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Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on June 5, 2018
The second installment in a contemporary romance series about a group of four adult women who survived a school shooting and are still dealing with the aftermath. After the intro to them all in the first book, I was eager to get each of their stories and how they find a way to make it through and find romance. This was sized up to be a real lulu with Rebecca Lindt being the divorce lawyer representing the hero’s ex. Warily and curiously, I began the book.
The One You Can’t Forget is book two in the The Ones Who Got Away series. I think it works best in order, but also would be okay if picked up standalone or out of order.
I went into this one prepared for a little more emotion on my part than would be expected from the book because the premise of the story- a high school shooting- is distressingly apropos at the moment for what is going on in the real world out there. I wasn’t worried that the author would handle the topic with respect because she did in the first book and this continued through into The One You Can’t Forget.
I thought it was interesting that liked, loved, or detested, the reader gets many aspects of the fall out from such an event even years later whether it is straight up survivor’s guilt and PTSD, a need to prove herself and over-achieve, unwarranted personal guilt, perpetrator’s parent shifting guilt, parents of survivors either stepping up or not as the case may be.
And, just in case the heroine’s background didn’t bring enough turmoil to the story, the hero has his own demons to conquer in the form of a not so great past, stupid mistakes, recovering from alcoholism, bankruptcy and well meaning, but wrong-headed family support.
This should have been one emotionally messy book for me. And, at times, I was feeling pretty stabby from anger, frustration, or deep pain for the characters I was connecting with. But, the personal realization and growth and the romance were brought along at a nice steady rate. I was impatient and wanted epiphanies to come faster, but I think in retrospect that flawed and hurting people would need more time to discover and grow. I liked both characters and really wanted them to heal and find their happiness together. I think I enjoyed best when they finally ignored their families’ advice and just went for it with each other. Wes really helped Rebecca learn the lesson that he learned about finding what makes you happy and doing it like his chef work.
So, all in all, this was another fantastic addition to the series. I am looking forward to what is to come with the next two gals. It’s a tough topic for the series premise, but its handled well and makes for a great story of triumph and a spicy contemporary romance that I can easily recommend.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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