The One You Can’t Forget by Roni Loren
The Ones Who Got Away #2
Divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt doesn’t want her life defined by her survival of the Long Acre High School Shooting but it’s hard to forget when she sees the scars on her body and her mind. When a mugging brings everything rushing back, Rebecca is grateful a stray dog and a man passing by stop to help — if only the man weren’t the ex-husband of one of Rebecca’s old clients. As Rebecca gets to know Wes Garret she realizes he’s more than just his low moment in the courtroom; but Rebecca has secrets and she’s afraid that sharing them will push Wes away forever.
I really enjoyed The One You Can’t Forget and felt it was a great follow up to the previous book in the series. Roni Loren does a fantastic job of addressing really hard topics in an honest and genuine way. Rebecca still struggles with PTSD after being shot at her high school prom and it’s affected every part of her life. Not only that but Rebecca carries around guilt over the shooting and this sits heavily on her soul. I was really intrigued by how Loren addresses the ideas of troubled kids, second chances, bullying, and guilt. There was a lot of emotional weight to this story which sometimes made it hard to read but also enhanced it.
While I initially struggled to connect with Rebecca, I came to really like her as a character. She’s pretty closed off at first but you can see glimpses of the sweet and generous woman she is through her actions. Life has taught Rebecca to keep others at a distance so she’s reluctant to get involved with Wes at first but she also can’t seem to stay away from the first man to interest in her awhile. I loved Wes’s realness, honesty and his playful side that slowly started to emerge as the book went on. When Wes got divorced he lost everything, his restaurant, his money, and his future as a successful chef, not to mention he spiraled into a drinking problem. He’s finally found balance in his life but he still craves more than his teaching job. Wes and Rebecca had really great chemistry and as two people who’ve been alone for awhile they found a surprising peace with each other.
From the beginning I’ve been impressed with how Roni Loren weaves these stories together. She covers topics that are deep and tragic but still finds ways to create uplifting stories that don’t get bogged down and I’m so excited to read more!
4 out of 5 stars
Tags: Addiction | Chef | Fling to a Thing | Lawyer | Rescued by Love Interest | Scarred | Teacher | Trauma
Discussion of and flashbacks to a school shooting
Heroine with PTSD
Heroine is mugged and this causes flashbacks (on page)
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
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on June 5, 2018