Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie RainsWelcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains
Series: Hero's Welcome #4
Format: eARC
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Military, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days a year, Allison Carmichael doesn’t mind being single. It sure beats dating another loser, and it keeps her heart safe. Then there’s that three-hundred-and-sixty-fifth day: Christmas Eve, the traditional time her entire family gathers together—and gangs up on her, demanding to know when she’s going to get married. This year, she swears, is going be different. And that’s why, at a charity auction she’s throwing on-base, she buys herself a man.

Sergeant Troy Matthews insists that he’s not for sale. His time is, though, and he’s happy to donate it. Happier still when he learns the identity of the winning bidder: the redhead with the killer good looks and smart mouth who runs the veteran’s center. Allison needs Troy’s help to fool her family into believing they’re an item, and he’s all too happy to indulge her. But by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, their little charade is working a little too well . . . because Troy’s falling head over heels.

I think I’ve made it unbelievably clear in years past how much I love Christmas, I mean Christmas is my jam, if it could happen year round I would be in heaven. So needless to say I love when Christmas books start making their rounds, yes please!

So this book is cute I guess is the best way that I would describe it. It is clearly a feel good book, definitely a steady dose of candy and sweetness. So Allison is our heroine, and she is dreading the family events for Christmas. That’s not to say she is dreading Christmas itself, she loves this time of year, but her mom points out her man issues at every turn. I get why she wants to avoid that. So she solves the problem with a fake relationship with a military cop that she “purchases” at a charity auction. Allison is likable for the most part. She’s clearly a good person, she works with vets, volunteers with orphans, goes above and beyond to help people, there is even an instance when she gives away her lunch when she’s hungry. But I didn’t love her. For someone who is so dedicated to helping people get back on their own feet, she is sorely lacking conviction and confidence in her own life, and she lets other people in her head so much that I just couldn’t love her.

Troy I liked more. He’s the cop that Allison bought at auction. Now he’s not such a big Christmas fan this year, thanks to his own set of family drama it seems like he is just boycotting the season. Except his interest in Allison and the results of the charity auction have that shifting. He’s a good guy, super good guy. He’s a good cop, a good friend, good civic minded person, good sense of humor, clearly super hot, what more could you want. He even helps out people in his neighborhood because its currently being targeted by a robber. Troy was just easy to like. I was a big fan.

That being said, I didn’t love the book as much as I wanted to. It was to sugary for me, I don’t maybe I just need more angst or something, but this was like coming off of an all cotton candy diet, and I need some meat and potatoes. The chemistry was okay, the pacing was good, it did feel a little like insta-love, but it took place over a semi-decent amount of time, so maybe it just felt that way because of all the sugar, I’m not sure. Either way I hate to say it, but I could take it or leave it.

About Annie Rains

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. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA).

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