Welcoming the Bad Boy: Hero’s Welcome #3 by Annie Rains

Welcoming the Bad Boy: Hero's Welcome #3 by Annie Rains

Annie Rains is on the blog today with the third and latest installment of her Hero’s Welcome series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $20.00 Amazon or B&N eGift Card

Welcoming the Bad Boy

Annie Rains manages to bring together a group of, from the outside, disparate characters to tell a wonderful story.  Valerie is a preacher’s daughter with a huge streak of good girl. During the school year she works as a secretary, is always available if her father needs help, and does volunteer time with a reading group at the local nursing home. Her biggest secret (and current conundrum) is her second job and true love, her life as a romance author. Unfortunately, she’s got writer’s block as big as a house, and publishers breathing down her neck for the next book.

Griffin Black is a tattooed, motorcycle riding K-9 MP. He’s different than any man Val has ever known, and at first glance, most people would think he’s a bad boy. Far from that – he’s busy with work and training a new dog, and has just moved his mother into the local nursing home from California after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  With her neighbor recuperating at the nursing home, her puppy Sweet Cheeks is in Val’s care.  Unfortunately, the exuberant puppy nearly caused Val to run Griffin off the road.

These two are wonderfully paired – both with an openness and desire for more, even as they are dealing with their own issues.  Val is outwardly very caring, perhaps even a touch of a pushover as she’s careful to never disappoint.  Griffin seems very controlled and structured, until you see the motorcycle and the obvious distress that his mother’s condition is causing.  With input from the ladies of Val’s book club in the nursing home, their joy when they discover she also writes and the stories they demand, the clever use of the dogs and even Val’s struggles for her next story idea are just wonderful.  What starts out as a light read hides surprising depth and moments of deep feeling, perfectly fitting into the series.

Welcoming the Bad Boy: Hero’s Welcome #3 by Annie Rains

Title: Welcoming the Bad Boy
Author: Annie Rains
Series: Hero's Welcome #3
Also in this series: Welcome to Forever, Welcome Home Cowboy
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance, Small Town
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: 1101964790
Published on: 2 August 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 279
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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From the author of Welcome to Forever (“Full of heart and emotion!”—Lori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroes—but that doesn’t mean they’re always well-behaved.

As a preacher’s daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father’s strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur.

Even though Valerie almost killed him, Griffin Black can’t be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he soon wonders how he’s ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he’s ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.

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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.

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She wrapped the dry towel around her body and collected her clothes to go seek out Griffin’s dryer. When she opened the bathroom door, he was standing in front of her. His eyes traveled south. Really, a towel covered as much as any of her strapless dresses. Strapless dresses involved hooks and zippers, though. All Griffin had to do if he wanted to see her naked was pull the end of the towel tucked beneath her arm.

She took a breath, really wanting him to pull. What was the point of a summer fling if she couldn’t live out her wildest fantasies? In fact, if she were writing one of her books right now, her heroine would probably tire of waiting to see what the gorgeous bad boy was going to do and drop the towel herself.

Val slowly lifted her arm and dropped the towel to her feet. No going back now, which was completely fine with her.

“What are you doing?” Griffin asked. There was a deep edge to his voice.

“Drying off.” Her heart thudded inside her chest. Her hands were shaking. This wasn’t like her. She didn’t seduce men. She should pick her towel up off the floor right now and pretend like that was an accident.

Instead, she stood frozen.

Griffin reached for her in the dark hallway, tracing a finger from her neck down to her breast.

Then he anchored a hand on her waist and pulled her toward him, kissing her again, harder this time. Deeper. A little gasp caught in her throat as his other hand reached between her legs and started to caress her, finding a rhythm that had her clutching his still wet body to keep from falling on the ground.

She reached for the hem of his shirt and started to lift his wet clothes off him. Unbuttoning his jeans, she pressed them down, working until he was as naked as she was.

“Are you sure this is what you want? We’re breaking all the rules in those romance novels you like to read,” he said, his voice gravelly.

She swallowed, burning for him. Needing to feel his hands on her. His mouth. His tongue. “I want this. I want you.”

A small smile lifted his mouth. He took her hand and started leading her down the hallway, passing Trooper as they went.

“Sorry, buddy. You have to stay behind,” Griffin called, pulling her into his bedroom and shutting the door. “If it starts to thunder we’ll have to stop,” he said between kisses.

“A woman should never come between a man and his dog,” Val agreed.

“You know me so well.” He kissed her again and then he pulled her toward his bed.


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About Annie Rains

Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America's largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn't writing, she's spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA).


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