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Annie Rains is an American USA Today bestselling author of young adult romance novels.

Keen about books from a young age, Annie never looked behind from the moment she caught the reading bug.

Since publishing her debut novel in 2015 (Welcome to Forever), Annie continues to write moving stories that will keep readers yearning for more.

She currently lives in a tiny, beachfront town in North Carolina which has locals who are just as lovely as the scenic surrounding–a town quite similar to what she writes about.

Whenever she isn’t writing, Annie can be found reading, taking long walks while plotting her storylines, and simply enjoying life with her beloved husband, three lovely children, a spirited rescue cat, and an up-to-no-good dog.

A member of the Pretty Bliss Authors Group, Annie is agented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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Genres: Romance, Young Adult

United States

Website: http://www.annierains.com/

Non Series

  • The Matchbreaker Summer (2022)

Blushing Bay

  1. Forbidden Kisses (2017)
  2. Stolen Kisses (2017)
  3. Kissing in the Rain: A Blushing Bay Novella (2018)
  4. One Last Kiss (2018)

Hero's Welcome

  1. Welcome to Forever (2015)

Omnibus Books

  1. The Night Before Christmas Box Set (2018)

Somerset Lake

  1. The Summer Cottage (2021)
  2. The Christmas Village (2021)
  3. A Forever Home (2021)
  4. The True Love Bookshop (2022)
  5. The Good Luck Cafe (2023)

Sweetwater Springs

  1. Christmas on Mistletoe Lane (2018)
  2. A Wedding on Lavender Hill: A Sweetwater Springs Short Story (2019)
  3. Springtime at Hope Cottage (2019)
  4. Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs: A Sweetwater Springs Novella (2019)
  5. Snowfall on Cedar Trail (2019)
  6. Starting Over at Blueberry Creek (2020)
  7. Sunshine on Silver Lake (2020)
  8. Season of Joy (2020)
  9. Reunited on Dragonfly Lane (2021)
Hero's Welcome

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Non Series

The Matchbreaker Summer

A pitch-perfect summer camp rom-com about two teens with nothing in common who come together to help break up a romance and unexpectedly start one of their own...

Sixteen-year-old Paisley Manning has been attending Camp Starling since she was a little girl, when her parents ran it together. For the last few years, since her father’s death, she’s been the one helping her mom run the camp behind the scenes. This year, however, will be Camp Starling’s last hurrah because Paisley’s mom has met a guy online and they’re getting married.

Enter Hayden Bennett, who is working alongside Paisley. Paisley and Hayden are like oil and water. She follows the rules, and he seems to live to break them all. But when Hayden catches wind of Paisley's predicament, he has an idea. If a matchmaker in some computer algorithm caused the issue, a couple of real-life matchbreakers can fix it.

As they work to break up the happy couple, Paisley discovers that maybe Hayden's not so bad after all. Has she met her own perfect match in her fellow matchbreaker?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0593481554
Publisher: Underlined

Blushing Bay

Forbidden Kisses

For years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life. Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.

Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right, she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and forget, anything is possible.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B01LX31EB8
Publisher: Loveswept
Stolen Kisses

Krista Nelson loves being a pediatric nurse. What she doesn’t love is her demanding boss and stressful workload. Fortunately, Krista knows she can count on a waterfront happy hour every Wednesday with her childhood best friend, Noah Sawyer, the one part of her life she never wants to change. But, like it or not, things are changing—because Krista can’t stop wondering what would happen if she grabbed Noah by the collar and kissed him like it was her job.

Bored of the superficial women he’s been dating, Noah’s putting his love life on hold so he can focus on his family’s high-end fishing business. Sure, there are moments when he’s tempted by Krista’s soft lips and killer smile—but her friendship is too important to Noah. How could he let himself jeopardize everything they share? The trouble is, if he doesn’t take the real risk of opening his heart, Noah might just let the perfect catch get away.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2017
Ebook: B01MY68R8X
Publisher: Loveswept
Kissing in the Rain: A Blushing Bay Novella

After a rough year, Jillian Maready is overdue for a relaxing weekend getaway. Where better to find that than Blushing Bay, North Carolina where her family vacationed growing up? When she sets sail on her own, however, she ends up stranded on a deserted island in the middle of one of the biggest storms of the summer—and in the arms of her sexy childhood crush.

As part of the Coast Guard Reserve, Gabe Sawyer is used to search and rescues. After learning that his sister’s best friend is in trouble, he doesn’t hesitate to brave the storm to find her. With the raging seas too volatile to navigate back, Gabe is in over his head when he and Jillian must spend one hot summer night surviving the storm together—and giving in to their sizzling attraction. But what happens when the sun comes back out?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07F1FZSL4
Publisher: NYLA
One Last Kiss

Acclaimed chef, Abby Sawyer has been offered a chance to host her own cooking show. The catch is that it involves leaving Blushing Bay, North Carolina. There's nothing left for her in the small coastal town anyway. When she gets locked in her restaurant's basement with her estranged husband, however, she's not going anywhere. And she'll either end up killing or kissing her ex before the night is over.

