The Ones Who Got Away
Book 1, The Ones Who Got Away
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“Phenomenal. Gets my highest recommendation!” —LORELEI JAMES, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
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.
The Ones Who Got Away series:
The Ones Who Got Away (Book 1)
The One You Can't Forget (Book 2)
The One You Fight For (Book 3)
Readers are Raving About Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away:
"Unforgettable… Roni Loren at her best!" —KRISTEN CALLIHAN, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Game On series
"Unique, swoony, and lively. The Ones Who Got Away is the best kind of second-chance romance!" —SARINA BOWEN, USA Today bestselling author of Stay
“The Ones Who Got Away is EXACTLY what I love in romance; angsty, hot, conflicted, funny! Roni Loren delivers on all of it! Don’t let this book get away!”—M. O’Keefe, USA Today bestselling author of Baby, Come Back
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This book was AMAZING. Yes, it deals with a rather heavy topic of a school shooting and the psychological aftermath (but it's totally not a graphic description or anything like that), but the EMOTIONS in this book are off the charts.
I LOVED Liv. It's like Roni took all of the obnoxious qualities in the typical contemporary romance heroine and had Liv act the opposite: like a real person. I also couldn't get enough of her sass and the funny things she would say!
And Finn. I mean, good gracious. When things got emotionally intense between him and Liv, the things that came out of his fictional mouth blew me away. He's just an all-around stand-up guy who happens to be five-alarm hot.
And the ending! Sigh...this is absolutely a book I would read again, and a solid reminder of how infinitely talented Roni is as an author!
But it gets better! I see this is book 1 of a series. In this book, I met several other positively delightful and intriguing heroines, and I am ECSTATIC to read their stories too!
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
Wow! This book grabbed me from the start and wouldn’t let go! I don’t normally read contemporary love stories, or any kind of love unless it is paranormal or erotica, but when I read the blurb about survivors of a school shooting I thought it sounded really interesting. I noticed the reviews with 3 Stars were mainly thinking this was more just a romance and thought it had too much of the violence or story about shooting. Some thought it was too insta-love with Finn and Liv. I think I liked it because there was more story about events that happened in, not only Finn and Liv’s lives, but also those who survived and became friends with her afterwards. The romance was a bonus. Liv had moved away and hadn’t talked to anyone who survived since high school. It just brought back too many memories to everyone involved so they just went about their daily lives trying to forget and make the most of it. I feel like that is one thing that has helped them become successful. Live and some other classmates made a pact their senior year to live life to the fullest for the survivors who would never get the chance to follow their dreams. They were determined to make things happen. I also believe this is why Liv ad her friends aren’t married. They never have time because of work and life. I loved the characters and Liv’s friend Kincaid is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see if she gets a book. I didn’t think Finn and Liv were too insta-love. After all, in high school they were crazy about each other, even if they never mentioned love. At that age, sometimes you’re afraid to because you’re afraid it will ruin what you have. And who has the nerve to be the first to say it? Liv is grasping onto life like she said she would. Trying to be fearless, not reckless. She is, I think, 30 years old now and has never forgotten Finn or felt the same with anyone. It was mentioned in the beginning how Finn was thinking they were both seeing each other as the people they were in high school. The people in the now were totally different. But deep down, the old Finn and Liv were in there. I feel like it was the perfect timing for them. And they could help each other heal.
I have loved every book Loren has put out but this is one of my faves. She does such a wonderful job on such a sad but relevant topic. It’s heartwarming to see that people can rise from the ashes and move towards tomorrow.