Spotlight & Giveaway: Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Posted June 15th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 63 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome romance author Jessica Lemmon to HJ!



Not All Scars Heal

rescuingthebadboyFor Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories-including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later he still can’t forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he’s too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things . . .
Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie’s heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fund-raiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional . . . yet working by his side every day doesn’t make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past-so they can fight for a future together.

Here are Jessica Lemmon’s Top 5 favorite “rescuing scenes” from movies:  

1. The Princess Bride: What’s better than Westley lying on the bed and saving Buttercup while not being able to move? Nothing, I say. And if you disagree with me, we’ll fight “to the pain.”
2. Starz television show, Outlander: At the mid-season finale, Claire is on the brink of being brutalized by Black Jack, when who busts through the window with an unloaded rifle propped on his arm, but our hero, Jamie Fraser! I cheered so loud.
3. Love and Other Drugs: The heroine has Parkinson’s, the hero is selling Viagra at the height of the drug’s heyday, and they fall in love even though both of them are trying not to. In the last scene of this movie, he comes to her and declares that somewhere on another plane, there is a perfect version of them only she’s not sick. Then he tells her he doesn’t want to be those people, he wants to be them.
4. Now one from Jurassic Park; a classic and favorite scene! You remember when Malcolm grabs the flare and distracts a giant T-Rex from eating the two kids after that weasley lawyer leaves them… Brave and daring and sexy all at once.
5. Lord of the Rings. Oh, Sam. This character is responsible for more tears than any other! When he tells Frodo he can’t carry the ring, but he can carry him and then lifts him in his arms… *sob!* Sam saves the day more than once—it was hard to choose a scene!

Read an exclusive excerpt from Rescuing the Bad Boy: 

Her soft touch landed on Donovan’s arm, and the anger shuddering inside him shifted into an ache. She stepped closer, the warmth between them radiating enough heat to set him on fire. But like the fireplaces he built, he could handle it. He could handle the heat from her, not because he was impervious, but because he was strong enough to soak her in and not burn to ash.
She turned his arm where paint was drying. She swiped at it with her sleeve. “I made a mess.”
He’d forgotten about the paint. “Don’t… I can… There is a shower in the…” He lost his train of thought when she turned those emerald green eyes up to him. He watched her delicate throat work as she swallowed. His eyes traveled up her neck and landed on her mouth. Needing her mouth, he lowered his face, watched her eyes grow dark and wide, watched her lift her chin to meet him.
Heat. He wanted more. If only to test his own strength.
He moved his lips gently against hers, but resisted holding her to him. She held onto him though, grasping his forearms with both hands, her fingers wrapped around his elbows. Pressing her body against his, pressing her tits against his ribs.
Hell, sounded like an invitation to him. Deepening their connection, he thrust his tongue into her mouth, reached around, and grabbed her ass with both palms. When he squeezed, she sucked in a breath.
“Told you,” he rumbled.
“Told me?”
“Not a complaint, Scampi.” He squeezed again. “Perfect.”
A choked laugh left her throat. “Big.”
Still moving his hands over her backside, he said, “First thing I noticed about you at the Wharf.” He’d been plating up a chicken scaloppini when the manager walked in to show around a few new servers. Two he couldn’t remember, and Sofie. Bent over the plate, he’d peeked between the metal shelves framing that perfect ass . He’d stood to get a better look, and she’d pegged him with those moss-greens.
“Second thing I noticed was your eyes.”
Her lips parted slightly. “And the third thing?”
He kissed her. She tasted incredible. “The first time you talked to me.”
She rolled her eyes. “And what did I say?”
She didn’t think he remembered. She was wrong. “‘Can I get a side of cock?’”
Laughing, she shook her head.
He smiled back at her, unable to help himself. “Then you cleared your throat and said, ‘cocktail sauce’.”
Shaking her head, she said, “Worst abbreviation ever.”
“Kitchen guys are immature.”
She blinked up at him, studying him, like she was trying to piece him together. He didn’t want her to. Once she pieced him together and had the whole picture, she wouldn’t like what she saw.
He kissed her again, keeping his hands on her body.
“Are you testing my boundaries?” she asked, her tone teasing. He recognized that comment from the night he rescued her from Torsett.
“Mine,” he corrected.
Sofie bit her lip. “I don’t date much.”
“Me either.” At all, actually.
She shook her head, more in thought than in argument. “I don’t think I have any boundaries with you.”
He was beginning to think he had none with her, either.

