The Ones Who Got Away

The Ones Who Got Away

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...

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Title:The Ones Who Got Away
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  • Jen

    Twelve years ago, the students of Long Acre high were enjoying what was supposed to be one of the happiest nights of their lives when tragedy struck. Instead of prom night being remembered for the so-so music or the questionable fashion choices, two students chose to make sure that particular prom night would go down in history as one of the wors

    Twelve years ago, the students of Long Acre high were enjoying what was supposed to be one of the happiest nights of their lives when tragedy struck. Instead of prom night being remembered for the so-so music or the questionable fashion choices, two students chose to make sure that particular prom night would go down in history as one of the worst mass school shootings in U.S. history.

    Liv Arias has come a long way since her days as the Goth queen of her high school class. After narrowly escaping the Long Acre High shooting and some dicey decisions in college, Liv’s found professional success as a web designer while doing her best to keep her personal life low key. Who has time for a relationship when you work eighty hours a week? When she agrees to be part of a documentary about the survivors of the shooting, Liv’s forced to come home for the first time in years. Running into her high school crush and secret boyfriend, Finn, is an unexpected but not unwelcome surprise.

    Finn Dorsey still carries a tremendous amount of guilt for the way things ended with Liv on prom night. Unable to stand up to his father, Finn brought a “respectable” date to senior prom instead of the girl he’d already fallen for in secret, Liv, which lead to a rendezvous between the two in the janitor’s closet and Liv almost getting shot. After the shooting and finally growing a pair, Finn tells his family and the town of Long Acre sayonara and joins the FBI, thoughts of vengeance for all that was lost that night never far from his mind. Seeing Liv again after twelve long years is both a wonderful surprise and a shock to his system.

    Liv needs a break from the monotony that’s become her life and to find herself creatively again. Finn needs to decompress before he goes underground for his next assignment. What starts off as a renewed friendship quickly turns into something more and the two agree to a friends with benefits arrangement that’s sure to work for both of them. Those never end badly, right?

    Let me start by saying this book was nothing like I thought it would be, and I mean that in the very best way possible. Going into it, I wondered how the author could weave a believable romance story with a horrific mass shooting always lurking in the background, but Ms. Loren accomplished that and so much more. Yes, the shooting plays its own important part in the story, but more importantly is the moving on aspect and how these survivors have dealt with and continue to deal with the aftermath. Not as victims, just awesome people you want to read about. Liv and the three women she’s kept in touch with over the years post-shooting give a realistic but fun voice to the “what are we doing with our lives” question that seems to pop up after experiencing something life altering. Somehow these ladies always kept things light, though, and I loved them for it.

    Liv and Finn fell hard for each other in high school and once they’re reunited, those feelings roar back to life, stronger than ever. Once the apologies are made for what happened and what should have happened, we’re left with a sweet, honest relationship with plenty of heat to spare.

    As much as this story could’ve been one big excuse for the “drama for the sake of drama” tropes I’m so very tired of,

    never fell into that clichéd trap. From Finn reuniting with his family after years undercover to Liv’s friend (and Finn’s aforementioned respectable prom date) finding out about Liv and Finn’s history, the book never relied on gimmicky drama to keep the story moving. As a fed up reader, I can’t tell you how happy that made me.

    is the first book in a new series, thank you sweet baby jesus, and I can’t wait to read what comes next. Fin and Liv’s story is a sweet, sexy and fun beginning. I’m already anxious to see what the author has in store for Rebecca, friend to both Finn and Liv as well as the keeper of her own secrets regarding that night. I’m already hooked.

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  • Olga therebelreader

    **4.5 stars**

    This is a story of heartbreak, loss, an emotional second chance at love. The renew of Liv and Finn’s romance is so sweet. It’s amazing to see how after twelve years they are still completely in love with each other. There are also flashbacks here and there to the past when they were first together which makes you understand their relationship even more. Their story is bittersweet, I feel their struggles and pain but I also feel the deep love they both feel for one another.

    I love a

    **4.5 stars**

    This is a story of heartbreak, loss, an emotional second chance at love. The renew of Liv and Finn’s romance is so sweet. It’s amazing to see how after twelve years they are still completely in love with each other. There are also flashbacks here and there to the past when they were first together which makes you understand their relationship even more. Their story is bittersweet, I feel their struggles and pain but I also feel the deep love they both feel for one another.

