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The Ones Who Got Away

(The Ones Who Got Away #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,296 ratings  ·  811 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, edelweiss, 2017
A few years back, I picked up a novella from Roni Loren—the sweet and sassy, Nice Girls Don't Ride—but for some reason never found myself crossing paths with any of her full length novels until The Ones Who Got Away 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.

“Broken glass still made art. Sometimes, th
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
She’d been pretty in high school. Quirky cool. But now she was just flat-out beautiful. And successful. And hella smart. And offfuckinglimits.

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 Crash into You 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
4.5 Stars

It’s like it’s all just sitting there, waiting to remind me how we can never really escape it. How the ones who got away never really get away.

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
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Review @ 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
Alex ♈
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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
Fafa's Book Corner
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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
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2019-shelf
Yeah, yeah, I just read a romance for Valentine's day. Sue me. I'm supposed to go out on a limb. Break the cast. Stretch my wings. Learn to fly...
Oh, whatever... I read a romance, all right?

The good: It does exactly what it sets out to do. Pull on the heartstrings without once touching the head. You know which head.

Add past tragedy and bad decisions, throw two scarred peeps together, have them hem and haw about keeping things light and avoiding hurt through all the attraction, have a new emotion
Geri Reads
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

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
Bookphenomena (Micky)
THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY has the makings of an excellent series. Book one, of the same name, builds some of the background but focuses in on Liv and Finn. The characters, both main and side are survivors of a high school trauma and remain affected into their 30s.

The book started off with an intense bang and slowly but surely lost a bit of traction, leaving a lull. I have still rated it four stars because by 40% it had grabbed by attention fully. The story built and built to an emotional and impact
Irene Sim
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading this story I thought it was juste a contemporary romance about second chances. It was. But it was a lot more than that, too. This story is about reminding your adult self what you dreamed about becoming when you were young. How you set out your life goals and dreams and somehow life makes you forget them and just settle for what's convenient and easy.

I loved the leading characters of this story, Liv and Finn. They deserved their HEA. But I didn't expect to love
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I read the ARC of this book at a very difficult time, weeks after two mass shootings in the U.S. and so it tore my heart out from the start. Twelve years after a mass shooting at their high school prom several classmates who survived are reunited for a documentary about the incident and where they are today. While the incident cast a heavy shadow on this book and there is no doubt all the characters in it were affected by it in some way, author Roni Loren managed to temper those heavy moments wi
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the kind of book that made me forget about the messages I received on my phone! It caught me and it didn't let me go. 5 stars without a doubt!
Liv was a badass! I liked her attitude so much. She changed everything, she learned how to take the bull by the horns and she was provocative too. I loved her relationship with Finn – the hot cop. It was so original. Two souls which connected after 12 years, two hearts that craved for each other ever afer all this time, even though they had t
Liv and Finn had a secret romance back in high school that was obliterated when a school shooting tears their lives apart. There’s more to their story than what was made public, a reality that hurt both Liv and Finn. Twelve years later they are reunited with the other survivors, and the old raging chemistry they felt before is stirred up again, but can they get past the damage the shooting and their actions caused?

The setup here sounded amazing to me, and I’m a huge fan of Roni Loren’s work (her
Even after twelve years, she couldn't bear to look at a list of names that should've been in a graduation program instead of etched onto a memorial.

When I read the sneak peek for THE ONES WHO GOT AWAY, I was immediately hooked. Though the story centers around a highschool shooting this isn't about the event itself. It's about what comes after for those who managed to walk away.

.. they'd already settled. They'd been given this second chance when others hadn't, they'd settled for good enough, for
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc
4,5 Stars!
In the past, I had only watched a few documentaries regarding school shootings and I even remember vaguely, as an 8year-old the Columbine massacre making headlines all over the world. But, The Ones Who Got Away doesn't deal with a shooting, no, it dives right into the aftermath of such a tragedy.

The pain, the fear, the regrets. The hero, the victims, the survivors. What happens when in an interview about a documentary recounting the worst day of your life, you meet again The One Who Go
Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥
4.5 Stars

Both uplifting and heart-rending, this book was unputdownable. Roni Loren treads thoughtfully with a weighty subject, school shootings, and the result is a thought-provoking and emotional read.

The survivors of the Long Acre school shooting have returned for a difficult reunion, a documentary about the shooting and "The Ones Who Got Away". Olivia and Finn, two survivors with an unresolved past, haven't seen each other in more than a decade. When they run into each other, it knocks emoti
Sam (AMNReader)
In book time, that took me forever.

This was yet another book that could be broken up in thirds. Roni Loren was at her best when dealing with the emotional history of the characters, including the healing of the trauma of their high school shooting.

