Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The One You Fight For by Roni Loren

Title: The One You Fight For
Author: Roni Loren
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #3
Main Characters: Taryn and Shaw
Release Date: January, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
How hard would you fight for the one you love?

Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life's work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan...

Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother's horrific actions. After losing everything―his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity―he's changed his name, his look, and he's finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right?

When the world and everyone you know defines you by one catastrophic tragedy...
How do you find your happy ending?

My Review:
Wow! Huge, massive kudos to Roni Loren for taking this series and spinning it on its head with this hero. Wow...talk about changing point of view. 

The premise of this series is that the characters are a group of survivors who survived a mass shooting at their senior prom. The stories are them ten years later and how that trauma in their lives has affected them. 

In this book, we meet Taryn, who has devoted her entire life to making sure that this doesn't happen in another school after her sister was killed that night. She's a psychologist who has spent her life studying school shooters and pinpointing the things and warning signs that could have prevented their actions. Her goal is to make sure kids have the support they need before they become murderers. 

Shaw has lived a very different life from Taryn. His brother was the killer and he was condemned for the same, the press saying that it was just a matter of time before it was revealed that he was just as unhinged as his brother. This guy had been an Olympic level gymnast and lost everything...his brother, his family, his privacy, his ability to live. The media flambeed him and he's given up ever having a normal life again...to the point that he believes that he is just one action away from being as dangerous as his brother. 

My heart shattered for what Shaw has gone through. 

And that's an amazing thing about what Roni Loren has done with this book. Unfortunately, school shootings are an every day thing on the news now...and no one considers what that does to the family of the shooter. Devastating.

And beyond that is the overall theme of what Taryn is doing and the little bits that come out in the end about love and connection and how we all need that...these kids who are at risk most of all. It's a sobering thought that something so tragic could be prevented by a single action of empathy and love. Definitely food for thought. 

Needless to say...it was an INCREDIBLE book to end out an incredible series. I loved it!!!

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