Lost in Her by Sandra Owens
Publisher & Release Montlake Romance, February 9, 2016
Time and setting: Present day, Pensacola, Florida
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 290 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns
It’s been a year since Ryan O’Connor buried his wife. He was in Afghanistan as a SEAL medic when the call came that she’d been killed during a robbery. In that time, he returned home, nursed his grief, and joined his former brothers-in-arms in the K2 Special Services.
After a bad breakup with her ex, Charlene “Charlie” Morgan finds happiness only when flying the friendly skies—as an aerobatic stunt pilot. But the skies aren’t so friendly when her plane troubles turn out to be the work of sabotage.
Looking to forget their worries, Charlie and Ryan run into each other at a bar. The chemistry is instant and intense. It’s only supposed to be a one-night stand. But the memory of their passionate kiss lingers, and when Ryan shows up at Charlie’s flight school, their romance takes off. Yet the route to love has its own turbulence—secrets, lies, and danger. Can one night lead to something lasting?
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I have read Sandra Owen’s historical romances and loved them tremendously. When she started writing contemporary romance I decided to give it a whirl. I read the first one in this series when it came out, but I had a bit of trouble with that one, so I didn’t read the others in the series until Lost in Her. I’m so glad I did. I listened to the audio version and enjoyed it immensely from start to finish!
Ms. Owen’s book are always well-written and Lost in Her is as well. This book is faced-paced and grabbed me from the start and held me in its thrall until the end. I fell in love with both the hero and the heroine, and their back stories were expertly woven in, and it makes this book unique.
Charlene “Charlie” Morgan is an endearing character. She did not have an easy time in her teen years, having been shunned by her mother and step-sister for getting her step-father put behind bars. Then her one ex-boyfriend turned out to be a jerk. All that makes it very difficult for her to trust. She is extremely independent and feisty. That also makes her a loner. Ryan is just the right man for her.
I fell in love with Ryan O’Conner’s character straightaway. His backstory pulled at my heart-strings. If any man should be leery of getting into an emotional relationship, it would be Ryan. While he is definitely not looking for love, when he meets Charlene, he is blown away by her dare- devil attitude. She is the perfect woman for him. While he is a strong warrior type, after all, he’s an ex-SEAL, he’s a marshmallow underneath and in a good way. Ms. Owen’s characterization of him is brilliant and makes this story so different.
Both characters were only looking for a one-night stand, but neither of them is really the type for that. It was apparent from their introspection. When Ryan sees Charlene, he is immediately smitten and she with him, so they both run scared, not surprising. When they come together again through happenchance, they both want to see where this will go. The chemistry between the pair is sizzling.
Now, the suspense aspect of the story was excellent, had me gripping the arms of my chair. It was so different because of where the team has to go, not a place one would expect, to say the least.
I listened to the audio and enjoyed the narration by Amy McFadden a great deal. She does an outstanding job with the various characters, giving each a distinct voice and reads with a lot of emotion without going too far. Mikael Naramore performed Ryan’s POV. While I did enjoy his narration, I think I would have enjoyed this one more if Amy had done the entire book. I’m not a huge fan of different narrators for the two main characters, but that’s just my personal tastes. I’m sure others have a differing opinion. I would definitely be willing to listen to performances by both narrators again.
If you are looking for a novel with some twists and turns, with great character development, then you will want to read Lost in Her. I highly recommend it. Now I will have to go back and read the ones between Crazy for Her and Lost in Her. Happy reading!