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    The Ones Who Got Away

    This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last, I loved her voice and can't wait to dive into more of her stuff. The Ones Who Got Away deals with the aftermath of tragedy, ten years later to be exact. It follows the survivors and highlights some of the ways in which they coped with what happened and the varying levels of strength it takes to continue to live in the face of something like that. I think the author did a good job with portraying it. I loved the way the main characters and their rekindled romance was crafted as well as the supporting characters, the author gave just enough about them to leave the reader intrigued and wanting more. I definitely want more of them all especially Rebecca I need to know what's going on with her. All in all I found it to be a quite enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it to one and all. ARC provided by publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a honest review
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    Ripped my heart out, shredded it & then healed it.

    I think I've read everything that Roni Loren has written. I started out with her Loving on the Edge series when I discovered the books in digital format at my public library. I immediately checked all of her books out and devoured them. Next for me was her Pleasure Principle series; also devoured. For readers of those to very erotic romance series I caution you that The Ones Who Got Away (TOWGA) is not an erotic romance, but, OMG – this story! If this story doesn't win an award by some noted organization for romance authors it will be a terrible injustice IMHO. TOWGA is one of the most compelling stories I've read in a while; easily in my top 5 for 2017 (not published until 2018). I've said it before; a good writer can excel in more than one genre/subgenre and this proves that about Roni Loren. Although this is not an erotic romance like most of her other books, there is enough hot, sexy time to be very satisfying. There is simply no way for me to do justice to this book with anything that I'd write. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
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    A gripping, amazing, must read romance story.

    Usually, I don’t like reading books that are inspired by actual events, but this author did an amazing job writing the emotions. It’s the first book I have read that tackled a situation like this and didn’t feel like it was a mockery. ** It’s crazy how many emotions I felt pouring from the pages in just the beginning. And the further into the book I had gotten, the more those emotions grew. It‘s seriously the perfect love story. This book had gripped me from the beginning, and once I started, I could not stop reading.  ** Finn and Liv have survived a tragedy in their younger years, and now that they are grown, they will deal with those emotions head on. The pain, regrets, the what if’s, the old memories of that fatal day, and it is so heartbreaking. ** The plot was intense, and the emotions were raw. The only thing I hadn’t liked was the romance level. I love hotness, and that part came a little late in the game. Just when you thought it was steaming up, it came to a halt. ** Though, when it finally it happened. It happened. Their connection was intense, and it was scorching hot. The build-up was perfect, and I could connect to these beautifully written characters.  I loved the back characters and fell in love with the main characters. The authors writing is good, better than good, actually. Her writing is powerful and emotional. I cannot put into words how much I loved how this author tackled a situation so deep and nailed all the emotions. I have so much respect for the author for writing such a beautiful love story with such a depression plot and not making a mockery out of it. I didn't like the teenage Finn, but I fell in love with the, "Now," Finn. I am happy I came across this book. I needed a five-star read in my life. If I could give more, then five stars I would. I loved Finn and Liv. I liked the epilogue, but I wished it went further into the future. It wrapped the story up nicely, but with a tragedy like this one, I wished I could have read on their marriage, babies, and deeper into their future.  I am happy to announce that I will move forward with Rebecca’s book! 
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    So much more than a romance!

    **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** This was a second chance romance that came recommended to me by one of my good friends. I had never read a Roni Loren book, but I'm glad I took a chance on this, as I really enjoyed it and I can assure that this will not be my last book by this author. Liv Arias and her classmates her senior year in high school went through a devastating ordeal that no one should ever have to deal with. Fellow students opened fire during the prom killing many people and for those that did survive, their lives were forever changed. It has been twelve years and while Liv is now working as a website designer, she has returned back to her hometown of Long Acre to revisit what happened on that fateful night. She's looking to possibly gain some additional closure, but what she doesn't realize is she might be reopening the biggest wound that has never healed. Finn Dorsey was the big man on campus back in high school and he was also labeled a hero the night of the shooting when he took a bullet for his date. What most don't know is that he also carries an enormous amount of guilt due to the fact that someone else he was very close to, Liv, endured more that night than she should have because of his actions. Finn and Liv have not been in contact in the years since the ordeal, but there are many unresolved feelings. When a kiss happens between the two of them, it reignites the passion that has been lying dormant for so many years. Will these two be able to put the past behind them and start anew? Or will the paths their lives have taken since high school cause them to once again have to walk away from what could be between them? While this was a story about second chance romance, it was so much more for me. It was about discovering who you really are and how the path you thought you were supposed to take isn't necessarily where you are meant to end up. I loved the connection between Finn and Liv and their chemistry was undeniable. The story was well written and it was both emotional and heartbreaking as well as sexy. I enjoyed it from the moment I started reading and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
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    Beautifully emotional

    I’ll admit I was nervous going into this book because The Ones Who Got Away has gotten so much hype and I was really excited for it. I worried I was building up expectations that weren’t going to be met, so I was wonderfully surprised by how amazing this was! This was my first Roni Loren book and I must say that her writing is top notch; it flows really well, her characters all feel so real and genuine, and the storytelling just sucked me in from the beginning. School shootings can be a touchy subject in today’s world but I felt that Loren handled it really well and truly showed how life changing something like this can be. Each of the survivors have all been changed by that fateful night and it’s affects don’t just go away. The way Loren presents survivors, their fears, their guilt, their need for privacy, was all deeply emotional and thought provoking. For the rest of the world, we might move on from hearing about a shooting, but for the victims it never goes away. Easily my favorite part of this book were the characters and not just Finn and Liv. Each survivor is unique, developed, and real and I don’t always see that kind of attention to detail from every book. Finn and Liv are of course our main couple and I was really impressed with the depth of character we see. Both have changed a lot from who they were as teenagers but neither is completely happy with the way their life as turned out. Liv has attempted to push her past so far behind her that she doesn’t ever have to think about it while Finn as used it to push him further into his career as an FBI agent and to spur on his desire to stop those who traffic guns to children. One of the things so enjoyable about Finn and Liv were their interactions with each other. Liv has a wicked sense of humor and though Finn starts out a bit grumpy and growly he and Liv quickly fall into their old chemistry. They’re fun and flirty with each other and everything from their talking to their text conversations were filled with witty banter and accidental innuendo. Of course they share a history since they dated in high school but with so much time having passed they really are starting over in a lot of ways. Not to mention that their teenage romance was kept secret because Finn knew his wealthy parents wouldn’t accept him dating the gardener’s daughter. Together, they find the comfort and solace that has been missing from each of their lives since the shooting. No one can truly understand what they’ve been through except each other so that bond quickly becomes strong. I was only half way through The Ones Who Got Away and I was already requesting the next book from my library. I’m really looking forward to more in this series as well as more from Roni Loren.
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