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Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

I was less than impressed with the latest installment of the Second Chance series.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever 
Release Date: April 26, 2016

He's a mess...

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher's nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he's the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.

Only she can clean up

Gloria Shields is no one's fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she'd never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she's guarded her heart against for years. And it isn't long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that's ever happened to her.

Hot mess and rock god Asher Knight has had the axe drop on his booze, beauties and music lifestyle in the form of a three year old son he didn't know about. Now the former party boy wants to clean up more than just his image, he wants to put down roots in Evergreen Cove and he wants to win the woman he hasn't been able to forget or let go of.

Gloria Shields has enough baggage to scare anyone off except Asher. Seeing the rock and roll star with his newfound son melts something inside her but she doesn't know if she can risk getting involved with a man who has a love 'em and leave 'em reputation. Especially since she hasn't fully recovered from her last encounter with him.

I had a hard time with this book and I was really surprised because I’ve read two books by this author and enjoyed them so much. But this book? Not so much.

What I liked:
Revisiting with previous characters even though I don't know them all yet. It was obvious that there's a lot of affection between them and I loved the scenes of them interacting with Asher and Gloria. Connor and Faith are my favorites and getting to revisit and see where they were at with their love life was fun and I felt like I was revisiting with old friends. I liked Gloria to a point too. The fact that she had such a tough beginning but still managed to fight and claw her way to success was

What I didn’t Like:
There was just way too much baby mama drama! To me it felt like every other chapter was dedicated to Asher’s baby mama and the trouble she was causing or thoughts of how big of a mistake it was for him to sleep with her. Along with too much drama with his baby mama was just too much time spent on repeating how he wanted to be a father to his son.

I really felt that this book spent too much time on Baby Mama and Baby Boy and not enough on actually building a romantic relationship with the woman he really wanted. I know it’s cute for a character like Asher, rock star, sex god and overall womanizer to suddenly find out he has a kid but again, I felt there should have been less time internalizing all the drama and the repetitive “I want to be a good dad” stuff and more time actually doing something about it. He let his Baby Mama and her mama get away with bad attitudes towards him and Gloria and with using his son as a pawn in their petty games. Basically, they had Asher by his balls and it didn’t paint him in a good light to me. It wasn’t in his son’s best interests to be around a woman who had the maturity of a bratty seven year old. I felt so tired by the end of this book because of all the drama going on and Asher's total disregard of how it affected the people he claimed he cared about. He had very little backbone which was surprising to me because in previous books he had this swagger, charisma and an in control attitude that was not present here.

Then there was a lack of relationship building between him and Gloria. If it wasn't him dragging her into quarrels with his son's mother and grandmother, it was him maneuvering Gloria into being a psuedo mom to his son and spending time with him and his son. I wanted them ALONE so that they could work out the issues they had with each other before they threw in a little boy who was already in the middle of one conflict. The early scenes with Gloria, Asher and Hawk felt forced to me.

Maybe I'll be the only one but Return of the Bad Boy felt more like "Whipped Rock Star is Manipulated" to me. I didn't care for all the drama surrounding Asher's kid or the lack of attention to the romance between Asher and Gloria. Maybe Asher and Gloria's romance should have taken place AFTER Asher got his baby mama drama settled because it was just too much for this book in addition to having so many insecurity issues with Gloria.

Final Verdict: I was disappointed by this book but I'm just going to chalk it up to that old "Not every book can be a hit" and wait for the next book. Lemmon's upcoming The Billionaire Bachelor looks very promising.

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