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    Loved it

    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!
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    An original read

    A copy of the ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jessica Lemmon’s New Adult Romance, Fighting for Devlin is a fast paced read. The reader will enjoy the energy between Rena and Devlin. Devlin is the bad boy and Rena is the good girl—or is she really? Rena is hired to work at Devlin’s successful bistro and the chemistry is undeniable. The author brilliantly shares their feelings via their individual points of view. Their flawed pasts make them an unlikely couple—so it seems. Both characters have well defined personalities and voices. The strength of the secondary characters adds an interesting layer to this well written read as well. Fighting for Devlin is a character driven page-turner. Are Rena and Devlin capable of a happily ever after? An enjoyable read! Looking forward to the next book in the Lost Boys series.
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    Bad boy romance

    I don’t usually read New Adult stories (and I didn’t realize this was one until after I started reading it), but I would have made an exception anyway since it is one of Jessica Lemmon’s books :) I’ve only read her Second Chance series but I’ve enjoyed those so much that I’m going to have to go back and read the Love in the Balance books too. And I’ll be waiting for the next Lost Boys book because if Cade’s story is anything like Devlin’s it will be worth it - we’re given a preview of Falling for Caden here and I’m super curious about it. I think that his story could be complex. OK, back to this one. You have to be OK with the whole bad boy thing. It’s a popular sub-genre with the whole MC club and such, and while it isn’t my favorite it works here. Devlin had an unusual upbringing and it has transitioned into his adulthood. He’s quite comfortable with it, until he meets Rena … and gets hit (literally) with some of the seedier side of his life. The whole arrogant, street thing is not my bag but Dev is appealing enough I can see where it works for some. (While things he says and doesn't do it for me, I can understand why it would for others.) And I really appreciated his journey to trying to straighten out his life. He's not a bad guy, really, just one that dances on that other side of the line. Rena, for all the bad things that has happened to her, seems a little young in comparison to the maturity that life has given to Dev. But she has grit and determination, as well as a good understanding of people, which makes her a good foil for him. I really like how she's not willing to just walk away when things get a little rough. He's awfully hard on her quite a few times and she sticks it out because she sees that there is something more going on with him. Again, his treatment of her isn't my thing, but it isn't horrible and fits in that bad boy thing. Fighting for Devlin isn't going to appeal to everyone but Lemmon is a fantastic writer, creating interesting characters as well as a complex storyline. There's a lot going on here but it is so engrossing that you will find it hard to put the book down until you turn that last page. I'm rating high because, for those that like this kind of thing, this is a story that can't be missed. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
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    If you like bad-boy stories you'll 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.
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    Characters grow for the better together

    I ended up really enjoying this! I thought I'd give it a 4 rating for most of the book, but I really enjoyed the last part of the book. I was leaning towards a 4 rating in the beginning because Rena was a bit too needy for my liking and Devlin a bit too douchey, and I don't really like the whole illegal gambling world; it has always been distasteful to me, with the whole beating people up to get the money you are owed thing, but I enjoyed the development of the relationship between Devlin and Rena a lot, so I sort of pushed those thoughts aside, and went with the 5 rating. Luckily, both Devlin and Rena; mostly Devlin, grow as the story progresses, and I loved their chemistry. Rena works at Devlin's restaurant as a waitress, and of course Rena has a huge crush on him, and of course Devlin is a huge flirt and charmer, but doesn't want to get involved with anyone in his employ. Devlin also uses his restaurant to collect or give money to the people who bet with a bookie that Devlin's father owed money too when he died, and who Devlin is trying to pay back by allowing his restaurant being a sort of front for the illegal gambling, but Devlin doesn't really seem to mind doing this. Dev gets beat up when he tries to collect from a gambler, and get tossed out into the cold, but luckily he is near Rena's place. After that Rena and Dev begin to grow together, and although Dev doesn't exactly treat Rena with care in the beginning, he begins to realize that he hasn't truly been honest with himself about how he feels about how he is living his life and what he wants with Rena. Rena not sure if she can trust Devlin, and she also is in battle with how she thinks she should be, and who she actually is inside. The sex scenes between Dev and Rena were well written, and I liked that they weren't too long, and they had just the right amount of spice and kink. Dev and Rena also have some really sweet moments, and are adorable together. I'm thinking the next book in the series is going to be Tasha (Rena's friend) and Cade's (someone in Dev's life) story, and I am really interested in hearing about what is going to happen with Cade, but I wasn't totally n like with Tasha in this book; she stays with jerk off boyfriends when she should really have some self respect, and get the hell out the toxic relationship, but even with not totally on board with Tasha, I am still looking forward to reading the next book in the series because I did enjoy the writing. So in the end, I did love this book, and I look forward to more from Jessica Lemmon!
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