Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WELCOMING THE BAD BOY By Annie Rains: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Tasty Virtual Tour

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

Hero's Welcome #3
Annie Rains
Releasing August 2nd, 2016

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.

WELCOMING THE BAD BOY is a wonderful and compelling story with characters that you can't help falling in love with. It is fun and sexy as well as emotional and heart-tugging. Valerie Hunt is an endearing woman, a good girl and daughter of a preacher who doesn't approve of anything his daughter does. Is it any wonder that Val keeps the fact that she is a successful romance author a secret from him? Even her friends don't know. And the guys her father approves of her to date? BORING! 
     Naturally, when she meets the title bad-boy Griffin, things begin to look a little brighter. Of course, she did nearly run him off the road, but it was an accident. The dog she is babysitting for her elderly neighbor decided he wanted some attention. Not your usual way to meet a new guy. And Griffin can't stay mad, especially as he sees the good heart of Val as the weeks roll on. 
     Griffin trains dogs for the military and has moved his estranged mother to a nursing home where Val volunteers, so they see each other a lot. His mom is suffering from Alzheimer's and doesn't recognize her son anymore. This brings some highly emotional moments to the story and you know that Griffin's heart is pretty special for a bad boy.
     The chemistry between Val and Griffin is fun and flirty. You have to love a guy who reads romance novels to understand the female mind. And there are plenty more fun moments when Val reads her sexy stories to her bookclub at the nursing home. And of course, there is fun with Sweet Cheeks, the dog that Val is babysitting and whom Griffin grimaces when he thinks of the little guys name.
     All in all, this a delightful read. It's about finding love and also reconnecting with family. You are laughing one moment and then minutes later you are trying to hold back tears. This story celebrates love and the roller coaster we call life. Annie Rains pens another good story for the Hero's Welcome series and I am sure that  WELCOMING THE BAD BOY is going to be on a lot of readers' keeper shelves.

     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.
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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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  1. What a lovely review! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Nice review! Every time you review her books it makes me wonder why I haven't yet read them, then I look at all the books waiting to be read and I know. Someday I will get to her.

    1. She writes a good blend of funny, sweet, and then serious. This was my favorite so far.