What wasn't so great was the relationship part. It was rushed and sex-based. I'm not sure people apart for 12 years can pick up so exactly where they left off considering high school secret relationships are a fair bit different than those at 30. Ther
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just read a sneak peek of this book, a few chapters, and I cannot wait to see how the story will further unfold. What I read was very intriguing, well written, and there was an underlying sense of mystery throughout. The story seems to have a lot of potential, I am very interested to see what Mrs. Loren has done with it.
Too bad we gotta wait till January for the full book.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

The Ones Who Got Away was an okay story. I enjoyed the friendship between Liv and her girlfriends. The trauma Liv and Finn were dealing with since they were eighteen was something I would have like to be explored further. They both had psychological scars especially Liv. Their lives were changed irrevocably. School shootings is pretty relevant in today’s world and Roni Loren definitely captured the horrific parts of it. I felt the fear that Liv and Finn had in those final moments and al
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Coward Hero Alert

Maybe I'm the minority here but I didn't like this book. Hero is Rich 💰, Heroine is Poor. But both like each other so they continue their relation (hookups) in secret. Meanwhile hero gets to keep a girlfriend. And at Prom he goes with his gf😖. When theirs a tragedy that night he SAVES his gf and not the heroine. Years later the MCs meet again. So what happens now? The book starts here. But for me I'm done. Couldn't connect with any characters.
I don't like coward guys. I'm sorry.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!
Loved this one and can’t wait for more about the others:)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-01, 2018

And yeah, definitely starting to think it’s me and not the books I’ve recently picked up. The reading slump is real my friends :-(

Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away was an emotional and riveting love story between two people connected by a shattered past. What could have easily turned into an angst-filled novel full of dramatic moments was in fact a sweet, but hot story about two people trying to move forward from a harrowing experience that has changed their lives forever.

The Ones Who Got Away is a book that will grab readers’ attention from the first scene during which Olivia, our protagonist, has returned to her hi
Feb 13, 2018 marked it as no-way-jose  ·  review of another edition
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When I first saw that there was a "sneak peek" of this book on NetGalley, I was totally against reading it because I thought that it was just a snippet. And I'm an idiot. Yeah, turns out, it wasn't a snippet but the whole book. Thank goodness I got the whole book because IT. WAS. AWESOME.

I've never read anything by this author, which gives further validation to the argument that I'm an idiot. Let's just say that I'm a fan. A big fan. Not only were the characters absolutely amazing but the book
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
3.5 stars.

The Ones Who Got Away revisits the survivors of a high school shooting 12 years after the incident, and Roni Loren's depiction of their trauma was poignant and respectful. While I found many aspects of the story absorbing and engaging, other aspects didn't work as well for me.

I’m picky about second chance romances, but when it is high school sweethearts who reunite as adults? Sign me up! Alas, the promise of the premise went unfulfilled. Liv and Finn's transition to lovers felt disjoin
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need fluff.

Most romances, especially the smut kind, don't have much substance. Technically, it's the same here. The premise is that there was a school shooting at a Texan school and 12 years later the survivors come together for a charity event. Two of those survivors are Liv (Olivia) and Finn who used to be a (secret) couple in high school before that horrible prom night changed everything. They meet and old flames rekindle. Naturally, there is some drama in form of Finn's an
Lover of Romance
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

The Ones Who Got Away is the newest and most stunning release that Roni Loren has written, a book of raw emotion, sensuality and a tale about fighting for yourself and for love that is right in front of you!! 

What a story that this turned out to be!! I really had such a wonderful time reading this book. Now there were moments that I felt "slowed" down a bit, and is probably the reason why I took 3 days to read it!! Yeah, I think its mostly
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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 ...more

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“You’re allowed to have fun. You’re allowed to have a fling with an old boyfriend and not feel like it’s some big life decision or an unhealthy coping mechanism. Be smart about it, but don’t deny yourself some simple life pleasures. Taking your photos. Hanging out with your awesome, amazing, super-wise friends. And hot cop penis.”

A real laugh burst out of Liv this time, and she quickly pressed her hand over her mouth to staunch it. “He’s FBI, for the record.”

Federal cop penis,” Kincaid corrected. “That’s top shelf. It has authority across state lines.”
“I, Olivia Arias, promise the Class of 2005 that I will not waste the second chance that I have been given, that I will honor all the people we lost by living my life to the fullest … I won’t play it safe. I won’t be practical. I’ll live a passionate life and date passionate guys and see the world so I can take pictures of it. I promise, Class of 2005, to live the life that scares me.” 1 likes
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