    I love a story about second chance love and this completely lived up to my expectations. Nothing was rushed, everything felt so real and I loved watching Liv and Finn's feelings come back in full force.

    It is a stunning emotional read that completely caught me off guard. It is a bit rough around the edges in some places but I don't care! It made me feel happy once I finished it.

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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

    Poignant, sensual, and truly unforgettable. I'm absolutely blown away by The Ones Who Got Away and can't wait for more in this series!

    I've been a huge fan of this author since I first read

    years ago. There's something about her writing that just wraps around you and...sticks. She wrote some of my most favorite sizzling BDSM rom

    Poignant, sensual, and truly unforgettable. I'm absolutely blown away by The Ones Who Got Away and can't wait for more in this series!

    I've been a huge fan of this author since I first read

    years ago. There's something about her writing that just wraps around you and...sticks. She wrote some of my most favorite sizzling BDSM romance. Yet nothing prepared me for this book. I expected it to be great, it's Roni Loren after all. I simply wasn't expecting it to effect me as much as it did. I give Loren so much respect for daring to take on such a sensitive subject matter and not turning it into fodder, but making it poignant and memorable. It was completely unforgettable.

    How do you move on as one of the few survivors of a devastating and deadly school shooting? Twelve years later, Liv Morris is still struggling with the answer. Back in a town she swore she'd never come back to, she finds herself wandering the halls of her old high school. A documentary that will be sharing the proceeds with the families of victims and research to help prevent tragedies like that happening again are cause enough for her to come back. But what she's not prepared for is to run into the love of her past.

    Finn Dorsey was the golden boy of the town, a football superstar, son of an influential family, while she was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. They were polar opposites yet something drew them together only to be tragically torn apart due to impossible choices made in a terrible time that they both regret. But Finn isn't the boy he used to be anymore. He's hardened, changed, and full of regret. Olivia is also not the girl he used to know and it doesn't take long for the sparks between them to reignite.

    Aside from their fantastic banter, there were plenty of other things to love about these characters. I loved the woman that Liv became. She's a quiet sort of strength and while she's not where she thought she'd be as a naive girl back in high school, she's determined to change her life now.

    Finn was simply devastating. Man but my heart broke for him. He has so much guilt over what happened to Liv during the shooting. And even though he's dedicated his life to ensuring that what happened to them doesn't happen again, he's lost sight of the boy he used to be. All he's known is his job and it's slowly eaten away at his very soul. He's not surprised that it takes the vivacious Liv to remind him of what he once craved and crave it all over again. The chemistry between them was completely incendiary but also quirky and sweet.

    In addition to their romance, there were secondary characters introduced in the form of the other survivors that I was immediately hooked on. I can't wait to get their stories; Rebecca in particular.

    If you're looking for a story that's full of meaning and romance and a step outside of the typical, this is most definitely a must read.

  • Astrid - ☆Vanilla & Spice Books☆

    ✮✮✮ 4 STARS ✮✮✮

    Doesn’t this blurb sound like a super angsty story? Yeah? Wanna know if it was? Read on!

    I’ll tell you right away, this is my first Roni Loren book, another one of those authors I have been meaning to read but never gotten around until The Ones Who Got Away. It was the blurb that I found so intriguing that I wanted to jump in and give this author a chance. Not regretting it. Nope. So let me tell you a little bit about it.

    Olivia is one of the surv

    ✮✮✮ 4 STARS ✮✮✮

    Doesn’t this blurb sound like a super angsty story? Yeah? Wanna know if it was? Read on!

    I’ll tell you right away, this is my first Roni Loren book, another one of those authors I have been meaning to read but never gotten around until The Ones Who Got Away. It was the blurb that I found so intriguing that I wanted to jump in and give this author a chance. Not regretting it. Nope. So let me tell you a little bit about it.

    Olivia is one of the survivors of a vicious attack against high school kids on their prom. Not all of the teenagers, who lived to tell the story, processed what happened completely and moved on. Both Liv and Finn live with hangups from that night that cripples their quality of life in some way, both of them fear something.

    Finn left a deep scar when his actions endangered Olivia, his then-girlfriend and dirty secret. When they meet again twelve years after the tragedy that changed all of their lives there is a little bit of resentment on Liv’s behalf left.They work pretty fast through that which I appreciated.

