ARC Review: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Posted January 3, 2018 by Francesca in Reviews / 14 Comments

ARC Review: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren
The Ones Who Got Away
by Roni Loren

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 2nd 2018
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“…one of my favorite Roni Loren books…”
~ Under the Covers

OMG I don’t know where to start.  If I could summarize this review in one message to you is to stop reading this and just go get this book.  THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY gave me everything I expect from a Roni Loren story and at the same time surprised me with the depth and emotion it was able to bring out in me.  It’s just a story you will be immersed in.  I know this review won’t do this book justice just know it’s one of my favorite Roni Loren books and I’m already a fan so that makes me super giddy and excited for this series.

This plot of this series centers around a group of survivors from a high school mass shooting.  The topic, the way it’s approached and the feelings this book evoked are intense.  Guilt, regret, PTSD, broken live and broken promises.  This first book is a deeply emotional second chance love story, but also a story of personal healing which added so many delicious layers.

The hero and heroine were in a secret relationship in high school because parents, and maybe even society, wouldn’t have approved of their love back then.  She was the goth girl, daughter of the landscaper.  He was the athlete, popular and from a rich family.  But they were just kids then and who knows how things would’ve turned out.  Then tragedy marked their lives and took them on very different paths then what they had planned.

Now back in town for a documentary about the shooting, Liv and Finn reconnect for the first time in twelve years.  Their chemistry is so sizzling, just thinking about it makes me want to re-read the book.  It’s the force that drives every interaction, every look.  The longing, the regret.  I guarantee you’ll be sucked in by their story and care for these characters as much as I did.

I thought the balance Ms. Loren had in this story between the romance, the obstacles they have to overcome to be together, and the personal healing that each still has to go through as well was all done so flawlessly.  It made the characters come alive and drew me in completely.  And it was so beautiful to see Finn and Liv become different people right in front of our eyes as they get more comfortable together.  Almost like seeing what they were like 12 years ago.

Just get this book.  It’s an enthralling contemporary romance and I know you won’t want to put it down just like me.  I, personally, am dying for the next one.

 

 

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About Roni Loren

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Timitra

Great review Francesca. Loved this book too

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, adding to my wishlist.

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Lover Of Romance

Great review you have here. I just got this book on my kindle so I plan on reading it tonight. So excited.

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Darynda Jones

I am so freaking excited for this book! Thanks for the great review!

Elizabeth
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Wow! This sounds awesome!

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Kathy Valentine

Great review Francesca, love it!!! Shared on all my socials!!

Timitra
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Timitra

Great review Francesca. Loved this book too

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, adding to my wishlist.

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Lover Of Romance

Great review you have here. I just got this book on my kindle so I plan on reading it tonight. So excited.

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

I am so freaking excited for this book! Thanks for the great review!

Elizabeth
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Wow! This sounds awesome!

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Kathy Valentine

Great review Francesca, love it!!! Shared on all my socials!!

Kathleen Seaman
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Kathleen Seaman

I have an ARC of this in my TBR stack, and it’s just been sitting there because I was hesitant to read such a dark romance. Well, it looks like I’ll be moving this one to the top of the pile. Thanks!

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Kathleen Seaman

I have an ARC of this in my TBR stack, and it’s just been sitting there because I was hesitant to read such a dark romance. Well, it looks like I’ll be moving this one to the top of the pile. Thanks!