This Chick Read: Lost in Her by Sandra Owens

As I was reading Lost in Her, I was reminded of reading Harlequin and Silhouette romances as a teenager in California.  This was a sweet tale with a somewhat naive heroine who meets a man who isn’t ready to commit due to a personal tragedy.  Sandra Owens, the author, did a good job of inserting some humor into the story, as well as give the reader a little mystery to solve.  However, despite that mystery I found that the story was a little too simple.  I have gotten a little older, and my tastes have matured a bit.  I wanted a little bit more action/adventure and a little bit less of the get to know you romance.

The following synopsis is from

After his wife’s betrayal, Ryan O’Connor, aka Doc, vows he will never love again. After leaving the SEALs, he joins the members of his former team at K2 Special Services, and even though he thrives on living on the edge and facing danger, something is missing. The last thing he expects is for a feisty stunt plane pilot to take him on the ride of his life.

Charlene—call me Charlie—Morgan has a no-hot-guys-rule because past experience has proven that they’ll break a girl’s heart. From the moment she sets eyes on Ryan O’Connor, though, she decides some rules are made to be broken. When someone sabotages her aerobatic plane, Charlie expects Ryan to see her as too much trouble.
Ryan proves, however, that there are some hot guys a girl can depend on. As the search for who is messing with her plane narrows down to a small list of suspects, time is running out, and Ryan fears he won’t be able to save the woman he loves.

Charlie’s back story was more interesting than the romance.  When she was fifteen she saw her stepfather molest one of her friends, and she stepped forward and told an adult what she saw.  This action had consequences.  Her friend committed suicide, her stepfather went to jail, her mother died of a broken heart and her step sister hated her for sending her father to jail.  Those actions also stunted Charlie’s growth as well.  She never dated and had low self esteem.  It was nice to see the attention Ryan gave her bring out that confidence.  Ryan seemed like a good guy who had a lot of respect for Charlie, and didn’t want to make any promises that he couldn’t keep, though his lack of commitment got a little old.  I had wished the author had cut out about fifty pages and got to the climax a little sooner, but in the end he portrayed the hero really well.

If you like sweet, somewhat innocent romantic storylines, you will love this book.  It is well written and the characters were very likable.  I, however, am no longer sixteen and look for just a touch more depth in my novels.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher, Montlake Romance, through NetGalley.  This book will be released on February 9, 2016.

Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads

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