Even though they've been separated for two years, commercial fisherman Sam Sawyer is devastated when he's served divorce papers. He refuses to sign until he and Abby have talked. Knowing she's alone at her restaurant this weekend, he heads over and finds her downstairs in the basement--just before the door slams shut and locks them in. Being trapped in a cellar means there's nowhere to hide from the secrets they've been harboring. Sam is putting everything on the table tonight, including his heart, and hoping to win Abby back for good.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07FDKMD19
Publisher: NYLA

Hero's Welcome

Welcome to Forever

The residents of the small coastal town of Seaside, North Carolina fall into two categories: Marines and their kids. When outsider Kat Chandler takes a new job as the principal of Seaside Elementary, she faces opposition to her goal of creating an oasis of calm for the children. Adding to her challenges is single father Micah Peterson, who wastes no time in telling Kat the way things should be done. Kat can handle overbearing parents, but when Micah adds passionate kisses to the mix, she knows she’s in trouble.

Marine Sergeant and single dad Micah Peterson puts all his military discipline and precision into the two most important things in his life: his job and his son, Ben. But meeting Ben’s gorgeous new principal causes Micah to wonder if there might be room in his world for one more. Kat is certainly sexy, but Micah feels more for her than just physical attraction as he watches her build meaningful relationships with her students. When he learns Kat has a strict no Marines dating rule, Micah sets out to prove to Kat he’s worth the risk...a risk that just might turn into forever.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B0BB8B4XTH
Publisher: NYLA

Omnibus Books

The Night Before Christmas Box Set

Merry Cowboy Christmas, by Carolyn Brown

'Tis the night before Christmas, and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who's come to stay for the holiday! Fiona Logan is everything Jud Dawson thought he'd never find. But with wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she's falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.

Unwrapped, by Katie Lane

Contractor Patrick McPherson is deeply committed to his bachelor lifestyle: No strings, no rings. As the Christmas season approaches, however, Patrick still can't quite forget Jacqueline Maguire, his curvalicious one-night stand. Then, when she shows up unexpectedly, all holiday hell breaks loose. Because this year, Patrick is getting the biggest Christmas surprise of his life.

Mistletoe Cottage, by Debbie Mason

'Tis the season for love in Harmony Harbor, but it's the last place Sophie DiRossi wants to be. After fleeing many years ago, Sophie is forced to return to the town that harbors a million secrets. Firefighter Liam Gallagher still has some serious feelings for Sophie-and seeing her again sparks a desire so fierce it takes his breath away. Hoping for a little holiday magic, Liam sets out to show Sophie that they deserve a second chance at love.

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane, by Annie Rains

Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror, but his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner Kaitlyn Russo who's the real challenge.

A Christmas Bride, by Hope Ramsay

Haunted by regrets and grief, widower David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to the holidays-until he's shown the spirit of the season by his daughter and her godmother Willow. Paired up to plan a Christmas wedding for friends, David and Willow will discover that the best gift is the promise of a future spent together.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2018
Ebook: B07GNHXSNC
Publisher: Forever

Somerset Lake

The Summer Cottage

This summer, they’ll learn that home is where the heart is.

Somerset Lake is the perfect place for Trisha Langly and her son to start over. As the new manager for the Somerset Cottages, Trisha is instantly charmed by the property’s elderly residents and her firecracker of a new boss, Vi Fletcher. But Trisha is less enchanted by Vi’s protective grandson Jake. No matter how tempting she finds the handsome lawyer, Trisha knows that if Jake discovers the truth about her past, she’ll lose the new life she’s worked so hard to build.

Jake Fletcher left Somerset Lake after a tragic loss, but he’s returning for the summer to care for his beloved grandmother, hoping Vi will sell the run-down cottages and finally slow down. There’s just one problem: Trisha, Vi’s new employee. She’s smart, beautiful, and kind, but Jake’s job is to protect his grandmother’s interests, and his gut is telling him Trisha’s hiding something that could jeopardize Vi’s future. 

However, as they spend summer days renovating the property and bonding over their love for the town, Jake realizes that Trisha is a risk worth taking—if only she can trust him with her secrets...and her heart.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08HLS94DJ
Publisher: Forever
The Christmas Village

Once upon a Christmas, she gave him her heart. This year, he'll have to win it back again... 

