Welcoming the Bad Boy by Annie Rains
Series: Hero's Welcome #3
Also in this series: Welcome to Forever, Welcome Home for Christmas
Published by Loveswept on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Welcoming the Bad Boy was a sweet romance about accepting yourself and making amends. Third on the Hero’s Welcome series it was good, but so far the first one is still my favorite.
Here, Valerie feels the pressure of being the town’s preacher’s daughter, and she can’t quite bring herself to openly disappoint her father. It doesn’t seem to matter that she does help the community and is actually a great person, it never appears to be enough. This is one of the reasons why she keeps her writer alter ego hidden from everyone.
“If this was a Sophie Evans book, Griffin would look into Val’s eyes, forget words, and start peeling her clothes off like a man possessed.
Fiction is so much better than reality.”
Griffin is a K-9 military police officer (which is hot) rides a motorcycle (which is even hotter) and is overall just hot (my point precisely). He is dealing with some issues form his past and caring for his sick mother. He has too many issues going on to even number them, but let’s just say he had some heavy shit to work through.
“We have somewhere to be, and I have things to do. To you.”
They meet, they have amazing chemistry and are soon spending time together. Their summer fling starts being just that, temporary. Val can’t date a bad boy (what will her dad think) and Griffin has too much going on to really have the time to have a relationship. However, as time goes by, their companionship and the great sex start to give way to deeper feelings.
Unfortunately for me, there was a lot of denial and unwillingness to examine their feelings, which is beginning to be a kind of pet peeve of mine. Val’s constant need of approval from her father also finally got on my nerves. Not that I don’t understand this need, it was just that she let him walk all over her and then grumbled about it. IMO you either take it like a champ or you openly fight about it, I was really exasperated at one point. The same with her need to keep her writer identity hidden while recording a video answering readers questions… that was kind of against the point, wasn’t it?
Still, I liked Griffin enough to mostly overlook this, the puppies involved gave Welcoming the Bad Boy another cuteness level and was overall satisfied with the story and its ending. A good addition to this sweet and sexy series.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 “I want a Bad Boy” Stars
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