Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren

Title: The One You Can't Forget
Author: Roni Loren
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Ones Who Got Away #2
Main Characters: Wes and Rebecca
Release Date: June 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
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 felt...light. 

She'd forgotten what that felt like.

My Review:
The premise of this series is just heartbreaking, but these books are so good to read and I really liked the setup on this one. Rebecca was one of the students at that prom shooting. She was shot in the leg and still deals with the PTSD, which is exacerbated when she's the victim of a mugging. 

Wes comes upon the mugging and helps Rebecca. It turns out he's also really attracted to her...the first time he's had that happen since his divorce. What he doesn't realize is that Rebecca was the divorce attorney for his wife and was the one who basically ruined his life.

Everything about this book was so good. There's also a moral to the story on this one...about there are always two sides to the story and then the right one...which probably is more in the gray area in between. I loved that and it tied into all of it...the story of Rebecca and how she was tied to the shooter, the story of what really happened between Wes and his ex-wife, and even the story of the guys who perpetrated her mugging. It's not just black and white, right and wrong. Humans are involved with reasons about why they do things...and so many times those can be the wrong things done for reasons that make sense. We're human...we make mistakes. 

It's truly a great book and I loved Rebecca and Wes. They aren't the most likely of couples. Wes is tattooed and a recovering alcoholic...definitely the bad boy, whereas Rebecca is buttoned-up and all about the rules. But they both bring out the better in the other person. I loved them together. 

I also really liked the setup with the school and Adele, and the food, and the dog, and the law firm, and all the family issues. It all tied together beautifully and I enjoyed every single aspect of the many threads that made up this story. It was simply a great read and I'm so glad that I took the time to read it. 

I definitely recommend this one, and it also easily works as a standalone read...although I highly recommend book #1 of this series, too. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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