Series: Hero's Welcome #3
Published by Loveswept on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From the author of Welcome to Forever (ÔÇ£Full of heart and emotion!ÔÇØÔÇöLori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroesÔÇöbut that doesnÔÇÖt mean theyÔÇÖre always well-behaved.
As a preacherÔÇÖs daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her fatherÔÇÖs 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 canÔÇÖt 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 heÔÇÖs ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman heÔÇÖs ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.
Valerie Hunt and Griffin Black have been on each others radar for quite a while. In Welcoming The Bad Boy, we finally get to see their worlds collide in a way that neither can deny nor get away from. Welcoming The Bad Boy picks up a few years after Welcome to Forever so we get to catch up a bit on Kat & Micah and Julie & Lawson. But life in Seaside in the summer is distinctly different For Val, and what with running into Griffin, it starts to get complicated.
Val endeared herself to me as friend and protector to Kat in Welcome to Forever. She’s a dutiful daughter but she has a rebellious side, she just likes to keep that under wraps. In fact she’s carrying a pretty big secret. The story is sweet on multiple fronts. Val has been a giver all her life, it’s kinda her “job” as a preachers daughter. But she’s not compassionate out of obligation, it’s just a part of her nature. She always lends a hand and her volunteer time at Seaside Harbor is doubly important as she’s babysitting Sweet Cheeks, a residents’ dog, and finds herself committed to daily lunches with Griffins mother.
Griffin had disclaimed her as “not his type”, but bad boys do like challenges and Val certainly presents one. I don’t think Griffin is all that bad, physically he projects that image, but he’s really a softy (one with bulging muscles). His backstory and slightly isolated existence is an immediate draw for Val and he’s able to inspire her in her “secret career” as an author of romance novels.
The story is well paced and I really enjoyed the details of Griffins job as an Military K-9 officer. Personally he’s not in the best place with his mother. Rains portrays her illness, and Griffins interactions with her thoughtfully. As for Val, she doesn’t really undergo a transformation so much, she just seems to come into her own. These two definitely read other with prejudice, making assumptions that put walls between them. The best part of the story is watching how these walls go grumbling down.
Welcoming The Bad Boy is a great contribution to the series. Val certainly deserved her own story and chance to embrace her passion and for Griffin to find a home. 4 stars and recommendation.
~Review By Cyndi
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She wrapped the dry towel around her body and collected her clothes to go seek out GriffinÔÇÖs dryer. When she opened the bathroom door, he was standing in front of her. His eyes traveled south. Really, a towel covered as much as any of her strapless dresses. Strapless dresses involved hooks and zippers, though. All Griffin had to do if he wanted to see her naked was pull the end of the towel tucked beneath her arm.
She took a breath, really wanting him to pull. What was the point of a summer fling if she couldnÔÇÖt 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.
ÔÇ£What are you doing?ÔÇØ Griffin asked. There was a deep edge to his voice.
ÔÇ£Drying off.ÔÇØ┬áHer heart thudded inside her chest. Her hands were shaking. This wasnÔÇÖt like her. She didnÔÇÖt 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.
ÔÇ£Are you sure this is what you want? WeÔÇÖre breaking all the rules in those romance novels you like to read,ÔÇØ he said, his voice gravelly.
She swallowed, burning for him. Needing to feel his hands on her. His mouth. His tongue. ÔÇ£I want this. I want you.ÔÇØ
A small smile lifted his mouth. He took her hand and started leading her down the hallway, passing Trooper as they went.
ÔÇ£A woman should never come between a man and his dog,ÔÇØ Val agreed.
ÔÇ£You know me so well.ÔÇØ He kissed her again and then he pulled her toward his bed.