The Ones Who Got Away … and Can’t Forget by Roni Loren

Posted June 27, 2018 | 21 Comments

I have two quickies with Roni Loren. Well, her books, anyway. 😉

The Ones Who Got Away … and Can’t Forget by Roni LorenThe Ones Who Got Away
Author: Roni Loren
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #1
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 386
Source: Purchased

It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs…

Liv's words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she'd known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence.

I love Roni Loren’s books. I know I’ll get something good with every one of them, so no shocker that I loved The One Who Got Away. What I really like is that it not only has a second-chance romance trope, but it’s also has a bit of a second chance at friendship.

Twelve years after a horrific school shooting, several survivors return to participate in a documentary. Many harbor guilt in some way for what happened, including Olivia and Finn. I love the ease in which these two reconnected. By that I mean they have an undeniable chemistry that makes them just feel right for each other. They’re both great characters, but together they were so extra. ♥ Yes, they had to deal with some issues, but it doesn’t feel ridiculously angsty or overblown.

I mentioned the friendship because the documentary also brought Olivia and three other friends (who are MCs for the rest of the series) back together. When they decide to open a time capsule and read the letters to themselves, they realize some changes are needed. I love how they bonded (again) and supported each other.

The Ones Who Got Away … and Can’t Forget by Roni LorenThe One You Can't Forget
Author: Roni Loren
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #2
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Format: eARC
Pages: 416

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

Do I even have to say it? Okay. Yes, of course, I enjoyed The One You Can’t Forget! I was eager to get Rebecca’s story for two reasons: 1) I wanted to know what she was hiding and why she felt so much guilt, and 2) I had major love for the way she handled the awkward situation in the previous book with Olivia and Finn.

Rebecca and Wes are opposites in many ways, yet they are a perfect fit. There was definitely a recipe for disaster because of the role Rebecca played in Wes losing everything. It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing at first, but they definitely worked it out. Bow chicka wow wow! 😀 Seriously though, they balanced each other out really well, and Wes was such an amazing support for her. I was also happy with the growth Rebecca went through because she deserved her HEA!

This could easily be read as a standalone, but I do suggest reading in order because the first book sets everything in motion and makes certain things a little more clear.


21 responses to “The Ones Who Got Away … and Can’t Forget by Roni Loren

  1. Yes! So glad you liked them, too. I agree. Rebecca was a class act in the first book with that situation and I was eager to see how the pair would work through what her role was in his past. I’m looking forward to the others now.

  2. Yes, I agree with everything you said for both books. I’m really enjoying this series (and the angst!) so I’m really looking forward to Taryn and Kincaid’s book. I just knew that we were going to get Kincaid’s book last. I’m really looking forward to that one.

  3. I actually read the second book, and it didn’t blow me away like I hoped. I found that Rebecca’s father was too bossy for a girl who was 31! The first book does sound a lot better though, it would make more sense for the second book.

  4. I am glad to see that you enjoyed this one so much here. I adored book one and I can’t wait to try out book two. I did like that this author, dealt with a serious real life situation and seeing the fall out that happens with a high school shooting. Wonderful reviews.

  5. I STILL haven’t read anything by this author, but I really want to! Both of those books are on my list, I just need to get to them. They’ll definitely be things I read sooner rather than later. They just seem like books I’d really enjoy. <3

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

  6. I am also book reader. I never read as like book. First time I see this writer book. I don.t know how much interesting the book But I want to read this book. Just told me Where I buy this book?

  7. Roni Loren is first time for me. I never heard that. But every one told that taht was interesting and different think to know on this book. I after I buy a book and read one. That was really interesting. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. These sound absolutely brilliant Christy and so much depth. I’m a big fan of second chance romances but hearing the backstory of why so many friendships fell apart is something that really gives these narratives the emotion that I often find lacking in new adult romances. I’ll definitely be reading the series in order. Thank you so much for sharing and putting these on my radar, thrilled you’ve loved them. Wonderful reviews darling! ♥♥♥

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