Excerpt. ©Jessica Lemmon. Posted by arrangement with the publisher. All rights reserved.


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Book Info: 


Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 5/26/2015
Series: Second Chance Series, #2
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 432
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Meet the Author:

Jessica LemmonA 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 the life you want.

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63 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon”

  1. Noelle

    My favorite rescuing scene is probably every single time Damon and/ or Stefan rescues Elena in The Vampire Diaries. One time I remember specifically is when Stefan has turned bad and Elena ends up in the hospital because of Klaus. Klaus is stealing her blood and Damon storms in and picks Elena up and carries her out of the hospital. She wakes up saying Damon’s name and she sounds so relieved that he is saving her. it was so sweet!

  2. Kermitsgirl

    My favorite movie rescue scene is when Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman) rescues Marianne (Kate Winslet) in Sense & Sensibility. When he comes rushing into the scene holding her shivering body after she’s been out in the cold rain…and then frets desperately over her sick bed – gets my heart going every time.

  3. Colleen C.

    I love rescue scenes in both books and movies… nothing specific comes to mind as a fav though…

  4. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    The first movie that popped into my head was Gone With the Wind…too many scenes to pick just one.
    The second movie that popped into my head was Pretty Woman – at the end on the fire escape when he asks what happens after he rescues her and her response is “She rescues him right back.”

  5. fr_larsson

    Love Outlander & Jamie <3 My favorite, or the one that first comes to mind, is Dirty Dancing and "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" *swooooon*
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Monday!

  6. Erika

    Ooh love Outlander and Claire and Jamie save each other over and over! Princess Bride is a good one too! I’m sure there are a million I like but I can’t think of any at the moment!

  7. Meredith Miller

    Not really. I can’t think of a few, but wouldn’t call them favorites–Titanic stands out. Not that it was much of a rescue I guess. 🙂

  8. Gretchen

    A few of my favorites are Hans Solo & Luke rescuing the princess in Star Wars, rescuing the astronauts in Apollo 13, Harry and Helen in True Lies, and John McClain rescuing his wife Holly in Die Hard.

  9. lea

    There are quite a few rescuing scenes that I love from The Bodyguard with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Loved that movie <3

  10. Becky R.

    Shrek, he rescues Fiona from the tower and dragon, and then rescues her again from marrying Lord Farquaad.

  11. Teri Anne Stanley

    Omigod, when Richard Gere, in all his sailor boy dress white glory strides into the bag factor and sweeps Debra Winger into his arms…because she didn’t expect it. She did the right thing, and continued to live her life, went back to work, didn’t try to manipulate his studly self into rescuing her…and she won.

  12. Kathleen O

    I just finished watching the end of season two of a series called Jack Taylor, it’s set in present day Ireland and the lead, Jack Taylor rescues a little girl who saw her mother being murdered, after she remembers who the real killer really is. Got to love a man who recuses a child.

  13. Debbi Wellenstein

    In my favorite romantic movie of all time, Sleepless in Seattle, Annie rescues Sam from despair.

  14. jcp

    the end of the movie Harry met Sally when Harry runs to the party to rescue himself from being without her in his life.

  15. Jen B

    The first that come to mind is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Truly drives her car into a pond and Caracticus has to carry her out, twice. The first time she does it though, she just puts her car in reverse and gets herself out!

  16. Leanna

    I can’t think of one, I have not to the movies for years. I love your books! I just read bringing home the bad boy.

  17. Amy Rickman

    How to Train Your Dragon when all the kids fly their dragons to save the other dragons.

  18. Sylve T.

    i’m a big Die hard/Bruce Willis fan and in Live Free or Die Hard when he rescues his daughter is one that i really like

  19. taswmom

    The first one that popped into my head was at the end of Pretty Woman, when he climbs up the fire escape and they rescue each other.

  20. erinf1

    Speed!!! That’s the only Keanu Reeves I can stand and I think it’s mainly cuz of Sandra Bullock 🙂 thanks for the fun post and giveaway!

  21. Monique D

    It Happened One Night, old black and white movie with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, when she lifts her skirt a bit to get them a ride. Fabulous movie and so funny! And best of all SHE rescues him!

  22. Barbara Stoker

    Any rescues in movies about weather like into the storm, twister,or really bad b movies like sharknado

  23. Kim

    I loved when Neville Longbottom saves the day and kills the snake at the end of the Harry Potter series.

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