Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains
Series: Hero's Welcome #4
Also in this series: Welcome to Forever, Welcoming the Bad Boy
Published by Loveswept on November 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Welcome Home for Christmas will definitely put you in a festive mood, with its sweet, fun romance and lovable characters.
Allison is tired of being singled out at her mother’s Christmas parties. Either the guy she brings is labeled a loser by her psychologist mother (which they usually end up being) or she must have a problem and that’s why she is still single. She just can’t win.
That’s how she ends up bidding for the time of the hot marine she ran into at the wine shop the day before. Desperation and a super sexy MP will do that to a girl. Now they have to get to know one another so Allison’s mom will believe they’re together.
Troy is not in the mood for the Holidays and he’s set on skipping Christmas altogether this year. Unfortunately, the redhead beauty who won him on the auction has other ideas, and as they spend more and more time together things begin to change for both of them.
Troy loves his job and is completely committed to his career and his K-9 companion. So far he hasn’t found a woman who evokes the same sentiments, though, and he is worried about breaking more hearts. Allison is tired of always falling for jerks who leave her hurt. She’s perfectly happy alone and doesn’t need a man for anything. But when two people set on not getting involved find the one person who is their perfect match, will they give it a try or follow the lonely path they are on?
Troy and Allison’s chemistry was super steamy and hot. I love how playful Troy was and what a big heart he had. He was a sweetheart underneath all that muscle-y military hunkyness. Allison was a great girl: she was always taking care of others and was all around nice. Her insecurities and the easiness with which she capitulated under her mother’s “expert advice” about people did get on my nerves more than once.
Welcome Home for Christmas is a great addition to this series, and although I wish we’d have a bit more time with the previous couples, I immensely enjoyed reading it. It has Holiday spirit, romance, sexy shenanigans and more than one uplifting message. A total score!
Rating: 4 “Merry Christmas, baby” Stars
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