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    Delightful, sexy holiday read!

    This delightful holiday romance (which despite its Christmas theme is definitely worth reading any time of the year) is the story of Connor and Faith. Connor is happy to be home from Afghanistan after 4 long years. He made it through mostly intact, but like all returning soldiers , he has his moments of PTSD. His landscaping business is what keeps him grounded in the here and now. He and Faith are friends but he's definitely attracted to her. When her home is threatened by an intruder, Connor is quite happy to play the protector, and even more so when he finally gets the chance to take things with her beyond friendship. But Faith, unlike her name, is generally mistrusting of the male species after a disastrous past relationship with a cheating ex, and after years of seeing her mother fall in and out of relationships. While she's quite happy to have a no strings attached fling with Connor (because truthfully she's been lusting after him just as long as he's been lusting after her), she's wary of taking things beyond that stage. It doesn't take long for Connor to know what he wants, and that's a future with Faith. Can he convince her to go all-in with him? Connor is a rock steady kind of guy, a friendly, strong, handsome man, one who is loyal and trustworthy. He comes from a tight knit family, evidenced by his interactions with them as important secondary characters in the story in several family scenes. I loved seeing them together and their obvious care and affection for one another. His loyalty in particular to his fellow soldier Jonas who saved his life on a mission that went horribly wrong is not something up for debate - he treats his visits with him as a necessary part of his routine. He has the occasional bout of sleeplessness and nightmares, but he's trying to put these things into perspective. He still hasn't quite come to terms with what his future will hold though, as evidenced by his decidedly stark and lonely apartment, with still unpacked boxes from the past two years indicating that mentally he is in limbo and held tight by the grief of his experiences. Good friend that he is though, he doesn't hesitate to jump in and help Faith when he suspects she might be in danger (there's that loyalty again) and having the chance to finally act on his attraction to her means he's at last going to get her into his bed. But what a sweet and sexy place to be! Connor is a caring and considerate lover and takes great pains to make sure that Faith won't regret her decision to sleep with him, even as he starts to realize that his feelings for her are more than just skin deep. Faith comes across as a friendly, delightful woman, with a bit of sass wrapped up in her common sense demeanor. She has the opposite experience of family that Connor has, her author mother having moved through a string of younger men, giving Faith a very nontraditional upbringing with none of the trappings of family holidays and closeness that she desired as a child, and even now covets as an adult. Add to that a cheating ex-boyfriend, one she is horrified to realize she might have married just because it was the pertinent thing to do if she hadn't caught him in flagrante, and you've got a woman who is determined to keep her emotions under wraps, at least where men are concerned. With her girlfriends she can be a bit more free to talk about her feelings, but even then she doesn't always reveal her deepest desires. When Connor jumps to her rescue and then into her bed, being invited by him to his family thanksgiving is something that means more to her than the average woman. For her, a loving and steady home life is the key to a happy future, though she knows it will be a while before she's ready to take steps in that direction. Faith and Connor definitely share a sexual chemistry that transcends the pages, and makes for several steamy and emotional love scenes. As they become more deeply entwined emotionally, Connor realizes that the future he's looking for is staring him in the face, and he wants Faith to see it too. Thus comes the source of their conflict as Faith must struggle with her own feelings of trust and her desire to keep herself from being hurt again. I can say that there were a few scenes that made me a bit teary eyed as they were working through these issues, and as some emotional events occur in the lives of their friends. Happily of course we get a very satisfactory ending to their story and some hints as to what's next to come in the series. Since this is a Christmas themed romance there is plenty of that happening as well and the book comes across as quite festive, in particular in scenes where Connor and Faith are snowed in together over the holidays and have to become inventive (and they do, in quite the sexy style). They really make for a wonderful couple (and their nicknames for each other are quite cute!) This one definitely makes the reread pile. 4.5 stars.
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    Acquaintances, to friends, to lovers

    I am a sucker for a good Christmas story. So when I saw that the next "Bad Boy" book in the Second Chance series was Christmas themed, I did a little cheer. Add in the fact that this one is all about Connor, that hunky landscape artist from the last book and *fanning self* whoo boy, let's get started! I remember Connor from the last book as being pretty easy going and doing gentle flirting and teasing. He brings that to this book, but now we get to see his depths too. As an army veteran, he carries some emotional scars from his time overseas. While Faith is in danger, he gently but firmly steps in and starts handling things. Since the two of them both have a betrayal in their past, they click on many levels and while they spend time together, they really get to know each other better. There is no insta love going on here. Just a lovely slide from acquaintances, to friends, to lovers. Faith currently works with Sophie, from Rescuing the Bad Boy. Several times during that book and this one, comments are made about her being "model" beautiful, being tall, slim and pretty. It's hard to imagine a woman like that having body issues, but it can happen to the best of us. The way Connor handled her issues was just right and is a gentle reminder to us all that everyone can have body image issues. Both Connor and Faith came to this relationship with baggage. It was their ability to assist each other with the issues that were weighing each other down that really spoke to me. Connor showed Faith that she could depend and lean on him and Faith showed Conner that he was loved and had a life ahead of him. They complemented each other so nicely. I couldn't help but give a happy sigh with the news in the epilogue; I do so love a happy ending. This was another 5 star read in the series. Thanks to Netgalley and Forever Publishing for the opportunity to read and review the book.
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    Wonderful holiday story.

    Connor and Faith had a number of strikes against them. Connor is dealing with the aftermath of returning home after years in the service. Faith is reeling from a bad breakup. The one thing Connor has learned from enduring four years in a war zone fighting for his life, is that life is short. So nothing is going to stop him from getting what he wants. I liked Connor, he has a take charge personality but a fragile heart. Faith was more of a lost soul that needed to find its way. Jessica Lemmon has written the most wonderful holiday story. A Bad Boy for Christmas is about appreciating what's important and not sweating the little things. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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