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Welcoming the Bad Boy

(Hero's Welcome #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  131 reviews
From the 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. I
ebook, 279 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Loveswept
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Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Annie Rains is a new author for me and the book description intrigued me. Although I found it to be a fast paced read, there wasn't a whole lot of depth to the characters and not much romance to speak of either until the very end. The story was more along the lines of the two main characters, Val and Grifin, either thinking about, talking about or having sex. I just needed to have a lot more substance to the characters to care about their sex life.

I thought the connection Val and Griffin shared
Claire Robinson
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 - Fiction is so much better than reality. Stars!

I just adore this series, Annie Rains has hit every one of my happy places with each new book from the Hero’s Welcome stories.

Supposed bad-boy, and the assumed good-girl preachers daughter, this is a trope that I always enjoy and the author gave this couple a really good story. There is a lot going on with secondary characters, and the back-stories to both the main characters, and it just gave everything added depth for me, as you would expect
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

Having read the previous two entries in the Welcome Heroes series, I was excited to continue with another story set in the fictional military town of Seaside, NC. As the daughter of a preacher, Val has always felt the pressure to live up to her father's high standards. A school secretary by day, Val writes romance novels under a pseudonym by night, knowing it would be looked down upon by her father. Griffin has just moved his estranged mother to a nursing home in Seaside and has no inte
4.5 stars

Welcoming the Bad Boy was a beautiful and heartwarming read.

From the first page I was drawn in with these endearing characters.
It warmed my heart watching Valerie and Griffin connect and move from friends to lovers.
Both Val and Griffin had big hearts, they loved hard and totally belonged together.


I'm really enjoying the Hero's Welcome series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them.

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Netgalley for the a
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
I started reading this series from the final book and it was a little hard to connect with the characters, but I totally loved this installment. What can be more fun that sparks flying between a tattooed, bike-riding bad boy and a preacher's daughter? This story was so good it left me smiling a lot.

Valerie Hunt chaffs at the restrictions her being the town preacher's daughter have placed on her. She's expected to be a good example to others and date only respectable men. Only, she is itching to
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
One look at Griffin Black and you see bad boy, but there's more to him than meets the eye. Sure he has tattoos, owns a motorcycle and looks the part, but underneath your first impression of him you find a caring man with a heart of gold. His job has brought him to North Carolina, to work as a Marine canine trainer, and also gives him an opportunity to spend some time with his ailing mother. When his life literally collides with Valerie Hunt's alongside the road, he knows he can't let her go... t ...more
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Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Much like Welcome Home, Cowboy, the previous book in this series—and currently the only other Annie Rains book I've read—Welcoming the Bad Boy was a quick and easy read, and one that was just plain good.

I mean that in a positive way, of course. It was a solid story, good girl, (kinda) bad boy, some fantasy fulfillment and a handful of heart-achey moments to draw the reader in. I enjoyed Griffin and Val, and found myself smiling more often than not over their summer fling turned more relationshi
This is the third book in the Hero’s Welcome series, but as with the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Characters from the previous books make an appearance, but it does not impact this story in any way.

I was surprised that I enjoyed this story more than Welcome Home Cowboy. I think it’s because I like the bad boy vibe, however, you can’t judge a book by its cover. What I mean by this is Griffin looks the part of the bad boy with his tattoos, motorcycle and he appears
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-romance


Out of the three A Hero's Welcome Series, I think this one was so far my favorite.
We have well-developed characters with an important back story that is addressed within the text. Our two protagonist have family obstacles that need to be resolved before they can truly allow themselves to open up fully to someone. The story alternates POV’s between Griffin and Val. I have come to like that a great deal, because we (as the readers) see how their internal thoughts evolve.

