“Loner” (Good Guys #6) by Jamie Schlosser – Release and Review

Title: Loner
Series: A Good Guys Novel (standalone)
Author: Jamie Schlosser
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 12, 2021


ROSALIE

I’ve been a prisoner in my own home for as long as I can remember. My mother says I’m sick in the head, and that’s why I can’t leave. And maybe she’s right.
But that doesn’t stop me from watching our new groundskeeper from my window and wanting things I shouldn’t. Like his hands on my body. His lips on my skin. Just him and me, running free in the world.
All I want is a normal life, but it’s a fantasy. Insanity.
Because no one would want a crazy girl like me.

PRESTON

I broke the cardinal rule of the private investigator business—I fell for my client’s daughter. When I agreed to go undercover to get Rosalie out of her house, I had every intention of bringing her to her father. After all, it’s what he hired me to do.
But Rosalie’s life is a tangled web of mystery, tragedy, and lies. Her loneliness calls to mine, tempting me with a chance at redemption I never thought I’d have. I refuse to deliver her from one hell to another.
Even if it means risking my life.


My Review

This book was such an emotional roller coaster, from the very beginning to the very end. If you know me, you know I am an absolute sucker for the ‘on-the-run’ trope and this story ticked alllll of the boxes. I liked how the stakes were high throughout and I constantly felt like I was ‘reading on eggshells’ wanting the characters to get as far away as possible and somewhere safe, but knowing that things were going to happen left and right.

The characters were very endearing and I fell for Preston from the very beginning. I loved everything about him, from how self-assured he was when it came to his expertise, to how tender and thoughtful he was with Rosie. Rosie too was a nice character and I think the author did a great job touching themes of mental health throughout the book, from different perspectives, from medication, to stigma, to its relationship with violence, and how public perception mediates that. Rosie was also just a very likeable character, while maybe not as relatable due to the extreme impulsiveness, her undying loyalty for Preston simply warmed my heart. Overall, I think Rosie and Preston were a great addition to this series. I’m quite sad to have to say goodbye to this series, since I loved every single Good Guy and every heroine. 

One flaw for me in this story was how fast Rose and Preston fell for each other, as it very much an insta-love. I didn’t blame them, to be honest, especially since Rosie did not have any experience in relationships, but part of me would have liked them to get to know each other a bit better before diving off the deep end. It is one of the things I love the most about on-the-run, how people are kind of thrust together and are stuck with one other for survival. Oh, and I still have a bit of reservations on the role of the mafia in romance novels on the side of the good guys, but I appreciated how it was not a central theme and that there was an awareness of the dangerousness and undesirability of that life. 

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a mix of adrenaline, emotion and tenderness. It engaged me from beginning to end and made me fall in love with the main characters. I would definitely recommend this for everyone that loves good guy heroes with a golden heart that would give their lives for their significant others, and also for readers that love a lot of adrenaline and high stakes with their romances.


 


Marie’s Tempting Reads – “Loner was a sweet, amusing, sexy and sincerely heart stopping irresistible romance that makes this final book in one of my all time favorite series one of the best endings ever!”
PP’s Bookshelf – “I haven’t read something so magnetic and intriguing like Loner by Jamie Schlosser in a long time.”
The Hatters (Britt) – “This book utterly and completely blew me away!”
PROLOGUE

She was just supposed to be a job I turned down.

I’ve been picky about my clients before, and when I was approached by a man with ties to the mafia in search of his daughter, my immediate answer was no. His personal private investigator had recently died under mysterious circumstances, and I didn’t want to meet the same fate.

Then I saw Rosalie’s picture.

I should’ve walked away.

I didn’t.




Jamie Schlosser writes steamy new adult romance and romantic comedy. When she isn’t creating perfect book boyfriends, she’s a stay-at-home mom to her two wonderful kids. She believes reading is a great escape, otters are the best animal, and nothing is more satisfying than a happily-ever-after ending.



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