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Fighting for Devlin

(Lost Boys #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  526 ratings  ·  178 reviews
“A must-read for everyone who loves to watch a bad boy hero fall to his knees in the name of love.”—Lauren Layne

In a standalone novel that kicks off the irresistible Lost Boys series, a good girl and her boss get wild . . . together.

Devlin Calvary makes his own luck. Abandoned as a child, he was raised with bookies and gamblers. Dev runs and lives above a trendy club the
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Loveswept
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fighting for Devlin is book one in the Lost Boys series by Jessica Lemmon. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley, Random House and by Jessica Lemmon.

hot bad boy:

Devlin Calvary’s mom left when he was very small and he was raised by his dad. But at age eighteen, he lost him as well. In the midst of his grief, Devlin was taken in by his dad’s friend Paul. His dad’s bookie, Sonny, to which his dad owed a considerable amount of money, also took him under his
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
One thing i hate is when an author tries to set the scene for a future book in the current book i'm reading... It seems like a cheap marketing scheme and i don't like it at all. If you would just focus on your current book then maybe you'd be able to write a whole, emotional story. I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing from this author for Cade's and Tasha's story soon.

I didn't know whether to rate this book 2 or 3 stars, it's more like a 2.5 to be honest... The story was OK, but the main characters,
Claire Robinson
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: love-swept
2.5 - On the fence… Stars.

I have not had the pleasure of reading anything by Jessica Lemmon, prior to starting Fighting for Devlin but I had heard good things from my other Goodreads friends, so had expectations of getting a good story from the first book in her new Lost Boys series.

It started out ok, I like a romance which is built around a unique setting and illegal gambling is certainly something that I don’t come across with any regularity, I think my issue is that everything else all felt a
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
What I liked about this book:

- Interesting story line involving illegal gambling. Devlin helps run an illegal gambling operation through his restaurant. He's kind of the enforcer when people don't pay and he has to collect.
-The sexy scenes were smoking hot!
-Interesting side characters - I can't wait for Cade's book!

What I didn't like about this book:

-It took until about 60% for me to actually like Devlin at all. He was a huge jerk to Rena for a lot of the book.
-I didn't like that Rena put up
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm going to keep this short because I'm trying to catch up on some reviews and I don't really have a lot to say about this book.

This was my first book by Jessica Lemmon and the first in her new Lost Boys series. I liked the writing style and I'll definitely be reading more from her but not sure about this particular series. I enjoyed the book but overall it left me a little bored and I'm not too sure how I felt about Devlin. It just didn't seem like we got to really no him and he was pretty
Ivy Deluca
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: _arc-reads
The Good : What do you do when your life seems to be going one way and then one incident - you get your butt kicked by two bookie’s goons, for example - changes your perspective? Devlin is busy running his successful restaurant while collecting bets for his “uncle” Sonny. It’s not the usual college setting like alot of new adult romance, so kudos for that. This story is told from dual POV, though I still felt like i knew Devlin better than I did Rena by the end of it. I enjoyed the idea of the

I was expecting much more than what I got with this one, that's why when I recommend books I hold my breath they like it, we all have different ways of reading a book [if you know what I mean] so my expectations were higher than what was delivered, now, that is not the books fault, its entirely mine.

Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Fighting for Devlin is the story of Rena and Devlin who come from very different backgrounds but have more in common than they think. Rena is trying to be the "good girl" after one tragic night alters her life. Devlin is trying to dig himself out of his father's debts as well as make the two men that are now father figures to him proud. As a waitress at Devlin's restaurant, Rena is crazy attracted to Devlin but realizes that he is way out of her league. What she doesn't know is that
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review closer to release date.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Rena Lewis is a waitress at a bistro called Oak & Sage. She's not the only one who enjoys the sight of sexy Devlin Calvary, the General manager. With his medium length dark hair and intense blue eyes, he's a sight to behold. One who was completely out of reach for the likes of Rena. At least that's what she thought.

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Devlin is no stranger to trouble. He's the in between of collecting/receiving money on bets. He is betrayed one night by someone he thought of
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I swear Lemmon writes the best bad boys.. They make me want to jump into every book.

This is the first book in a new series and I have to say it was a little different. We meet Devlin whose raised by around bookies and gamblers. He runs a restaurant where he meets a waitress Rena. Rena has gone through her own troubles but both these characters call to each other and the pull is strong.

I thought the plot was different and exciting with the whole bookie and thugs. I can say right now I don't
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I must admit I had high hopes and was let down quite a bit. Devlin and Rena's story had such potential but it fell a bit flat for me. There was a bit too much not making sense which I couldn't ignore. Overall, the read was enjoyable which is why it gets 3.75 stars from me.

Devlin's a young business owner but also has his hands some less than legal stuff. He notices Rena, his new waitress, but never intends for anything outside of noticing to happen until he ends up on her doorsteps bloody and

Fighting for Devlin is one of those books for me—you know—the kind that you can't put down once you start reading, and the characters become a part of your heart. Rena Lewis is the Little Red Riding Hood to Devlin's Big Bad Wolf. Except this Riding Hood has a few secrets, and one is that she’s not scared of Devlin's Big Bad Wolf, she wants the bad boy. Yep, Rena walked on the wild side of life, but after a horrible accident that left Rena destroyed and heartbroken, she made a promise to herself
Dec 08, 2015 rated it did not like it

These character's reminded me of my friend's dating in high school. No thanks.
Bette Hansen
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked 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 ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Jessica Lemmon is an author I have been trying to make time to read ever since I saw all the great reviews for her Second Chance series. She lives in Ohio so of course she's awesome... and probably an awesome writer, too ;) So when I saw my two favorite bloggers grab the first book in her new Lost Boys series, Fighting for Devlin, I knew what my next step was... copy what they did and request the book.