Griffin and Val are so end
Rob.C. Rob.C.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Another amazing book by the author of Welcome To Forever and Welcome Home Cowboy. If you've enjoyed the previous books in this beautiful series, you will definitely love Griffin and Valerie's story. If you haven't, this could be your chance to discover a wonderful series that will have you swoon, laugh, maybe even shed a tear or two at some points, and warm your heart and all the way down to your toes (watch out for a bit of heat here and there, too!).

I'll start this review by saying I'm no
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Annie Rains specializes in sweet romances between likable characters. Despite the title, this is another such book. Griffin Black is no bad boy. Sure, he has tattoos and rides a motorcycle, but that’s about it. He’s a Marine canine trainer stationed in a small North Carolina town. The heroine is Valerie Hunt, a preacher’s daughter who resents her father’s expectations of her and how he seems to just need her to perform duties for his congregation. But she really isn’t a rebel. She works at the l ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Hero's Welcome series by Annie Rains. It can easily be read as a stand alone. Two of the women in the group were paired up in previous books but their characters are only briefly featured in the books so if you haven't read them it won't impact the story. However, I now see that I missed the second book and I want to go back and get it just because I really enjoy this series!
Val is torn between being the good preacher's daughter and living her life has she wants rat
Rachel Lacey
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite book in the series, you guys (and that's saying a lot because I love them all!) First of all, we have Val, the preacher's daughter who secretly writes steamy romance novels. And then there's Griffin. Griffin may ride a motorcycle and have tattoos, but he's seriously swoon-worthy sweet too. And did I mention that he's a military K-9 officer? Yep, he wears a uniform *and* he loves dogs.

What we have here is a whole lot of WIN! Also, a whole lot of really sweet, heartwarmin
Connie N.
#3 in the Hero's Welcome romance series

Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What I particularly like about this series is that there's a sweet romance, of course, but there are also real struggles that the characters must face. This story doesn't exactly have the same sorts of conflicts as the characters faced in previous books, but there are still some emotional moments. Griffin has regrets over hurtful things he said to his mother now that she can't
Mollien Fote Osterman
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-romance
Title: Welcoming the Bad Boy
Series: A Hero's Welcome Novel
Author: Annie Rains
Publisher: Loveswept
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Genre(s): Military Romance
Page Count: 269 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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 m
This was the first book I have read by Annie Rains, I was not aware that this was the third book in a series and I feel that this was easily read as a stand-alone novel.

Valerie Hunt is a stereotypical good girl daughter of a preacher. She volunteers at the church (or rather her father volunteers her services), she's a school secretary, she volunteers at the local old people's home and when an elderly lady falls and breaks her hip she volunteers to look after the lady's puppy. But Val has a secre
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***I received a copy of Welcoming the Bad Boy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review***

Welcoming the Bad Boy is the third book in the A Hero's Welcome series by Annie Rains. It can be read as a stand alone without having read the previous books.

Val Hunt is a romance writer going through her worst case of writer's block. She knows she can't ask her editor for anymore extensions, but somehow her Muse needs to come back to life so she can keep on writing. During the school months, she is
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Valerie Hunt is the daughter of a small town preacher and is expected to adhere to a respectable career and social lifestyle. This includes the men she dates, who are rather boring and predictable. But behind closed doors, Val leads a double life where she is a best-selling romance author. Her alter-ego becomes hard to ignore when she nearly runs a sexy biker off the road and the lines between being a respectable preacher’s daughter and the romance author she really is start to blur. Griffin Bla ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, for-review, kindle
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I am so in love with this series. After reading Welcoming the Bad Boy, the third book in the Hero's Welcome series, I now have another book boyfriend to add to my ever growing list. I think this one is my favorite so far. Valerie is a preacher's daughter who hides a secret from her friends and family. She is a best selling romance author. She is spending her summer volunteering at the local nursing home sharing her love of books with the residents. Griffin i
Renee Entress
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 star

The story has laughs, secrets, grief, pain, and heartbreak.

