Welcoming the Bad Boy
Hero's Welcome #3
By: Annie Rains
Releasing August 2, 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.
This story resonates with me on so many levels, it hit me directly to the heart and took a good hold of it. Considering I am a romance novel loving preacher's daughter, who worked in a nursing home for three years to save money for college, and who's both parents have a disease that affects their memory, you can just imagine the connection I had with the characters, the story itself and world it created.
I loved both Valerie and Griffin, together and as characters. Their chemistry was off the charts, they were so good together, caring, sweet, protective, helping each other, supporting each other, and then when they get together, and the heat level rises, it was so amazing I could feel it at the bottom of my being. And I might have whimpered a little, because really, hot and sweet and adorable and steamy and sexy all at the same time, so beautifully written, it just took my breath away.
Both Valerie and Griffin has been labeled, not necessarily by who they are, but by their appearances or by their family. The bad boy and preacher's daughter together might have gotten some raise their eyebrows, but when you get to know them, the kindness, sweetness, caring side, or the adventures, daring, sexy side, you know they are nothing but perfect together.
They both have a difficult relationship with their parent, something they both actively tried to work on while supporting the other in their efforts. They listen to each other and tried so hard to find a way to overcome the challenges, to make a peace with their parents and find a way to live with the past mistakes.
From fun humorous moments to heartache and grief, to deliciously delectable and delightful swoon-worthy romance, and the most adorable dogs on the side, this story captured my heart and left me enamored.
~ Five Spoons
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.
What are my favorite Go-to foods on deadline?
Anything convenient! I like sugary finger foods best, especially Skittles, Starbursts, and CHOCOLATE! Coffee is a must-have if I'm writing in the mornings, although I’ve recently switched to decaf (I was drinking so much coffee that I was a jittery mess by the time my family woke up!) If I'm writing in the evenings, I love hot tea. And that's it. Deadlines mean no cooking, although my husband does a majority of the cooking most days anyway, which pretty much makes him my perfect hero!
This is what my desk looks like when I’m struggling to get words! Candy wrappers galore!
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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