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Welcome Home for Christmas: A Hero's Welcome Novel by [Rains, Annie]
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3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Length: 178 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The bestselling Hero’s Welcome series continues with a juicy Christmas romance, a short novel set in Seaside, North Carolina, where the bustling military base keeps this small town stocked with dedicated, lovable heroes.
Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days a year, Allison Carmichael doesn’t mind being single. It sure beats dating another loser, and it keeps her heart safe. Then there’s that three-hundred-and-sixty-fifth day: Christmas Eve, the traditional time her entire family gathers together—and gangs up on her, demanding to know when she’s going to get married. This year, she swears, is going be different. And that’s why, at a charity auction she’s throwing on-base, she buys herself a man.
Sergeant Troy Matthews insists that he’s not for sale. His time is, though, and he’s happy to donate it. Happier still when he learns the identity of the winning bidder: the redhead with the killer good looks and smart mouth who runs the veteran’s center. Allison needs Troy’s help to fool her family into believing they’re an item, and he’s all too happy to indulge her. But by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, their little charade is working a little too well . . . because Troy’s falling head over heels.

Praise for Welcome Home for Christmas

“A beautiful and funny Christmas romance that will get you in the right mood for the holidays, and will make you swoon.”—Roberta’s Dream World

“A heartwarming, sweet, fun, and well-written story with just enough turmoil to balance all the Christmas cheer. It has a dangerous mystery to solve to give it some spice, it has Christmas family drama like most of us have, it has goodwill and helping hands to spread the love to those in need, but mostly it has steaming hot romance, flirting, amorous play, and romantic moments that melts your heart.”—Books and Spoons 

Welcome Home for Christmas is a lot of Christmas and cute. A light and fluffy story, with a whole lot of holiday cheer.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Just the type of book to get me in the mood for the holidays. I would love to be smack-dab in the middle of Seaside during Christmas. What a joyous place to be! Annie [Rains] captures that within her writing and shows the remarkable aspects of wonderful moments.”—Reads and Treats

“A sweet, well-written, fast-paced . . . Christmas story with just enough tension and drama to make it an addictive page-turner.”—Lucia’s Book Reviews

“So easy to get into and so hard to put down.”—Romantic Reads and Such

“I cannot even begin to describe just how much I loved Welcome Home for Christmas! . . . This whole series will be one I will always love, but this book I will always treasure!”—Cara’s Book Boudoir

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (8 November 2016)
  • Sold by: PRH US
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GYQ056C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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As it’s the season I’ve been reading quite a lot of Christmas themed books. This happens to be one of them. This is the first book that I’ve read in the series as well as with this author. Allison Carmichael doesn’t want to head to her family’s Christmas celebration alone this year. She had enough of her mother analysing her relationship status. Allison is a sweet girl but she becomes kind of a push over when her mother is concerned. Allison’s dedicated to her job and will stop at nothing to help the kids at the orphanage to have a happy Christmas. She runs a charity party to raise money for the kids. Part of the charity is to auction of military men to help the wives of guys who have been deployed to help do the little things around the house. When Allison wins the bid on Troy she gets a plan in her head to fake a relationship and takes Troy to this year’s family celebrations.

OMG, I just love Christmas. This story was sweet, happy and full of Christmas miracles. I couldn’t help but to fall in love with both Troy and Allison and it’s made me that much more emotional with the Christmas season upon us. I loved how that the characters were slowly developed and it wasn’t just instant love, they conquered their fears and really made each other better. There were, however, certain situations that made me roll my eyes and it was a little overdone but what the heck it’s Christmas. I would recommend this for the season. It’s sweet, cute and very light reading.
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Allison Carmichael is in desperate need of a man to help get her family off her back about her being single. So, what better way for that to happen than for her to buy one of the military men up for auction for charity and ask him to pretend to be her boyfriend. Will she and Sargeant Troy Matthews be able to convince her mother they're in a relationship?

Sargeant Troy Matthews isn't looking forward to Christmas this year, not after what happened with his brother last year. However, when Allison buys his services during a charity auction, he agrees to becoming her temporary boyfriend. However, the more time they spend together, the closer they grow. Can Troy convince Allison that he no longer wants to be her temporary partner and instead wants forever?

