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.
Praise for Welcoming the Bad Boy
“Hot and sweet and adorable and steamy and sexy all at the same time . . . This story captured my heart and left me enamored.”—Books and Spoons Blog
“A wonderful series that will have you swoon, laugh, maybe even shed a tear or two at some points, and warm your heart all the way down to your toes (watch out for a bit of heat here and there, too!). . . . The men of Seaside will sweep you off your feet.”—Roberta’s Dream World
“Readers (and dog lovers!) who like their romance on the sweet and light side will love this one.”—Girl Plus Books
“The read was light, fast, sweet, and hit the spot.”—The Book Junkie
“With Welcoming the Bad Boy, you are getting a lot more than a bad boy romance or even a military romance. . . . I love absolutely everything about this book.”—Cara’s Book Boudoir
“Enjoy the fun and try not to fall for Griffin . . . it appears he’s already taken.”—Reviews from the Heart
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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What starts out as a light read hides surprising depth and moments of deep feeling, perfectly fittin
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.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This is the second Annie Rains book I have read and I liked this story so much better than the last one I read. There were a few heartfelt moments in this story that brought a tear to my eye as well as a bad boy Marine with a sweet heart and a sweet preacher's daughter with a naughty side. Overall the story was sweet and hot. Unlike Welcome Home, Cowboy, there were lots of love scenes in this story that I would expect in any other romance novel and I loved that fantasies were being fulfilled. The ending felt a bit rushed but their HEA was reached anyway so I was happy.
There were some story line elements that the author touched upon but didn't really elaborate on that I thought she should have but it didn't really take away from the story. ***SPOILER alert so stop reading here if you don't want to know what story element I though could have been elaborated on***
There were two items that I found that needed to be written more about. One, Griffin had offered to help Val train her dog but there were never any scenes of him doing that at all. He did it like once before his agreement so I thought that was kind of odd. Two, towards the end when his partner was hurt there wasn't much said about his recovery except for a phone call. For someone who loved his partner and spent the whole story trying to work with him, having one phone call stating he'll make a full recovery didn't seem enough for me.
Griffin Black. Tattooed, motorcycle-riding Marine. One look at him and you think bad boy. Except that there’s more to Griffin than that. He’s an accomplished K-9 MP who is dedicated to the dogs he’s training and partnered with just as much as he’s dedicated to righting some wrongs with his mother, who has early onset Alzheimer’s.
Valerie Hunt. Preacher’s daughter, volunteer at the nursing home, secretary at the elementary school. One look at her and you think good girl. Except that there’s more to Val than that. She secretly writes romance and she doesn’t have a perfect relationship with her preacher father.
Val and Griffin have been on the periphery of each other for some time now. When they officially meet when Val runs him off the road because of the dog she’s watching, it’s like fireworks. Neither is looking for a relationship but no-strings attached never works with a couple with this much chemistry.
This book pulled me from the beginning and I finished it in one sitting. I was connected to the characters and felt their pain and happiness. This is my first book by this author and it definitely will not be the last!
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*