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Awakening Veronica (Divine Creek Ranch #17)

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  408 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
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.

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Published December 20th 2013 by Siren
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This 17th installment in the "Divine Creed Ranch" series features a visitor to the town/ranch Veronica Benedict and hunky sheriff Hank Stinson & game warden Travis McDaniel.

They meet up at the wedding/joining ceremony of previously featured Maizy, Cody, Heath. and Spencer. Veronica is a published erotic romance author who is given a chance to talk to a Dom for research purposes for her current WIP book while she's in Divine for the wedding. The Dom just happens to be the sheriff of the town
Dec 22, 2013 Lin rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Heather Rainier’s newest addition to the Divine Creek series…..I have loved all of the books in this series, but this one touched my heard in so many ways. And yes, Hank finally got his story!

Veronica Benedict is a wonderful heroine in this story. Where others view her through what is acceptable in today’s society for what a woman should look and be like, Travis and Hank see Nika as a strong, beautiful, and sensitive woman who they want to be theirs. The road for these th
Tammy Faris
Dec 22, 2013 Tammy Faris rated it it was amazing
There are no words, strong enough, for how much I LOVED this book. The genius of Heather Rainier's writing is evident in ALL of her Divine Creek Ranch books. After reading Awakening Veronica, I can attest that she has now rocketed into a league of her own!
Awakening Veronica has everything that all romance novel readers want in a book. The heroes are sexy, take-charge, protective men who are not scared to share their emotions with the one they adore. The heroine transforms from a bullied introve
Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
This book was INCREDIBLE in more then one way. This gave me the good kind of chills as it reminded me of a past that dealt with bullying and left me feeling glad that in this story there was a happily ever after. Reading Veronica's story was like looking in a mirror. I felt like I had a connection with this character and truly felt a kinship with her. I have to say this story will no doubt be my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE, with Divine Grace being 2nd. This book touched me in soooo many ways and had me ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I've read every installment of this series but this one will always be special. As a victim of bullying I must say its inspiring. Its so easy to tell the fabulous Ms. Heather knows what she's doing. :-) a fabulous read!
There are some books I pick up and devour, others I savor and spread out over as much time as I can muster. This is in the latter category. I took my time reading this delicious book, nibble by yummy nibble! It was tough to put down, but I did not want it to end, so I dragged it out as long as possible. Ms Rainier always writes a thorough book, I have often said her stories are marathons and not sprints. This is no exception.

Hank has long been a character I was interested in getting a HEA, he ha
Feb 19, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shining Star award

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 fo
Dec 27, 2013 SiKReviews rated it it was amazing
This is Book 17 in the Divine Creek Ranch Series. I have previous reviewed this series. I have to say that this book has been very anticipated by most fans of the series. Why you might ask, because we finally get the story on everyone's favorite Sheriff, Hank Stinson, a/k/a the Silver Fox. Throughout the series we get a definite "Dom" feeling from Hank and we wanted to know more about him. In Awakening Veronica, we finally do.

Again, Divine, Texas, and Lusty, Texas crossover, when Grandma Kate s
Dami (Damiellar)
I loved this book. I'm so pleased that Hank Stinson got a romance of his own (he definitely deserved one). Veronica's story was just right. (view spoiler) ...more
Caitlyn O'Leary
Sep 15, 2014 Caitlyn O'Leary rated it it was amazing
Veronica started the story as someone who was very timid. We soon realized that she is a woman who had been emotionally and psychologically bullied most of her life. What finally forced her to break away form her old life and move to Divine is a physical altercation with her boyfriend.