When Lucy Hannigan returned to her childhood home in Somerset Lake, one of the first things she did was join the local book club. And thank goodness, because now that Lucy’s first Christmas without her mother is bearing down upon her, she can use all the help and support she can get. Especially when she has to take in a tenant and the only person interested is Miles Bruno, her ex-fiance.

Lucy’s friends keep teasing her about the way Miles is trying to make up for his mistakes but forgiving and forgetting isn’t coming easily to Lucy. With bills piling up and her mother’s finances in disarray, however, Lucy isn’t in any position to say no.

As the small town prepares for the holidays and competition heats up in the Merriest Lawn decorating contest, Lucy can’t help feeling like a Scrooge. Her mom loved the holidays and won the contest each year, but as much as Lucy would like to carry on the tradition, she isn’t sure she has it in her to deck the halls this holiday.

Yet when Miles shows up with tons of tinsel, dozens of decorations, and lots and lots of lights, Lucy begins to wonder if maybe the spirit of the season will finally mend her broken heart.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1538703472
Publisher: Forever
A Forever Home

They’ll need a Christmas miracle to pull off their fake relationship in this sweet holiday romance. 

Della Rose desperately needs a Christmas miracle to make it back home in time for her sons’ holiday concert. It’s just that the single mom never imagined Santa would arrive in the form of her plane’s seatmate, the grumpy, gorgeous Roman Everson. With flights delayed, Della’s out of options. She needs Roman to drive her back to Somerset Lake, even if his un-jolly mood threatens to drain her Christmas cheer.

The season may have Roman feeling grinch-like, but he needs a favor, too, so he makes a deal with Della. In exchange for a ride home, she’ll pose as Roman’s adoring girlfriend in front of his family. As the pair set off on a journey though the North Carolina mountains with a rescue dog named Jingle, they soon learn they have more in common than either would have imagined possible. Could it be true that opposites attract? And will the chance of a happily-ever-after make this the most wonderful time of year after all?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B09DCLHDZ1
Publisher: Forever
The True Love Bookshop

She’s ready to start a new chapter in her life…

For Tess Lane, owning Lakeside Books is a dream come true, but it’s the weekly book club she hosts for the women in town that Tess enjoys the most. The gatherings have been her lifeline over the past three years since her husband’s mysterious death. Tess has tried to move on, but when River Harrison shows up on her doorstep, all her lingering questions come rushing back.…

River, a former marine turned private investigator, was her husband’s best friend, and seeing him again is a reminder of everything Tess lost. At first, she tries to ignore him, but Tess comes to realize that this is her chance, once and for all, to find the answers that have troubled her for years.

With the support of her friends, Tess joins River on a journey of discovery that leads them to the edges of Somerset Lake and on a road trip down the Carolina coast. Although their adventure isn’t always easy, Tess starts to find the joy in life again. But when secrets surrounding her husband’s death are finally revealed, can Tess find it in her heart to forgive the mistakes of the past … and maybe even open herself up to love again?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1538710050
Publisher: Forever
The Good Luck Cafe

The Thursday night book club is back! USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains returns to Somerset Lake, North Carolina, with a heartwarming story that follows the book lovers as they band together to help Moira save her mother's cafe.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1538710081
Publisher: Forever

Sweetwater Springs

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane

Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She's inherited her grandparents' charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it's just the new lease on life she needs. Only "heaven" comes with a catch - and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty - and incredibly headstrong - partner who's the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past...or will he realize the true gift he's been given?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1538713952
Publisher: Forever
A Wedding on Lavender Hill: A Sweetwater Springs Short Story

Event planner Claire Donovan loves giving clients the weddings of their dreams. But that gets tricky when she has to work with the man who recently broke her heart - Bo Matthews. As the son of the groom and owner of the perfect venue in Sweetwater Springs, Bo will be impossible to avoid. But can Claire be this close to her sexy ex without falling for his charms all over again?

Bo's happy for his dad, but he gave up on his own happily ever after when his fiancée left him at the altar. Until he met Claire. She was the first woman who made him think he could fall in love again, which is why he ended things with her so suddenly. But planning a wedding together may be just what this couple needs to remind them that love is always worth the risk.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07LFNBTLN
Publisher: Forever Yours
Springtime at Hope Cottage

As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go...until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home?

Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife's death. While he can't deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won't risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he'll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07F6C8184
Publisher: Forever
Kiss Me in Sweetwater Springs: A Sweetwater Springs Novella

If Lacy Shaw could have one wish, it's that the past would stay in the past. And with her high school reunion coming up, she has no intention of reliving the worst four years of her life. Especially when all she has to show for the last decade is how the shy bookworm blossomed into...the shy town librarian. Ditching the event seems the best option until a blistering hot alternative roars into Lacy's life. Perhaps riding into the reunion on the back of Paris Montgomery's motorcycle will show her classmates how much she really has changed...

