Only Her by Sandra Owens
Series: K2 Team #5
Also in this series: Someone Like Her, Lost in Her
Published by Montlake Romance on July 19th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Only Her was a sexy suspense, with lots of appearances from the former couples in the series and the cutest pets.
Riley is a veterinarian whose patients are showing up poisoned. With no clue if it’s intentional or the motive behind it, the police can’t do much about it. She’s completely devoted to her job, her patients and her pets and was almost singled minded in her pursuit of realizing her lifelong dream of opening an animal clinic.
Cody is finally ready to start his job at K2 Special Services after getting his ass kicked into gear by his former commander. Well, as ready as he’ll ever be with all the shit going on in his head after his last tour in Afghanistan. His dogs are the only thing keeping him waking up in the mornings and not completely drowning himself in whiskey.
One look at the sassy neighbor from the house across the street and saving her from being run over will soon give him new reasons to take on the day.
Riddled with nightmares and some family issues makes Cody think himself unsuitable to start anything with Riley. Their chemistry is just too strong to ignore, and she makes him question everything he believes about himself.
“They’d get around to crazy monkey sex soon enough. Tonight, though, he wanted gentle and tender, not only for her, but for himself.”
Riley had a very sad childhood growing up in foster care and jumping from house to house. Being witness to a lot of bad, forced Riley to become almost incapable of trusting and relying on other people. That is why she finds the feelings that Cody awake in her so surprising, and so hard to resist.
Two lost souls that will find in each other exactly what they needed but didn’t know to dream for. Both their relationships with their pets, Cody with his dogs and Riley with her cats, were for me one of the highlights of this story.
I found that some things were repeated throughout the story, be that a thought or explanation, which I found tiresome. I’m not saying I could win an award in those memory competitions thingies, but I don’t need to be reminded of what I just read in the previous chapter 15 minutes ago. The same as with Riley’s thought process whenever a pet would show up poisoned… if I had to read one more time “who would try to harm such helpless, cute creatures” I think I would have gone crazy.
I loved how the team at K2 forced Cody to deal with his issues by supporting him 1000% in everything and reminding him of their brotherhood. I also found it lovely how they all accepted Riley once Cody realizes what he had in her and how all the wives also took to make her feel comfortable instantly.
I enjoyed how the author interwove all the previous couples into this story while not allowing them to overshadow the relationship development between Riley and Cody. Their relationship was really fun and sweet to see it evolve; I liked enormously how they brought out the best in the other and how it made them want to fight at the chance of being happy together, in spite of the risks.
All in all, Only Her was a great love story with precious pets and a bit of suspense and action, hot shenanigans and great friendships.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 Stars
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