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Welcome to Forever: A Hero's Welcome Novel by [Rains, Annie]
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “Don’t miss this sparkling debut full of heart and emotion!” raves Lori Wilde. The Hero’s Welcome military romance series 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.

Praise for Welcome to Forever
 
Welcome to Forever is a beautiful and touching story of love and loss that will grab you by the heart and hold on long after you’ve finished reading.”USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry
 
“A wonderfully written debut novel that had me fighting back tears and rooting for the couple from the first page. Annie Rains is an author to watch. I can’t wait for more!”USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston
 
“Emotional, heartwarming and completely engaging . . . I highly recommend this one to those looking for a contemporary romance that was realistic instead of angst-filled, with characters who are likable and so deserving of a happy ending.”—Girl Plus Books
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1658 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (1 December 2015)
  • Sold by: PRH US
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X2FE498
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Micah is a single dad and loves his son Ben very much. Both of Ben's parents are Marines, but Micah isn't interested in being stationed any longer. He wants to stay with his son and tries to be the best dad he can be. Micah has started a landscaping business and his first big job is at a school, Seaside Elementary. Micah and Ben have just moved to Seaside and Micah hopes Ben will have a good time and make friends. Ben's principal Kat tries to do her very best to run a friendly school, which should be perfect for Ben. Will he be happy there?

Due to heartbreak in her past Kat doesn't want to date Marines. She doesn't want to risk the black hole she's found herself in for quite some time ever again. However, when she meets Ben and his cute dad Micah, she can't deny that she loves spending time with them. Ben is fond of Kat and Micah can't help but admire her brave spirit and her attachment to all of her students. Kat is reluctant to go out with him because of her promise, will Micah be able to change her mind and do they have a chance?

Welcome to Forever is a heartwarming romantic story. The main characters are all wonderful. Kat is idealistic, kind and welcoming. She's a young and ambitious principal and her ideas to make her school a better place kept making me smile. Micah is gentle, loving and patient. He's a chivalrous man and would do anything for his son. I really enjoyed reading about his love for Ben. Ben is a cute kid. He's smart and wise for his age and his matchmaking attempts are endearing. He knows exactly what he wants and is determined to reach his goals. This makes him the perfect person to bring Kat and Micah together. I liked this sweet part of the story a lot and instantly fell in love with Welcome to Forever because of the amazing main characters.
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Micah Peterson is very protective of his son, Ben, and only wants what is best for him. Teaching him to be independent is important, especially for a child relegated -- more and more -- to a wheelchair. He can't help confronting those that give Ben special treatment, and the principal at his kid's new school is the first person he's determined to give a talking-to, for treating Ben differently than her other students.

It's not easy for Kat Chandler to live in Seaside, a small town full of Marines and their kids. However, she can't up and leave. Not after recently being appointed principal of the local Elementary school. Determined to do what is best for her students, she finds herself introducing new and improved ways of dealing with the delinquents. Even knowing there are parents bound to be opposed to her methods. Yet, never once had she thought one would confront her over the kindness she shows his son.

What an incredible first book to start off Ms. Rains Hero's Welcome series, comprising a hero determined to make sure he gives his son the best out of life, and a heroine finally coming to the conclusion that she deserves to be happy again after losing someone she loved. The opening chapter certainly sets the fast-pace of the story, and the moment the hero and heroine meet is really good. As Kat finds herself dealing with her first bit of trouble at school.

I really liked Kat and Micah. Both of their back stories are compelling, and are definitely what makes some of the dialogue quite intense. They face some tough obstacles that made this book an absolute page turner.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 89 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Debut Novel! 8 December 2015
By Christie72 - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely beautiful, emotional romance! I would not have known this was the writer’s debut…yes, it was that well-written. I loved everything about Welcome to Forever from the plot itself to the characters.

Micah is a Marine who also happens to be a single dad to a son with special needs. Kat is the young principal at the school that Micah’s son, Ben, attends. The two meet the morning of the first day of school. Sparks fly between the two of them, but each knows romance isn’t in the cards for them. He’s busy with Ben, and Kat isn’t ready to give her heart to someone else after losing her fiancé two years ago. As the two spend more time together, it gets harder for them to resist their attraction to one another. There is some drama from outside forces, but it doesn’t become the central focus of the book. The central focus is trust, taking chances, and learning to love again.

Micah is sexy, but his real beauty is his soul. He’s a fantastic father, and all those things combine to make him the perfect hero. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bad boy who is reformed, but it was great seeing a good guy who is just as sexy as some of my favorite bad boys. Kat was beautiful, but like with Micah, it wasn’t her most prominent feature. She had a soul just like Micah which made them perfect for one another, and Ben, Micah’s son, completed them. I loved Ben’s character. He wasn’t defined by his condition. He had his moments that broke my heart, but he kept his head up and kept going. He had the power to change people’s perceptions and ideas of what being a child with special needs is. To me, he was the real hero of the book. All the secondary characters were well-developed as well, especially Micah’s friend, Lawson, and Kat’s sister, Julie, and best friend, Val. I love when a writer builds those characters so I’m anxiously awaiting their stories in later books. The pacing of the story and their romance was very realistic. They two didn’t immediately fall into bed together, even though they wanted to, and that worked very well with their characters. The two would be very cautious and not enter into a quick and fast relationship. It would take them time to develop that trust with each other, and Annie Rains stayed true to that.

