Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book & Audio Review: Falling For Her by Sandra Owens

Falling For Her by Sandra Owens

Publisher & Release Montlake Romance, September 29, 2015

Time and setting: Present day, Pensacola, Florida

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length:  290 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

Known to the K2 Special Services team as “Saint,” Jamie Turner lives by his own strict rules to compensate for his past sins and the two-ton boulder taking residence in his heart. He doesn’t drink or smoke. He never swears. And he only dates nice, safe women until he meets Sugar Darling, the fill-in receptionist at K2. She’s as sweet as her name, but this wild woman is definitely trouble, with something to hide. He knows he should avoid her…but can he?

Sugar isn’t hiding something—she’s hiding everything. And K2 seems like the perfect place to lie low, thanks to the big, protective guys who work there. The drop-dead-handsome Saint makes her heart race, yet he keeps his distance. When Sugar’s traumatic past rises up to haunt her again, she desperately turns to Saint for help, and he has to decide what’s more important: playing it safe or risking everything for love.

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This is a great addition to the K2 Team series. It is also available in Kindle-Unlimited with the audio version included. Falling For Her is “Saint” Jamie and Sugar’s love story, and I really enjoyed this one so much!

Sugar Darling is on the run, has been for years. She has tried very hard to live under the radar by working at Booby Palace under the table. When an opportunity to work for K2 Special Services comes her way, she grabs it. Of course, it puts her in Jaime Turner’s path. A man she is drawn to in a big way.

Jamie Turner works for K2 Special Services doing what he loves best, taking bad guys out of commission. When he discovers Sugar working at K2, he is annoyed, since she is a distraction he does not need. She is all wrong for him, nothing like his ideal woman. While his brain knows this, his heart and body disagrees.

When Jamie learns Sugar’s secret, will it keep him from making a huge mistake, or will he realize she is the perfect mate after all?

This is a fast-paced read with plenty of emotion and passion from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed the complex relationship between Jamie and Sugar. Both characters have a lot of substance. Each have tragic back-stories, which adds greatly to the emotional level of the writing. Falling For Her gave my an even stronger sense of Pensacola than Someone Like Her, which was a fond walk down memory lane for me!

Sugar’s character has many layers to her personality. While she presents an image of a flighty woman, she is far from that. She lives in terror that her ex will find her, but she beats down her alter-ego, Hannah, whenever she threatens to take over. Hannah is nothing like Sugar. She is weak and scared, quaking in her shoes, ready to run at the first sign of Rodney. Sugar wants to fight it out, which creates great conflict within her character.

Jamie is a great hero. The terrible loss he suffered as a young man has colored all his decisions on how he needs to live his life. He has vowed to never drink, use drugs or cuss, but he has a particularly hard time with the last vice, taking to mutter insane phrases to avoid using profanity. I found this hilarious and enjoyed it a lot. Some of them are truly awful, but that is what makes them so humorous. I loved his internal struggle with what he thinks he needs in a woman and what he finds in Sugar.

The attraction between Sugar and Jamie sizzles and creates fantastic sexual tension. Although there are several explicit sexual love scenes toward the end, the build up makes this an emotionally-charged read. When they do come together, it is combustible.

I thoroughly enjoyed Falling For Her, and it is my favorite of this terrific series. If you have not read any of the books in it, then I highly recommend reading them. They do not need to be read in order since while many of the characters involved with K2 are in the four books, they just enticed me to find out what their stories were. Happy reading!

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