I have absolutely loved every single book of this series, which can each be read as a stand-alone, but this one is the best of Ms. Rains A Hero's Welcome series so far. Right from the beginning, this story had me hooked with the excitement Troy's job brings him during the festive season. The season brings out the crazies, but at least the chance to help orphaned kids by doing the auction proves he's not turned into a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. However, it was the moment that Allison and Troy met that I loved. Would he win her over with his charm?

Both the main characters were highly entertaining, and I loved that we got to revisit with characters from the previous books. Allison's friends want her to find the happiness that they've found and I liked how they teased her about Troy and encouraged the relationship because there's so much chemistry between the pair, which eventually spills over onto the pages with lots of heat and passion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute romance 25 November 2016
By Life of a Crazy Mom - Published on
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Allison was perfectly happy being single until it hits Christmas time. Then she gets all sorts of stressed out. Why does she get stressed out? Because normally, she doesn’t have a date for her family’s Christmas party. And if she does have a date, her mother, a psychiatrist, analyzes him and then tells Allison what she thinks of him. Which normally isn’t a lot and she has predicted Allison’s break ups. So, yeah, that would stress anyone out.

Troy is a MP on base who is a love them and leave them type of guy and Christmas is not his favorite holiday. This year, instead of celebrating Christmas, he was planning on spending it alone. The reason why he was planning on spending it alone? He was still smarting over a fight that he got into with his brother over 2 years ago over Troy being in the Marines instead of running a business. Which to be honest, struck me as a stupid reason to be mad at someone. But I have seen relationships with families ruined over less so this did strike me as totally believable.

Allison and Troy meet, unknown to both of them, when Allison is picking up wine for a charity event at the Veterans Center that she runs. Troy, who happened to be behind her, warned her about partying too hard and Allison gave him this funny, flip answer before leaving. The next time they meet was when Allison buys Troy at the charity auction she was running. Her reason for buying him? She needs him to pretend to be her boyfriend at her family’s Christmas party and she was willing to spend extra money for the extra hours (ie dates) for them to get to know each other.

The book gets pretty standard from that point on with Allison and Troy. They both fall into having sex with each other. That kinda annoyed me because Allison made a huge deal about not jumping into bed with him and then bam, two chapters later, she did. Not that I minded the sex scenes, they were pretty hot and there was one with a pretty inventive use of a 6″ purple, sparkly vibrator. Speaking of that, I was cracking up laughing when she realized that she left it out when she thought she was getting robbed and Troy noticed. I literally couldn’t breathe, I was laughing so hard.

The three subplots (one being Allison’s issues with her mother, the other being the robber and the 3rd being Troy’s issues with his brother) that was wrapped up pretty quickly. But the storyline with the children’s home wasn’t wrapped up until the epilogue and I LOVED how it was wrapped up. I had a huge permagrin on my face.

Speaking of the ending, I loved it and it totally fit with the book!!!

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Christmas Romance 9 November 2016
By Ellen Anderson - Published on
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I love this series by Annie Rains, but I must admit the is something magical about a Christmas story. I remember Allison from previous books, but if Troy was in the others I never noticed him, because I don't believe I could have forgotten him. There is just something about Troy that has me falling for him more and more as the story goes on. Of course I want Allison to get her HEA also, and if it happens to be with a sweetheart like Troy, why not?
Troy Matthews has decided not to celebrate Christmas this year, but the more he tries to avoid it, the more he seems to get pulled in, especially by Alison Carmichael. Will she succeed in turning Scrooge around?
Very sweet and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas story 22 November 2016
By Readeriowa - Published on
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This is a warm, emotional Christmas story of two people who complement each other. The characters are very likable people and this continues the great series by Annie Rains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME HOME! 25 November 2016
By Patti A. - Published on
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This is a truly heart warming story. At first I thought Troy and Allison would never be but again I was proved wrong. Talk about hot and intense so glad these two helped each other see they were meant to be. As you read on hold on to your panties if you can but be careful cause they might catch fire! Read this entire series you will not be disappointed just hot!
5.0 out of 5 stars a great Christmas romance 10 January 2017
By Beth H Jones - Published on
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This was a great Christmas romance. The 4th book in the Hero's Welcome series. Can be read as a standalone. Allison and Troy fake being a couple for her family holiday party. Will the magic of the season make them a real couple? I recommend this book, as well as the rest of this series. It was a great military romance.

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