Aug 9, 2016

Welcoming the Bad Boy by Annie Rains Review

Welcoming The Bad Boy
Hero's Welcome #3
By: Annie Rains
Releasing August 2nd, 2016
Tour Host: Tasty Book Tours

Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.

From the bestselling 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.

Griffin Black is a bad boy…or is he? He is a K9 cop in the Marines, covered in tattoo's and rides a Harley! But Griffin is also extremely dedicated to his mom; whom at the age of 55 should be living her life to the fullest, not be in a residential care suffering with early onset Alzheimer's! but no matter how much Griffin wants to go back and change everything, he can't, but it breaks his heart every time his Mom doesn't recognize him. But she does seem to recognize Val, the women that comes and reads books to the residence.

Val Hunt is a women with a huge heart, but is hiding a big secret…She is a romance author! But being the daughter of a pastor in Seaside NC, she is supposed to be a good girl, not that she can ever do anything right in her father's eyes. But when she see Griffin Black, she sees him as a bad boy and someone that her father would never approve of, but boy did Val approve of him! And when Val is suffering from writers block, Griffin is the perfect distraction and to kick start her muse.

What started as a light hearted relationship turned in to something more deeper and meaningful for both of them how will they go from here and what impact would Val's secret life have upon her real one?

I have never read any of the Hero's Welcome books before, but that really doesn't matter (although I'm planning to read them) as the author gives you everything you need to know. I found the book a very enjoyable read.

Val's character is so sweet, caring and loving and despite her father's constant disapproval, she still wants to get him to just to say that he is proud of her! Griffin's character is a bad boy with a huge heart. He loves his mom and regrets their argument that they had before he left for the marines, but now he can't apologizes for it, as she doesn't even remember who he is, and that breaks my heart.

The book is well written and I really got into the storyline! I loved the fact that Val volunteers at a retirement home. I love the dogs the characters! I love ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING about this book and will continue to love it forever.

With Welcoming the Bad Boy, you are getting a lot more that a bad boy romance or even a military romance; you are getting a whole new world opened up, where sub-genres mean nothing and you can have it all.

I give Welcoming the Bad Boy 5 stars!

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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.

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.

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