Series: Divine Creek Ranch, 17
Author: Heather Rainier
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F, M/F/M (oral and anal sex, toys, light bondage)
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Bullied all her life, Veronica Benedict has learned to withdraw rather than risk being hurt by those closest to her—but that’s not the only type of bully she has to deal with.
On a research trip, a fellow author introduces her to two Doms at a wedding. Travis McDaniel is disillusioned by life in Washington, D.C., and is back home in Divine, examining his future.
Driven by the need to keep the citizens of Divine safe, Hank Stinson has put his loneliness and his secret desires aside—until he meets Veronica. Hank and Travis are captivated by the introverted author. Hank must decide if he needs this special kind of love more than he needs to be elected sheriff again, and Travis must choose between life in Divine and an opportunity to make a difference in the world. When they discover the bullying Veronica is enduring, their protective instincts come roaring to the surface.
Ms. Rainier touched on an important subject, bullying, but did not allow it to overwhelm this story. She allowed the reader to see what Veronica endured within her family and within her career which forced her to withdraw. But Ms. Rainier also allowed us to see the good in people. We got to see the support of new friends and new men. Veronica learned she was not alone and never had been as alone as she felt. And even as bullying was an overriding theme, Ms. Rainier did not forget this was a story about love. I adored Hank and Travis. Both men were mature and sure within their skin and I think that did nothing but help Veronica break free from her self-imposed isolation. With support and growing love, Veronica was able to become the woman she always meant to be. But back to the romance, Travis and Hank were old friends who never shared but wanted to. I loved how they were able to fall into old habits as Travis and Hank explored their future desires. I appreciated their patience as they showed Veronica her worth not only to them but also to herself. They both had a quiet strength that pervaded throughout this story. Veronica wasn’t the only one who felt safe with her men. Ms. Rainier’s gift was such that the reader could feel just how safe Hank and Travis’s arms could be.
I enjoy returning to Divine Creek Ranch as a rule and Ms. Rainier is one of my favorite authors. But I think that with Awakening Veronica, she took her story telling to a new level. Not only did she give us a well written story full of emotional depth, she gave us characters with a purpose while still giving us the joy of falling in love.
Five Shooting Stars