“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
Even better than the first in this series (The Ones Who Got Away), this bittersweet contemporary romance delves more sensitively into the adult lives of survivors of a high school prom massacre. Austin, Tex., divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt always wears pantsuits to conceal the scars on her leg from the bullet she took 12 years ago, and there are other, emotional, scars that she likewise keeps hidden. Those reappear all too easily the night she's mugged at gunpoint. Luckily, a stray dog and Wes Garrett, a former chef turned cooking teacher, come to her rescue. There are immediate sparks, but as soon as Rebecca and Wes realize where they'd met before, their romantic future looks bleak: Rebecca is the lawyer who helped Wes's ex-wife fleece him of all but the shirt on his back. They have a lot to overcome, individually and together, but Loren capably turns this seeming recipe for disaster into a delicious happy ending. Readers will be ever more impressed by how Loren thoughtfully and compassionately approaches trauma recovery.
A very emotional story.
The One You Can't Forget is book two in The Ones Who Got Away series but it can be read as a standalone. I highly recommend reading book one though, just so you have all of the back ground on the four women who became friends due to a horrible tragedy at their high school prom. Each of them will get their own story.
I can't say enough good things about this series and this book. It's not an erotic romance like Roni Loren's Loving on the Edge series but it has plenty of heat. It also has characters that seem very real to me.
Rebecca is a hot-shot divorce attorney; she's also a survivor of the Long Acre High shootings. She has no life outside of her work and her friendships with three other Long Acre survivors. Wesley is a recovering alcoholic. He lost everything when his wife's attorney crucified him in divorce court.
Like book one, this story ripped me up and then put me back together again. Roni Loren is a master story teller who knows how to write moving stories that engage all of your emotions. I was totally invested in the outcome for these characters and I desperately needed them to find peace (especially Rebecca-she has a secret that is tearing her apart) and their HEA.
There is simply no way for me to do justice to this book with anything that I'd write. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
I LOVE Roni's books
I LOVE Roni's books!
This series is unlike any I have read, specifically the subject matter (the main characters are now grown-up survivors of a school shooting). But Roni truly does a fantastic job with that angle, and the emotions you can imagine being associated with a traumatic event like that are written so beautifully.
In this book, I got to know Rebecca, who was actually shot. Needless to say, that left her with physical and emotional scars that made for some interesting triggers throughout the story.
Wes had his own battles he had faced and his own stigma he was still living with. I enjoyed reading his dedication to rebuilding his life, and his dedication to Rebecca, once they met.
And, even in the midst of the emotions, Roni seamlessly, and appropriately, works in plenty of tension, steam and love.
She's one of those authors that I don't even need to read what the book is about; once I see that she wrote it, I'm a-gonna read it!!!
(I was given a copy of this book in consideration of my honest thoughts)
Even better than the first book in the series
I read the first book in this series and had given it five stars, but this second book is even better. The first book was mostly about the tragedy that took place when the characters were in high school, and how they all came together ten years later when a documentary was being filmed about the incident and its aftermath. I expected this second book in the series to be more of the same, but it was actually a whole other story in itself. The incidents that took place in Rebecca's past certainly affected her present, but this story was about so much more than that.
First of all, the main characters are a divorce lawyer and the ex-husband of one of her former clients. I don't want to spoil anything, but that should tell you that there's going to be some conflicting emotions! We already know about Rebecca's past, but we meet Wes and learn that he has had a difficult time of things, as well. These two characters have the odds stacked against them from the start. Will they overcome them and find a happily ever after?
I enjoy Ms. Loren's writing style very much; she keeps you on the edge of your seat and more than once makes you say "Wooooooooowwwwwwwwwww.....!" I am excited for the rest of the books in the series. I voluntarily reviewed this book for Netgalley.