I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance
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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.
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...
Roni Loren is becoming an auto-buy romance author for me. Every novel I’ve picked up has been different but completely engaging with a romance to die for. The Ones Who Got Away is yet another wonderful read and a start to a series I just know I will be fully invested in.
The book immediately grabbed my attention when it opens up with Liv being interviewed at her old high school for a documentary about the tragic events that took place twelve years ago on her prom night, a night where Liv was lucky enough to escape with her life when so many of her classmates did not. It was a night that has had a profound effect on her and the other survivors. Liv and a few others found themselves connecting and developing a friendship where there wasn’t one before, each making goals for themselves to live their lives to the fullest to honor those who had their chance at life taken from them. When they reconnect after all those years Liv discovers there were so many dreams she pushed aside and she was determined to make a change. And when she runs into her secret high school boyfriend all her old feelings return.
Because of the heavy theme surrounding the characters and with their terrifying past, I fully expected to find a lot of drama and angst throughout the novel, and though I thrive on reads like that, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a little lighter than that with the story focusing more on the path to happiness and taking risks to grab onto it when you can. There are triggers that affect the characters but they work through them in a positive way. Liv really shows a lot of growth by standing up for herself and chasing her dreams. Finn is very protective in nature, even turning that drive into a job with the FBI, and blames himself for letting Liv down during the crisis. But by the end Finn really makes a turnaround with his guilt and letting go. Liv and Finn hid their relationship in high school from everyone because they came from different walks in life and didn’t feel like it would be well received, but all these years later they immediately hit it off and together they work on chasing those forgotten dreams. They had so much chemistry and brought out the best in each other.
I adored Liv’s group of friends and how they each wrote their future selves a letter about the person they hoped they would become, especially Rebecca who was a complete surprised to me. Just when I thought she may become the jealous and jaded ex she showed what a mature and amazing friend she can be. There is so much left to explore with these characters and I cannot wait to jump back into this group of friends in the future books! If you are looking for a sweet romance I definitely recommend picking this one up!