This was my first Roni Loren book, but definitely not my last! This book deals with tragedy that I'm afraid we're seeing all too frequently. In fact, my timing of reading this was just after the Las Vegas shooting, so our world had recently been rocked by a real life tragedy. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and seeing how the event changed their lives, even years later. The documentary Liv, Rebecca, Taryn, Kincaid and Finn are a part of brought them back together. It reminded them of good and bad times. They are reminded of what their younger selves wanted to do after the wake of such tragedy. Liv decides to go after what her younger self wanted. Finn offers her something neither one of them expected and their journey was heartbreaking, bittersweet, sweet and provided ALL THE FEELS!
I don't want to give away this story but I will tell you I enjoyed the friendships, their sadness and the fact that they experienced something so terrifying but it didn't completely break them. It made them stronger. This group of people weren't friends before the event happened, but they were working on maintaining that friendship. I completely devoured this book and couldn't put it down! HIGHLY recommend this read.
**ARC provided by NetGalley for my honest review**
"With a unique setup, a swoony hero and a lively cast of characters, The Ones Who Got Away is the best kind of second-chance romance! It's a great read."—SARINA BOWEN, USA Today Bestselling author of Good Boy
A fresh new contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestseller Roni Loren that will rock your world.
Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a small number of students survived, a group the media dubbed as The Ones Who Got Away.
Now, web designer Liv Arias, along with the rest of the survivors, have returned to the small Texas town to tell their stories for a documentary. Which means Liv seeing former star-athlete and old flame Finn Dorsey. A lot happened between them that night and Liv is ready to end their decade-long rift and move on. But when her attempt at closure turns into a steamy kiss, moving on proves much more difficult than either of them thought...
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. The smooth face was now dusted with scruff, and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence. A thousand things were in those eyes. A thousand things welled up in Liv.
Praise for Roni Loren:
"Addictive and intense."—RT Book Reviews for Nothing Between Us
"The romance is...emotionally satisfying...and the characters are worth rooting for."—Publishers Weekly for Not Until You
"What really sets this story apart is the emotional connection between the characters. As they both heal from their pasts, they grow together as a couple."—RT Book Reviews for Caught up in You