away.  My favorite thing about this story was, for all the uncertainty that clouded several of their ridiculously hot moments, they did open up about quite a lot of things, laying cards on the table, so to speak. When they weren't overthinking what they were to each other, their playfulness and some of the cute dialogues just endeared them to me that much more. The ending made me tear up, but in both good and bad ways. I loved how they found the courage to go after what they wanted and the story was wrapped up with a fabulous epilogue set another seven years later.  This story that ebbed and flowed, never got boring, pushed and pulled the characters in ways that made them grow and had love scenes to make the hearts of any romance junkie soar.