Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

Author: Annie Rains
Publisher: Loveswept
Date of publication: November 2016

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.

Welcome Home for Christmas is the fourth and (final?)  book in the homecoming series.  This is Troy and Allison's story.  Troy is not into Christmas this year, but gets roped into participating in a Christmas auction for charity.  Allison is not looking forward to going home because she will once again get the third degree as to why she doesn't have a boyfriend.  She wins Troy in the bidding war and buys his time to be her fake boyfriend.

While not my favorite of the series, I though this was a cute Christmas romance.  I just kind of felt like 2 weeks was really fast for the love declaration between these two. I didn't feel like I had enough time to see them together. Allison spent way too much time listening to her mother and that got annoying.  I did like how Allison helped Troy mend his relationship with his family and the scene with his brother was touching.  The epilogue was sweet.  However I did feel like one of the surprises was a bit out of the blue.  At any rate, this is a good addition to the series.  I have loved watching this group of friends fall in love and get their HEAs.  I look forward to seeing what Ms. Rains comes up with next.

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