Allow me to present a new series from a debut author. Welcome to Forever by Annie Rains is the first book in her contemporary military romance series, Hero’s Welcome. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a Book Bundle to celebrate the release of WELCOME TO FOREVER
A debut offering, Annie Rains tackles a ton of emotional triggers in her first in a new series, Welcome to Forever. A former Marine, a dead fiancé, a special needs child and a mother who isn’t going to be getting an award for her parenting anytime soon. To her credit, Rains uses skill and tact, with some well-placed moments with father and child to bring a story that is surprisingly low in the angst quotient despite the potential pitfalls.
Kat is an elementary school principal, still not really having dealt with the loss of her fiancé. She’s pouring all of her energy (and avoidance tactics) into her job, working long hours and worrying about staff and students. Even her friends are tiring of her fears about relationships, and have started to push her into dating again, an idea she is refusing.
Micah Peterson is a Marine second to being a single-parent caregiver to his son Ben. With his ex-wife more interested in her own life, and an ex-girlfriend who couldn’t deal with his son, he’s not interested in a relationship with yet another woman who will disappoint him or Ben.
These two are destined to meet, and Kat’s refusal to date another military man, in a military town is purely foolish. Fortunately, she recognizes something special in Micah, and can’t help but be intrigued. In the most basic way. Micah can’t help but wonder if perhaps there is room in his life for Kat and Ben, and we are off.
Slowly, and with many hiccups, these two start to build a friendship that is only hampered by their fears. Ben is completely adorable and the scenes with he and Micah are just precious. There are a few inconsistencies in the military facts, something that I would hope Rains researches before the next story, but these are minor and most likely will pass unnoticed by those not familiar with the rather convoluted rules, regulations and procedures of the military. I would have liked a touch more angst – both characters TELL us repeatedly that they are hurting and have issues (usually in interior dialogue) but we don’t always have the background that would connect us to them in a visceral way.
Most importantly, Rains has managed to create a story that will engage readers: we care about Ben, we want to see Kate and Micah get over their fears to grab onto something substantial and you can’t help but cheer them on. A good start to a new series that will please many readers.
Title: Welcome to Forever
Author: Annie Rains
Series: Hero's Welcome #1
Also in this series: Welcome Home Cowboy, Welcoming the Bad Boy
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 1 December 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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If you love Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, or Jill Shalvis, you won’t want to miss the Hero’s Welcome military romance series! Welcome to Forever introduces a small coastal town where America’s best and brightest risk everything for love.
In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.
As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.