REVIEW: RONI LOREN THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET

REVIEW: RONI LOREN THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGETThe One You Can't Forget by Roni Loren
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #2
Published by Sourcebook Casablanca on June 5th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Sourcebook Casablanca, Netgalley
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four-half-stars

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.

THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET

by Roni Loren

In The Ones Who Got Away we learned about the vicious shooting that happened twelve years ago at a high school, that changed the life over everyone who was either a student or teacher and their loved ones. Rebecca Lindt is a survivor. You should think she has endured enough but when she walks home from her work as a divorce attorney one evening all her memories about that horrific day come rushing back when she is being mugged at gun point. A brave dog and a courageous man save her and this actually has the making of a great friendship. If it weren’t for the fact that her savior’s ex-wife was Rebecca’s client and robbed him blind with her lies.

Wesley Garrett is a survivor of a different kind. He loves food and to cook and was close to fulfilling his dream of opening his own restaurant when everything was taken away from him after his divorce. It left him reeling and he fell into a hole that was filled with lots ‘n lots of booze. Today he is sober, teaching culinary arts at an after-school program for teenagers who have gotten into trouble in the past. It’s not what he dreamed of but it leaves him with pride to do something useful and helps those kids. When he walks home from a catering gig he is instantly attracted to the woman he saves from being robbed but…

Sorry. It’s just, I’m always busy and you’re… not my type.

Push the knife in deeper, why don’t you?

But soon Bec offers Wes an irresistible opportunity, that will change the path he’s on and maybe helps him finally fulfilling his dream.

I adored Rebecca in the first book of this series and I was very much looking forward to reading her story and I’m so happy to report that she didn’t disappoint But not only she was a winner, so was Chef G! Ahhh these two, all the swoons!

Rebecca is a tough woman when it comes to work. Her work as a divorce lawyer shows her every day anew that love is a passing feeling and a working marriage a fluke. Yeah, she’s quite the romantic. It’s sexy, tattooed Wes who draws her out of that particular funk. He offers her friendship with the potential of more. And this was my most favorite thing about this story. Bec and Wes had such an easy connection, there was nothing forced or over the top. They just got along really well, had fun in each other’s company and a sweet, sizzling chemistry. I loved their friendship so much and their banter was just cute. sigh They lifted each other’s burden and just lived in the now.

I was a little scared in the beginning that Rebecca would be too stand-offish, simply because of her job and how disillusioned she was with love, which led her to be a little judgmental in the beginning but she had such a soft heart. She didn’t consider herself special that she survived a tragedy and carried a lot of guilt about that day. Sharing her troubles with somebody is something she longs for but never allows herself because of that guilt. I ached a little for her – it wasn’t just survivor guilt she felt, it was something she’d done before the shooting that we all have done at one point in our life. Rebecca was giving, generous, kind, simply sweet and not the tough lawyer chick I expected at all. She felt often overwhelmed with the load she’d taken on…she just felt real.

Wes was offering himself without caveats. Taking a risk he’d decided he wouldn’t take again. Telling her she was worth that risk.

Wes was perfect for her. A whole lot of mischievous, a little obsessed with her, a little troubled but all in the perfect amount. The focus with him wasn’t so much on his addiction which I appreciated this time – while it was always clear that the guy struggled with it, it never distracted from the real story. We see his growth in hindsight – he’d come a long way to end up where he was now. Wes was wonderful, with the teenagers, his passion for cooking and food, the way he treated Rebecca, and with his playful attitude. He gave me the tingles with his sweetness and adoration for Rebecca.

“You are the best part of my day, Bec. I’m so glad you’re home.”

The One You Can’t Forget was even better than the first in this series. We don’t see as much of the other characters from the first book which is a little sad. Roni Loren’s writing is beautiful, it’s got a modern and descriptive tone I enjoy very much. I want more! Now I’m really curious who the next installment will be about!

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 Todaybestselling author.

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