(WELCOME TO FOREVER, WELCOME HOME, COWBOY and WELCOMING THE BAD BOY)
A Hero's Welcome #4
Sargeant Troy Matthews isn't looking forward to Christmas this year, not after what happened with his brother last year. However, when Allison buys his services during a charity auction, he agrees to becoming her temporary boyfriend. However, the more time they spend together, the closer they grow. Can Troy convince Allison that he no longer wants to be her temporary partner and instead wants forever?
I have absolutely loved every single book of this series, which can each be read as a stand-alone, but this one is the best of Ms. Rains A Hero's Welcome series so far. Right from the beginning, this story had me hooked with the excitement Troy's job brings him during the festive season. The season brings out the crazies, but at least the chance to help orphaned kids by doing the auction proves he's not turned into a Grinch when it comes to Christmas. However, it was the moment that Allison and Troy met that I loved. Would he win her over with his charm?
Both the main characters were highly entertaining, and I loved that we got to revisit with characters from the previous books. Allison's friends want her to find the happiness that they've found and I liked how they teased her about Troy and encouraged the relationship because there's so much chemistry between the pair, which eventually spills over onto the pages with lots of heat and passion.
Allison is strong and brave in asking Troy to be in a fake relationship with her. It's not something she'd normally do, but if she didn't ask him, then she'd be relegated to having to listen to her family grill her on why she isn't dating. She's also very kind and caring, and I loved how she helped orphaned kids celebrate Christmas. They needed someone to show them the magic of Christmas. However, there was one thing that frustrated me about the heroine. She needed to stick up to her mom when it came to her dating. That it's her choice who she dates and when. While Troy, he's hard-working, protective and I liked that he went above and beyond his duties as a military officer. Also, I liked how good Allison was for him in making him realize that Christmas is about miracles and family. Then there's the way he's kind and caring in what he does to help Allison deliver a Christmas for some orphaned kids that they'll never forget.
Overall, Ms. Rains has penned a really good novel that I enjoyed from start to finish because of the wonderful characters, fast-paced plot and the way this story ended. What Troy did to win Allison back proves how much he loves her and that she's shown him how good Christmas can be. That it's a time of celebration and family. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely because of what Troy and Allison did to make a little girl's Christmas very special. I would recommend Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains, if you enjoy Christmas themed books or stories encompassing military heroes.