Romance & Food! The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren [ARC Review]

Posted June 29, 2018 by Zeee in Reviews2 Comments

Romance & Food! The One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren [ARC Review]

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Romance & Food! The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren [ARC Review]The One You Can't Forget written by Roni Loren
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #2
Format: eARC
Pages: 412
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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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.

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My Thoughts

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I admit that I was intrigued by the premise of The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren. I mean, I wondered how a relationship between the hero’s ex-wife’s divorce attorney would pan out. I was not disappointed! This was an emotional read and had all the #feels. Also, there is food involved and scruffy black dog, so A++ on that!

The One You Can’t Forget is the second book in The Ones Who Got Away series. If you haven’t read the first book, The Ones Who Got Away, I recommend that you do. It is not necessary to read it, but it does give some perspective and backstory for Rebecca and what happened to her in high school.

The One You Can’t Forget is a story about to broken people who healed each other, and I couldn’t help but root for them. To be honest, I didn’t know how the plot would go but Roni Loren did a good job with it. Wes and Rebecca meet a few years after the divorce. The chemistry between Wes and Rebecca was off the charts and I really loved how their relationship developed between the two.

The best thing about The One You Can’t Forget is that the hero is one who wants commitment while the heroine is the one who only wants a hookup. It’s pretty rare to see this in romance and I was a bit surprised that I read two books in a week that featured this. Both Wes and Becca have ugly baggage in their past, but ultimately it took the hero quite a while to win his heroine.

Another thing about this book that I absolutely love is the food! Wes is a chef and was on the brink of opening his own high-end restaurant when the divorce happened. Ultimately, Wes lost everything during those dark years, but he has since bounced back and is now teaching at a high school. There is definitely food mentioned here and of course, food trucks!

I always love it when a book focuses on character development and I was not disappointed. I loved how a side story was weaved into this story to help Becca come to terms with her role in the high school shooting over 10 years ago. That scene was heartbreaking to read and I thought it was done really well. In fact, I am hoping that character gets his own HEA!

The One You Can’t Forget was an emotional read for me and ultimately was better than the first one! I can’t wait to read about Taryn’s book and I have a feeling that I would love that romance as well.


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Books in Series

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The Ones Who Got Away [review], The One You Fight For [Book 3]


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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. She holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, but now she writes full time from her cozy office in Dallas, Texas where she puts her characters on the therapy couch instead. She is a two-time RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

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2 responses to “Romance & Food! The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren [ARC Review]

  1. You won this book and got a eGalley – you were destined to read it. I am so glad you liked it too, because I am a fan of the series. Yes! I am also a fan of when it’s the hero who is all in and the heroine who resists committing. I don’t know why. Maybe because women are often portrayed as wanting commitment immediately?

    • Yes, I gave my ARC to my friend because she really wanted it. This book is EVERYTHING!

      Yeah, it’s usually the heroines who love commitment, so it’s refreshing to read a romance where the guy wants the commitment!