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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Review by Suze
Allison doesn't want to date. She's done with men as she always chooses the wrong ones. Unfortunately her family won't accept this choice and Allison doesn't like being pressured. That's why she decides to bring a man who isn't her boyfriend, this means she will be off the hook while she can remain boyfriend-free, which is exactly what she wants. She bids on the good looking marine Troy at a charity auction and will bring him as her date to the family Christmas party. Troy gladly donates some free hours if that means raising more money for a good cause and he doesn't mind at all that Allison is the one who bought his time.
Pretending to be someone's boyfriend requires preparation. That means Allison and Troy have to spend more time together to get to know each other. Their relationship is fake, but they enjoy each other's company. They're both looking for a good time and nothing more, but the magic of Christmas can easily change a perfectly reasonable plan and turn it into something completely different.
 Welcome Home for Christmas is a wonderful festive story. Allison is a sweetheart. She's caring and spends a lot of time taking care of people who need it. She has a big heart, she's generous and she's great with kids. She can be a little bit stiff from time to time. She usually doesn't mean it, but feels like she has to behave appropriately, which is an endearing quality. Troy is more outgoing and relaxed and they effortlessly complement each other. I loved Troy's protective nature and his drive to be there for anyone who might need his help. He and Allison have such good personalities, which makes them perfect for each other. They definitely have the right character traits for a sweet romantic Christmas story, which made them amazing to read about.
Annie Rains writing flows easily and I love the way she makes her main characters interact with each other. There's a lot of teasing and flirting and I liked that Troy breaks down all of Allison's barriers while letting the same thing happen to his own. There's plenty of chemistry and I loved their close connection. Even though they've just met it's like they've known each other forever, which made the story even lovelier. Welcome Home for Christmas is a heartwarming festive Christmas story. It was a lot of fun to rediscover the magic of Christmas together with the main characters. 
Welcome Home for Christmas is part of the Hero's Welcome series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. This is the fourth great book in the series and I highly recommend it.
About Annie Rains

USA Today Bestselling Author, Annie Rains, is a contemporary 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.

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He nodded. His family practically owned the town he’d grown up in. He didn’t know what it felt like to want for something until his cousin Dale had died in 9-11, the deciding factor in him joining the military. “I figure the more money raised for those kids, the better their Christmas will be.”

“That’s my goal. I want this to be the best Christmas Mercy’s kids have ever had.”

“So, if I have to take you out . . .” He trailed off, smiling at her.

“We’re just going to talk. Have a meal or something together. No kissing, no handholding.”

Troy held up his hands. “I’m an honorable guy. I don’t force myself on women. Truth is, I usually have to fight them off.” He winked again.

“And you can’t act like that when you meet my mother.”

“Like what?” he asked.

“All flirty and charming. She’ll never believe that I’d fall for someone like that.”

He tried not to take offense because no matter what she was saying, she was attracted to him. He could see it in her dilated pupils and the way her chest rose just slightly under her racing pulse. “No? What kind of guy exactly would you fall for?”

Allison looked around the room. There was still a nice-sized crowd laughing and mingling. Christmas music filled the merry air. “I wouldn’t fall for any kind of guy right now. That’s why I’m pretending with you.”

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  1. I could do with a fake date! Being single can get so awkward at social events.

  2. I could do with a fake date! Being single can get so awkward at social events.

  3. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review. I will have to check this book out.