Heather does an amazing job showing the effects that this kind of abuse can have on a person. Then she brings in Hank and Travis, two men who are bound and determined to slay every dragon for Veronica. Travis met
Dec 28, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: menage, bdsm
5 stars! I have been in love with the Divine series since I first read Divine Grace. I thought Divine Grace was Mrs. Rainier best book of her series but Awakening Veronica is on the same level of her first book and maybe even surpass it. Her writing is amazing and the relation to real life is real! This book really reached out to her audience (especially me)! Her book might make you cry throughout the book but it’s worth it. To some readers this might hit directly on point to their heart because ...more
Brea Ann
Dec 26, 2013 Brea Ann rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing and powerful book! I couldn't put it down!
As I read the story, it made me rethink and realize how some family and friends treated me over the years. A real eye-opener! I felt so much like Veronica in the story. Thank you Heather for not only entertaining me, but for enlightening me as well.
I was happy to see "Tabby Cat" (LOL) got hers! I just knew there was something to all that ranting. I would still love to hear her story thought! And Charity! That would be another great s
Lisa Phillips
Apr 12, 2015 Lisa Phillips rated it it was amazing
One word.....AMAZING!! and 10 stars for a review if that were possible. Heather Rainier has done it again with her latest story, "Awakening Veronica" from the Divine Creek series. I am not sure how Heather does it but she manages to write stories that grab you from the first word, tugs at your heartstrings and keeps your emotions on a roller coaster the entire time. She writes about issues that effect all of us. Most of us have been bullied at some point and can probably relate to Veronica. When ...more
Diane T.
Dec 26, 2013 Diane T. rated it really liked it
Wonderful tale with strong characters and HOT love Heather Rainier continues to delight me with her Divine Creek Ranch series. Ms. Rainier manages to keep it fresh and interesting, in a big part due to her full bodied characters. She creates the type of people that you know or wish you knew and would love to live beside.

Veronica is a prime example of a woman who doesn't know her own worth. Watching this heroine come out of her shell and become the woman she was always meant to be
Cheryl (Gwyneiira's Book Blog)
Oct 19, 2014 Cheryl (Gwyneiira's Book Blog) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow wow wow wow wow! Two doms? Damn, I am game! I've been looking forward to Hank's story since forever and Heather definitely didn't disappoint. I'm quite amazed that it had actually worked with two doms in a relationship. Hank and Travis are damn fucking hot and I would love to have them in my life. I love how Hank and Travis respects Veronica's limits but pushed her boundaries, how they don't push for things to be done their way but lets Veronica sets the pace. I loved how Veronica transforms ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Angel rated it it was amazing
Veronica has always been bullied whether it was from her boyfriend(who soon becomes her ex), or her family or heck even some of her online readers, after being convinced to come to Lusty, TX to visit with her Grandma Kate and be there for her brothers engagement party she's off to Divine to see a real ménage wedding and get some truthful answers about Doms and ménages....Hank is happy his best friend who is more like a brother Travis has finally come back home and when they both realize the ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, erotica, bdsm, menage, 2014
This one wasn't one of my favorites, mostly due to Veronica. I didn't like how much of a doormat she was. But considering how her family treated her, it was to be expected. I did like the bullying theme and how your family can be just as bad or worse than a stranger. I especially liked it when towards the end Veronica confronted her family, while her men were standing by, and let them know that behavior wouldn't be allowed any more, that if it continued they would be out of her life, the choice ...more
The next saga from Divine TX. Veronica (Nika) is a shy writer of romance stories who is branching out into writing erotic romances. Most of her family teased her about her shyness and her weight growing up, so she doesn't keep in contact with them. She goes to visit her Aunt (Grandma Kate from the Lusty CO series) and they end up in Divine where she meets Hank and reconnects with Travis, who she met years ago (and has been a fantasy since then.) The book is fun reading with some sexy ménage ...more
Denise H.
Finally, Hank gets his wish...a beautiful sub for Travis and himself to cherish as their own. The minor issues fall away when Nika is in danger, but the whole town is rallying and even Kate from Lusty, TX fame helps. I love the Lusty, TX Series, too. (Cara Covington). The characters by Heather Rainier are deeply thoughtful, sexy and romantic and the story is suspenseful and interesting. We always learn something, and this time, it's how to protect yourself from, and how to deal with bullies. ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, finished
I have read all the books in the Divine series. This has become my favorite by far. Heather Rainier creates characters that you are able to connect with and Veronica, Hank and Travis are the newest ones. Hank and Travis are perfect for Veronica. They protect her without stifling her. let her do her writing with out making her feel bad. Its amazing to read how she changes in this book. You will have all kinds of emotions while reading this book. I laughed hard and cried just as hard. Well done ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Tracey rated it it was amazing
I have a great appreciation for this book, as someone who grew up being bullied. Out of all of the Divine book's this one is my favorite. I wish that all that.have been bullied had someone to show them the love and support the Veronica receives from her two men, and that more people would be held accountable for the awful things they say! Thank you Heather from the bottom ov my heart for this book!
Jan 06, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic-fiction, bdsm
Liked the main characters, Veronica and the two men, and their story. Read this right after reading Cara Covington's Love Under Two Quarterbacks, I'm such a fan of Grandma Kate's.

