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Welcoming the Bad Boy: A Hero's Welcome Novel by [Rains, Annie]
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Length: 269 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1597 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (2 August 2016)
  • Sold by: PRH US
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017QLSIQS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was a fantastic read! You will laugh, sigh, and have your heart broken, and your heart warmed. This story combines just the right amount of cute, funny and sexy moments. Val and Griffin together are a perfect match and their chemistry is off the charts steamy. The love scenes are well written and sensual. The storyline is easy to follow and the emotion tied up in the pages makes this story shine. I really enjoyed all the scenes involving the dogs and the K-9 training, it was interesting and it really added another layer to the story and to the individual characters. Also the way Alzheimer's was depicted is spot on, I work with these patients every day, and the author does a wonderful job of showing how it effects everyone around the person. The only drawback for me was with Val and her struggle not to "disappoint" her father. I see where the sentiment is coming from and agree with respecting your parent, but at 30 years old I think she should have been looking to her own heart and mind more than what her pastor father would expect. It just seemed like a lot of her choices and decisions were more like a teen still living at home. But even with that being said I truly enjoyed the story. I think it has a lot to offer anyone who loves romance, a good emotional read with bursts of laughter or just a well written engaging story.

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Being the daughter of the town preacher doesn't leave Valerie 'Val' Hunt many options when it comes to finding Mr. Right. So, instead, she creates her own happy ever after through her writing. But with a serious case of writer's block, Val is looking for some big inspiration. Luckily, she finds it in military K-9 officer, Griffin Black, the man she almost knocks off his motorcycle.

Griffin Black has too much to deal with. Worrying about his mom and her illness and trying to train his new K-9 partner should be enough to keep him pre-occupied, however it seems thoughts of Valerie are taking over his brain. Helping the gorgeous woman to train an unruly puppy is no problem at all, especially when it gives Griffin a chance to spend time with her. Can he convince her that happy ever after is possible outside of her stories?

Having absolutely loved the first two books of this series, I couldn't wait to read Val's and Griffin's story, and I've got to say that it does not disappoint. Right from the beginning, this story was riveting, fast-paced and I loved how the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time. Would Griffin react badly to her recklessness?

As for the dialogue it was intense due to the main characters back stories, what's going on with Griffin's mom; what's going on with Val and her writing; and the various situations the hero comes up against in his job. Will Griffin be able to train his dog before the eager pup ends up seriously hurting someone? Will the hero be able to handle the changes his mother is going through? Will Val be able to overcome her writer's block? However, there were some light-hearted moments that made me smile.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Heat Military Romance 5 August 2016
By Moms Cooking The Books - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third book in the Hero’s Welcome series, but as with the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Characters from the previous books make an appearance, but it does not impact this story in any way.

I was surprised that I enjoyed this story more than Welcome Home Cowboy. I think it’s because I like the bad boy vibe, however, you can’t judge a book by its cover. What I mean by this is Griffin looks the part of the bad boy with his tattoos, motorcycle and he appears broody, but he is so much more. He is a member of the military police K-9 unit and he even adopted his previous canine partner when he was retired. He is currently training a new partner that is struggling with obeying certain commands, which frustrates Griffin because he knows the consequences if the dog doesn’t obey those commands, he is either adopted out or put down depending on the outcome of his supervisors’ review.

Valerie is a school secretary during the school year, however, she has a secret that she has told no one about, even her best friends. She is a best-selling romance author under the pen name that she referred to as her alter ego, Sophie Evans. She writes her books while she is on summer break and she has a deadline coming up and she has writers block. She has seen Griffin around at Hero’s a local bar on occasion, but has never talked to him until she almost ran him off the road while trying to get her friend and neighbor’s dog off her lap while driving. Her neighbor (Alma) is elderly and fell after tripping over Sweet Cheeks (the dog). Griffin under the guise of giving her pointers on how to train the unruly dog, tries to woo Valerie.

Alma (recovering from her broken hip) is in the same nursing home that Griffin’s mom is at, she has early stage Alzheimer’s. Griffin just moved her to Seaside, North Carolina from California so she can be close to him. She doesn’t know who Griffin is and can’t accept that he is her son. This really bother’s Griffin as he has unfinished business with his mother, who he hasn’t talked to in 10 years. Valerie volunteers at the nursing home reading to the ladies in the book club. She has taken up what her mother had done years ago. Valerie’s mom died when Valerie was 9 from cancer. Being the only child of the town preacher, Valerie has obligations to the church that her father is constantly volunteering her for. Her relationship is strained with her father and she can never seem to please him.

Griffin is interested in knowing more about Valerie, but he feels that he shouldn’t get into a relationship with the obligations he has to his job and his mother, however, he is drawn to her. Valerie is looking at Griffin as a muse, but she also would like to have a summer fling with him. He could provide her with all kinds of vivid ideas!

This book had me swooning with Griffin’s efforts to court Valerie. He was so sweet to her. There was a lot of fun banter and teasing between them and I had a few laugh out loud moments. There was sweet heat and sexy times that were steamy! There are lessons to be learned in this book too, I won’t get into it, but definitely life lessons. There were parts that made my heart hurt for the characters and their predicaments. This is such a beautiful love story between two people who felt they couldn’t find room in their lives for love.

I highly recommend this sweet military romance! I can’t wait to see who is next!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story by Annie Rains 27 September 2016
By June - Published on Amazon.com
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Val and Griffin have been eyeing each other for a while. When they finally spend time together they find that they click. Val helps Griffin with his mother and Griffen helps Val with her father. Throw in a couple of interesting dogs, a summer fling and a big secret and you've got an entertaining, heart warming romance. I've enjoyed Annie Rain's books. Thanks to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 1st 2 books in series, but this is my favorite 10 January 2017
By Beth H Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. This is the 3rd book in the Hero's Welcome series, but it can be read as a stand alone. No cliffhanger. As great as the first 2 books in this series were, this is my favorite book of the series. Val is a preacher's daughter, she feels as though she can do nothing to get her father's approval. Griffin is a K9 officer with the Marines, he just had his estranged mother, moved to a nursing home near him and he's not ready for a relationship. When they come together, the attraction is immediate. Will Val and Griffin make a relationship work? Definitely worth buying.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and wonderful 16 February 2017
By Momma C - Published on Amazon.com
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I must confess to loving this so much, that I read it twice. Warm and lovable characters, set in an easy flowing story. A really great series
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book by its cover 7 October 2016
By Tonya - Published on Amazon.com
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love love this series....this book is all about secrets and what you learn from keeping secrets to the ones you love. Also as the two learned just because you look a certain way doesn't mean that's who you are