    Liv is a woman who forgot, who she used to be. With the help of her friends and Finn she ventures on a journey of re-discovering her own self under the armor she built around herself. She does so with courage and resilience, is genuine, funny and gives it to you straight. When she faced her fears, moved past them I felt pride for her. After all she’d been through she still had spunk left in her and it came out exactly at the right time. In the end Liv honored the victims of the tragedy and it was respectful, sweet and touching.

    Finn…ah…what a wonderful man. He is sweet, sensual, through and through decent and so, so guilt ridden. He left his hometown as a hero, having saved one of his friends during the shooting but he never felt like one. Now he is on a mission to rid the world of everything that’s evil and of course he does at the expense of his own happiness and that of Liv. I thought he was a little bit I think he got a little too stuck in his guilt and towards the end I was a leeeettle peeved at him. Good thing he made it up to Olivia.

    The rekindling of their relationship is beautiful. They both think they don’t have the capacity for more than a casual relationship but their connection is strong, intense and undeniable, the feelings they have for one another so obvious. A connection like that doesn’t just break, no matter how much time passes, and Finn and Olivia never got over each other.

    Both of them have a playful side and lots of humor which contributed to this story being a lot less angsty than I thought it would be. As heart-breaking some parts are it’s generally an uplifting story about friendship and healing.

    Liv’s friends, a group of women who formed a bond after the tragedy, are phenomenal. Especially Kincaid is best-friend-material. I hope Roni Loren writes a book about her. I was so on the fence about Rebecca in the beginning, I expected drama and ugly scenes but she turned out to be amazing, a wonderful friend to both Finn and Liv.

    I see at least three more books in the future of this series. The Ones Who Got Away was a well-written, captivating introduction to this series and for me to Roni Loren’s stories. I enjoyed it immensely, it had passion, romance, an intriguing story line and characters you cheer on and want to be friends with. I realized that Rebecca’s story will be next and guess who’s going to read that one? Yeah. That would be me!

  • Melissa

    A few years back, I picked up a novella from

    —the sweet and sassy,

    —but for some reason never found myself crossing paths with any of her full length novels until

    caught my eye. I love nothing more than pages packed with emotion and perseverance—I think I might've mentioned a time or two that I’m an optimist at heart—and I felt like this author delivered with Olivia and Finn's heart-wrenching story.

    A few years back, I picked up a novella from

    —the sweet and sassy,

    —but for some reason never found myself crossing paths with any of her full length novels until

    caught my eye. I love nothing more than pages packed with emotion and perseverance—I think I might've mentioned a time or two that I’m an optimist at heart—and I felt like this author delivered with Olivia and Finn's heart-wrenching story.

    I like the fact that

    decided against throwing us in the midst of the massacre—a high-school shooting on prom night. Instead, she takes us back to the scene of the crime with the filming of a documentary, 12-years post-devastation, and a series of stress-related nightmares/flashbacks. It's during the interview process that Olivia and Finn come face-to-face for the first time since that life-changing night; both with differing perspectives on Finn’s hero status and unavoidable feelings. The intensity they shared as teenagers is

    there after all this time and it's equal parts awkward and exciting; deep and visceral.

    Besides the fun repartee and undeniable chemistry that Olivia and Finn share, this story brings to the forefront the importance of living your life to the fullest; fear be damned. Surrounding yourself with people that not only support you, but push you to chase your dreams, instead of sitting back and watching you wallow in what feels comfortable is

    . I absolutely adored Olivia’s tribe and I assume that a few, if not all, of the women will end up with their own book in the series. There were times when petty jealousy and cattiness could have taken over, but in what felt like a refreshing twist,

    friendship won out instead.

    Were there some aspects that felt tied up with a pretty bow for the sake of an

    inducing moment?

    . Do I wish things would have gotten a tad bit messier for the emotional sake of the story?

    Did any of the things I just mentioned detract from

    experience?

    Sign me up for book two; I’m in.

  • Geri Reads

    My 2018 is off to a good start with The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren. This book packs an emotional punch, filled with complex characters and nuanced storytelling.

