Lost in Her by Sandra Owens
Series: K2 Team #4
Also in this series: Someone Like Her, Only Her
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It’s been a year since Ryan O’Connor buried his wife. He was in Afghanistan as a SEAL medic when the call came in 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 breaking up with her psycho ex, Charlene “Charlie” Morgan finds happiness only when flying the friendly skies—as an acrobatic 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?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Lost in Her is the story of stunt pilot Charlene “Charlie” Morgan and ex-Navy SEAL and now K2 Special Services agent Ryan O’Connor. Well, actually is the story of Charlie and Ryan and of Ryan and his recently dead wife. Now, I’m not fond of love triangles, and while this story was not a love triangle per se, and I’m not completely heartless so I understand working through feelings after a sudden loss… let’s just say this was not my favorite set up for a romance.
Charlie has had a rough time growing up, she was overweight and when her mother re-married she gained a horrid step-sister. Not only was she a victim to that little b**ch, she was a witness to her stepfather molesting her best-friend, which ended up with her testimony sending him to prison and her friend committing suicide. Oh, and her mother’s scorn. Her only romantic relationship ended up with the prick using her to learn all her stunt tricks… so saying she has trust and relationship issues is putting it mildly.
Ryan on his part lost his wife while he was deployed on a mission. They had met in the third grade and had basically been together all their lives, but the loss was not only unexpected, at the time he also learned a secret that destroyed him. A year after her loss, and he is still struggling to move on.
On a whim he forces himself to go to a bar and pick up a woman to put a stop to his celibacy. Fortunately for him, Charlie is just there deciding to do the same, and when they paths cross something just clicks for them both.
Unfortunately for us, they take their long ass time to get it together and get together.
It was kind of cute to see this tough as shit, badass SEAL acting like a 7th grader with his first ever girlfriend, it was really endearing.
Charlie, while struggling with a bit of self-doubt in the looks department, she more than made up for it on her piloting skills, so while her insecurities bugged me a bit, she was confident in other aspects of her life which balanced her a lot as a character for me.
The bigger issue I had with the story was Ryan’s struggle to let go of his wife, while his situation was not easy by any means (I don’t believe I could have done in the end what he does) it was a bit anticlimactic when he kept comparing his current girlfriend to his departed wife… and by struggle of course I mean it bugged the crap out of me and drove me near insanity and the risk of bodily harm to my poor kindle.
So I enjoyed the easy relationship and how Ryan and Charlie acted with each other, the issues in their relationship at times took out the fun in it. The suspense is high throughout the whole story, as Charlie is the victim of life-threatening pranks, Ryan is going on a mission to Russia and we learn the secret of Ryan’s wife bit by little bit spaced through the book.
I can’t say it’d make into a favorites list, but it was an ok book with sweet moments and some sexy times. I’d be interested in more books in the series… as long as there is no diceased wife included in the plot…
Sparkles Rating: 3 Adorkable together Stars
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