While growing up as a foster kid, Paris Montgomery only felt at home in Sweetwater Springs, which is why he picked the small town to start over after his divorce. He can't afford to ruin this refuge with another doomed relationship - especially one with a woman who is his total opposite. But when the town's sweet librarian offers to help him reconnect with his foster dad, he finds they have more in common than he thought. Both are about to discover that home is where the heart is.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07L2LSTN1
Publisher: Forever Yours
Snowfall on Cedar Trail

Christmas is always bustling for Halona Locklear's flower shop, but this year, she's determined to take some time out to give her young son an extra special holiday. So she should be thrilled when hunky police chief Alex Baker wants to be their not-so-secret Santa. But Halona can't get too close to Alex. He knows a truth she needs to keep hidden...for her boy's sake.

Though Alex always had a thing for Halona, he never dared to pursue his best friend's little sister. But he can't shake the feeling that the gorgeous single mom and her little boy could use some holiday cheer, even if Halona refuses to let down her guard. But when ghosts of Christmas past threaten, Alex and Halona must decide what matters more: protecting their secrets or opening their wary hearts to new possibilities.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2019
Ebook: B07NCXL6PS
Publisher: Forever
Starting Over at Blueberry Creek

Firefighter Luke Marini moved to the small town of Sweetwater Springs with the highest of hopes - new town, new job, and new neighbors who know nothing of his past. And that's just how he wants to keep it. But it's nearly impossible when the gorgeous brunette next door decides to be the neighborhood welcome wagon. She's sugar, spice, and everything nice - but getting close to someone again is playing with fire.

Brenna McConnell put college on hold to raise her little sister. Now that Eve is grown, Brenna is ready to leave Blueberry Creek and finish what she started. Moving on isn't easy, however, when her gruff new neighbor gives Eve a dangerous firefighting job. And yet, even as Brenna is telling him off for putting her sister in harm's way, she can't deny the sizzling chemistry between them. She put her dreams on hold once. Is she willing to make that sacrifice again for a chance at forever?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B07SLY7FPC
Publisher: Forever
Sunshine on Silver Lake

With summer just around the corner, Emma St. James is eagerly planning a 5K run at Sweetwater Springs National Park. But first she needs the help of one charming, rugged, and handsome park ranger. Her brief high school romance with Jack Hershey may have ended in heartbreak, but Emma can't deny that he still gives her butterflies. So when Jack responds to her request with an all-too-tempting plea to pretend to be his girlfriend for the summer, how can she say no?

Jack would do anything for his sister -- even pretend to give up his bachelor life to care for his nephew. Passing his days with his high school sweetheart guarantees one long, hot summer -- but only because every moment together leaves him wanting a real relationship. He can't imagine spending another season without Emma by his side. Can he convince her to give their love a second chance before the summer draws to a close?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B084WZBMHM
Publisher: Forever
Season of Joy

Tis the season for love.

For single father Granger Fields, Christmas is his busiest and most profitable time of the year. But when a fire devastates the Merry Mountain Tree Farm, he fears the season won't be holly or jolly unless he can convince free spirit Joy Benson to care for his two rambunctious daughters. Yet while Granger wants to focus on saving his business, Joy seems determined to shake up his family's Christmas with her festive ideas and merry making.

Joy is counting down the days until she can open her own art gallery. Babysitting Abby and Willow will help her reach her goal, and when inspiration strikes, Joy convinces Granger that her craft classes can bring even more holiday cheer to the farm. As crowds return and Joy's creative side flourishes, life with Granger and his girls begins to feel like home. But with Christmas coming nearer, can Joy convince Granger to open his heart again? Or will their newfound happiness be as fleeting as the newly fallen snow?

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B084WW84VC
Publisher: Forever
Reunited on Dragonfly Lane

Boutique owner Sophie Daniels certainly isn't looking to adopt a dog the day veterinarian Chase Lewis convinces her to take in Comet. A rambunctious puppy with a broken leg may not be the best choice for a first-time pet owner. And house calls from the handsome doctor -- her high school sweetheart who's just moved back to Sweetwater Springs -- may not be the best choice for her heart either.

Chase has come home to help his nephew but finds that he's forgotten just how much he enjoys small-town life. However, sooner or later, he's going to have to face the past and his unresolved feelings for Sophie. Now that Comet needs both their help, Chase is going to let the four-legged matchmaker work his canine magic. Then Chase will prove to Sophie that first love is even better the second time around.

Author: Annie Rains
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B0881X9JGV
Publisher: Forever