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
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.
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.
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.
Welcoming the Bad Boy is yet another reason for me to adore Annie Rains! I was hooked from the very first page. I always thought Griffin was the bad boy who broke girls’ hearts from the little hints Rains gave me of him in earlier books. Who knew what a wonderful yet broken heart he was hiding under all that sexiness! I have loved all the books in the series, but this one is my favorite. It has just about everything I love, a romance that’s the perfect combination of sweet and sexy, a sexy hero with a great heart, a beautiful heroine who is stronger than she gives herself credit for, and my favorite…the dogs! I loved Trooper, Jaws, and Sweet Cheeks.
First, I will begin my lovefest with Griffin. He may just be my favorite book boyfriend EVER! This man had my heart from the very moment I saw him at the nursing home visiting his mother and with his dog, Trooper. He’s sex on a stick, but that’s not his best quality. His heart is what made me go weak in the knees. I loved the scenes between him and Val, but some of my favorite are between Griffin and his mother. Those were some of the most poignant passages I’ve read. And, if I didn’t love him enough, his relationship with his dogs, Trooper and Jaws, just made me fall even further. I’m a dog lover myself, so I loved seeing someone else loving their babies as much as I do. Secondly, Val, I loved her just as much! As Griffin said, she’s an angel. I loved that she was a romance writer yet she spends a great deal of time in a nursing home with patients reading them, unbeknownst to them, her novel. There wasn’t a character I didn’t like in this book, maybe Val’s father, but he even got on my good list at the end. This is a book that pulled me into the story with the plot and the characters….and I couldn’t ask any more than that.
As usual, Annie Rains writes much more than a romance. There’s always more to the story, and the characters have so many deeper layers. As each one is revealed, I fell in love with them even more. The story hits on a lot of topics, Alzheimer’s and its devastating effects on not only the person suffering but their entire families, loss and how each person deals differently with it, and of course the sacrifices of our military. It’s not only a book about the love between a man and a woman but a love between a mother and her son, and a father and his daughter. While there is sadness, there is also hope and a story about second chances. This is a book you have to read. In fact, you should pick up the whole series!!!!
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.