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.
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
Published on: 2 August 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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.