The Bad Boy Is Back...
Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of - and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.
Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerising eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone - until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts...
OMG! This book. The feels.
This book was such an incredibly bitter-sweet read. I absolutely adored this book - and Kudos to its kick-ass Author Jessica Lemmon. I loved the romance in this, how Charlie didn't want to betray her friend and her memory. How Evan was never going to back down. Little Lyon. 'Sigh' I think Lyon was just adorable.
So, after watching his wife die right in front of his eyes, Evan believes he and his son need a fresh start. Selling his tattoo shop, he moves to the lake town Evergreen Cove where he first met his wife - and where Charlie, his wife's best friend lives. Evan. He was just so sweet, and I fell madly in love with Evan. I loved how he never gave up on Charlie - he wanted her, and wasn't willing to let go off her or let her run off scared after a wobble. Evan is in his own class - a gentle Alpha. I Know. Weird right? Who's ever heard of a gentle Alpha? Not me, but this is what I dig about Evan. He's just so soft and loveable - but knows what and who he wants, and won't let nothing or nobody get in his way. Oh, can I also say how much I love unusual nicknames that guys give girls - I loved that Evan called Charlie Ace, I loved the story behind it, I loved it's originality - yeah, sure a 'babe' is nice and all, but Ace was special and meaningful. Oh, I also loved how Evan's tattoo's told his life, his story - you see, that's how I see tattoo's. They mean something - a person or memory you don't want to forget, the story of that person's life. I know we don't really meet her, but when Rae said how her needles saved people's lives and Evan's didn't I thought that was incredibly rude and insensitive. Evan's passion is art and tattooing.
He stood over her while she sat on the edge of the bed pulling on her socks.
"Gotcha something, Ace."
Then he took the bandage off his skin and showed her that "something". The letter A and a heart inked into his skin. Over his heart.
An Ace of hearts.
She'd made it onto Evan's canvas.
Let's not forget that canvas either and how it came about. Now I want to be painted... naked... by a hot tattooed guy. Please?
Mrs Anderson tugged the sheet and the crowd gasped when it piled to the ground, revealing the painting.
Charlie gasped, too...
The very painting she'd asked him to burn. He'd wanted to hang it in the living room, which had earned another "no" from her.
"You didn't, baby," she breathed...
Then a voice cut in, "Ava, is that... a nipple?"
Mrs Anderson turned to her prized possession, tipping her head to study it closer. Evan's waving hand dropped and pressed into Charlie's lower back.
He tilted his chin at the door. "Ace."
She didn't need to be told twice. She moved for the door.
A second later, Mrs Anderson's voice rang out, "Is that a butt cheek?"
Charlie had a teenage crush on Evan when she was 15 - however, Evan only had eyes for Rae, and she soon got over it. Promising her best friend to look after Lyon and Evan, Charlie is doing whatever it takes to help the twosome settle in at Evergreen Cove. I adored Charlie. I loved how simple she was - she didn't drone on about body insecurities and the like. It was incredibly refreshing. However, Charlie had commitment issues. Or lack thereof. Having been abandoned by her father, sister, and boyfriend (who left her for another woman and then proceeded to lecture her, sanctimonious prick) Charlie doesn't believe she deserves Evan or Lyon for herself. She feels awful, like she's betraying Rae's memory - when it's just not true. Rae isn't there, and as a friend and wife should, she would only want Evan, Lyon and Charlie to be happy together. It took her a while to come to this conclusion though...
Now, I know we're getting a story on Charlie's friends, but please, pretty please, say we get an Asher and Gloria novel too? Even if it is just a short novella. I need, need I say, to see what happens between these two...