Review: The One You Fight For by Roni Loren

Posted January 1, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The One You Fight For by Roni Loren
The One You Fight For

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Series: The Ones Who Got Away #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on January 1, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

From the beginning of this series, when the three women were introduced, I had a premonition that one of these friends’ romance was going to go there.  The part of me that shies away from deep angst and tearjerker books hoped I was wrong, but another part of me was intrigued and wanted to see what the author would do with such a romance.  Bet you are wondering what I’m talking about.  I’ll explain later, promise.  Incidentally, the author turned in what I thought was the best book in the series and rivals  many of her backlist triumphs.

Review

So, The One You Fight For is book three in The Ones Who Got Away series.  In a pinch, it can be read out of order because it introduces new leads and situations, but there is a sense that each book builds on the ones before it leaving up to this, too.

Taryn is a research psychologist and professor who is driven to study the dark corners of the mind to find a way to prevent devastating tragedies like the one she lived through when she was in high school and to prevent deaths in those school shootings like her sister’s.  She meets a wonderful man who appreciates and accepts her, the chemistry between them is off the charts, and then she learns a shocking truth.

People stand behind, pity, and look solicitously upon a victim’s family and a few even make noises about the ‘sick’ person who did the deed, but what of the shooter’s family?  They are villains by association.  They should have known or, they share a propensity toward evil.  Shaw Miller, Olympic hopeful’s life was ruined the day his brother shot up the school.  To even have the appearance of a normal life, he had to move away and change his name.  Now, it all circles back.  He’s face to face with a survivor and the relative of a victim all in one and they share more than an attraction.  Any chance with Taryn is destroyed, right?

So, yeah, a romance involving a survivor and someone from the victim’s family was the scenario I had a hunch was coming even from the early chapters of book one.  First, I was chicken to read it because of the inevitable angst, but then I worried that even this capable author would somehow miss the mark on this delicate situation.  While, there were moments that didn’t fully satisfy me with plot choices, for the most part, I think this was a really good book.  And yes, it tore my heart out.  I was emotionally exhausted after reading this one.  Good thing I’d read a fluffy sweet holiday book before it and now I need more rainbows and unicorns to restore me.

I loved both Taryn and Shaw.  I wish I didn’t because at that pivotal point, I was aching for them.  I kept grasping at the hope provided that this was a romance story because I needed this pair- most especially them- to have their chance at happy.  This is not the first story that reminds us to withhold condemnation of an innocent person as a target of grief, anger, and blame.   It also reminds us of how far reaching such tragedy can be when Taryn tirelessly gives her all to find an answer.

All in all, this is a book I will not soon forget and am still feeling the aftershocks of emotion, but I’m glad I read it.  Those who like their contemporary romances to include a great deal more than girl meets boy should give this series a go.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Roni Loren

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. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
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I love books that make you feel even after you’ve put the book down. I’m glad this one worked out for you, Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, this one was full of the feels, Crystal. Loren did a good job with such a tough romance conflict.

Anne
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I know about this author but have not yet read her work. This sounds like a heartstomper. Great review! Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
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She writes wonderful character development and strong chemistry and good romance build up.

Lover of Romance
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oh lovely review darling. I was hoping that this one would be a winner for you. I really like this series and I am in the mood for a emotional roller coaster!! So will be reading it sometime this week.

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Renee! It definitely is going to give you big time feels.

Sam@WLABB
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I love this series, and knew this would be quite an emotional combination. I read this book right after I read another book, where the victim’s brother befriends/falls for the murderer’s sister, and I don’t think we consider the fallout the perpetrator’s family suffers. I loved Shaw and I also really wanted him to get his second chance at happiness. I am really excited about Kincaid’s book too!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, Shaw was so wonderful and I just wanted him to catch a break.

Debbie Haupt
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Okay I am so getting this one Sophia Rose. This was a series I was reviewing for RT so I’m kind of out of the loop but I am so getting this. From the very beginning I like you was worried about a series revolving around a high school massacre. Great Review!

Sophia Rose
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Yep, this one hit me between the eyes. Hope you love it, Debbie.

Carole Rae
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I am so glad it ultimately worked out for you

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Carole! I was really skittish about this one so I’m glad, too. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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My heart went out to Shaw, because his life was ruined the day his brother started shooting. Villain by association is not very fair, but it is the truth and I hadn’t really thought of the other side until reading Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong and then The One You Fight For. It broke my heart that Shaw thought he deserved all bad that continually came his way. I’m so thrilled about how it all turned out, though. As usual, brilliant review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Oh yeah, this pair were drowning in guilt and the past. Shaw was amazing and I fell in love with him and needed them to make it work in spite of the odds.