Title: The Ones Who Got Away
Written by Roni Loren
Series: The Ones Who Got Away, #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Challenges: 2018 Contemporary Romance Challenge, 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2018 Review Challenge
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.
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This is my first Roni Loren book and it definitely won’t be my last! I mean, WOW! How emotional can you get?
The Ones Who Got Away captured me from page 1! The premise is just heart-breaking. These are survivors of a school shooting and it felt real for me because of what is happening here in the US. While this hasn’t happened to me, I could empathize with the survivors.
The first few chapters were very emotional. A trigger warning is suggested because there are flashbacks to that prom night.
The survivors are back to Long Acre to do a documentary and raise funds for the families of the victims. Liv is back after 12 years and reconnects with her secret high school boyfriend, Finn. I love second-chance romance and this book checked all the right boxes for me!
I also love that this features a diverse heroin, a biracial couple and PTSD.
I also love the romance between Liv and Finn, most especially because it is a second-chance romance. When Finn and Liv finally hook-up it was super hot!
Based on the reviews I read prior to reading this book, I thought this would have me ugly cry, but it didn’t. The first few chapters were the only really emotional ones and I did shed a tear. But once the romance picked up, it wasn’t as emotional as I expected it to be.
I guess I expected it to be more emotional, especially the romance part. I mean, the PTSD felt real, but I wanted more situations to show that Liv and Finn had PTSD.
I definitely enjoyed reading The Ones Who Got Away and I highly recommend it!
Do you love second-chance romances?
What about romances that are very emotional?