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“Absolutely unputdownable, delivers all of the feels! Roni Loren is a new favorite. Loved this.”―COLLEEN HOOVER, #1 New York Times bestseller
Most days Rebecca Lindt feels like an imposter…
The world admires her as a survivor. But that impression would crumble if people knew her secret. She didn’t deserve to be the one who got away. But nothing can change the past, so she’s thrown herself into her work. She can’t dwell if she never slows down.
Wes Garrett is trying to get back on his feet after losing his dream restaurant, his money, and half his damn mind in a vicious divorce. But when he intervenes in a mugging and saves Rebecca―the attorney who helped his ex ruin him―his simple life gets complicated.
Their attraction is inconvenient and neither wants more than a fling. But when Rebecca’s secret is put at risk, both discover they could lose everything, including what they never realized they needed: each other
She laughed and kissed him. This morning she’d melted down. But somehow this man had her laughing and turned on only a few hours later. Everything inside her felt buoyed.
She’d forgotten what that felt like.
The Ones Who Got Away Series:
The Ones Who Got Away (Book 1)
The One You Can’t Forget (Book 2)
The One You Fight For (Book 3)
Readers are Raving About about The Ones Who Got Away:
“Phenomenal. Gets my highest recommendation!”―LORELEI JAMES, New York Times bestselling author
“Richly layered and full of emotion… Unforgettable.”―KRISTEN CALLIHAN, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“Unique, swoony, and lively.”―SARINA BOWEN, USA Today bestselling author
“Absolutely unputdownable, delivers all of the feels! Roni Loren is a new favorite. Loved this.” – COLLEEN HOOVER, #1 New York Times bestseller
“This is a romance readers are unlikely to forget.” – Booklist, STARRED review
“They have a lot to overcome, individually and together, but Loren capably turns this seeming recipe for disaster into a delicious happy ending. STARRED review ” –Publishers Weekly
“Loren’s second title in a series that revolves around survivors of a high school shooting maintains the complexity and emotional intensity that earned the first book huge acclaim but never loses its way as a sexy, captivating romance.” – Kirkus, STARRED Review
Top customer reviews
THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET had me from the first chapter. This romance features a couple with great banter and lots of sexiness as they find their way to love through their own pain.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in this series of interconnected stand-alones, but I enjoyed this one immensely, so much that I read the first 65% in one sitting and woke up the next morning to read more before work. I love that feeling of “OMG I can’t wait to read more.”
Rebecca is one of the survivors of a well-known school shooting. Twelve years later, she’s a successful attorney at her father’s family law practice, but she’s still battling with her own demons, mainly her hidden guilt over her perceived involvement in the shooting. And her view on love is more than a little jaded, thinking “[love] is a bad bet.” Wes is a chef at an after school program trying to turn his life around. He turned to drinking after losing everything in a brutal divorce. The two meet when Rebecca is mugged at gunpoint and Wes chases away her attackers. But he’s no stranger (this is where it gets good, you guys). He was the ex-husband of one of her former clients, whom she represented in a divorce. Her opinion of him isn’t that high, but good god the chemistry! Can you sense the animosity there? (hint: there’s some animosity).
“And did you just flirt with me in a room full of children?”
She crossed her arms and gave him her best haughty lawyer look. “Of course not. This is a request for a friendly meal.”
He laughed, a deep melodic sound. “I like it.” He moved his hand around indicating her general person. “I like this whole version of Rebecca who doesn’t hate me.”
One of the things I liked the most about this one was Wes and Rebecca’s witty banter. I loved the easy way they talked to each other from the first moment they met and the progression of their relationship just felt very natural. I bought it all hook, line and, sinker.
“Fun, Wes. Just fun between friends. And I want to have fun with you.”
“Naked fun,” he said, his lips curving.
“Yes, but not in a dirty school bus.”
He grinned wide. “It was the lack of shirt. I told you.”
She looped her arms around his neck. “Nope, it was the books. I’ve been hot and bothered and completely distracted since. Entire sexual fantasies have been woven. Filthy thoughts have been had.”
This book was funny and sexy but it also dealt with heavier subjects, like mental health issues and addiction—both of which were well-researched. I liked having that tension and sense of counterbalance.
I really loved them as a couple! Wes and Rebecca were cute and adorable. I believed their romance and couldn’t wait until they were together on the page. They really cared for each other and helped one another through their own issues. I felt the chemistry between them from the beginning. That first kiss was really great! Rebecca didn’t want to like Wes because…HELLO…she saw his ex’s side of things in court. But meeting him now and getting to know his heart, she couldn’t help but fall. Neither could I.
If you’re on the hunt for a fun and sexy contemporary romance, I 100% recommend this book. It was pure entertainment. It had the funny moments, sexy build-up, and romantic tension I crave. Yay!
* Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing me with an early copy for review.
As someone who doesn’t read much mainstream contemporary romance, I was hooked by the blurb for The Ones Who Got Away. This series features the survivors of a school shooting, more than a decade later, learning to deal with survivor’s guilt and move forward in their lives. While I suggest reading the first installment in the series, The One You Can’t Forget could easily be read as a standalone.
First and foremost, I need point out how this is not fluffy but it’s also not nail-biting emotional stress, either. While Rebecca is suffering from PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and shame for her behavior back in high school. The emotional gut-punch rides just beneath the surface. Not too light. Not too heavy. Perfect for a wide array of romance readers who need a realistic portrayal.
Rebecca is a divorce layer, more than jaded and pessimistic after growing up from being a believe-in-fairy-tales teenage girl. She was the good girl. The girl next door. The girl who had an unrequited crush on her best friend. The girl everyone assumed had it all. But that is not Rebecca at all.
The novel starts out during another traumatic time, one that freezes Rebecca. To the rescue comes a stray dog and a down-on-his-luck chef. Wes brings that delicious angst that romance reader eat by the spoonful. Brooding, wounded, yet a man driven to make his dream reality… and Rebecca is the lawyer who single-handedly took his dream away.
Wes and Rebecca shine the most bantering during the getting-to-know-you stage of their friendship. They’re drawn together, even with this being their second chance after a not-so great first impressions. Another layer of angst is Rebecca’s perfectionist, controlling, smothering politically minded father.
Wes teaches underprivileged kids how to cook, and this draws a dark and gritty reality how many youths who are forced into crime to survive.
With many layers, what reads as a mainstream contemporary romance is much deeper than the surface. The romance is warm and sweet, yet intimately realistic as the pair moves from friendship to more. But there is heavier subject matter that gives just enough to develop a well-rounded, realistic, and enjoyable novel.
Why 4 instead of 5 stars? When I compare the first book to the second, my feverish need to click the pages wasn’t there. I wasn’t as emotionally invested in Rebecca and Wes. The first felt inspired, and this felt as if it was Rebecca’s turn for a book but there was something missing- a flatness, fill-in-the-blanks feel. The specific characters, the angst, and newness of the first installment hooked me more, resonated with me. I did have a difficult time connecting to Rebecca or Wes. While realistic, I didn’t think Rebecca self-sabotaging or spineless, so the conflict that arises didn’t fit the character. I was satisfied and happy at the 60% mark of the story, and felt it meandered and created manufactured conflict to rush toward an ending.
Since this book was more focused on the narrators, there was little to no scene-time featuring the fellow Long Acre survivors, which took away from that need to know what happens next sensation I absolutely adore.
Highly recommend, I’m more than eager to read the next installment.