Author: Annie Rains
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: The bestselling Hero’s Welcome series continues with a juicy Christmas romance, a short novel set in Seaside, North Carolina, where the bustling military base keeps this small town stocked with dedicated, lovable heroes.
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.
Review: This is a perfect novel for the holidays! There are plenty of surprises attire when you delve into the pages, and you’ll realize there’s more than one trope at work here. Buckle up, it’s a pretty interesting ride.
Allison Carmichael is tired of dating losers, so much so that she’s willing to avoid her family’s Christmas eve celebration if she can. Otherwise. it’s going to be a long night answering everyone’s “Are you getting married? Are you dating anyone?” And the favorite, “Can I fix you up with a guy I know?” She’s sick of it! So when a friend suggests buying one of the bachelors at the charity auction to take her to the Christmas party, she’s game.
After Troy agreed to her crazy plan, she planned a series of dates so they could get to know one another better, thus proving to her family they were a real couple. The problem is that spending time with someone you admire and are attracted to soon becomes more than a convenience…it turns into real feelings and a real relationship.
Will these two allow their pretend relationship to move on? Or will both of them miss out on this chance at love?
I enjoyed the twists and turns of this relationship as it went beyond pretense. I always enjoy her writing and this was a fabulous example. Hot, sexy and exciting, Annie Rains hit another one out of the park. Thanks