Only Her by Sandra Owens
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, July 19, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Pensacola, Florida
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 290 Pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns
Former SEAL sniper Cody Roberts has returned from Afghanistan with too many demons and a simple wish: to be left alone. Working for K2 Special Services, caring for the war dogs he rescued, playing his guitar—that’s all he wants to do. But Cody is as protective as his nickname, “Dog,” suggests. A man like that can’t sit back when he realizes the beautiful veterinarian next door is being targeted by an unknown enemy.
Riley Austin is desperate to find out who’s poisoning her animal patients, and she’s stunned by her mysterious neighbor’s suggestion that it’s personal. But Cody makes her feel something else, too: a powerful attraction. He insists he’s no good for her, but those haunted eyes and that chiseled body tell Riley that surrendering to their mutual lust is worth the risk. And despite his conditions—no falling for each other, no regrets once it’s over—she’ll fight to love him just as fiercely as he’ll fight to save her.
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I’ve been a fan of Sandra Owens for quite some time. I fell in love with her Regency novel, The Letter and I have now read all her books. Only Her is an awesome end to the K2 Team series. I’m going to miss these characters! I was fortunate to receive an invitation from the publisher via Net-Galley, to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Of course, I eagerly accepted.
Cody Roberts is plagued by a horrific nightmare about events he has no memory, but he believes it may have actually happened. When he meets the neighbor across the street, he is immediately drawn to her. Although he longs for her to the depths of his soul, he feels he is unworthy of her.
Someone is poisoning pets in the neighborhood around Riley Austin’s Vet Clinic, and she is determined to save other animals from this maniac. When her new neighbor suggests it’s personal, she can’t imagine who it could be.
When attraction burns hot between them, Cody insists on rules before they start their affair. While she doesn’t like restrictions, she wonders if, for once in her life, she could go along for the chance to find a love of a lifetime.
This story is fast-paced and pulled me in from the first page and kept my interest through the entire book. I thoroughly enjoyed the tidbits about Pensacola. I actually lived there for seven years, and Ms. Owens descriptions brought back many fond memories for me.
I fell in love with Riley from the beginning. She is a truly endearing character. She had such a tragic childhood and has raised above what a lesser woman would not be able to handle. Her love of animals and her loyalty to her friends stole my heart. I could feel her pain and desperation when one of her dear cats is taken. Her ability to see Cody’s heart of gold, even when he is pushing her away touched me greatly.
Cody Roberts is a great hero. He is one of the good guys, but because he went through something while on his last mission, he fears he caused a young girl to lose her life. When he experiences the nightmare involving her, I could feel his panic and the heart-wrenching fear. I loved his honorable intentions to do what is right for Riley, even though it goes against his personal desires.
While the chemistry between Riley and Cody is blazing hot, what I truly loved was their budding friendship. Don’t misunderstand, the sensual scenes in this book are as always well-written and filled with a great mix of physicality and emotion.
If you enjoy a moving love story with a good bit of action and suspense, then you will enjoy Only Her as much as I. While this book is the end of this incredible series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. Happy reading!