Before I start my review, I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept for allowing me to review Welcoming the Bad Boy.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Welcoming the Bad Boy from NetGalley through Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept as an ARC for my honest and unbiased review**
Now, onto my review:
Format read in: Kindle
Author: Annie Rains
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept
Date of publication: August 2 2016
Where the book can be found: Amazon (Kindle) Please remember that the prices can and will change.
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.
I LOVED this book. absolutely freaking loved it. I normally don’t say this about books in a series if I haven’t read the first 3 books but I will say it about this one.
The beginning was hilarious (well at least to me it was). Val is taking care of her friend’s Pomeranian, Sweet Cheeks (OMG, THE NAME!!!) while she is in a nursing home recovering from a hip replacement. Because of Sweet Cheeks, Val almost runs down a motorcyclist, who happens to be Griffin. Sparks fly immediately and the story takes off from there.
Griffin offers to train Sweet Cheeks (he trains dogs for the military K9 unit on base) in exchange for Val to help him with his mother. See, Griffin’s mother has Alzheimer’s and has no memory of him. All he wants is for his mother to remember him so he can apologize for their last encounter.
I will admit this, I cried during parts of this book. And not sniffles and tears wiped away with my fingers. I ugly cried. Like legit ugly cried during Griffin and his mother’s scenes. The heartbreak, the regret came right off pages and into my heart.
I will say that I couldn’t stand Val’s father. I understand his wife died when Val was younger but he was so cold towards her and very unsupportive of her dreams. So I really didn’t get into his miraculous turn around at the end.
If I hadn’t of looked this book up, I wouldn’t have known it was the 3rd book in a series. You can read this as a stand alone.
3 things I liked about Welcoming the Bad Boy:
- Val and Griffin’s romance
- Val’s alter ego
- the storyline
3 things I disliked about Welcoming the Bad Boy:
- Val’s father
- Alzheimer’s disease
- It made me ugly cry
How many stars will I give Welcoming the Bad Boy? 5
Why? I absolutely loved this book. It had everything. Great sex, people falling in love over the course of a month and the plot was fantastic. I LOVED the ending (read the book!!!)
Will I reread it? Absolutely
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range: Adult
Why? Lots of steamy sex scenes.
Is the book part of a series. Yes, it is book 3. The other books are:
Welcome to Forever–Starting Today (Short story about Micah and Kat)