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.
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This book really has a lot going for it. First off, the characters are so real that I could imagine taking one of my menagerie into Riley for shots. It also doesn't whitewash the fact that our returning soldiers suffer from PSTD and some of its effects. But what really melted my heart was Cody's relationship with his dogs. They are not only his dogs but are also his friends and partners.
The suspense had a slow and steady buildup which gave the reader a chance to get to know both Riley and Cody really well which I appreciated. Once things reach a boiling point, things started happened fast and furiously. Very well paced to hold the reader's interest.
I really enjoyed ONLY HER. My only regret is that this is the last book in this series. Now to go find the earlier ones. I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy a good romantic suspense and also to any animal lovers though there are some sad points with the poisonings.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.