A Valentine for Valerie by D.E. Haggerty

Book title: A Valentine for Valerie
Series: Love will OUT, #6
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, later in life romance
Published: January 6, 2022

She has zero interest in a happily ever after. He won’t let another woman down. Too bad they can’t keep their hands off each other. 

Barney is the very definition of hot and cold. One minute he’s kissing the daylights out of me. But the next moment he can’t run away fast enough. It’s enough to give a girl a complex.

Then my apartment is trashed and he says he’s done farting around. He’s going to protect me and we’re going to work on our relationship. 

Um, excuse me? What relationship? I’m not looking for ‘the one’. Except when Barney touches me, I forget all about my past and why I’m not in the market for a happily ever after.  

But maybe Barney can be the one to prove to me Love will OUT. Assuming the person who’s stalking me doesn’t catch me first that is. 

This later in life romantic comedy features a woman who thinks relationships are for other people, a silver fox who can’t make up his dang mind about whether he wants to try for another relationship, a group of friends who think taking bets on when the two will get together will surely lead to wedding bells, and a makeshift family of former Army buddies who can not only tell dirty jokes but still have skills. 

A Valentine for Valerie is a standalone book in the Love will OUT romantic comedy series. 

  • A Hero for Hailey – Hailey and Aiden’s story
  • A Protector for Phoebe – Phoebe and Ryker’s story
  • A Soldier for Suzie – Suzie and Grayson’s story
  • A Fox for Faith – Faith and Max’s story
  • A Christmas for Chrissie – Chrissie and Wally’s story
  • A Valentine for Valerie – Valerie and Barney’s story
  • A Love for Lexi – Lexi and Lenny’s story 

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“We need to talk, Valerie.” I scowl at Barney’s declaration. I have spent my entire life avoiding having the ‘talk’ with a man. Barney Lewis is not going to ruin my streak. 

He may be one sexy middle-aged man – my hands itch to run through the soft texture of his black hair once again and his ever present five o’clock shadow gives my body all kinds of ideas of how his stubble will feel scratching certain areas of my delicate skin – but his handsome appearance doesn’t give him the right to boss me around. 

Especially not when we’re at a wedding. A surprise wedding on Christmas day no less. Barney’s friend, Wally, proposed to his girlfriend, Chrissie, this morning, and then when they arrived at McGraw’s Pub to celebrate Christmas with everyone, he surprised her with a wedding. Naturally, Chrissie freaked out, but we got her down the aisle eventually.

Welp. Best get this stupid ‘talk’ over with, so I can get back to enjoying the party. I indicate the hallway leading to the restrooms. When he lifts his chin in agreement, I square my shoulders and march to the hallway as if I’m not dreading this stupid conversation. 

Barney doesn’t immediately follow me. Of course not. He doesn’t want anyone to know what we’ve been up to after all. He made those thoughts perfectly clear when he ran away from me on Saturday evening after kissing the daylights out of me. 

D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound like one of the cool kids. She was born and raised in the U.S. but has spent the majority of her adult life abroad living in cool-sounding places like Istanbul, Heidelberg, and The Hague. She has job hopped from military policewoman to lawyer to B&B owner. She finally jumped off the job hopping bandwagon a few years ago when she decided to turn her addiction to romance novels into a career. If anyone has ideas on how to turn a love of wine into a job, she’s all ears. 

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Original artwork created @ https://www.wombo.art/

What started out as a romance series about a group of young women from a PI agency and their colorful cast of secondary characters has morphed into a wonderful story of friendship, love in all its forms, and found family. D.E. Haggerty is in her element writing romantic comedy, but she never loses her penchant for writing great mysteries. The Love Will Out series is a classic example as each story offers a tidbit of suspense in a sea of laughter and love that isn’t afraid to take itself seriously. 

A Valentine for Valerie is Barney’s story. One of the ineffable group of retired ex-military ‘uncles’ who make McGraw’s Pub their stomping ground, he has become smitten by the mysterious Valerie. He is haunted by his past, but he can’t stay away from her, much as he thinks he should. He knows she is keeping secrets and when it becomes apparent that she is in danger he will do what he must to keep her safe.

Val is looking for a good time with no strings. She doesn’t believe in happy endings, only happy for nows. Barney intrigues her, ticks her off, and leaves her wanting more. As trouble comes looking for her, he is the first person she thinks to call, but how can it possibly go anywhere but badly?


Full of overprotective, high-handed, manly men who melt the hearts of the strong badass women in their lives. Off color jokes, dirty handed pranks, and rampant wagering show the love that is flowing in this tight knit group as each book in the series adds to the expanding story. I am looking forward to the next book as much as I enjoyed reading this one. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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