Again, a wonderful debut!!!! Great story, great characters, and very well-written. I see that the next book will be Lawson and Julie’s story. I can’t wait to return to their small coastal town and catch up with my newest friends.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you are going to write a “military romance,” please do your research! 29 December 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It’s currently popular to write “military” romance, and for the most part, those stories are enjoyable to read – not necessarily great, but not bad. What often ruins them, however, is inattention to details – either because the author doesn’t know anyone with military experience or doesn’t think it’s that important. That’s a significant problem with this story (although not the only issue I have with it). The hero, Micah, is a Marine sergeant with a special needs son. He is also the son of a career Marine officer who expects him to follow in his footsteps. Micah, on the other hand, wants out of the Marine Corps to focus on his son and fledgling landscaping business. So far so good – conflict potential set up. However, the author makes Micah a pilot. That’s not a position that a sergeant would hold; furthermore, she actually calls Micah an “officer” in Chapter 11. But a sergeant is not an officer; he’s a non-commissioned officer. There’s a world of difference between the two. And in Chapter 23, the father tells Micah that he’s being promoted and transferring to “Fort Goodman.” Forts are Army installations, not USMC ones. Also, throughout the book, the author refers to Marines as “soldiers.” Soldiers are in the Army, Marines are in the USMC. Then there is Micah’s second job – groundskeeper at the local elementary school. He spends an awful lot of time there during the day – again just not realistic to anyone who has served on active duty, especially for someone in a position of leadership. Maybe I can be accused of being too picky – but I spent over 25 years in the military and it’s the little things that raise a military-themed book to great heights (just read anything by Jessica Scott).
I never quite connected with the heroine. Kat Chandler is the new principal of the elementary school. Apparently, vandals are spray-painting bad things about her on the school walls – but the why is not really addressed. Maybe it’s just the hook the author used to get the kids into her after-school program, but then why not just deface the school, why have the vandalism directed specifically at her? Kat apparently grew up in the small town where the story takes place, but I never got any sense of belonging to the community from her. There was so much potential to bring out about Kat’s character from the loss of her Marine fiancée two years prior to the story, to her previous career before becoming a principal (I’m assuming she was a teacher, but that subject wasn’t broached), to her relationships with her sister and best friend. Unfortunately, everything just seemed to be superficial.
The story was OK, but it could have been really good had the author done her homework about the military and added considerably more depth to the heroine. This is the first of, at least, three books in the series – however, I won’t be buying the rest.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the story 20 May 2016
By Texas Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the story. I liked the premise. Honestly what kept this from being great was the lack of knowledge about Marines. Sergeant Micah Peterson could not be a pilot. He is a non-commissioned officer. In charge of men, but he could never be a pilot. He would have had to be a least a 2nd Lieutenant. The main characters go to the Marine Corps Ball, but it is held in October. The Ball is to honor the birthday of the Marines. That is November 10, so the Ball is held either the weekend before or after. Micah calls his young son son soldier. He'd call him a Marine or Devil Dog as a term of affection, soldiers are in the Army.
I bought the second book because I liked the writing style and the characters... I'm really hoping I like the story there and that the author was able to correct these items... I know that's bad to be so not picky but it's important to me as a wife of a Marine.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book left me with a big smile on my face! :) 2 December 2015
By crescentmoon99 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book left me with such a big smile on my face! *happy sigh*

This is a beautiful debut from Annie Rains. You might know I'm a sucker for a man in uniform, and this series is full of them! Micah Peterson is a Marine and a single father of a special needs child. He'd do anything for his son, even if it means butting heads with the new principal of his son's elementary school, Kat Chandler.

Kat has some unusual ideas to help the students at Seaside Elementary, but she believes she can make a difference. Sparks are soon flying between Kat and Micah, but she has a rule: she doesn't date Marines anymore. A few years ago, Kat's fiance lost his life overseas, and she's not ready to open herself up to that kind of heartbreak again.

Well, you can guess this leads to all kinds of angst between them! Welcome to Forever had so many heartfelt moments, and I absolutely loved it. If you love small town contemporary romance (especially set near the ocean) and/or military heroes, this book is for you! :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful charming story 25 May 2017
By Suze Lavender - Published on Amazon.com
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Micah is a single dad and loves his son Ben very much. Both of Ben's parents are Marines, but Micah isn't interested in being stationed any longer. He wants to stay with his son and tries to be the best dad he can be. Micah has started a landscaping business and his first big job is at a school, Seaside Elementary. Micah and Ben have just moved to Seaside and Micah hopes Ben will have a good time and make friends. Ben's principal Kat tries to do her very best to run a friendly school, which should be perfect for Ben. Will he be happy there?

Due to heartbreak in her past Kat doesn't want to date Marines. She doesn't want to risk the black hole she's found herself in for quite some time ever again. However, when she meets Ben and his cute dad Micah, she can't deny that she loves spending time with them. Ben is fond of Kat and Micah can't help but admire her brave spirit and her attachment to all of her students. Kat is reluctant to go out with him because of her promise, will Micah be able to change her mind and do they have a chance?

Welcome to Forever is a heartwarming romantic story. The main characters are all wonderful. Kat is idealistic, kind and welcoming. She's a young and ambitious principal and her ideas to make her school a better place kept making me smile. Micah is gentle, loving and patient. He's a chivalrous man and would do anything for his son. I really enjoyed reading about his love for Ben. Ben is a cute kid. He's smart and wise for his age and his matchmaking attempts are endearing. He knows exactly what he wants and is determined to reach his goals. This makes him the perfect person to bring Kat and Micah together. I liked this sweet part of the story a lot and instantly fell in love with Welcome to Forever because of the amazing main characters.

Annie Rains writes about what it's like to have an uncertain future when working as a Marine. She writes about grief and danger in an empathic and honest way. Her story is filled with hope, love and sunshine as well, which gives it a nice balance. I liked the combination of deep emotional layers with feel-good romance. The story has many surprising twists and turns and the ending is unexpected and unique. Annie Rains has written a fantastic complete book. I highly recommend Welcome to Forever, it's a wonderful charming story with plenty of sparks and positivity.