If you have not already read the below I would recommend reading those books first:
Welcome to Forever (Hero's Welcome, #1)
Welcome Home, Cowboy (Hero's Welcome #2)

This is Valerie and Griffin’s story. Valerie is a preacher’s daughter. She tries so hard to please her father but seems everything she does is not enough. She keeps a part of herself hidden from even her closest friends. She is a writer in secret and plans to keep it that
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely story, just like the rest of the series.

This time we have Valerie’s story. We saw a little of her in previous books, and she sure had spirit. It was really fun to read her story, see how she had a lot of insecurities, and constantly feeling like she didn’t measure up to her father’s expectations. She had a great heart, and I was glad people saw that, particularly Griffin. She really needed some new love in her life, something just for her. Loved her book club, and her secret life. It wa
Bette Hansen
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one took a while for me to get into. I felt the beginning was a bit drawn out but I'm glad I stuck with it. The story was very enjoyable and Valerie and Griffin were a great couple. Valerie is the proverbial good girl. Preachers daughter, respectable boyfriends, always helping others. But she has a secret side to her life. She's a romance writer and this is where she lives out her wildest fantasies. When she's driving down the road with her friends puppy in the car she runs Griffin Black of ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The characters in this story and the story itself weave together and pull you into it. Everything is so well written that you feel that you know the characters and you are vested in them. I love the idea of a school secretary by day and a sexy romance writer by night! Valerie is one part preacher's daughter and one step away from being the person she really wants to be. Only problem is in a small town where everyone runs and tells her preacher father what she is doing, she is stuck being 'the go ...more
Christina Montminy
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all my family & friends
This was an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review & I loved it!!! Annie Rains tells a wonderful story of loss & the struggle with Dementia & living up to the expectations of other people. Griffin & Val are a wonderful combination of hot & steamy & not ready for this. Griffin has so much on his plate right now that any relationship with Val would be a mistake. Val's got a full agenda of her own, including trying to write her next book by the end of her summer vacation & ...more
Elizabeth Psyck
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hot marine? Check.
Fluffy dog? Check.
Buttoned up preacher's daughter with a heart of gold AND a secret life as a romance novelist? Check.

I basically couldn't put this book down once I started it, which was awkward when I started crying while having dinner with my husband. (Spoiler: The dog is going to be ok.) This isn't the light fluffy book I thought it would be - there are some challenging parts dealing with Alzheimer's, which might be difficult for some readers. It's a very real story and my
Ellen Anderson
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been very lucky to have been able to read all three of the books in this series. I must say, Annie Rains seems to get better worth each book that she writes. I absolutely adored Val and Griffin's story. I'll admit that it also touched me, as my Daddy suffered from Alzheimers. Unfortunately, once his hit, we didn't get the good days and bad days as most do. The entire book gave me the feelings of, appreciate every moment you have with those you love, forgive quickly and move on. You never ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Not only did I love the romance in this book, I loved how much it sent my emotions all over the place. There are some very poignant, touching, and tragic moments in this book, but there are also sweet moments, and I loved the opposites attract mojo between the main characters. I also loved that the town "good girl" was a secret romance novel writer. My full review will be up at - my blog on July 26, 2016. The book wil
Jennifer Dicenzo
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Val and Griffin were great characters in this book. I loved how involved they were with the people around them. Parts of the story were things that I hadn't read about before, such as the visiting the nursing home and the military k-9 angle with training. I loved that Val was a preacher's daughter, but didn't allow her father's thinking influence her wanting to do what she wanted in life. I was really hoping that these two would fall in love and get their happy ever after.
I was given an ARC of t
Heather andrews
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Griffin is always up for doing things for his girl, "he grinned and wrapped his arms around her waist now. “I’ll do favors for you all night long if that’s what you need.” Val could be real cute at times, "she pulled back and studied his face. “I thought we were going to have sex . . . um, in nature.” I loved this book, Griffin was a great guy.
Annie Rains
Nov 13, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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