Review: Welcoming the Bad Boy by Annie Raines (Hero's Welcome #3)

Note: This ARC was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.

Welcoming the Bad Boy is the third full-length novel in the Annie Rains-penned A Hero's Welcome series from Loveswept. This latest addition is about school secretary Valerie Hunt, who was introduced to readers in the first novel, Welcome to Forever, and military K-9 officer Griffin Black, who we met in the second novel, Welcome Home, Cowboy. Valerie and Griffin complete their respective triumvirate of friends in the series, so there's a part of me that thinks this could be the series ender. However, there are two supporting characters who have caught my attention--Beth Phillips, Lawson Phillips's sister and introduced in book two, and Troy Matthews, Griffin Black's friend and fellow military K-9 officer and introduced here in book three. Wishful thinking? Maybe, but no harm in putting it out there. Ehem, ehem.

Val Hunt is spending her summer break trying to finish the first draft for Sophie Evans's next novel. The pen name gives her a measure of anonymity and she's pretty sure that people wouldn't believe she was the type to write love stories with sex scenes. After all, she's the daughter of a preacher and her father certainly wouldn't approve of her being a romance novelist. One thing she's also sure he wouldn't approve of? Tattooed military badass Griffin Black, who is every bit the kind of guy she fantasizes about but would never dare date. But spending time with Griffin provides her the spark of inspiration she needs to work through her writer's block and there's no harm in a fling. After all, it's just for the summer...right? But dogs, volunteer work, and dating between the good girl and the bad boy may just lead them to fall in love.

I'm a sucker for dogs and this story had three and each one had a distinct personality that made them all the more endearing. Of course, I didn't like the book just for the canines. There was a deeper story involving Val and Griffin and their respective issues with their only living parent. Griffin's mother suffers from Alzheimer's and he hopes for one lucid moment where she remembers him so he can apologize for disappointing her. On the other hand, Val believes her father sees her as nothing more than the daughter who didn't meet his high expectations. As temporary as they both thought their romance to be, these two were perfect together and I liked how they were able to bond over more than their mutual attraction. Welcoming the Bad Boy is my favorite in the A Hero's Welcome series and it easily gets 4.5 out of five stars. ♥


Read my reviews for the A Hero's Welcome series:

Welcome to Forever (book one) - four stars - My Review

Welcome Home, Cowboy (book two) - four stars - My Review

Welcoming the Bad Boy (book three) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)


Date Read: 04 August 2016

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your love for WELCOMING THE BAD BOY!


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