Published by Forever on 05/25/2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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 fundraiser 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.
I do love a great bad boy romance, so I couldn’t resist Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon. And, I have to say, the hero of the story, Donovan certainly embraced the whole “bad boy” part in the beginning of the story. He really is a total jerk. Granted it’s when he is pretty young. But still, he’s a real jerk to Sofie, and then he skips town. Donovan did not have an easy childhood, and he was not dealing with it well, so I was able to forgive Don for being such a jerk. Truly, his childhood was awful, and it did mess with his brain.
But the next time we see Donovan it’s 7 years later, and he’s back in town to settle the house his grandmother left him when she passed away. Donovan is lot more mature, and has a bit of a handle on his anger from his youth (not that he’s dealt with everything), and I definitely liked grown-up Donovan.
Sofie is pretty adorable. She’s that girl next door woman. Sofie now runs an event business, and she needs to organize this big charity event to be hosted at Donovan’s new house/mansion. Which is how Sofie and Donovan reconnect. Sofie is definitely still pissed at how much of a jerk Donovan was to her, but she does forgive him. Although he does have to explain to her some things.
I was completely rooting for Donovan and Sofie to get together. They definitely have chemistry. That said, I think a lot of the conflict they had would have been resolved if they actually just talked things out with each other. Of course, Donovan did have to completely let the past go, and that is understandably difficult for him, but towards the end I was just getting a little impatient with him. I also was a bit frustrated with Sofie when she kept wishing that she could change Donovan. I always find that kind of talk unrealistic. Because I think someone needs to make that decision for themselves.
But Rescuing the Bad Boy was a fun read, and I definitely want to read more in this series. As I said, I can never resist a good Bad Boy story. And there’s a really cute dog in the book, too. Total points for that.