"Tantalizing...a raw, emotional story...The story's only flaw is that it ends far too soon, leaving readers desperate for more of Richland's powerful descriptions and deep characterization." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)
"Richland's clever novella has the potential to make readers laugh and cry, sometimes even at the same time ... The author writes with a lot of heart and this tiny tale surprisingly packs a powerful punch." - RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4 star review (October 2014)
"A story of unconditional love and sacrifice." - SHELLI STEVENS, New York Times bestselling author
"The little white lie - a one-sided engagement of convenience - was a different approach to a familiar trope. I was also more than pleasantly surprised that the author wrote about an interracial couple, specifically a heroine of Asian descent. Grace and Rey made such an adorable couple. I really enjoyed the beginning starting off with their awkward introduction." - MS ROMANTIC READS, 4.5/5 star review on Goodreads
From the Author
Sergeant Rey Cruz, the hero of HIS ROAD HOME, appeared in my paranormal romantic suspense FIRST TO BURN - but this story is his tale, a military coming home story, not part of The Immortal Vikings series. Readers (and I!) loved Wulf's Special Forces teammates so much in FIRST TO BURN that I was inspired to write more about the mortal men who surrounded Wulf.
While I knew my hero would be Rey Cruz, because most of Wulf's team was already happily married, I had to find more to say about him. During a concert by the singer Brandi Carlile, hearing the song "Hard Way Home" off her Bear Creek album opened Rey's whole story up for me, all at once, and I knew what his journey was going to be.
I encourage readers to listen to Brandi's music, and I hope the emotions touch you as much as they did me.
While researching HIS ROAD HOME, I found the compelling memoir NO TURNING BACK by Sergeant Bryan Anderson. I reached out to him, and told him how his book had helped me feel okay with continuing Rey's humorous outlook even after his life changes dramatically. Sergeant Anderson was generous enough to talk with me several times and write a comment for the end of HIS ROAD HOME.
I hope readers who enjoy HIS ROAD HOME will explore Brandi Carlile's music, which meant so much to me and to my characters, and NO TURNING BACK. Thank you.