Only Her

Only Her

by Sandra Owens

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503937550
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Series: A K2 Team Novel Series , #5
Pages: 277
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A bestselling, award-winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity but have ceased being surprised by what she might be up to next. She has jumped out of a plane, ridden in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed thrilling stunts, and flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns). She’s also ridden a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing. Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist for her contemporary romance Crazy for Her. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories. Connect with Sandra on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SandraOwensAuthor, on Twitter @SandyOwens1, and through her website, www.sandra-owens.com.

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Only Her 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Nylak More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the other books in this series, but I don't think it's necessary to understand all that you need to. It definitely isn't necessary to appreciate the book, which is both a classic romance novel, and not. By this, I mean that it had all of the elements you'd expect - toxic bad boy, damsel in distress, and romance, of course, but it wasn't filled with sex. There was sex, but we had to wait for it, which was great as I like the actual story parts of romance better than the sex scenes. Also, I don't think any of the book was meant to be funny, but I thought parts of it were, so that was different for a romance. Cute story overall, worth reading, and a satisfying ending. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This poignant, heartbreaking, touching story took my breath away. It was so beautifully written, the story so enticing, I couldn't put it away, until the end. I don't know how this series got past me, and I didn't find out about it until the last book came out, but the fact that it was the series finale, and I hadn't read any of the stories published before, didn't make a difference to how I enjoyed the tale. Cody and Riley stole my heart. Their brokenness, the shattered souls they both had, the overwhelming sadness from their past experiences could have made them be a completely different kind of people. Yet they thrived to do their best, to hold on to life, to keep on trying, to be honest, loyal, and open, and to try so hard to find peace, happiness, and balance in their lives. Their love for their furry friends was endearing, the way they cared for each other, stood up for each other and were willing to go great lengths to help each other touched my heart. It felt like I was holding my breath through half of the story, just hoping that they could make it, cheering them on, and wishing the best for them. Because it is not an easy road they are on, the obstacles are humongous, the only way to remove them takes a lot of time, effort, and patience. And if it were just the inner demons they are fighting against for, but the outside forces seem to be against them as well, and aiming for a kill. The effects of a war on a human soul are expressed vividly. The brotherhood of the team, always there for each other, taking care of their own, was like a beam of light through the tale. And it wasn't all sadness and inner turmoil, that fueled the story, there was humor, laughs, loving and passion as well. There were moments of bliss and glee, tenderness and joy, fear and danger, utter devastation and silver light of hope. The character development in the story is so well done, the steps they have to take, the goals they need to achieve, reached with utter determination. I fell for Cody and Riley as they were introduced and just kept falling for them even deeper, as their story advanced. I felt the hope they had for their future and the depth of their feelings for each other. This is one of those stories that will stay with you for a very long time. I cherished every moment as I was reading it, I adored the characters and felt their anguish and elation, the story flew out of the pages so smoothly, and I didn't want it to end. What an amazing, touching story this is. Highly recommended! ~ Five Spoons!
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 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 butt kicked into gear by his former commander. Well, as ready as he’ll ever be with all the crap 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. *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
aRomancelover More than 1 year ago
Final book of the series. That makes me sad but this story had me captured from the start and crying throughout, especially toward the end...couldn't read through the tears. Cody and Riley are perfection - two broken psyches reaching out to each other. I loved this one so much. Cody Roberts has joined the K2 Team at a time in his life when he needs purpose but he worries that his past will destroy him before he can become a true member of the team. Nightmares from his last deployment plague him nightly even though he tries to ward them off with liquor. Constant worry over his missing dog, Layla, doesn’t help even though he has the comfort of Sally and Pretty Girl. His natural talent with dogs earned him the nickname Dog. When his ability to control his dogs is questioned by the beautiful and intriguing woman living across the street, he can’t resist getting to know her, even though having a relationship with her is not in her best interest. Riley Austin has a past that keeps her from getting too close to anyone. She has her own ghosts to deal with so when she quickly surmises that her sexy new neighbor has his too, she tries to resist his magnetic pull but can’t. With more than enough on her plate dealing with her animal patients being poisoned, she tries to put the sexy guitar playing man out of her head—without much luck. When Riley is assaulted, her home invaded, and her cats attacked, Cody goes into full force protective mode despite his own troubles. With the help of the K2 Team, he is determined to make sure Riley is protected at all times, and solve the question of who is trying to hurt her and why. Pulling together, Cody and Riley discover that as a team they are comforting, calming, and good for each other in more ways than either expected. ONLY HER by Sandra Owens is the final book in the K2 Team series and I am very sad to see it end…not only the series, but this book. I have loved every one in this series and after reading each one, thought Sandra couldn’t get any better but I was wrong. ONLY HER is amazing from page one straight to the end which will have you clutching tissues just as you will too many times throughout—especially if you’re an animal lover like me. Cody and Riley are two damaged people, drawn to each other by lust and need but fall in love with a passion that you feel emanating from the pages. They become a family with their pets. It’s natural, it’s real, and the emotion is strong with this one. Cody is a romantic at heart and Riley has a hard time accepting attention or acquiescing control so he has his work cut out for him, but he succeeds where none has before with her. ONLY HER, book five in the K2 Team series by Sandra Owens is filled with intrigue, lots of good guys, and one really off the wall crazy bad guy. There are adorable animals, angst galore, heart-wrenching scenes, steamy sexual tension plus more sexy action, plus an abundance of romantic gestures that will have you grabbing for more tissues so make sure you have them available. I highly, highly recommend ONLY HER by Sandra Owens, along with the previous four books in the K2 Team series, because this one, as well as the others, is story about falling in love, friendship, brotherhood, compassion, healing, and fun. This group is always fun. Perfect couple stories. ***egalley provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest & unscripted review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An awesome read that continues the traditions of the K2 Team. Cody is new to K2 and I loved his character. He's a former Navy SEAL who is currently in a bad place. Nightmares are playing havoc on him, nightmares about an event he can't remember. The one thing he knows is that he has to do something to change the way he's currently living. Too much booze and his dogs are the only thing keeping him sane at the moment. Riley is the neighborhood vet and is currently struggling to find out who is poisoning local animals. Riley can't believe it when her gorgeous neighbor points out that he thinks it might be something about her. As these two grow close and decide to give in to their mutual attraction, Riley knows she won't be able to keep her heart safe no matter how many times he tells her he's no good for her. I love this series and this book is a great addition. The author has a wonderful writing style that sweeps you up into the story right from the start. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Though this book is the last of Ms.Owens K-2 series, it is a stand alone. It's the story of Cody Roberts and Riley Austin. Riley is a veterinarian. She has overcome many obstacles and heartaches in her life to be the person she is to day. Her new neighbor, Cody Roberts is a veteran newly hired by K-2 Security. His boss was his superior during his Navy Seal career and his co-workers, his brothers in arms. Ms Owens shows us the effects PTSD has on our veterans and handles it in a very admirable way. Cody and Riley are attracted to each other but are concerned about their baggage, . When Riley's patients are being poisoned and someone tried to run her over, Cody goes into protective mode. It is story filled with twists and turns, with laughs.and heartfelt revelations, alpha males , strong women , forgiveness and finally love. A story you will remember for a very long time. Kudos to Ms Owens. I got this book from Netgalley for an honest review.