Awakening Veronica by Heather Rainier

Awakening Veronica by Heather Rainier
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Full Length (304 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

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.

Love can be hard to find and but it’s even harder when those who should be there to support you are the ones who continue to put you down. Veronica learned this lesson early in life. As a result, she’s deeply introverted but comes alive when she’s writing. That is until she’s reunited with a special man from her past. Travis, who with the help of his best friend, one Sheriff Hank Stinson, teaches Veronica that there’s freedom and strength in surrender. Can Veronica let herself believe in the attraction that the two men have for her? Letting go of her past, Veronica must learn to trust those around her, and especially Hank and Travis. The three are wonderful together but will Veronica trust her heart or will she continue to hide away from the world?

I can never get enough of the true love that is found in this series. Heather Rainier does a wonderful job of keeping these books fresh and pulling the reader into the wonderful world that she has created. Hank and Travis are great men. The two fight for and with Veronica. Never letting her forget how they feel and that so many others care for her as well. I loved seeing Veronica come out of her shell and become the woman she was always meant to be. The love that the three share shines brightly right from the start and watching them work through everything made for a great read.

I loved seeing everyone at the ranch and in Divine rally around Veronica when she needed the help and I have to say that Kemp and Duke stole the scenes that they were in for me. I loved Kemp and his duct tape. I also enjoyed visiting with many of the characters from previous books. It is nice to see everyone interacting and still being part of the stories making this reader feel as if I were visiting with good friends and family with each story. This book works fine as a stand-alone but there are quite a few reoccurring characters. Readers who look for books with strong alpha men and women who find strength in love and friendships should read this book.

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