    The Ones Who Got Away is about a group of friends who were survivors of a tragic school shooting. Finn Dorsey and Olivia Arias might have survived the shooting physically but the emotional wounds they carried had affected them profoundly. It is especially hard for both Finn and Liv because the shooting ended their burgeoni

    My 2018 is off to a good start with The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren. This book packs an emotional punch, filled with complex characters and nuanced storytelling.

    The Ones Who Got Away is about a group of friends who were survivors of a tragic school shooting. Finn Dorsey and Olivia Arias might have survived the shooting physically but the emotional wounds they carried had affected them profoundly. It is especially hard for both Finn and Liv because the shooting ended their burgeoning relationship back then.

    I was a little wary going in because of the sensitive topic. At the same time, I was really looking forward to how that aspect of the story is handled. In my own opinion, it was handled well by the author.

    The romance between Finn and Liv was beautifully done. I want to avoid spoilers as much as possible so I won't go into the details of their romance while they were in high school and why they broke up. What I do want to mention was how mature their romance is in the present. There was no unnecessary drama between these characters. There's tension, yes and obstacles they have to face but they deal with it like adults, which is really refreshing.

    I love Liv so much. She's a complex character with her own dreams and wants and issues. The way she dealt with the tragedy was heartbreaking. I love LOVE her friendship with the other female survivors. Their friendship and bond was featured prominently in the book, which I adored because I'm a sucker for female friendship in books.

    Finn, like Liv, is another awesome character. He has his own way of dealing with the trauma. Except for his single-minded focus and devotion to his job, he's basically stopped living. I liked how the author was able to succinctly present the hero's arc and made us root for him despite his mistakes in the past.

    Overall, The Ones Who Got Away was a poignant, character driven second-chance romance that will melt your heart.

  • Fafa's Book Corner

    Updated review:

    This book really frustrated me. When I had read the sample from Netgalley it was enjoyable. But after reading the whole book I am disappointed.

    I liked Liv and Finn. Their friendship and history with each other was well done. I didn't like the whole will they-won't they. The way they denied and choose to ignore the attraction between them was stupid. It really brought the book down for me. Also as soon as they decided to have a relationship for the most part they just continued to

    Updated review:

    This book really frustrated me. When I had read the sample from Netgalley it was enjoyable. But after reading the whole book I am disappointed.

    I liked Liv and Finn. Their friendship and history with each other was well done. I didn't like the whole will they-won't they. The way they denied and choose to ignore the attraction between them was stupid. It really brought the book down for me. Also as soon as they decided to have a relationship for the most part they just continued to have sex. Honestly sometimes it felt like the only thing they did was have sex.

    I really appreciated that the author successfully wrote about a school shooting. The PTSD was done well. The whole situation was pretty tragic. I really liked the relationship Liv had with the other girls. I wish they had come in more. The ending was sweet too.

    Overall for the most part this book frustrated me. I'm sure other will enjoy it more than I did. I will definitely be reading Rebecca's book.

    Previous Mini review:

    I received this E-Sampler via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I requested this on a whim on Netgalley. I didn't really have any expectations. Just wanted to give it a go. Man am I happy I read it! It was surprisingly enjoyable! Will definitely be getting the full copy next year.

    Highly recommend.

  • Alex ♈

    DNF @ 14%

    He kept her secret when they dated in school, because his family was an upper class and hers not. He brought OW as his prom-date; he abandoned the h when the shooting began to save this OW and the h was nearly killed. He was a hero after that night, and he cut the h off from his life.

    In my world there is nothing he can do to redeem himself. Some people shall remain in the past forever. He was a coward.

    I assume there will be a plausible explanation later, but at 14% she didn't know anyt

    DNF @ 14%

    He kept her secret when they dated in school, because his family was an upper class and hers not. He brought OW as his prom-date; he abandoned the h when the shooting began to save this OW and the h was nearly killed. He was a hero after that night, and he cut the h off from his life.

    In my world there is nothing he can do to redeem himself. Some people shall remain in the past forever. He was a coward.

    I assume there will be a plausible explanation later, but at 14% she didn't know anything but that he left her, he abandoned her for long 12 years and... with this knowledge she kissed him?!!!! She kissed a coward, who almost got her killed?!! Who was afraid of his family and kept her as his dirty secret?!!! She really kissed 'that'?!!!!

    No rating out of respect for victims.

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