Friday, August 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Welcoming the Bad Boy by Annie Rains

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.

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Her body slid behind his, spooning him. She wrapped her arms around his torso, clutching him tight, and he took off down the road. The rain beat against his skin, attempting to cleanse him, but there was no wiping away the dirty thoughts going through his mind. He took the long way back to his place to feel her against him longer, and to try to wrangle his desire so he wouldn’t be tempted to take her straight to bed when they arrived.
He slowed to a stop behind a stop sign and glanced over his shoulder to look at her. Her hand slid down from his waist and into the front of his jeans. Fuck. He’d heard preachers’ daughters were wild, but he’d thought it was a myth. With her hand snug against him he turned left and pressed the gas, heading home. Trooper was waiting. And he needed to get his mouth on this woman, to kiss her stupid and hope her hands continued exploring.
He pulled into his driveway and helped her off as the rain began to fall harder. She didn’t squeal and run toward his covered porch the way some women would. Instead, she stared at him as he lifted the helmet off her head. She didn’t flinch as her shirt began to stick to her in all the right places. He leaned toward her, cupping his hands around her face and leading her mouth to his. She melted against him, sealing her wet body to his. Damn. Her lips were soft, the kiss hungry, devouring him like he was the best thing she’d put in her mouth all day.
“I want you,” he said, pulling back from her mouth, but continuing to hold her. The words were meant to be a warning. “I want you so fucking much.” He half expected her to slap him. They barely knew each other. She had a wild streak and a smart mouth, but overall he thought she was the good-girl type. Not the type to give herself so easily. Even if he could’ve sworn she was ready the other night.
“Take me inside,” she said, going up on her toes and kissing him again, wrapping her hands around the back of his head, pressing her body tighter against him. “We’re getting wet out here.”
The rain. She was talking about the rain. A nice guy would escort her inside and help her get dried off. Which was exactly what he intended to do. But he didn’t plan on stopping there.

Welcoming the Bad Boy is a story about Military Police K-9 officer, Griffin Black and preacher's daughter, Valerie Hunt.

Griffin is stationed nearby, with a lot on his plate. An estranged mother who he's moved into a local nursing home due to her failing health and growing loss of memory.  Griffin's suffering guilt in the face of his mother's condition after having stayed away for so long, angry about things.  Now he wants to make it better, he wants to help her get better, but it's not an easy task. He's also having a few problems at work with his latest K-9 partner, problems he will have to work out or face drastic decisions. 

Valerie, a long time resident, and daughter of the local preacher has her own struggles.  She's hiding a big secret from everyone in town, mostly because she knows her father wouldn't approve.  She's also kind of lonely, because the only men who take interest in her, are those she has no connection with or interest in.  The one man she finds herself wanting to know better, is a man she knows she couldn't take home to daddy, Griffin. And Valerie isn't one to upset her father or his wishes. 

These two start off with a dislike between each other, mostly due to their own hidden secrets than actually disliking each other, but despite their initial feelings, they can't help but grow closer and get to know each other a little more.  Griffin ends up helping Valerie out with a dog she's keeping for someone else, and Valerie helps out with his mother, as one of the few people his mom will work with happily.  

This characters in the story have a lot going on, both internally and externally, which adds a lot to the story.  Griffin's inner feelings about having been out of his mother's life for so long, only to return to her not knowing him is a big deal, it has made him super guilty and want to focus on her, so much that he means to push Val away, even when he knows he feels something.  Valerie's struggle with being the daughter her father wants, and who she really is felt so very realistic. Sure  not everyone is the preacher's kid, but a lot of people struggle against expectations of others and reality of who they are.  

Welcoming the Bad Boy pulled me in from the start, wondering how these two would find their way together, and how those around them would feel about it.  Annie Rains pulled it all together with touches of humor, drama, swooning, and a bit of steam. The story held my attention and had me rooting for Griffin and Valerie while also wanting more of their family stories as well.  

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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