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Synopsis

Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Katy Evans, Jessica Lemmon’s irresistible Lost Boys series kicks off with the story of a good girl who plays by the rules—and the bad boy who brings out her wild side.

Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Orphaned as a young child, he was taken in by a crew of bookies and gamblers—and they became his family. They’re the reason Dev’s running a trendy bistro, living in a high rise, and enjoying the good life with a string of women who never ask for too much. Until, one night, he finds out how much it hurts to trust the wrong people. . . .

Rena Lewis sticks to the straight and narrow, determined not to slip up again . . . like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. A waitress at Oak & Sage, she knows that sleeping with her boss is not a smart move. But when Dev shows up on her doorstep, beat up and clearly shaken, Rena’s not about to turn him down . . . or kick him out of bed.

Dev reawakens something primal within her—a need to go wild. And Rena soon finds out that the heart she’d sealed away years ago still has the power to fight for love.

Praise for Fighting for Devlin

Fighting for Devlin is an addicting read I couldn’t put down! I loved watching Devlin and Rena fight to get over their pasts so they could have a bright future.”New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin

“Sexy is as sexy does, and Devlin does it very well! Jessica Lemmon pens an edgy journey of two lost souls and the healing power of love. With all the heat of a bad boy and a walk on the wild side, Fighting for Devlin is a page-turner from beginning to end.”New York Times bestselling author Tawny Weber

“Sexy, emotional, and well written, Fighting for Devlin is a must-read for everyone who loves to watch a bad boy hero fall to his knees in the name of love.”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

“Line up, ladies: When you finish this book, you will be ready to fight for Devlin. Jessica Lemmon has written an amazing read full of twists, emotions, and steam. I fell in love with Devlin and Rena.”USA Today bestselling author Chelsea Camaron

“Gorgeously written and sexy as hell, Fighting for Devlin is a terrific New Adult debut.”—Serena Bell, USA Today bestselling author of the Returning Home series

Fighting for Devlin starts off as a sweet unrequited love story, then bam! Bad boy deliciousness takes over. Love it!”—Carla Swafford, author of Hidden Heat

“The pages sizzle when a bad boy meets the good girl.”Fresh Fiction

“Romance readers love our bad boys, and Devlin really fits the bill while still being a guy with heart deep down inside!”—Smexy Books

“Grabbed me from the onset . . . Swoons, feels and heat made Fighting for Devlin the perfect evening escape.”—Caffeinated Book Reviewer

“A book about an amazing and incredibly sweet love that makes you feel so much. Every page is more wonderful than the other. Devlin and Rena captivated me completely from the very start and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”—Collector of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends

“This is my first book by Jessica Lemmon, and I enjoyed it. I liked the main couple as well as the side characters. I can’t wait to read further installments in this series.”—Marieke’s Books

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Book Reviews

Fighting for Devlin
Average rating
4.2 / 5
Bad boy romance
November 29th, 2015
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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An original read
November 28th, 2015
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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Exciting start to a new series
November 25th, 2015
Wow, now I loved this book a lot! The characters were amazing, so deep and full. Who can resist a bad boy....but a bad boy gone good....just too awesome for words. I liked that the characters were flawed, they were so much more believable and relatable this way. It was just a love story but it was totally a story about growth, redemption and fighting against the odds. Both of the characters were more that what they showed at the beginning and it took finding each other to really bring out who they were and who they wanted to be in the end. I can't wait to read more from this author and more in this series.
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If you like bad-boy stories you'll enjoy this one.
November 24th, 2015
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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Loved it
November 24th, 2015
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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