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Serena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.

Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?

When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away.

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"Oh my word, this book [Vernal]. This is probably the best NA that I read this year, and yes, I read some Colleen Hoover this year. Vernal was just…ah, so good!" A Leisure Review 5 Stars Read Full Review
"The character building and intrigue of the tale [in Vernal] was wonderful. We are teased and left wanton for more. I love the love story in this and how we hope to see the heroine fight for the hero. We are left bereft over the situation at the end. Tristan gives us a tease and Serena is trying to figure it out so it’s a holding pattern that has you yearning to see what is next in this dangerous love story that is deliciously written and entwined into the story of their fate and their worlds fate as well." Books Are Love, 5 Stars, Read Full Review
"I am not sure how Randi Cooley Wilson does it, but she has topped the charts again. This book [Vernal] moves with the speed of light. The action is never ending ... You will never want to put the book down. The characters are loveable and they become great new friends, and you will, by the end of the book, be on the edge of your seat and wanting to see what happens next." Mindjacked, 5 Stars, Read Full Review
"Goodness me, Vernal was good...this book was so much more than good. It was I can’t sit it down and give me more amazing. I devoured their [Tristan and Serena's] chemistry. The world building was fantastic. That. Ending. I turned the page and couldn’t believe that the book was over! I must read the next one and continue this story." - Moriah, 5 Stars, A Leisure Moment Read Full Review
"As you read Vernal, nugget after nugget is revealed, and you are drawn further and further in the world and the story. The book was quite unputdownable." - Vanessa, 4 Stars, Owl Always Be Reading,  Read Full Review
"I LOVED the characters [in Vernal] and how they interact. There’s snark, humor, secrets, HOT romance. This author is batting a thousand when it comes to ‪#‎MustReads‬ in my opinion!" - The Book Beacon, Read Full Review
"This book [VERNAL] deserves ALL THE STARS! I highly recommend checking this book out as soon as you can! With gorgeous writing and characters that you will fall in love with immediately, this book has it all!" - Cassie, 5 Stars, Novels and Necklaces Read Full Review
"I gotta say, this book is crazy sauce. Really, really good crazy sauce. Not only does it have a detailed, intricate storyline but the fantasy world that Randi Cooley Wilson built is incredibly lush. Vernal transported me to a different world, a different time, a different space. It felt like an adventure of epic proportions and even when the book was over I sensed that the journey had just begun." - Erin, 5 Stars, Straight Shootin' Book Reviews Read Full Review
Exceptionally well written, this book is guaranteed to keep you turning the pages. It should come with a warning that once you start, you won't be able to put it down until you've finished." Merissa, 5 Stars, Archaeolibrarian Read Full Review
“Randi Cooley Wilson has done it again. Vernal is filled with humor, romance, and raw emotion. This first book in the Royal Protector Academy series is decidedly fresh and nostalgic all at one. It’s a lush story, which is romantic without being slushy and dramatic without being contrived. It delivers.” - Meg A. Watt, Queen Bee at LitBuzz, 4 Stars, Read Full Review
"Once again, Randi Cooley Wilson takes us to amazing new places and introduces us to fascinating new characters in Vernal: A Royal Protector Academy Novel. Vernal is an emotional thrill ride—funny and suspenseful, smart and sexy, joyful and heartbreaking. A true page-turner, this first chapter in the Royal Protector Academy series promises an adventure—and love story—of epic proportions.” — Liz Ferry, Per Se Editing
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