The Ones Who Got AwaySeries: The Ones Who Got Away #1
by Roni Loren
Published by Sourcebooks, Casablanca on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
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...
Lately I’ve been bored with the romance genre. Just going through the books on Amazon and looking at the covers is boring. Every story looks and sounds the same. I needed something new…
Holy hell did I get something new in The Ones Who Got Away. This story literally renewed my faith in the romance genre and gave me hope that, yes, Virginia, there are more unique romance stories still to be told.
Liv Arias has reluctantly returned to her hometown after twelve years. After surviving a mass shooting at her high school, her and a few of the survivors are being interviewed for a charity documentary. Once the goth chick, Liv is now an overworked website designer who keeps to herself and plays it safe in her little world away from the town of Long Acre.
But being back in Long Acre, being around her survivor-friends she hasn’t seen in ages, has Liv taking a look at the life she’s currently living. Then, when she runs into her secret “boyfriend” from high school, she questions even more about the fateful night twelve years ago.
This story is so full of… uh, for lack of a better word, STORY that, as the reader, you get pulled in immediately and wrapped up in the tale. I challenge any reader with a pulse to be bored with this story. Well, if you hate a good romance with great side characters and depth, I guess you would be bored.
Speaking of side or supporting characters, I was at first annoyed at how much time was spent on the group of girls Liv had bonded with after the tragedy. As the story went on, I began to see how they fit neatly into the story and didn’t fall into predictable stereotypes. By the end, I was so needy for Rebecca’s story… EEEEEP!! I can’t wait until June 5th! I won’t survive! ∗rolls eyes at own drama∗
Almost forgot the main reason for reading this story, the romance! Finn Dorsey is alpha male, FBI, and all about Liv Arias. There’s a bit of mystery that we, as the reader, don’t exactly know what happened on the night of the shooting. And neither of them know what the other was thinking or what exactly happened either. But they were sort of near each other at the time and each of them blame themselves for getting the other almost killed. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s an excellent story! It really kind of broke my heart all over the place.
This is my first book by Roni Loren but I have faith that Rebecca’s book will be just as awesome. I can just tell these things 😉