I'm still not a fan of Grace, she gives off he vibe of preference of Ethan over the other two. I hope Charity and Justin are not next to have a story. I like that try are the steady but quirky couple that have been there for everyone else.
Feb 05, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I am always happy when a new Heather Rainier book comes out. I have bought all so far in EBooks, and have most of them in paperback too. Working on collecting them all. Heather's characters are always strongly written and you care about them, and what happens. The scenes of Passion and Erotica are, WOW! Love these books, and Heather Rainier is a spectacular author.
Tonda Pasowicz
Dec 28, 2013 Tonda Pasowicz rated it it was amazing
Loved ! Loved !
From the very first chapter Heather ropes you in and no matter what going on around you, you are consumed in this story! There are surprises and life changes.
There are sexy love scenes that is so hot you squirm in your seat reading it! Every book that Mrs. Heather writes what every woman wishing she had what every woman in her books have! I bow to a great author and look forward to the next book!
Jul 06, 2015 Patsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
You made one of my favorite series even better by including a much loved character from another author. Grandma Kate has got to be one of the most lovable characters ever written. I have read thousands of books over the years, and no that isn't an exaggeration, and Grandma Kate is definitely in the top five if not #1. I love all the Divine Creek books but this one is hands down the best. Can't wait to see what is next.
Karen ♐
Dec 26, 2013 Karen ♐ rated it it was amazing
Once again, Heather Rainier knocks it out of the park. Veronica is so introverted from bullying by her family that she no longer spends time with them. After meeting Hank and Travis, who she fell for years before, she gradually starts to believe in herself. I love this story. You will laugh and cry pulling for them all the way through.
Dec 20, 2013 Kimmi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-challenge
I'm so happy to finally get Hank's story. Nika is just a doll and Travis is perfect to round out the threesome! I'm not sure how Heather keeps bringing all the right characters together but I'm glad she does. There are a couple of wonderful surprises in this book. So if you love Ms. Heathers books you will enjoy this one as well!!!!
Jan 06, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and I'm speechless with reading it. I had missed reading new books from heather but reading this one showed me again how much I love her as an author and her characters in her books. This story was as amazing as her other books. I'm so happy Veronica,Travis and Hank got a hea and are happy together. Veronica deserves to be happy. Love,love this book so much
Kerry  sullivan
Jul 20, 2015 Kerry sullivan rated it really liked it
I really liked this but it lost my attention at the end, the last scene just seemed over the top. I get how it fit into Nika's fantasy and the meaning to her that they would do that for her. I just found it overly long winded and I found myself skipping great chunk of it. Having said that it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
Jan 27, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, and am happy to say I have read all of her Divine Creek books. I have them all in ebook form, and am collecting them in paperback too. She is awesome, and her characters come alive on the page. She never lets you down and weaves a great story. You will enjoy reading her!
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Heather Rainier lives and writes in South Central Texas. Her stories offer up the content of her fantasies, with humor, tragedy, and triumph mixed in.

Heather's love of romance fiction began as a teenager when her mom gave her copies of Kathleen Woodiwiss's "The Flame and the Flower" and Bertrice Small's "Skye O'Malley". To this day she's pretty sure that was her mom's version of the "birds and the
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