One rainy Saturday afternoon later and I'm swooning and fangirling all over Jessica
"Fighting for Devlin" , was graciously provided by Loveswept via Netgalley for an honest review.

Devlin Calvary the owner of the Oak and Sage is a hot, good looking, bad boy and a distraction that Rena Lewis nows she should stay away from, especially since he is her boss.

Rena, recently started working at Oak and Sage , she may find Devlin attractive. And he has helped her when least expected but; Rena is a good girl these days. Gone are the days of being the bad girl. That only leads to heartache
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Coffee dates with Fighting for Devlin

First date: We meet Rena and Devlin at his restaurant the Oak & Sage. Rena lost the love of her life when she was eighteen and has not date seriously since. Devlin had a rough childhood, but now owns the restaurant left to him by his father. By all appearance Devlin seems to be living the good life with fancy suits, car and high-rise apartment. He can have any woman he wants, but looks aredeceiving. Rena seems like a whole some good girl, and she is
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Umm I honestly didn't like the characters very much and felt little to no real connection to their relationship.

I've read a lot of books recently because they have been promoted as being similar to some of my favourite authors, with that in mind I don't know if I have been overly critical in my judgement of the stories because I have a pre-conceived notion of the writing style expected based on my favourite authors (you understand what I'm trying to stay right??) Well lesson well and truly
Ralou by Collector Of Book Boyfriends
ARC provided in exchange of an honest review

Original post:

book review: 4 stars!!

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.

“Women were one of the things I was really good at. The other was what I did to them to make them howl.”

Well, with this quote I introduce you Devlin
A. Cook
I definitely appreciate a devilish hero that is just a bit on the wrong side of the law. Devlin is the handsome owner of the Oak &Sage and a local bookie’s apprentice/enforcer/money collector-exchanger. Though the bookie angle was interesting and I was expecting to see an extra dominate/alpha type of male from Devlin. Don't get me wrong, he was cocky, arrogant and self assured of his skills but Devlin as an the alpha male type .... I can honestly say that he's almost there. Always like the ...more
Talk Supe
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Thanks for not making this "tear my hair out" angsty.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
S-l-o-w start to a new series. Couldn't get into this one enough to really care about the characters. As much as I've liked several of this authors bks, this one just didn't do it for me.
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars – 3 Flames

I’m addicted. Just like the bettors in this book, I’m completely addicted to this Lost Boys series. Yes. You heard me correctly, series, because although this was only the first installment, I know who’s next and I’m already trying to figure out how to get my hands on it NOW!

Rena Lewis has spent the last four years trying to be the “good girl” after a tragic accident has her carrying the burden of the label. That is until she starts a new job, where her boss is hands down the
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This is a "new adult" style romance even though neither lead is actually in college. They are early 20s, just starting out their lives, and their immaturity really shows in this one. That isn't awful in a book, especially new adult, just be sure that is what you want to read.

Devlin runs a restaurant his parents used to own, passed to him. His dad somehow owed money for gambling debts, and those debts fell to Devlin. He works for the prior bookie through his restaurant to pay his debt yet also
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book is typical of the genre and is filled with angst, smoking hot scenes and complete and utter denial and misunderstandings. It covers all of the bases that fans have come to expect. Two people who are complete opposites find themselves attracted to each other but have a million reasons why they can't be
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided through Netgalley for an honest review.

Publisher: Random House Publishing - Loveswept
Release date: November 24, 2015

After reading the synopsis of this book, I was very excited to see that I had received an ARC for an honest opinion. This is the first book that I have read by Jessica Lemmon and I can honestly say it will not be my last.

This was a BAD BOY that never thought he would want a GOOD GIRL but that changed once he met Rena. At first I wasn't sure if I really liked
Peta Benjamin
This was a book that kept me interested from beginning to end. The characters are well defined and easy to like. Devlin Calvary is the front of house Manager of the Oak and Sage restaurant. He is a love em' and leave em' type of guy. He doesn't return for the second time and he certainly doesn't do relationships. That is until Rena starts working at the restaurant and he finds she is so much more than the other women he hooks up with. But that is not all he is.

Rena can't get Devlin out of her
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
***ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review***

Devlin and Rena. What a pair. Was Rena a bad girl gone good or just a plain ol good girl? Who was Devlin? Would he change for Rena. Did she want him to?

This was a pretty good read. I enjoyed both characters and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. They both had their stories to tell and things to overcome. At not one point of the story was I truly annoyed with either character. And that was a good thing for me. This story
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.

Fighting for Devlin starts out with impact. But the further I read, the more deflated I felt. While Devlin and Rena's story was good, I felt like there were some holes here that I couldn't quite fill in my head to make this "really good".

I also felt like there was something off and I can't put my finger on it just yet.

Overall, still a good read if you're hooked on bad boys. Story and plot was interesting, but again, I needed
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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create ...more

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