Review: The One For You by Roni Loren

Posted January 1, 2020 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.
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Review: The One For You by Roni Loren
The One For You

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Series: The Ones Who Got Away #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on December 31, 2019
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Who knew that a romance series based on a dark event like a high school shooting, the survivors, and the wide array of those left in the aftermath would take me by the heart and leave me anticipating the stories?  Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought I would, but the author made a believer of me from the first book and now we come down to Kincaid’s story.  This gal was the cheerleader who encouraged the other gals and the glue that brought them back together and held them close.


The One for You is the fourth and final book in the series and, while one could probably read it standalone, I got so much more out of it, knowing the heroine from the previous stories.

The night of the shooting Kincaid survived, but her boyfriend didn’t and neither did her friendship with Ash.  He left and didn’t look back.  Since then, Kincaid has been faking it and pretending to be the life of the party and the one who beat the odds with a smile on her face.  Instead, she’s secretly barely holding it together and keeps a steal grip on her heart from being hurt any more than it was.  She put her deceased high school first love on a pedestal with no one else measuring up or allowed to.  Into this life of hers returns Ash Isaacs, her one time best friend and she is so angry at what she sees as his abandonment.  But, they are forced together on a project and she’s forced to realize the nerd is gone and a sexy, attractive man she struggles to resist is before her with no plans to stick around.

Ash Isaacs always loved Kincaid, but his bestfriend Graham was who she loved so he kept quiet and stayed in the friend spot for both of them.  He left with secrets from that night and never planned to return.  Now, he’s faced again with the mature version of Kincaid who he finds that he still loves and learns she won’t do love or relationships because her heart died with Graham.  Not, that he stands a long-term chance anyway as soon as he tells her the truth of that long ago night.

I was thoroughly engaged with this one.  I’ve already weathered a few emotionally shattering secrets in the course of this series and felt that Ash’s couldn’t possibly be worse.  Although, that said, there I was again stressing about the ticking clock when this restored pair of friends ended up blown apart when he revealed all.

I was startled to see just how broken Kincaid really was.  She seemed the most put together throughout the series though I knew she couldn’t be untouched by what happened and I wondered about her bubbly nature when the others were not.  But, yes, this sense that she was hiding and had plastered Band-aids on things was what kept me from disliking her because of her behavior with Ash.
In spite of his secrets, he was a treasure and I was so frustrated that he had to compete with Graham a second time because she held so tightly to the idea that her one and only was gone.
Not that this stopped them from some hot, sexy times.
I enjoyed seeing her finally start to realize that Ash wasn’t a nerdy best friend now and nor was he a consolation prize (not that she hadn’t been acting like he was for most of the book while getting her act together).  It was beautiful to see him stand true and put her first even when he knew what he’d lose by doing the right thing.

And, so we come to the end, at least I think it is.  This one was rough at times and that was above and beyond the tragedy tearing such a huge hole into the community and the people in this series in particular.  I think hope and healing were well-balanced with the darker aftershocks.  It’s a series that is both highly emotional and nicely sexy.  I would definitely recommend it for those who want some complexities in their characters and romance.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing the e-ARC to be read 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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Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I haven’t read this author yet but this sounds like a good book. I would probably like it.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Her stuff is really good. I love how much nuance and feeling she brings out.

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

I REALLY need this book in my life, I have just adored the whole series honestly. I never thought I would enjoy the premise either but I am so happy we have an author addressing this and the emotional turmoil it leaves behind in people. Its leveled up my empathy even more and I am super grateful for that.

Lovely review love and Happy New Year!!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yep, it was a surprisingly engaging topic to put with romance and timely.

Thanks, Renee! You have a good one, too. 🙂

2 years ago

I love that Loren ended this series with Kincaid’s book, because she was really the heart and soul of this group. I love friends-to-more romances, I loved Ash, I loved him with Kincaid. I also really liked the focus given to the friendship between the women. I felt like there was more of that in this book, and it seemed appropriate, since this was the final book. Overall, a fantastic series.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Yes! I didn’t emphasize the women’s friendship, but you’re right how strong it was. I loved that it felt like they were stronger than ever now that all had faced their pasts.

Carole's Random Life in Books

Why haven’t I started reading this series yet?! I know that I have at least the first book and maybe more in the series. This sounds wonderful. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Great review!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I do think you’d get into these, Carole. Each one touched me differently and I liked some better than others, but all were good.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Love complexities!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Then this author’s characters and relationships would be just the thing. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I was sent a widget of this one and then forgot to download it before it was archived! Lol, probably for the best because I’m not sure how I would’ve fitted it in this last month. I’ll have to get an audio if I’m going to read it now. I hate not finishing the series. Although, Kincaid does sound a little frustrating. Glad to hear you enjoyed it even with her treatment of Ash.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh man, I totally overdid it grabbing review arcs last month and I still have three or four to finish reading. And, I still didn’t take all the ones that I wanted to.
I will confess that Kincaid was not my favorite of the surviving girl friends by the time I got done reading this, but I could cut her some slack because of how damaged she was and hope she’d figure it out when it came to poor Ash.

2 years ago

I remember seeing your review for the first book in this series I think as that premise with the school shootout survivors sounds familiar. I am glad to hear this was such a gripping series. Ash sounds like a great hero and love interest for Kincaid, but how hard that must’ve been for him to compete with his dead friend basically for her love. Sounds like it has a nice mix of emotional and hopeful and romantic.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, I got to review each one and it was an emotionally gripping series. Definitely relevant and so hard for Ash.