Emotional & Heartbreaking! The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren [ARC Review]

Posted February 8, 2018 by Zeee in Reviews6 Comments

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

Emotional & Heartbreaking! The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren [ARC Review]The Ones Who Got Away written by Roni Loren
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Ones Who Got Away, #1
Format: eARC
Pages: 386
ISBN: 1492651427
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-flames
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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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My Thoughts

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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!

The Negs

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.

Overall Feelings

I definitely enjoyed reading The Ones Who Got Away and I highly recommend it!


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Overall: 3.5


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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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6 responses to “Emotional & Heartbreaking! The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren [ARC Review]

  1. I did not ugly cry reading this one, there were sad parts (obviously), but I did shed some happy tears there at the end. I love second chance romances, and I loved these two together. I am very excited about this series, and cannot wait to get to know the other women better. Great review.
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